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Molly Sorge

September 4, 2009

Soft Spoken Multi-Tasks His Way To The Win In The Thunderbird Hunter Derby

Junior rider Jocelyn Evans’ horse can do it all and win.

Soft Spoken is a jack-of-all-trades, and at the Thunderbird WCHR Summer Classic, Aug. 12-16, he was also the master of one: the $10,000 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby.

Jocelyn Evans’ well-rounded gelding took time out from a busy career as a junior hunter, equitation horse and junior jumper, to top the class in Langley, B.C.

“He’s my only one, and he does it all,” Evans said.

September 3, 2009

Freund Bids Farewell With One More Win At Gothenburg

Germany’s Michael Freund could not have dreamed of a better ending to his active driving career than winning the FEI World Cup Driving Final. But his dream came true in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Feb. 25.

After a thrilling drive-off, Freund passed the finish line just 0.6 seconds ahead of title defender Ysbrand Char-don and was crowned FEI World Cup Driving champion for the fifth time in his career.

August 28, 2009

Westcott Bay Shows His Winning Ways At Evergreen Hunter Derby

Professional rider Jodie Davis makes every point count.

August 28, 2009

Small Town Elected To Big Win At USEF Junior Hunter Finals West Coast

“When I was little, I would watch the junior hunter ring and think ‘Wow, it would be so amazing to be like them someday.’ And now it seems like I’m living that dream,” said Caroline Ingalls.

Ingalls is living the dream indeed, riding Small Town to the grand and large junior hunter, 16-17, championships at the USEF Junior Hunter Finals West Coast, held Aug. 11-12 in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

August 28, 2009

Peter Rabbit Hops Away With A Big Win

When Kilian McGrath’s invitation to show Peter Rabbit at the USEF Junior Hunter Finals West Coast arrived in the mail, her mother threw it away. “We thought it would be too much because Peter is so green, especially because we’d heard about how spooky and hard the courses can be,” McGrath said.

But trainer Leslie Steele talked them into entering, even if it was just for the experience and mileage.

August 21, 2009

Lola K Towers Over The Competition At IHF Mid-West Regional

Three years ago, Jane LaGrow had to take a break from showing her adult amateur hunter and came up with a plan. “I got pregnant, so I figured she should get pregnant too!” LaGrow said.

Fast-forward to today, and LaGrow now has a bouncing 3-year-old daughter who can’t wait to ride a pony and a strikingly gorgeous 2-year-old mare—Lola K—with a collection of blue ribbons.

August 21, 2009

Amalfi Turns Into A Champion At USEF Junior Hunter Championship East Coast

Danielle Cooper might owe her mother an Italian vacation.

Cooper’s ride for the grand junior and small junior hunter, 16-17, titles at the USEF Junior Hunter Championship East Coast came by the name Amalfi through somewhat wishful thinking.

“My mom named him Amalfi because she loves Italy. It’s a place in Italy that she wanted to visit but hasn’t been able to because of my riding!” Cooper said.

Perhaps after the July 27-29 competition in Saugerties, N.Y., at the HITS-On-The-Hudson venue, the Coopers can finally visit Amalfi, the location.

August 14, 2009

Dinan Gets It Done At HITS-On-The-Hudson Hunter Derby

She and the elegant Angelo add another hunter accolade to their résumé.

Katie Dinan hadn’t been having a good week at HITS-On-The-Hudson VI.

She’d started the week competing in the USEF Junior Hunter Championships-East. “It was terrible!” Dinan said. “We had a rail in each class. Angelo isn’t really the type of horse that has rails—he never does that. It was upsetting, because he was great otherwise.”

August 14, 2009

Who Will Represent The United States In 2016?

Linda Allen has written a thought-provoking Between Rounds column for this week’s issue. I believe it should be required reading for any rider with international aspirations, whether they’re show jumpers or competing in other disciplines.

July 31, 2009

North Country Reigns Over The Derby At Horse Shows By The Bay

Patricia Griffith hops on the junior hunter to win.

Patricia Griffith is usually standing by the in-gate as North Country canters around a course, but during the first week of the Horse Shows By The Bay series, in Traverse City, Mich., she got to take center stage with him.

Student Lillie Keenan normally rides North Country in the junior hunter divisions, but last year Griffith scored a victory in the ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby on the elegant bay, and she thought it’d be fun to try again on July 11.

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