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Molly Sorge

February 12, 2010

Crown Affair Reigns In HITS Desert Circuit Hunter Derby

Just call John French the king of the hunter derby. The poster child of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby season with the charismatic Rumba, French has kicked off the 2010 season with a bang.

At the HITS Desert Circuit on Feb. 12 in Thermal, Calif., he rode Crown Affair to the top of the $10,000 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby and claimed second with Cruise. The class was held in the evening, under the lights of the expansive Grand Prix field.

February 5, 2010

The Chronicle's Eventing Horseman Of The Year: Buck Davidson

Buck Davidson has always been a great rider, but in 2009 he seemed to truly come into his own. Davidson’s year was headlined by being the highest-placed U.S. rider at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** on My Boy Bobby and finishing 11th at the Burghley CCI**** (England) on Ballynoe Castle RM, but he achieved success with virtually every horse in his large string.

February 5, 2010

The Chronicle's Eventing Horse Of The Year: My Boy Bobby

When Buck Davidson first took over the ride on My Boy Bobby in the summer of 2008, he didn’t expect to be filling out an entry for the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** the following spring.

In fact, Davidson recalled that during a disastrous outing at the Express Eventing International Cup (England) in November 2008, Phillip Dutton quipped to him, “I don’t think that one’s going to Kentucky, mate.”

But in the spring of 2009, “Bobby” seemed out to prove everyone wrong. He was undefeated in three outings at the advanced level, including the CIC*** at The Fork (N.C.).

February 5, 2010

The Chronicle's Show Hunter Horseman Of The Year: Jennifer Alfano

Each fall, Jennifer Alfano’s parents would let her take a day off from school. “This was before I’d ever even shown in an A-rated show, but every year I’d go to [the Pennsylvania National Horse Show] and watch all day,” said Alfano, who grew up in Harrisburg, Pa. “I’d study all of the famous jumper riders and say to myself, ‘I’m going to be a famous rider.’ All of my friends at school would roll their eyes.”

January 22, 2010

It’s Important To Mind The Ps And Qs Of In-Gate Etiquette

Work with the in-gate staff, not against them, for a drama-free day at the show.

Like any good circus, a horse show needs a ringmaster.

And, fortunately, there’s one for each ring.

Your friendly in-gate person—usually seated in a little tent or shelter adjacent to your gateway into the ring—is a maestro of time management. It may seem like all he or she does is call out the order of go for the next few horses in the ring and inform the judge of the number entering the ring. But, in reality, they’re the traffic directors of the entire showgrounds.

January 22, 2010

How To Create A Perfectly Pulled Mane

Top braider Nancy Henson shows you how to make even the most difficult mane braidable.

For pictures to guide you on the way to a perfectly pulled mane, download the pdf.

Creating a perfect row of braids is hard enough in the most perfect mane; when it seems like there’s a toothbrush sprouting out of your horse’s crest, or he has a wispy, thin mane, it’s even harder.

The key to putting beautiful braids into thick or thin manes isn’t in the braiding but in the pulling of the mane.

January 15, 2010

Susan And Kristin Posner Share The Ride On Touchee

This mother-daughter duo takes turns winning on a third-generation homebred mare.

Many mothers and daughters have been known to share clothes, shoes, maybe even cars. But for the last two years, Susan and Kristin Posner have taken things a step further and shared an FEI-level dressage horse.

“I wanted to give Kristin the opportunity of riding an upper level horse and learning that way,” Susan said. “They have really clicked this year.”

January 8, 2010

So, You Want To Buy A Farm

Be sure to know exactly what you want—and where you’re willing to compromise.

The dream of bringing your horses home—being able to glance out your kitchen window, coffee cup in hand, and see your horses contentedly munching grass on your own property—all starts with a farm search.

December 25, 2009

Prioritizing And Flexibility Are The Keys To An Amateur’s Day

Forget that imposing fence—juggling work, riding and family can be the biggest challenge of all.

It’s a tough reality for most amateur riders that there really and truly are just 24 hours in a day, because it never seems like enough time.

Making decisions about how to use those precious 1,440 minutes the most efficiently is a constant battle. How do you squeeze in work, family life and the horses? It’s all about prioritizing. Everyone does it, but they all do it differently.

December 25, 2009

Hays Unwraps A Gift At Holiday On Horse

This amateur rider has waited a long time to get her dream horse.

Christmas came a little bit early for Laureen Hays this year.

Hays had been riding Numero Uno, the kind of horse she’s dreamed of owning her whole life, but she thought that purchasing him was unrealistic for her.

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