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McLain Ward and HH Azur Repeat Victory in $380,000 Suncast Grand Prix CSI 5* at the Winter Equestrian Festival

©Sportfot Two-time Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward and superstar mare HH Azur jumped to victory in the $380,000 Suncast® Grand Prix CSI 5* for the second year in a row on Saturday night at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Rounding out an all-star line-up, Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 finished second, and Sergio Alvarez Moya and…

Steffen Peters Kicks Off AGDF 7 with a Win in FEI Prix St. Georges CDI 1*

©Susan J. Stickle Week seven kicked off on Wednesday, February 22, at the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, FL, with another victory for Steffen Peters and mount Bailarino in the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI 1*, presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center. A little rain didn’t stop the 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist and 2008 Oldenburg gelding, owned by…

World’s Leading Riders Expected at FEI World Cup Final Omaha 2017

The prospective list of elite show jumping and dressage competitors coming to America’s heartland to compete in the FEI World Cup™ Finals Omaha 2017 includes many of the world’s best. The CenturyLink Center Omaha is going to be the place to be on March 29 – April 2 for the ‘international event of the year’ as the Longines FEI World Cup™…

Scott Stewart and Catch Me Victorious Again in $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

©Sportfot For the second year in a row, Scott Stewart and Catch Me won the WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular, the highlight class of week six on at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Over the 21-year history of the class, Stewart has been a dedicated participant, but it wasn’t until 2016 that he found himself in…

Kent Farrington and Gazelle Top WEF $380,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI 5*

©Sportfot U.S. Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington jumped to victory riding Gazelle in Saturday night’s $380,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI 5* at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. In an 11-horse jump-off, Brazil’s Luiz Francisco de Azevedo finished second riding Comic, and Catherine Tyree placed third aboard Bokai. Course designer Robert Ellis saw 40 competitors jump…

Laura Graves and Verdades Score 80% in FEI Grand Prix CDI 5* at AGDF

Laura Graves and Verdades climbed to the top of the leaderboard in Thursday’s FEI Grand Prix CDI 5*, presented by Diamante Farms, during the fifth week of competition at the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, FL. ©SusanJStickle 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalists Laura Graves and Verdades, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Graves, ended their day with a…

Jessica Springsteen and Tiger Lily Open CSI 5* with a Win at WEF

USA’s Jessica Springsteen and Tiger Lily opened week five of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival with victory in the $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m speed class on Wednesday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. ©Sportfot 2012 Olympic course designer Robert Ellis began the week with 76 entries in Wednesday’s 1.45m speed class,and had 25 clear rounds. Last…

The 2017 Time to Ride Challenge: More Winners, More Ways to Win!

The Time to Ride Challenge, a grassroots competition that offers support and incentives to businesses growing the horse industry, will return for its fourth year in 2017. This year’s contest will award more cash than ever before and introduce significant structure changes to help contestants focus on creating new long-term horse enthusiasts.

Urban Youth Impact Wins Great Charity Challenge at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival

© Sportfot The team of riders Shane Sweetnam, Lindsey Tomeu, and Sedona Chamblee, team sponsors Spy Coast & Preston, and corporate sponsor Equine Tack & Nutritionals earned the top prize of $150,000 for their charity, Urban Youth Impact, on Saturday night in the 8th annual Great Charity Challenge (GCC), presented by Fidelity Investments®, at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF)….