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March 23, 2014

Maher Flies In To Win At $50,000 Live Oak Grand Prix CSI-W

Ben Maher’s a busy man, jetting back and forth across Florida to jump in two grand prix classes within eight hours.

We had to interview him via speakerphone after his win in the $50,000 Live Oak Grand Prix CSI-W in Ocala, Fla., because he was racing to catch a plane to fly back to Wellington, Fla., to ride in the grand prix at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. (He ended up fifth in that class with Urico after a rail in the jump-off.)

March 19, 2014

Flexible Defies The Odds Yet Again

Eight months ago, Flexible’s career was supposed to be over. The winner of the 2012 Rolex FEI World Cup Final couldn’t trot for more than a few minutes without going dead lame.

March 16, 2014

2014 $25,000 Gulf Coast Grand Prix - Live Stream

Want to see show jumping action from Gulfport, Miss., in the finale grand prix of the Gulf Coast Winter Classics? Tune in at 4:00 p.m. EST at

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March 3, 2014

Every Second Counts: Maher vs. Kraut In The $150,000 CSIO**** Grand Prix

Ben Maher continued his domination of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival grand prix classes, winning the $150,000 CSIO**** Grand Prix on Jane Clark's Urico by a whopping three seconds over Laura Kraut and Nouvelle on March 2 in Wellington, Fla.

Want to see how he did it? Check out their head-to-head battle...

March 3, 2014

Maher Does Just Enough To Win $150,000 CSIO**** Grand Prix At WEF 8

“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.

March 2, 2014

Going Avant Garde In The Junior Nations Cups

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...

March 2, 2014

U.S. Young Riders Cap The Nations Cup Night

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.

March 1, 2014

Canada Shoots And Scores In $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup

“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.

February 28, 2014

Live Streaming Schedule

Wondering what events at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival this weekend are available for live streaming on 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!

February 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday: We Knew Them When - The WEF Nations Cup Team


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.

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