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Mollie Bailey

March 30, 2014

Brash Ends His Bridesmaid Streak In The $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix

Wellington, Fla.—March 30

Scott Brash has had a pretty good trip to Wellington, Fla., for the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. The show jumper ranked No. 1 in the world picked up plenty of checks, and no fewer than seven second place ribbons. But every time there’s a victory gallop, he’s had to stare at someone else’s tail. 

But in the last class of circuit, Brash picked a good time to reverse that trend.

March 29, 2014

Come Monday Kicks Off The $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby In Style

Wellington, Fla.—March 29

Most riders consider the handy round of the USHJA International Hunter Derbies the more stressful part of the class. That’s especially true at the two-day $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, when the second round is held on one of the most impressive venues of the derby tour, the grass derby field of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Stadium.

March 28, 2014

Cortes ‘C’ Cruises To Victory In The $50,000 Ruby Et Violette WEF Challenge Cup 12

Wellington, Fla.—March 27

Beezie Madden didn’t enter Cortes ‘C’ in the $50,000 Ruby Et Violette WEF Challenge Cup 12 thinking she’d run for the top check. Like most of the 69 starters she used that class as a warm up for Saturday’ $500,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix Finale, the feature class of Week 12 of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. But when it came her turn to jump off, she changed her plan.

March 26, 2014

The Ridge Is Offering An Alternative In Wellington

Thousands of riders from around the world flock to Wellington, Fla., every year for the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. But over the last seven years, another hunter/jumper show circuit in town has been gaining steam and followers at Nona Garson and George D’Ambrosio’s The Ridge Farm at Wellington.

March 21, 2014

Wylde And Smoking Gun Shoot To The Top At The Ridge

Wellington, Fla.—March 21

Most riders without hunter derby experience wouldn’t stand much of a chance in a international derby with a serious start list, especially if they only have one hunter in the barn. But most riders aren’t Peter Wylde.

The team gold medalist from the Athens Olympic Games topped the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at The Ridge at Wellington aboard Smoking Gun. It was the first hunter derby of his career.

March 9, 2014

Bugatti Breaks Out In The $77,000 Governor’s Cup Grand Prix

Gulfport, Miss.—March 9

Bugatti may be new to grand prix competition, but now that he’s in the game, he’s not wasting any time. He and Wilhelm Genn topped today’s $77,000 Governor’s Cup Grand Prix, in that horse's fourth grand prix start.

“I thought he’d be in the ribbons, but I didn’t think he’d win,” admitted owner Eduardo Leon.

March 8, 2014

Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

Tom Brennan’s not one to let anyone get him down, and this week at Gulfport he had an opportunity to spread that positive attitude.

It started, as so many things do these days, with a Facebook post.

March 7, 2014

Eloise Rules At Gulf Coast Sunshine Classic V

Gulfport, Miss.—March 7

Most hunter riders worry about making sure their horse will be relaxed and comfortable in the environment when it’s time to show, but Tim Maddrix has the opposite plan with Eloise. With her, the spookier the venue, the better she is.

February 16, 2014

Diaz Scores Big In The $50,000 Equestrian Sotheby’s Jumping Derby

Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 16

Santiago Diaz was hardly the odds on favorite heading into today’s $50,000 Equestrian Sotheby’s Jumping Derby. After all, he’d never won a class of this caliber before, and his mount, Tizimin La Silla, is just 8 and consequently short on experience. But the pair still rode away with the win, getting the edge over Nick Dello Joio and Ganjana, with James North and The Man To See taking third. 

February 15, 2014

It's A Three-Peat For Tori Colvin

Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 15   

As soon as tonight’s USHJA World Champion Hunter Rider Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular wrapped up, Larry Glefke knew exactly where he’d gone wrong.

“The only mistake I made tonight is that I should have locked Tori in the bathroom,” he joked.

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