Top riders—they’re just like us. They like to post cute photos of their four-legged friends, lament about their foibles, and rejoice in their accomplishments. Here are a few posts that caught our eye this weekend:
Leah Lang-Gluscic shared this adorable post about her Rolex Kentucky CCI****-bound eventer, A.P.
The U.S. show jumping team for the 1948 Olympic Games was the last military Olympic team fielded. Col. Frank Wing rode the famous U.S. team mount Democrat, Capt. John Russell rode Air Mail, and Col. Andrew Frierson rode Rascal.
Who’s headed to Gothenburg, Sweden, for the Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final on March 23-28? Seven riders are invited from the top finishers on the East Coast, and three from the West Coast. If a qualified rider declines to attend, the spot is offered to the next-ranked U.S. rider on the list.
The qualifying classes are over, and here’s how things look for the Longines North American League…
It’s an obvious question to ask a little girl in jodhpurs and boots when she’s hanging around the barn, but hunter/jumper trainer Kama Godek didn’t have any ponies at her Wellington, Fla., base. So she threw 5-year-old Michaela Munson up on Regalo, an experienced equitation horse.
“She asked if she could ride a horse, and she said, ‘I can post and everything!’ " Godek said. "I have ‘Regi,’ who is perfect, so I told her she could get on him.
He’s currently the king of Tamie Smith’s barn. He’s regal, black and gentlemanly. And around the barn, he’s named after a luxury car.
He’s Mai Baum, or “Lexus,” and last fall he took the eventing world by storm, winning the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill CCI*** (Md.) and the Plantation Field (Pa.), Copper Meadows (Calif.) and Rebecca Farm (Mont.) CIC***s.
“When they announced I’d won, I just started crying because I didn’t think I’d done it,” Ashley Stannard said of her win in the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix on Feb. 21 at the Tucson Winter Classic.
“I’m not a super emotional person, so it was a bit overwhelming. When I walked out of the ring, my groom, Antonio [Valenzuela], who has been working for me for five years and is incredible, was standing there tearing up. I told him, ‘I finally won one for you, Antonio!’ He was so excited,” Stannard said.
When Lisa Goldman had a splash through a river to get from the schooling area to the ring for the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala (Fla.) on Feb. 4, she knew this wasn’t going to be like any other jump-off she’d ridden in. The rain was pelting down, and there was thunder and lightning in the distance.
There were eight other horses in the jump-of. “And they didn’t hold back!” Goldman said. “Sometimes, if it’s raining, it’s like ‘Let’s see if we can all just creep around clean and get out of here,’ but everyone really went for it!”
It’s back! The Wellington Eventing Showcase—the event hailed by Boyd Martin as “by far the best competition I’ve ever been to” last year—gets underway at 8 a.m., on Friday, Feb. 5. Here’s what you need to know: