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Molly Sorge

November 3, 2013

Keenan Completes The Coveted Double By Claiming The ASPCA Maclay

Lexington, Ky. - Nov. 3

To watch the last test of the ASPCA Maclay Finals, I was sitting in the stands amongst some junior riders who had competed but were done riding for the day. As Lillie Keenan rode her final round, I heard them whisper in almost reverential tones, “She’s just so good,” and “Look at that upper body; she has such control,” and “God, that was nice.”

November 3, 2013

2013 ASPCA Maclay Finals Commentary

The final results...

1. Lillie Keenan

2. Kelli Cruciotti

3. Charlotte Jacobs

4. Gabrielle Bausano

5. Sydney Shulman

6. Allison Toffolon

7. Geoffery Hesslink

8. Sophie Simpson

9. Brittni Raflowitz

10. Lauren Tyree

The judges have called for no more testing. "Lillie slammed the door shut on it. I don't think there's anything more that they could ask from her. I think Lillie's the winner," said Jimmy Torano on the USEF Network live feed.

November 2, 2013

Dinan Siezes The Moment In $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix

Lexington, Ky. - Nov. 2

Katie Dinan's trainer McLain Ward turned around from where he stood at the in-gate and gave her a big thumbs up. He'd just watched the last two riders in the jump-off for the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix and neither had beaten her.

November 1, 2013

Wait A Minute. I Won?

Lexington, Ky. - Nov. 1

As they walked out of the ring after the last amateur-owner, 36 and over class, Katie Robinson was prepared to congratulate Nancy Hooker on the division championship. That is, until she heard the announcer call her and Rock Steady’s names to walk back into the ring for the tricolor.

November 1, 2013

Mathy Wins Without Even Trying

Lexington, Ky. – Oct. 31

“We’ve been buddies a long time, but I don’t know who invited him here,” Todd Minikus wisecracked in the press conference for the $100,000 Double H Farm Open Jumper class at the Alltech National Horse Show.

At that, Francois Mathy Jr., laughed. He’s on his first visit to the U.S. indoor shows from his home in Belgium, so he’s making the trip count by winning right off the bat. And he’s not even trying that hard.

October 31, 2013

A Little Bling In The Hunter Ring

There's a challenge on. It's not just the horses and riders vying for wins at the Alltech National Horse Show.

The braiders are bringing it, too. 

October 31, 2013

Rack On!

Whoops, whistles and “yeeeows” filled the air as McLain Ward, Laura Kraut, Hunt Tosh and Jennifer Alfano battled it out in the ring. But there wasn’t a jump to be seen.

“Rack on!” was the cry, as these four maestros of the hunters and jumpers took to another challenge—they rode five-gaited Saddlebreds in the Saddlebred Hunter Challenge, Oct. 30 at the Alltech National Horse Show. Their Saddlebred star counterparts swung a leg over a hunter for their portion of the competition, jumping a 2’6” hunter course.

October 30, 2013

The Wheeler Legacy Lives On At The Alltech National Horse Show

Voices were a little shaky and eyes perhaps not dry as the brothers Douglas and Kenny Wheeler, Jr., gathered outside the Alltech Arena ring. They’d just stood for photos with their horse, Queen Lattifa, as she and rider Hunt Tosh collected the grand hunter championship at the Alltech National Horse Show.

October 28, 2013

Ringside Chat With Jacob Pope

Last year, Jacob Pope wrote his own fairy tale come true, as he rode to the top of both the ASPCA Maclay Finals and the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals-East. A working student for Andre Dignelli, he rode borrowed horses to the title and did much of his own grooming work.

October 22, 2013

A Little Quarter Horse Goes A Long Way For Phoenix Cooke

This afternoon, there will be a competitor back in the barns scrubbing her horse’s gray coat to a sparkle.  She’ll groom the mare herself, change into her only pair of white breeches, and tack up.

And when she trots into the Verizon Center ring for the Washington International Horse Show Adult Jumper Classic aboard her appendix Quarter Horse, the necklace she wears will remind her of one person not in the audience.

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