“Some days you’re the bug and some days you’re the windshield, and that’s how it works,” said Todd Minikus wryly in the press conference after the $150,000 WEF 8 Grand Prix, presented by Lugano Diamonds.
For some riders, a blue ribbon in the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 8 might be just another paycheck for a day at the office, or a checkmark on a horse’s progress report.
But for Andres Rodriguez, it meant much more. For Rodriguez, the win with Fifty Fifty 111 is the payoff of five years of work and dedication with the 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Action-Breaker x Major de La Cour).
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum joked that Fibonacci 17 won the high-jump contest over every fence in the $372,000 Suncast® CSI 5* Grand Prix in Week 7 of the Winter Equestrian Festival. Fibonacci has quickly risen to stardom for his incredible jumping ability and he showed that off under the lights with some impressive jumps.
You know you’ve done well when you beat the super-fast combination of McLain Ward on Rothchild.
"Any time you beat McLain, you can be proud of yourself, no matter Rothchild or any horse," Lucy Davis declared following her victory in the $127,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 7. Davis, just 22, and Barron topped two-time Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward and his ultra fast mount, Rothchild, in an exciting jump-off round to earn the top prize. Wilton Porter and Diamonte Darco finished third.
The North American Riders Group Board has recently announced its NARG Top 25 Shows for 2014. Similar to the previous year, the 2014 NARG evaluations focused primarily on each competition's jumper aspects and gave 10 bonus points to shows that offered purses at or above $500,000, as well as points for shows that were approved for Fédération Équestre Internationale classes. These adjustments may have altered the rankings to a degree, but the aspects of superb footing, stabling, course design and overall venue are still the most significant factors.
Brianne Goutal is on quite a roll. She scored a remarkable one-two at Week 5 of the Winter Equestrian Festival, winning the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 5 on Friday and the $127,000 Ariat® Grand Prix CSI 3* on Ballade van het Indihof.
She grew up riding on the HITS Desert Circuit as a California girl, but Lucy Davis hasn’t shown in Thermal, Calif., since 2011.
Instead, Davis based herself in Europe with trainers Meredith and Markus Beerbaum and showed in Florida on the Winter Equestrian Festival series. Last year was a break-out year for her, as she and Barron represented the United States in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, helping the team take bronze.