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.”
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.
“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.