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Mollie Bailey

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.

March 2, 2013

U.S. Young Riders Dominate In Wellington

Wellington, Fla.—March 2

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.

March 2, 2013

U.S. Team On Top In Wellington CSIO

Wellington, Fla.—March 1

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.

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