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Nicoe Shahinian-Simpson won the WEF Challnge Cup on Akuna Mattata (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Nicole Shahinian-Simpson on Akuna Mattata won the CHF37,000 ($40,000) WEF Challenge Cup Round 2 on the grass derby field on Friday, Jan. 20 at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Nicole Shahinian Simpson on Akuna Mattata SportfotNicole Shahinian Simpson on Akuna Mattata (Photo by Sportfot)Shahinian-Simpson has known Akuna Mattata since she was born 15years ago, one of three triplet fillies by embryo transfer out of her former mount SRF Dragonfly de Joter.

Akuna Mattata took some time to develop and hit a winning stride with Shahinian-Simpson in the international ranks.

Oscar Soberon set Friday’s track on the grass field and had 20 jump clear in the first round.

After eight elected to save their horses for Sunday’s CSI3* Grand Prix, Shahinian-Simpson faced off against 11 challengers.

“There were so many clear, I was questioning whether I was going to jump-off to get ready for Sunday,” said Shahinian-Simpson. “She feels fit and strong, and I don’t show her a lot, so I figured why not. The jump-off was nice with a lot of gallops. She covers the ground so fast. When you gallop the jumps on her you never really think about the clear, you just go to the jumps and she does the rest.”

 

SHAHINIAN-SIMPSON said that she doesn’t make her plan by watching others jump, instead she focuses on Akuna Mattata in the warm-up ring. “

"I don’t really like to watch anyone or chase anyone, it's more of a mental thing for me," she said..

“She is unique in many ways, and it takes a bit of a village to get prepared for the class, but once she’s in here she’s all show horse,” she said. “Quite honestly, it’s just her adrenaline is so high that she just sees red. But, after the round you can walk out on a loose rein and she’s a champion in the prize giving. She’s very quiet at the barn and an easy horse to take care of. When she gets up here and she knows it’s an important class, she’s all sport.”

Shahinian-Simpson was one of four clean in the jump-off and finished in 45.08 for the win.

As the last to return in the jump-off, Callie Schott finished just shy of the winning time in 45.11 to place second on Garant, and Adrienne Sternlicht on a new mount, Faquitol-S, was third in 46.34.

Honorable Mention Action photo (3)

Virginia Lippincott of Downingtown, Pa., took this photo of Gypsy horses on the run.

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Kent Farrington won the $50,000 Grand Prix Saturday evening at WEF (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Kent Farrington on Greya won the $50,000 National Grand Prix Saturday evening, Jan. 21 at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Kent Farrington on Greya SportfotKent Farrington on Greya (Photo by Sportfot)Beating the field of 44 in a time of 37.756 seconds over a course designed by Catsy Cruz of Mexico, Farrington, a U.S. Olympic team silver medalist currently ranked 18th on the FEI world rankings, won despite having to go first in the jump-off.

“It’s Greya’s first time jumping under the lights,” said Farrington. “So, I tried to just work out of her normal gallop which is already pretty quick. Luckily, it worked out tonight, and I thought she was incredible.”

“The last year has been a rebuilding time for my string as some of my main horses are winding down their international careers,” he said. “It’s time for the young ones to step up; I have a group of horses – the oldest being 10 – that are starting to jump in the international scene and I’m excited to see what happens with each of them.”

Greya, 9, is among the promising young horses in that string.

“She’s a very special horse and I thought she jumped very well tonight,” he said. “She’s an opinionated mare; she has her own ideas but those are my favorite horses because I think in the end they are the best. When you can train the horse to work with you and use all of their energy to go in the right direction it can be great.”

Ben Maher of Great Britain on the 9-year-old Enjeu De Grisien finished second a full second behind Farrington, clean in 38.835 seconds, and Jos Verlooy of Belgium was third on the 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion Nixon Van’t Muelenhof.

 

LUIZ FRANCISCO DE AZEVEDO of Brazil on Collin won in international competition on the grass field during the afternoon.

Luiz Fraancisco de Azevedo on Collin SportfotLuiz Francisco de Azevedo on Collin (Photo by Sportfot)A starting field of 29 pairs competed in the  CHF37,000 ($40,000) 1.50m Classic over a course set by Oscar Soberon, with eight advancing to the jump-off.

Francisco de Azevedo won with a jump-off time of 41.09 seconds.

Max Wachman of Ireland on Quintini was second, clean in 41.98 seconds, and Maher was third on the 20-year-old Tic Tac in a time of 42.04 seconds.

“He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse,” said Francisco de Azevedo of Collin, a mount he’s had for 10 years. “We rescued him from a devastating situation, so I’m really proud to share this story because he’s one in a million. A friend of mine, Didier Jackmen, is an equine dentist in Belgium and he called me about the horse which was about to be sent to slaughter."

“He was really difficult to ride, but the only thing I was trying to do was give him the chance to show his confidence,” said Francisco de Azevedo. “With a lot of patience, we learned that he needs as much paddock time as we can give him and to only jump at the show. He knows when it’s go time!”

“In this kind of competition, the plan is to use the horse’s speed, otherwise you don’t even need to go to the jump-off,” joked Francisco de Azevedo.

“He’s super intelligent, he knows he’s mine forever and now he’s like part of the family," he said.”

Also in international competition, Natalie Dean won in the Under 25 Welcome class.

The CHF10,000 ($10,800) Under 25 Welcome class had a big field of 79 competitors.

Natalie Dean on Dotcom D’Authuit, won the one round speed class with a time of 64.04 seconds.

Second place went to Eden Leprevost Blinlebreton of France on Go With The Flow, clean in 64.55 seconds, and Sam Walker of Canada on Evita was third in 65.18 seconds.

“I think this division is an amazing division for both younger riders and also for younger horses,” Dean said. “I tend to use it for a lot of my 8- and 9-year-olds and really move them up throughout WEF. It gets you in the grass, in the little ring, under the lights, and it gives those horses experience. I think it’s a really useful division and I’m happy I’m still young enough to do it.”

“I’ve had Dotcom since she was 7, so for around three years now," she said. "She’s an amazing horse; so careful, brave and really fast. I know in these classes I don’t have to necessarily run her off her feet; I can just go smooth and she can be pretty competitive."

“I love this grass field,” said Dean. “It’s my favorite grass ring anywhere in the world.”

 

Honorable Mention Action photo

Pam Coeth of Wayne, Pa., sent this photo of Arielle Aharoni on Dutch Times in the Arena Eventing class at Devon.

"She was jumping back into the Dixon Oval from the Gold Ring," said Coeth. "That is her info on the screen behind her. I believe they won 3rd in the class, but they may have won 4th."

This is another super photo that could have been a winner.

Action Arielle Aharoni Eventing 2nd bes

Kent Farrington won the $151,700 Grand Prix at WEF, and Audrey Schulze won the U25 Grand Prix (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla--U.S. Olympic team silver medalist, Kent Farrington won his second grand prix of the weekend on Sunday, Jan. 22, this time riding Landon in the CHF140,000 ($151,700) CIS3* Grand Prix over runner-up Daniel Coyle of Ireland.

Kent Farrington on Landon SportfotKent Farrington on Landon (Photo by Sportfot)Farrington had also won the $50,000 Grand Prix Saturday evening on Greya.

Five riders were clean over the course designed by Oscar Soberon.

Coyle on Gisborne VDL, a 13-year-old Dutch warmblood stallion, was first to go in the jump-off and set the pace at 40.05 seconds.

Next to go, Farrington on Landon, a 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding, quickly took over the lead by only fractions in 39.30 seconds, a time that could not be caught.

“Landon is a big-strided horse, but Daniel’s horse is also a big-strided horse, and I thought he had an incredible round,” said Farrington. “I probably have a little quicker foot speed than him, but it took a lot to beat that round today because he was dropping strides everywhere on a huge gallop the whole way around.”

It was Landon’s first grand prix win.

 

“HE'S A VERY careful and a competitive horse,” said Farrington. “I have a great team coming up and he’s one of that group, so it was an exciting day for the horse and our team.”

“Landon has so much power and such a big stride, he has to learn to contain his power and we are starting to see that now," Farrington said. "His rounds are getting much smoother and the jump off today I thought was great.”

Coyle placed second and Mexico’s Tanimara Macari was third on IB Chica, with Charlotte Jacobs fourth on Edocenta and Laura Kraut fifth on Calgary Tame.

“I think this is a great part of what we have here in Wellington; different venues are great not only for the sport but for the horses that are here for a long time," said Farrington. "This is a huge grass ring and unique like an old turf field. I think it’s some of the best footing you can find in the world which is a great set up for places like Spruce Meadows and Aachen. We love to jump here as often as we can.”

Audrey Schulze on Darquit0 won the  CHF25,000 ($26,156) U25 Grand Prix over a starting field of 75, 22 of which were clean to advance to the jump-off.

Other than Belgium’s Zoe Conter and Ireland’s Tom Wachman, it was an all-American jump-off, and 13 were clean again.

Schulze on the 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding Darquito was the fastest, finishing clean in 38.18 seconds.

Darquito is the former ride of Ireland’s Andrew Bourns, and Bourns was the first to congratulate the pair as they left the ring.

“There were a lot of places without numbers where you just had to get on an open gallop, and luckily my horse has a huge stride where he just eats up the ground,” said Schulze. “His stride is definitely an advantage in the jump-off because it's much bigger than any other horse I’ve ever ridden, so it’s much easier to do one less stride everywhere.”

“I got him in July and within the first week of showing him, we won a national grand prix,” she said.

They have since had success across throughout North America and represented the U.S. at the 2022 FEI Jumping Nations Cup Youth Final in Kronenberg, Netherlands.

“It’s been really great getting to know him at all of these different venues," said Schulze. "He’s so much fun because he's so brave and anything I ask him to do he’s right there doing it.”

Natalie Dean on Dotcom D’Authuit was second, a little over a second slower than Schulze on a time of 39.50 seconds, and Mimi Gochman was third on Cosmos BH.

Gochman's sister Sophia won in Amateur-Owner Hunters 3'6" 18-35 division.

The 20-year-old Sophia rode Colter, a 2014 Hanoverian gelding by Franziscus, to the championship.

“Colter is green, so I’m working on just being calm and being in the hunter rings again,” said Gochman, who recently took a break from the hunter discipline show ring for a time. “I was focused on trying to be still and calm, and it worked out pretty well."

“Coming back to the hunter ring after focusing on jumpers for a couple years has given me a new appreciation for it,” said Gochman. “There is so much technical work that I think I forgot about, so it’s good to focus on that again.”

Gochman won two over fences classes during the division that was held over two days, with a high score of 89.

“This is actually my third show on him,” said Gochman. “I got him in August, but we are having a great time together.”

Reserve champion in Amateur-Owner Hunter 3'6" 18-35 division was Aphrodite Papandreou on Easton Blue.

Honorable Mention Action Photo (3)

Jodie Clineschmidt of Perkiomenville, Pa., took this photo of Skyeler Voss from The Plains, Va., on Argyle on Cross Country Day of the 2022 LRK3DE.

Action Skyeler Voss

Pam Coath wins third place in Candid photos (2)

Pam Coath of Wayne, Pa., took this photo of Radnor Huntsman James Dean surrounded by hounds and followed by the field that she entitled "Heading Home."

"I took this with a Sony A73 camera," said Coath. "I had been following the hunt on Thanksgiving Day. They came into a clearing and then they headed back to the kennels."

Candid Radnor heading home

Virginia Korrell placed second in an Irish Point-to-Point, Motion & Houghton have winners (2)

WEST CHESTER, Pa.--Virginia Korrell of West Chester, Pa., went to Ireland before Christmas to ride for trainer Andrew Slattery, a trip she had also made last year.

Virginia KorrellVirginia Korrell (On the right)She was hoping to get some rides over fences this year, but her license was held up for the first few weeks that she was there, finally coming through in mid-January, allowing her to finally get a ride in a point-to-point, an opportunity she put to good use.

Riding Ahaknowyerself for trainer Slattery, Virginia finished second in a 3 mile race at the Ballycrystal Point-to-Point in County Wexford.

Her parents, Brian and Wis Korrell, said that when they talked to her she told them that because she is an American that the cameras followed her all over.

Virginia Korrell on AhaknowyerselfVirginia Korrell leading on Ahaknowyerself"My first Irish point-to-point ride was a memorable experience,"said Korrell. "The point-to-point people were extremely nice and treated me like a celebrity. My horse ran and jumped like a star, and we almost won. If everything goes to plan, I will ride him in another point-to-point on Feb. 5."

Riding is this country last spring, Virginia had considerable success riding in point-to-points  before suffering a broken leg from a horse kicking her as she was riding back from a work for trainer Leslie Young, an accident that sidelined her until just before she went to Ireland.

"She's riding works for Slattery every day," said Brian. "She rides up to eight or nine a day."

 

GRAHAM MOTION had five winners during the past three weeks, beginning with two on Dec. 30.

Michael J. Ryan's Ancient Peace won a $89,100, 1 mile turf race for Maiden Fillies, 2 years old, at Santa Anita.

Ancient Peace took control early, set the pace and drew off to win by 4 1/4 lengths.

Glenangus Farm's Diamondsifyoudo won a $53,980, 1 1/16 mile Maiden Special Weight for 2-year-old fillies.

Diamondsifyoudo ran second early, moved into the lead in the stretch and won by a head.

Calumet Farm's homebred English Bee won a $88,000, 1 mile and 79 yards Allowance Optional Claiming race on the turf at Gulfstream on Jan. 13.

English Bee stalked the pace and won by a neck.

RyZan Sun Racing's Mission of Joy won a $26,500, 1 mile Allowance Optional Claiming race on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 18.

Mission of Joy pressed the pace and kicked clear in the stretch to win by 2 lengths.

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Albert Frassetto's The Grey Wizard (Ire) won a $72,000, 1 1/4 mile Allowance race on the turf at Santa Anita on Jan. 20.

The Grey Wizard was bumped at the start, reserved early, took over in mid stretch and went on to win by 2 1/2 lengths.

BERNIE HOUGHTON had a Maiden winner at Penn National on Jan. 13.

Robin H. Perry's homebred Foreclosure won a $13,600, 1 1/16 mile Maiden race for 4 year olds and up.

Foreclosure was rated early, was three wide on the turn and won driving by 1 3/4 lengths.

 

Canada's Francois Lamontagne won the $50,000 Grand Prix at HITS Ocala (2)

OCALA, Fla.--Canada’s Francois Lamontagne on Chanel Du Calvaire the $50,000 Grand Prix at HITS Ocala on Sunday, Jan. 22.

Francois Lamontagne on Chanel Du CalvaireFrancois Lamontagne on Chanel Du CalvaireIn a seven-horse jump-off, Lamontagne won by a full second over second placed Sharn Wordley on Mick Jagger, while Hunter Holloway on Dana De Kerglenn was third.

“I got Chanel Du Calvaire when she was 5 years old, and she’s 15 now, so it’s been a long partnership and I know her by heart,” said Lamontagne. “She’s very competitive; she’s a warrior. She’s careful but brave at the same time. Usually, you get one or the other, but she’s got both. She’s always going to try, and I know what I can ask and where I can save some time compared to other horses.”

Holloway, first to go in the jump-off, finished in 33.910 seconds.

Wordley  finished clean in 33.878 seconds, but his lead would only hold for a short time, as Lamontagne finished in 32.919 seconds to win.

 

“IT WAS beatable, but at the same time, I didn't want to do something stupid today,” said Lamontagne. “It's the first week and the last time we showed was in September, so you never really know!”

Lamontagne traveled from Quebec, Canada to compete at HITS Ocala and was excited to be back in Florida.

“When I come back here for the winter I feel like a kid going back to summer camp to see his friends,” he said. “I like the spirit, the staff, and the people feel like family. Even the competitors – they all want to go for the win, but there's a big respect between all of the riders. I was really excited when I saw the new ring – with all the improvements HITS is fantastic!”

 On Friday in the $25,000 Grand Prix, Dorothy Douglas won  in a 12-horse jump-off on MTM Caepten while also placing third with MTM Cedrick, and Vicente Guillen on Cornut GP was second.

 

Will Coleman, Margaret Duprey and Christian Simonson honored by the USET (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Eventing Olympian Will Coleman of Gordonsville, Va., was awarded the United States Equestrian Team  Foundation’s Whitney Stone Cup while Margaret Dupree of West Grove, Pa., was awarded the R. Bruce Duchossois Distinguished Trustee Award and Christian Simonson of Ventura, Caif. received the Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy at special ceremonies held during the USET Foundation’s Gold Medal Club Reception on Jan. 22 at The Wanderer’s Club in Wellington, Fla.

Will Coleman on Of The Record awardWill Coleman and Off The Record during the cross-country phase of the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championship at Pratoni del Vivaro in Rome, Italy, where the U.S. team won the silver medal (Photo by Shannon Brinkman)

The Whitney Stone Cup is awarded annually by the USET Foundation to an active competitor whose consistent excellence in international competition and whose standard for sportsmanlike conduct and contributions as an ambassador for the sport and for the USET Foundation exemplify the Team’s highest ideals and traditions.

“It’s a tremendous honor to receive the Whitney Stone Cup,” said Coleman, who was ranked fifth on the FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings at the end of 2022.

“The competitors that have received this award are and were some of the greatest horse people in the world, many of whom I’ve looked up to my entire life. Some of the people I most admire in our sport have won it, so to be that person and to be given this award is humbling. I’ve never thought of myself as being the type of person to receive this award, so it’s really gratifying.

“Success in eventing is often at the end of a very long and challenging road,” said Coleman. “For every great experience and achievement, there are many disappointing and formative moments. You go through these ups and downs many times and at many different levels throughout your career. It is thanks to the support from organizations like the USET Foundation, and from your owners and sponsors, that you can continue to climb the ladder and reach your fullest potential. Hopefully that is at an event like CHIO Aachen or the FEI World Championships, but wherever you have success on an international level, the USET Foundation certainly helps you to get there.”

Coleman was a member of the U.S. eventing team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, with Twizzel and at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, N.C., with Tight Lines.

Coleman on Off The Record won the 2018 Great Meadow International CCIO4*-S; the 2019 Jersey Fresh International CCI4*-S; and the 2021 Carolina International CCI4*-S; and in September of 2021, were the first American combination to win the CCIO4*-S division at CHIO Aachen, Germany.

In September of 2022, Coleman and Off The Record were part of the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team that won the silver medal at the FEI Eventing World Championship held at Pratoni del Vivaro in Rome, Italy, and qualified the U.S. team for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.

“We have another big year in front of us,” he said. “The horses will hopefully head to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event; that is our first big goal of the year. If the opportunity is there, I’d always want to go to CHIO Aachen again. We also have the Pan American Games at the end of the year, and I have a couple of younger horses who might be in the running for selection for that championship.”

 

DUPREY was awarded the R. Bruce Duchossois Distinguished Trustee Award, created in 2015 and awarded annually to a USET Foundation Trustee.

“I’m deeply honored to receive this award in memory of Mr. Duchossois, who was such a well-respected horse person,” said Duprey. “This sport has brought me tremendous joy over the years and my hope, as a member of the USET Foundation’s Board of Trustees, is to give back just as much as I’ve received. I aim to support initiatives that ensure the success of our U.S. high performance athletes and teams at major international competitions.”

MargaretDupreyMargaret H. Duprey, center, USET Foundation Chairman, President and CEO W. James McNerney, Jr. (left), and the USET Foundation's Vice President of the Board of Trustees William H. Weeks (right) (Photo by JumpMedia)A lifelong member of the equestrian community, Duprey has served on the USET Foundation’s Board of Trustees for more than 15 years, playing an integral role in supporting and donating to several fundraising campaigns.

Most recently, she spearheaded the “Trustee and National Advisory Committee (NAC) Challenge,” that inspired USET Foundation Board of Trustee and NAC members to make contributions and pledge multi-year gift commitments.

Thanks to Duprey’s leadership, the Challenge exceeded its goal and raised more than $3 million for high performance programs.

“Margaret has long been instrumental in supporting high performance equestrian sport in the United States, and I’ve been humbled by her generosity over the years,” said W. James McNerney, Chairman, President, and CEO, of the USET Foundation. “Her consistent and active participation on the USET Foundation’s Board of Trustees demonstrates her unwavering commitment to ensuring prominence for our U.S. teams on the world stage.”

In addition to her work with the USET Foundation, Duprey and her husband Robert (Bob) own and operate Cherry Knoll Farm Inc., which is home to high performance dressage and show jumping horses that represent the U.S. in international competition.

Duprey has owned several horses for high performance U.S. athletes including Olympic show jumping gold medalist Laura Kraut, Paralympic para dressage bronze medalist Rebecca Hart, and international dressage rider Todd Flettrich.

Currently, she owns horses for Olympic show jumping gold medalist Laura Kraut and international dressage athlete Todd Flettrich.

With Duprey’s Otto, Flettrich was named alternate to the U.S. dressage team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.

“Initially, I got involved with U.S. para dressage rider Rebecca Hart as part owner of Schroeter’s Romani, a mare that represented the U.S. at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in North Carolina,” said Duprey. “I loved and respected Rebecca’s passion, drive, and desire to win on the international level. That was exciting and led me to get involved with others. Luckily, I had the opportunity to purchase the horse Cedric, which introduced me to Laura Kraut. This all led me to support the USET Foundation.”

 

SIMONSON, 20, received the Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy, annually awarded to a junior or young rider in an Olympic discipline who exemplifies the Team’s ideals of sportsmanship and horsemanship.

Christian Siminson on Zeaball DeawindChristian Siminson on Zeaball Deawind was three-time gold medalists at the 2021 FEI North American Youth Championships (Photo by KTB Creative Group)“It is truly an honor to receive the Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy and join an esteemed group of athletes that have been recognized for sportsmanship and horsemanship,” said Simonson. “I sincerely want to thank those around me including my trainer Adrienne Lyle and fellow rider Katie Duerrhammer. They are incredible role models that demonstrate what horsemanship truly means. Without them, this would not be possible. I plan to uphold the ideals of the USET Foundation and continue the journey of learning from both human and horse.”

Taking advantage of the US Equestrian (USEF) High Performance Pathway, Simonson competed at the 2017 and 2018 North American Youth Championships (NAYC) earning the team gold medal and individual silver medal in the Junior division in 2017 and the team silver medal in the Young Rider division in 2018.

Simonson was also awarded the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) bronze and silver medals in 2017.

More recently, in 2021, he won triple gold in the Young Rider division at NAYC riding Zeaball Diawind, and he was also selected to represent the U.S. at the Future Champions Nations Cup in Hagen, Germany, where the team took home bronze.

In the summer of 2022, Simonson on Son of a Lady had a third-place podium finish in the Young Rider Freestyle at CHIO Aachen in Germany.

“My journey along the High Performance Pathway has been extremely worthwhile,” he said. “These initiatives implemented by the USET Foundation, USEF, and Discover Dressage, including the European Tour and NAYC, have provided me with invaluable experiences.

“Team experiences are rare in our sport,” he said. “These opportunities have shown me how vital it is to develop strong and supportive team dynamics in order to succeed on the international stage against the best in the world. These events have prepared me to represent my country, hopefully at the highest level. Without the USET Foundation's initial support, this wouldn’t be possible.”

Simonson recently made the transition to the professional ranks and looks forward to showing in the FEI Young Rider and Small Tour divisions this winter at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington.

In the near term, he hopes to be selected for team outings in Europe as well as make his debut in the Under 25 division with his new mount Harmony’s Duval.

Longer term, Simonson is focused on learning as much as possible with the goal of one day competing on senior teams at major venues such as the FEI World Cup Finals and the Olympic Games.

“If I were to give advice to a junior or young rider, it would be to have resilience,” he said. “There are constant challenges. Not every ride will be perfect, and that is okay! You have to enjoy the process and be grateful for the small wins and successes. Surround yourself with a supportive team whom you want to emulate, as they will be an essential part of your journey. Never stop learning or listening; there is always something to improve or work on when it comes to riding. Lastly, and most importantly, always place your horse's welfare first, no matter what. Horses are the reason we are here, and they give their all to us.”

Honorable Mention Action photo (2)

Virginia Lippincott of Downingtown, Pa., took this photo of polocrosse.

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Jodie Kelly-Baxley wins in WEC dressage while Hunter Holloway wins a$100,000 Grand Prix (2)

OCALA, Fla.--Jodie Kelly-Baxley of Destin, Fla, on Grayton Beach, who was competing in his first tests at the Grand Prix level, won two classes, scoring 71.739 percent on Friday, Jan. 20, and then 75.761 percent the following day at the World Equestrian Center – Ocala.

Jodie Kelly Baxley on Grayton Beach Q2 PhotographyJodie Kelly Baxley on Grayton Beach Q2 PhotographyThe Dressage VIII and Dressage VIIII shows on Jan.19-22, 2023, at the World Equestrian Center – Ocala ran classes from Training Level to FEI Grand Prix.

The show is an official qualifying competition for the 2023 Great American/USDF Regional Championships.

The shows were the first rated dressage shows of the year at WEC – Ocala, beginning off a full calendar of expanded dressage action planned for the world-class facility in 2023.

WEC - Ocala and WEC - Ohio also hosted a number of jumper and hunter competitions during that period.

 

“THIS WAS his first grand prix, and it was a really big milestone,” said Kelly-Baxley. “I was a little apprehensive about whether he was ready, but are we ever fully ready? On Friday I went in and was a little too careful as I was so worried about overfacing him. He only gets worried when he makes a mistake, so I didn’t want to ask too much. It was a little underpowered but he still got over 71 percent. I was a little nervous, and I’m not one to get nervous."

Hunter Holloway on Pepita Con Spita Andrew Ryback PhotographyHunter Holloway on Pepita Con Spita wins a $100,000 WWEC - Ocal Grand Prix (Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography)“On Saturday I was more myself and ready to rock and roll, and it paid off,” said Kelly-Baxley. “Grayton is a really big guy with very big movement, and the one-time changes have been a real struggle just because he has such a big canter. He got all 15 of them — they weren’t pretty, but they will get better. That was a really big accomplishment for him.”

Kelly-Baxley has owned the 17.3-hand gelding by Negro x UB40 since he was 3 after her Dutch trainer Toine Hoefs found him in Holland.

“He’d been looking for a horse for me and called me one day and said, ‘I’ve found your horse,’" she said. "He was 3, and I could barely steer him, but I brought him over straight away. He’s a really special guy and an amazing character, but needed help organizing his long legs. I’ve been careful and taken it really slow because of his size. It's paid off. It was a super special and really fun weekend.”

Kelly-Baxley, who trains with Anne Gribbons, will stick to national shows for now with Grayton Beach, but her loftiest goals are to represent the United States on him one day.

In Saturday’s FEI Prix St. Georges class, Nora Batchelder won two of the top three places, claiming victory on Improv 40Z with 70 percent.

Improv 40Z, another 17.3-hand horse, went on to score 72.059 percent at Intermediate I to finish second behind Tammy Feldmann on Free Tyme, who won on 73.235 percent.

Batchelder had another win at Prix St. Georges level, and her highest score of the show,  on Francis S3 with a score of 73.824 percent.

Batchelder’s final win was on the 17.1-hand Divo, scoring 68.085 percent in the FEI Test of Choice class, topping the leaderboard riding the FEI Grand Prix Special.

Jennifer Marchand had an extremely full-on weekend, riding 21 tests over the four days of competition and winning 10 classes with Nota Bene at Training Level, and Florencia and Intrepid.

Dana Cooke contested 22 classes at the show, winning three of them.

Her top score, 77.297 percent, was at Third Level on Quatro, placing second to Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp on Deniro Z, who scored 77.568 percent.

HUNTER HOLLOWAY on Pepita Con Spitawon the $100,000 at WEC – Ocala.

“She’s such an incredible horse," said Holloway. "I have had her for a few years now. I got her as an 8-year-old, and she is turning 12. We have had many highs together and many firsts. Hopefully, that continues and we keep climbing the ladder.”

Nicole Loochtan on It's Me du Bosquetiau won in the $30,000 WEC – Wilmington Grand Prix.

“‘Marvin’ is the best horse in the world," said Loochtan. "This is only my second week showing him. I spent a month with him in quarantine over at Spy Coast Farm, and I got to know him a little bit. We brought him right up here, and he has been double clear in every class he has done.”

Daniel Geitner on Easy Money won the $20,000 3’6”-3’9” Hunter Derby at WEC – Ocala with scores of 82 and 90.

“‘Easy’ is enormous with a lot of scope and a huge step," said Geitner. "He placed second last week out in the Stadium. It’s pretty neat for a horse as tall and big as he is to go from the giant ring last week and come into a normal-sized ring this week and still be so rideable and handy. He’s kind of like a jumper; the more you power him up, the better he jumps.”

Kathleen Caya rode Copa du Cache to win in the $15,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby 3' Open at WEC – Wilmington with scores of 90 and 91.

“I have had him through his pre-green year," said Caya. "His owner lets me do a lot with him, and she shows him sometimes in the Adult Hunter division. We are going to keep coming back here with him this winter, and he is qualified for derby finals so that will be our goal!”

Jelmer Hoekstra of Denmark on Harold won the $15,000 Futures Prix at WEC – Ocala.

“I knew I could go fast with Harold,"saidHoekstra. "He is very experienced in jump-offs and is fast off the ground. I just tried to stay tidy in the turns and find everything forward.”

Luke Rinehart on Captain America won the $10,000 Futures Prix at WEC – Wilmington.

“My dad wanted me to leave out and do six strides up the first line," said Rinehart. "I did not jump in the way I wanted to so I steadied and did seven. It was a huge oxer off the turn so I didn’t want to run at it. I made a few tidy turns, and I kept it in the middle of going fast and just leaving all the rails up.”

Action photo Honorable Mention (2)

Jodie Clineschmidt took this photo of Philip Dutton from West Grove, Pa., on Sea of Clouds on Cross Country Day of the 2022 LRK3DE.

Action Phillip Dutton

Lucy Gilbertson won the WEF Challenge Cup over Lillie Keenan (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Lacy Gilbertson of Hamburg, N.J.,  won the CHF50,000 ($54,256) CSI4* WEF Challenge Cup Round 3 on Thursday, Jan. 27  during Week 3 of the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Lucy Gilberson on Kartin cant Vennehof SportfotLucy Gilberson on Kartin van't Vennehof (Photo by Sportfot)Peter Grant of Canada set a course for a starting field of 55, nine of which progressed to the jump-off.

Despite her conservative jump-off plan, Gilbertson on Karlin van’t Vennehof was fast and clean to stop the clock at 41.41 seconds, beating Lillie Keenan on Argan De Beliard, who finished in 43.09 seconds for second, and Jacob Pope on Highway FBH was third in 44.78 seconds.

Gilbertson began riding Karlin van’t Vennehof, the former mount of her trainer Shane Sweetnam, at the beginning of the 2022 WEF season.

“I think I have so much confidence in her that when I go in the ring, no matter what happens if I do it half right, we are going to be clear,” said Gilbertson. “She’s so scopey and she’s my type of ride so I’m very comfortable on her. I think that’s the main thing that’s helped us click and keep the consistency.”

 

“I WAS a little bit conservative in the beginning for one, two and three and then the oxer rolling back away from the gate showed up the way I wanted it to, then everything fell into place," she said. "We were able to the leave out to the last, and she was amazing.

“Everything makes Karlin special; she’s the kindest, sweetest, and most forgiving horse on earth,” said Gilbertson. “I actually don’t understand how she is as hot and sensitive as she is while still having all of the other things you need in the ring to be successful.”

Finishing the day in the International Ring, the CHF6,000 CSI2* 1.45m was won by Germany’s Sophie Hinners riding Munin.

Canadian Olympian Amy Millar finished second on GCS Athena, while Taylor Harris was third on Keatingstown Gotha de Baudignies.

 

 

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