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March 6, 2015

Lucifer V Grows Wings To Win The $127,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 9

Wellington, Fla.—March 5   

Hardin Towell’s had the ride on Lucifer V for two years now, but he’ll admit the horse is a work in progress. "I had him down here last year, and he was a bit of a handful," Towell said. "He was spooky, and he liked to buck a lot. It took a while; not a lot of people believed in him.”

March 5, 2015

Hermès USA Announces Young Rider Award

Hermès USA announced on March 6 the new Hermès Talented Young Rider Award, to be given out the final week of the Winter Equestrian Festival, March 26-29. The winner will be the highest ranked young rider from the three months of WEF. That rider will receive an invitation to compete at Le Saut-Hermès, an international event staged at the Grand Palais in Paris, April 10-12.

The winner will join some of the world’s best riders as they compete in nine rounds of the CSI*****.

Hermès technical equestrian apparel and riding equipment will also be awarded.

March 1, 2015

Todd Minikus Shuts The Door On The $150,000 Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix

Wellington, Fla.—Mar. 1  

“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.

February 27, 2015

Fifty Fifty Gives 100 Percent To Win $34,000 Ruby Et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 8

Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 26   

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).

February 22, 2015

Fibonacci Flies To The Top Of The $372,000 Suncast Grand Prix

Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 21  

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.

February 19, 2015

Barron's Wild On His Way To A Big WEF Win

Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 19  

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.

February 19, 2015

Dressage At Devon Postpones Piaffing For Papal Visit

Dressage At Devon recently announced the dates for its 2015 breeding, open and CDI-W competition, which will be held one week later than usual this year. The Devon, Pa., show will run Sept. 29-Oct. 4.

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