When you see big-time jumper riders walking around downtown D.C. wearing capes and grease paint, it can only mean one thing: it’s barn night–and the costume class!—at the Washington International Horse Show.
What do you do after you win a major class at the one of the fall indoor horse shows? If you’re Dean Dignelli you do it again the next comptition.
Dignelli piloted Redefin to his second big win in as many weeks when he topped the WIHS Adult Amateur Jumper Championship at the Washington International, having earned blue the week before at the Pennsylvania National. He outran Tequila Girl and Elizabeth Porath in the jump-off for the top check.
When Daniel Deusser was about to go in the ring at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles for his first class on Equita van’t Zorgvliet he had a sudden realization: he’d never shown the horse indoors before.
But when crunch time came, that didn’t matter, and “Equita” put all the pieces together to win the $377,500 Longines Grand Prix of Los Angeles.
“The adjustment was quite quick with her,” said Deusser, who represents Germany but is based in Belgium.
When a Hollywood horse show sets out to raise money through a costume class, you can bet it won't be anything like the friendly competition your barn puts on around Halloween.
The Charity Pro-Am Challenge at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles pairs a professional and amateur rider for a relay class that's really secondary to the flair and fun of costumes, music and performances.
There were eight countries in the jump-off of the $96,000 Emirates Gold Cup, but one nation dominated the results: France. French riders claimed the top three spots in the class, and took fifth to boot.
Nick Skelton’s Fédération Equestre Internationale record spans back more than four decades, and he’s ridden on winning teams for Great Britain on multiple occasions, but he’s never won an individual medal at the Olympic Games—until now.