Glancing down the start order for the $34,000 Jumper Classic 1.45-meter speed class at HITS Ocala today, Hayley Waters’ name didn’t really stand out. There were a lot of big international guns in town this weekend for yesterday’s Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, and Waters is just 18.
The Irish team for the Furuisyya FEI Nations Cup came to Ocala looking for a quiet, educational day for their four horses—all of whom were competing in a Nations Cup for the first time.
What they left with was the win in a class that saw lots of twists and turns as it played out, with a few shock results for the home team. The U.S. team of veterans held on for second place, buoyed by double-clean performances from both Beezie Madden and Georgina Bloomberg.
The talk of the weekend was for sure the $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase, the first time a three-star cross-country course has been run in the heart of South Florida's dressage and show jumping mecca of Wellington. Boyd Martin took command in the dressage aboard Trading Aces and didn't look back to take the big win.
Laine Ashker, who was third in the $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase on her longtime partner and off-the-track Thoroughbred Anthony Patch, has some fantastic helmet-cam footage of her cross-country ride. We paired it up with footage of her ride so you can see the whole picture!
It was a battle of fast chestnut mares on Jan. 31 under the lights for the $372,000 FEI Fidelity Investments World Cup Qualifier CSI-W***** at Week 4 of the Winter Equestrian Festival, and in the end it was Marie Hecart and Myself de Breve who took home the top check over Ben Maher on Diva.