“I tried to ride the jump-off that I could do, not one that I couldn’t do,” Ben Maher said.
Sure, his time on Urico was quick. But it certainly wasn’t unbeatable. Kent Farrington was more than 2 seconds faster on Blue Angel, but he pulled a rail. Beezie Madden was fractions of a second faster, but also picked up 4 faults.
The young riders competing in the Hollow Creek Young Rider, Junior and Children's Nations Cups brought not only a few different riding styles to Wellington, Fla., but also a new persepctive on in-the-ring fashion. Their turn-out definitely differed from the traditional norm for the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, with colored reins, ponytails hanging down their backs, and even a bit of bling. Check it out...
There was no stopping them. An irrepressible tide of parents, friends, and other supporters swept into the ring for the awards ceremony of the Hollow Creek Farm Children’s Nations Cup. Cell phone cameras working overtime, they took over. Hugs, tears, kisses were non-stop. It was the best awards ceremony I’ve ever seen.
Awards ceremonies are usually pretty staid, boring affairs. Step up on podium, smile awkwardly at the gaggle of photographers pointed at you. Rinse, repeat.
“Canada’s been on a bit of a roll! First it was curling, and then women’s bobsled… Then it was hockey—two games! And now it’s show jumping!” Mark Laskin, the Canadian chef d’equipe quipped after his team’s winning efforts in the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup.
Nations cup show jumping in Florida might not be a “winter sport” per se, but just as the Canadians did in the Winter Olympics a few weeks ago, they came and conquered at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. The British team came in second, with the U.S. team picking up third.
Wondering what events at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival this weekend are available for live streaming on www.chronofhorse.com? We've got you covered, from the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup to the Hollow Creek Farm FEI Children's/Junior/Young Rider Nations Cups and the $150,000 CSIO 4* Grand Prix presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty. You can see it all!
For this week's Throwback Thursday, we're taking a look at the U.S. team members for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival tomorrow night, Feb. 28. They're all familiar faces in the pages of the Chronicle—we've been writing about them all since their pony-riding days.
You could say that Ammeretto jumps around the grand prixs like a hunter. And that’d be true since, well, he was a hunter.
Ammeretto, 9, spent his early years showing in both the hunters and the jumpers, jumping in the first year green division and in USHJA International Hunter Derbies at the same shows where he was doing the Young Jumper classes.