Over the past couple of weeks my ducks have started to line up. Unfortunately it turned out to be a false start, which is discouraging, but it does make for a good story, so I will tell it here.
By Bridget Braden of BioRider Fitness
The Lat Pull Down
From left to right: Kelly Molinari of Equiline, Jessica Leto of Equiline Saddle division, Tim Dutta of The Dutta Corp., Kelli Cruciotti, Carlene Ziegler of Artisan Farms and ringmaster Christian Craig.
Kelli Cruciotti of Parker, CO, was crowned the Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix Series Champion following the final event held Saturday, March 26, at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Seven events offering a total of $170,000 in prize money comprised this year’s Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix Series, open to competitors of all nationalities aged 25 and under. Sanctioned by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the Series sees riders competing against their peers at the 1.45m level under FEI rules.
Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the Winter Equestrian Festival, sportfot.com.
Week eleven of the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), sponsored by Artisan Farms, continued on Thursday with a win for Darragh Kenny and Red Star d'Argent in the $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 11. Competing in the International Ring at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, the pair beat out Kent Farrington and Creedance in second and Lorenzo de Luca aboard Limestone Grey in third.
As a little girl, I grew up in love with the classic princess fairy tale. I wasn't concerned with the prince (boys still had cooties back then), but I was a member of a swim team just so I could pretend I was a mermaid, took riding lessons so I could eventually gallop away on a brilliant white horse, and would sing my heart out as I helped with house chores.
I also grew up very lucky. My mom was a rider when she younger and I was surprised with our first just-barely pony, appropriately named Angel, when I was twelve. For years it was just her and I—a princess and her angel. We pranced our way around the show ring, galloped bareback through fields, and jumped the moon. I truly was living a little girl's dream. But as every kid does, I grew up, and with that came growing out of my Angel. I was getting ridiculously tall on her and she was about ready to retire from the show ring when I went off to college in a different state. She has her forever home with my family but between her and my mom's horse, there were no plans on purchasing another.