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February 14, 2015

Waters Outruns The World At HITS Ocala

Ocala, Fla.—Feb. 14  

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.

February 13, 2015

Irish Team Educates Its Horses With Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Win In Ocala

Ocala, Fla.–Feb. 13  

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.

February 9, 2015

McLain And Lauren Ward Welcome Baby Girl

Olympic gold medal show jumper McLain Ward and his wife, Lauren, welcomed a baby girl on the morning of Feb. 9. 

"At 7:49 this morning Lilly Kristine Ward was born. Lauren was incredible as always and our daughter leaves me speechless. I am so grateful for both my girls and all who have loved us," McLain said.

February 2, 2015

Who Won What This Weekend?

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. 

February 2, 2015

As Laine Saw It: The $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase Helmet-Cam

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!

For more archived video coverage of the $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase, including all of the cross-country action and a drone fly-over course walk, click here. 

February 1, 2015

Every Second Counts: The Battle Of The Chestnut Mares At WEF Week 4

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. 

January 28, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Oscar Brought Big Ears To Leadline

Jennifer on Oscar mid-bray while showing
in leadline with her father, Johnny Barker.
The famous judge Artie Hawkins
is in the background.

You’d think that the daughter of two hunter trainers—Johnny Barker and Parker Haynes Minchin—would have had a fancy, big-name pony to show in the leadline.

But no.

January 26, 2015

11.7 Wasn't A Misprint!

Alexis Brown thought for sure there’d been a miscalculation when she checked the scores for the Novice Horse-B division. Her dressage score read 11.7. “I thought it was a misprint,” she said.

January 26, 2015

Who Won What This Weekend?

At the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla.

Georgina Bloomberg won her first big WEF grand prix under the Saturday night lights in the $127,000 Adequan Grand Prix. She left her top mount, Juvina, in the barn and turned instead to the younger Lilli for the class. 

January 26, 2015

Ringside Chat: Will Simpson Is One Winning Dude

Four grand prix starts. Four wins. That’s Will Simpson’s record at the HITS Desert Circuit so far. It’s a remarkable start to 2015 for the California rider, who in 2008 helped the U.S. team earn gold in the Olympic Games in Hong Kong with the talented but quirky Carlsson vom Dach.

Carlsson was sold after the Games and went on to different riders, and Simpson has been building his string ever since. When The Dude walked into his barn aisle in March 2014, Simpson thought the future might look pretty bright.

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