Guarderas & Granato Gallop to Victory at The Ridge

Loxahatchee Groves, FL (January 24, 2024) – Famously fickle Florida weather couldn’t slow down The Ridge at Wellington Groves’ third week of hunter, jumper, and equitation competition, which ran from January 16-20, 2024. Beginning with a rainy but exciting USEF “B” Rated Hunter/Equitation Tuesday, Wednesday – Friday Level 2 Jumpers, and wrapping up with bustling …

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Abigail McArdle and Amanda Derbyshire Tie for First in Adequan WEF Challenge Cup

Jumper action continued at the Equestrian Village Derby Field on Friday with the $32,000 Adequan® CSI3* WEF Challenge Cup Round 2. A competitive field of sixty-two riders took to the course designed by Germany’s Olaf Petersen Jr, with fifteen pairs returning for the jump-off. Of those fifteen returning combinations, two riders laid down an identical …

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Ansgar Holtgers Jr and Tulum Take Home First Title of Hermès Championship Jumper Series at WEF

Eighteen-year-old Ansgar Holtgers Jr (USA) could not be caught in the $25,000 Hermès Championship Jumper Classic on Saturday of opening week at the 2024 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). He and Tulum, a fifteen-year-old stallion (Chacco Blue x Captain Paul I), owned by Gut Einhaus, bested a six-horse jump-off designed by Eric Hasbrouck (USA) to take …

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Kim Barone and Enjoy Seal the Deal in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

he future of U.S. show jumping looked bright as junior equitation riders took center stage at Wellington International Wednesday for the WIHS Jumper Phase during ESP Holiday I Equitation. Rising to the occasion in the WIHS Jumper Phase was USA’s Caroline Olsen and Spark of Phoenix, owned by Olsen LLC, with a score of 84. …

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Daniel Bluman and Gemma W Dash to Victory in $300,000 FEI Grand Prix CSI4*

On Sunday, HITS Saugerties welcomed 42 of the world’s top horse and rider combinations to its newly renovated facility in upstate New York for the biggest event of the year – the $300,000 FEI Grand Prix CSI4*. The field was narrowed to six for the tiebreaker, where it was a race to the finish with …

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Swail Counts Another Win aboard Count Me In

Wellington, FL – April 18, 2023 – The second week of the 2023 Spring Series, presented by Florida Coast Equipment, brought international and national show jumping competition back to Equestrian Village’s grass derby field. As competition came to a close, all eyes were on Ireland’s Conor Swail as he galloped to the top of the …

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Carlee McCutcheon Bests the Rest in WEF Equitation Championship

The future of U.S. show jumping took to the International Arena at Wellington International on Friday evening for the coveted WEF Equitation Championship, presented by NetJets. As the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) gears up for its final week kicking off on March 29, all eyes were on junior riders as 43 qualified rising stars took …

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Getting the Right Saddle for Your Horse

Ensuring that you select the right saddle for your horse is vital. It not only affects the position in which the rider will sit, and therefore can be beneficial in preventing back ache or muscle pain, but it also affects the horse. No responsible horse owner would want their steed to be in discomfort and pain and so choosing the best saddle is very important. There are companies available who will measure your horse and recommend the saddles that they think are most appropriate.

An Overview of Horses – Mecca, Sunny, and Rocki

An overview of my horses from 1970 to 2009 – Mecca, Sunny, and Rocki. I married Mark Ellerbee, my son Jason’s father, in April 1970 while I was still a student at FSU. We moved to Nashville in the summer of 1970 and Mark got a job with the Oak Ridge Boys as their drummer …

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My American Warmblood horse, Glenord’s Rocket Dancer a.k.a. Rocki

My registered American Warmblood horse, Glenord’s Rocket Dancer aka Rocki, was my Clydsedale and racing Thoroughbred Appaloosa mare. She was my baby for 26 of her 28 years. Rocki was a Lifetime USDF/USEF member horse. I registered Rocki as an American Warmblood. She was out of a champion Budweiser Clydesdale sire – Clan Butter Glenord’s …

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