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Mollie Bailey

March 31, 2013

De Mirandas Cash In At WEF

Wellington, Fla.—March 30

Álvaro “Doda” de Miranda couldn’t have had a much better evening than that of the $500,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix. Not only did he ride AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno to the top check in the class, his wife Athina Onassis de Miranda took third.

It’s the first time they’ve both had such strong results in the same class. “I think once at the Global Champions Tour in Valkenswaard [the Netherlands] she was sixth, but I was really bad, I wasn’t even placed,” recalled Doda.

March 27, 2013

Not Going Off The Reservation

Wellington, Fla.—March 27

At today’s U.S. Equestrian Federation Town Hall Meeting, U.S. Hunter Jumper Association President Bill Moroney didn’t mince words when discussing the importance of changing the hunter/jumper culture when it comes to overuse and misuse of drugs and medications.

March 24, 2013

Sweetnam Finally Gets Grand Prix Blue

Wellington, Fla.—March 24   

He’s been to the London Olympic Games as the first alternate for the Irish squad. Ditto the 2010 FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games (Ky.). He’s been double clean in major competitions around the world and generally made himself a household name in the show jumping scene. But until today’s $101,000 Pennfield Feed Grand Prix, Shane Sweetnam had never won an Fédération Equestre Internationale grand prix.

March 23, 2013

Zander's Zippiest In The Suncast 1.50-meter Classic Finale

Wellington, Fla.—March 23

If you want to win a jump-off at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival these days, just being efficient isn’t enough: You have to be positively blazing.

McLain Ward kicked Zander into high gear to win tonight’s $100,000 Suncast 1.50-meter Classic Finale, combining a giant stride and plenty of footspeed to take the title. He clocked in 1½ seconds faster than Janne Friederike Meyer and Cellagon Lambrasco—who’s not exactly a plodding type. Pablo Barrios and Zara Leandra took third with a double-clear jump-off.

March 22, 2013

Keenan Rules In The Equitation Ring

Wellington, Fla.—March 22

What do you get when you take the best 29 riders at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, whisk away their trainers, and make them prepare for and ride over a championship course on their own? Plenty of top rounds, and astronomical scores to boot.

Winner Lillie Keenan earned a raw score of 96 in the George Morris Excellence In Equitation Championship, as did third-placed Gabrielle Bausano. Michael Hughes (second) and Megan MacPherson (fourth) both earned marks of 94.

March 17, 2013

Contanga 3 Is The Clear Winner In Ocala

Ocala, Fla.—March 17

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.

March 13, 2013

No Bridle, No Problem

A broken hackamore couldn't stop Wilton Porter from riding the only clear round in the $20,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Team event on Paloubet.

March 10, 2013

Junior Rider Breaks Collarbone In Fall At WEF

A 13-year-old rider from Colombia suffered a serious fall while riding in the modified children’s jumper class at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., today March 10. 

The rider had completed the jump-off when her mount started bucking, then propped, and she fell off headfirst. The rider, who was unconscious after the fall, was immediately transported via ambulance to the Trauma Hawk Landing site at the Global Dressage Festival site across the street. She travelled via helicopter to Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Fla.

March 9, 2013

Deusser Gets It Done In Wellington

March 9—Wellington, Fla.

Daniel Deusser may have just arrived at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, but he didn’t do it quietly.

March 3, 2013

Blue Angel Wears Blue With Farrington

Wellington, Fla.—March 3

What do you get when you gather the best riders at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, ask them to tack up their best horses and ride in a major grand prix during Nations Cup week? An amazing jump-off.

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