A star studded 41 entries competed in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix held in the picturesque Ocala Horse Properties Stadium. Kirk Webby from White House Station, New Jersey, came out on top of the line up on Brando Du Rouet owned by the Tolleshunt Investment Group.
Peters and Legolas 92 Secure Second-Place Finish in Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* presented by Diamante Farms Grand Prix Freestyle
Friday evening at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* presented by Diamante Farms hosted 15 combinations from six nations in Grand Prix Freestyle competition. The United States’ three-time National Champions, Steffen Peters and Four Wind’s Farm LLC’s Legolas 92, led the way for the home nation finishing in second-place.
Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and the 14-year-old Westphalian gelding earned a score of 76.200% to finish less than three points behind the winners.
Twenty-three-year-old Stanford University student Lucy Davis, riding Old Oak Farm’s Barron, took top prize in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix CSI-W2*, presented by OSPHOS®, an FEI World Cup Jumping qualifier under the lights in the Grand Prix Ring at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California, Saturday night.
Davis and Barron were the only horse-and-rider team to go double-clear, and did so in 46.52 seconds, in the two-horse jump-off that started first with Stanford Alumnus Alec Lawler, also 23, on Equine Ventures LLC’s Agamemnon. For her win, Davis earned a $16,500 prize check.
Week five of the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival, sponsored by Ariat® International, concluded on Sunday with a win for Brianne Goutal (USA) and Ballade van het Indihof in the $127,000 Ariat® Grand Prix CSI 3*. After topping Friday's $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 5, Goutal and the 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Heartbreaker) continued their winning form into the week's finale event, held on the beautiful grass jumping field at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).
Story By: Tim Hayes
For the past few years I have been privileged to write monthly articles about Natural Horsemanship for the online edition of Equine Journal. I have also been honored to contribute and provide answers to horse training problems submitted by readers to Equine Journal’s hard copy edition for their column: “Quick Tips From Top Professionals,”
During this time I had also begun to write a book about horse/human relationships and I remember thinking: “I hope I will be able to write for Equine Journal and have enough time to also work on my book.