'Oh Baby' Moggre Scores His Second World Cup Win At The National

Nov 2, 2019 - 11:02 PM

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 2

As he leaned over the table at the press conference following the $225,000 Longines FEI Lexington World Cup qualifier to look at his new Longines watch, Brian Moggre’s eyes widened a hair, and he exclaimed, “Oh baby!”

Though his demeanor was bright and full of mirth as he was peppered with questions, just  a few minutes prior the 18-year-old was wiping away tears as the “Star-Spangled Banner” played throughout the Alltech Arena.

“That moment for me was something I never expected to feel, especially this year, where I am in my career,” he said. “That horse is so special to me, MTM Vivre Le Reve. That horse has really taken me through all the ranks with him. I won my first FEI grand prix with him at Live Oak in the spring, another World Cup. To be able to win two was not even in my imagination. He was really on his game today, and luckily I was on mine. It was awesome, a really great feeling.”

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Brian Moggre and MTM Vivre le Reve earned the top spot in the $225,000 Longines FEI Lexington Jumping World Cup. Kimberly Loushin Photo

Known for riding by the seat of his pants in the jumper ring, Moggre put his faith in “Erkel” for his long gallop down to the final fence. He let the 10-year-old Westphalian (Ustinov—Chellana, Chello II) fly and trusted him to see the same distance. The gelding soared, never coming close to the red, white and blue rails.

On landing, Moggre leaned low to gallop through the timers, and he looked back up at the scoreboard to check if it was enough to beat Karen Polle’s blazing fast time of 34.44 seconds with Kino. Upon seeing 34.22 on the clock, Moggre broke into a smile, and as he turned to exit the ring, he leaned down and gave his partner of four years a long hug.

But Moggre had to sweat it out a little bit longer, as there was still one more to go, and it was Switzerland’s Beat Mändli. And the winner of the 2007 Rolex FEI World Cup Final (Nevada) looked like he might be able to pull it off, but the distance to the final fence wasn’t there, and Simba stopped, sending rails flying and throwing Mändli.

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Brian Moggre hugs MTM Vivre Le Reve following their winning jump-off round. Kimberly Loushin Photo
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Brian Moggre and MTM Vivre le Reve. Laura Lemon Photo

Moggre felt utter disbelief.

“I was scared,” he admitted, when asked how he felt waiting for Mändli’s round. “I obviously wanted to do well, but at the end of the day, a second in a class like this would still be phenomenal.

“My horse jumped amazing,” he continued. “I would not change a single thing about my ride or how my horse performed. I’m ecstatic with that. I could have been smoother, maybe I could have been quicker, but at the end of the day I am very pleased with the result, and say the last one went in and beat me, it would just give me more of an edge for next time.”

As for that watch he was starry-eyed over? He already knew exactly what he was going to do with it.

“This watch, I’ll probably give to my father because if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be able to do any of this. He let me keep the first one, so he can have this one.”

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The face when you’re the youngest winner there’s ever been. Kimberly Loushin Photo
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Karen Polle and Kino took second place. Laura Lemon Photo
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Karen Polle set the time to beat. Kimberly Loushin Photo
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David Blake and Keoki took third place. Laura Lemon Photo
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Kelli Cruciotti and Hadja Van Orshof took fourth place. Laura Lemon Photo
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Rowan Willis and Blue Movie took fifth place. Laura Lemon Photo
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Rodrigo Pessoa and Quality FZ took sixth place. Kimberly Loushin Photo
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Katie Dinan took seventh place with Brego R n B. Laura Lemon Photo
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All the love. Kimberly Loushin Photo
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Fans cheered for Kevin Babington, whom the equestrian community has rallied behind following a serious injury. Laura Lemon Photo
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Full speed. Kimberly Loushin Photo

Don’t miss all the Chronicle’s online coverage, with behind-the-scenes stories, lovely photos and more! Follow the Chronicle on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @Chronofhorse and check out the Nov. 18 issue of the magazine full analysis of the competition.

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