When Andre Thieme pulled up Contanga 3 after galloping around the jump-off for the $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, he didn’t think he’d just laid down the winning round. That mare was relatively inexperienced, and the slowest of his three mounts qualified for the short course. He assumed that one of the others would outrun her.
The rest of the field hoped the same, but they simply couldn’t beat him.
After a horse competing at the HITS Ocala show in Ocala, Fla., tested positive for the neurological form of the equine herpes virus (EHV-1), that horse is in stable condition, the HITS shows in Ocala are continuing as usual with one tent barn in quarantine, the showgrounds at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival had a horse with a suspicious fever that tested negative for EHV-1, and seven state quarantines are in place in Florida.
As she walked in the in-gate for the last round, Patricia Griffith got to use a little bit of the advice she’s been repeating to her students for years.
“I was just thinking ‘I want to have a round that I’m happy with and whatever happens happens,’” she said. “I’ve been doing this long enough to know that it’s really easy to mess yourself up. When I teach kids, I always tell them ‘Worry about yourself.’ I think that’s what I tried to do.”