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.
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.
When the U.S. Young Rider team was walking the course before the $10,000 FEI Hollow Creek Farm Young Riders Nations Cup, Chef d’Equipe Michele Grubb had one request: get it done a round early. Like the senior Nations Cup last night, the young riders did just that, piling on strong performances to clinch gold over Canada and Colombia a round early.
In years past, Nations Cup competition at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival has often served as training ground for greener international horses or riders. But with a new Nations Cup program in effect, the U.S. team came to the International Ring ready to win.
The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association will be seeking a new Chief Executive Officer after Shelby French, who held that position, resigned on Feb. 9.
USHJA President Bill Moroney reported that a subgroup of the USHJA’s Board of Directors will be addressing this issue, first by assessing the job duties and requirements for the position, then by searching for an individual that fits the position. He estimates that the committee will start searching for a candidate in around 30 days. In the interim, Moroney will be filling in as president and staff leader.
Like many of the big Sunday classes at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, the $50,000 Hermes Jumping Derby attracted a top international field. But if you wanted a major piece of the prize money, you had to hail from one country in particular: Ireland.
Walking into the press conference after the WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular felt eerily familiar. Like last year, Tori Colvin, Louise Serio and Liza Boyd sat at the table after the class, and like last time around, they looked relieved and relaxed for the first time all week.
All three are serious about winning. There’s Serio, the veteran who helped found the WCHR program 16 years ago, and Boyd, who's worked hard to win the class three times since it started.
Bill Moroney has been re-elected president of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association today, Dec. 4, at the USHJA Annual Meeting in Miami, Fla. Moroney will serve a four-year term, and this is the last term for which he is eligible.
“I believe out of every challenge comes positive results,” said Moroney. “The next few years of the USHJA governance transition will require commitment equal to starting the organization. We are all volunteers, working to steer this organization in the direction that best benefits our members and our sport.”