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Molly Sorge

October 19, 2016

Winner Of The Week: Lauren Fischer Braids And Poultices With Grand Prix Dreams

It’s hard to say why Lauren Fischer stood out to me so much during the three days of competition in the Neue Schule/USEF National Jumper Jumper Championships at the Pennsylvania National.

She jumped four clean rounds to help Zone 2 take the team gold and claim the individual bronze medal. And her horse, Tosca du Feugre, was an impressively powerful jumper.

October 17, 2016

Watch Why They Won: The Pennsylvania National Juniors

Thanks to Eq Sports Net, we get to relive all the moments of victory from Junior Weekend at the Pennsylvania National. They're live-streaming the competition all this week, with the professional and amateur hunters and open jumpers, as well. The Chronicle will also bring you all the stories behind the rounds with their online coverage and in the Nov. 7 print issue. 

October 16, 2016

Two Flying Changes Win It For T.J. O'Mara In Pessoa/USEF Medal Final

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 16  

Four years, ago, T.J. O’Mara sat in the stands and watched as his sister Meg won the Pessoa/USEF Medal Final. This year, he got to take the spotlight in the class, working his way up from fifth after Round 1 to second going into the test and then into first with a brilliant test ride showing off two flying changes to counter-canter.

October 15, 2016

Strauss Goes All In To Win Neue Schule/USEF Junior Jumper Individual Championship

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 15 

The riders from Zone 2 won gold as a team the night before, but during the Neue Schule/USEF Junior Jumper Individual Championship they went head to head in a battle for gold.

Three of the gold medal-winning Zone 2 team from the Prix des States team championship—Lauren Fischer, Madison Goetzmann and Katherine Strauss—sat on top of the individual leaderboard coming into the individual final. And less than a rail separated their scores. Any mistake would be costly.

October 15, 2016

One To Watch: Lily McKenna Can't Quite Believe She's At The Pessoa/USEF Medal Final

Lilly McKenna found it hard to contain her excitement. It was literally bubbling over and she couldn’t sit still as she talked to me. “It’s wonderful. It’s my everything to be here, my birthday, my Christmas, everything! I can’t even believe I’m here,” she told me.

October 15, 2016

Zone 2 Is Faultless To Take Neue Schule/USEF Prix des States Team Championship

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 14 

It all came down to a heated battle between Zones 2 and 4 for the gold medal in the Neue Schule/USEF Prix des States Team Championship. Those two teams distanced themselves from the competition, as the other five teams collected double-digit scores.

October 14, 2016

Meet Your Pennsylvania National Junior Hunter Champions

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 14  

The junior hunter divisions wrapped up at the Pennsylvania National—all six of them! We caught up with all the winners. To see more photos of the junior hunter action, make sure to check out our photo gallery.

October 11, 2016

What You Need To Know: The 2016 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International

The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International gets underway on Oct. 12 with the horse inspection for the CCI*** and CCI**. Two days of dressage follow, with cross-country day on Saturday, Oct. 15 and show jumping on Sunday, Oct. 16. 

Dressage for the USEA Young Event Horse Championships runs on Thursday, Oct. 13, while the jumping phase for those championships goes on Friday, Oct. 14.

October 11, 2016

What You Need To Know: The 2016 Pennsylvania National Horse Show

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show gets underway on Oct. 13 with the start of Junior Weekend, which hosts junior and pony hunters as well as the Neue Schule USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, concludes on Oct. 16 with the Pessoa/USEF Medal Final. (We'll have a What You Need To Know for the Medal Final up on Saturday Oct. 15.)

October 11, 2016

Winner Of The Week: Summer Peterson Makes It Work In Utah With Her Half-Mustang

What’s an eventer to do when she’s hours away from most events, and there’s only one cross-country course in her state?

If that eventer is Summer Peterson, she spearheads a movement to bring another event to the area. And then, when that event turns out to be a great success, she rides in—and wins!—the first preliminary-level event they host. Peterson rode her own Mustang-Thoroughbred cross, Jake The Fish, to the top of the preliminary division at The Event At Skyline (Utah).

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