Monday, Apr. 15, 2024

COTH Staff Blog – Mollie Bailey

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Are you among the zillions snowed in this weekend? After you get back in from trying to push a wheelbarrow through thigh-high drifts, bring that stack of old bridles that needs cleaning inside and knock it off while you watch some of the Chronicle staff’s all-time favorite video clips.  

Triple Crown Triumph
No matter how many times you see it, American Pharoah’s Belmont run will give you chills. Editorial staffer Jennifer Calder and editorial production manager Lauren Foley were both there, and both count this as among their favorite clips.

Twin sisters celebrate a meaningful trip to the Washington International Horse Show.
There’s two ways to get to ride around the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** course. Chronicle reporter Mollie Bailey took the easy way.

Gulfport, Miss.March 8  

For most riders, winning a grand prix would be the main focus of their day. But for Andy Kocher, his time in the show ring is a short respite between selling horses. Lucky for him, he’s gotten quite good at both. 

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He’s a little guy, and when he picks up canter and throws in a buck he looks more like he should be heading in for a children’s jumper round than an international one.

It’s hard to marry the image of McLain on stylists like Sapphire with that of him on the scrappy Royal Belgian Warmblood who goes around the ring with his ears permanently pinned. But if you’ve watched Rothchild fight for McLain over the years, you know it’s impossible not to fall in love with him.

Mumford, N.Y.—June 7

Shortly after the USHJA National Hunter Derby wrapped up, I wandered back to the barns to catch up with Jen Alfano who’d just won the USHJA National Hunter Derby on Me Again. I chatted with a few other competitors and friends first, then wandered down the aisle to see if that she was free. She was squatting in his stall, wrapping his last leg when I came by. She looked up at Jersey Boy, whose nose reached up above the next stall over to try to visit her horse as she finished the wrap.

I’ve never been to bingo night, but in my mind, it’s sort of like attending the draw I just watched at the CSIO Barcelona.

Confused about what this Tier I, Tier II business is all about? You're not alone. Editorial Staffer Mollie Bailey breaks it down.
Need to pick a derby favorite? Editorial staffer Mollie Bailey gives you the scoop on some of the standout combinations in the field.

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