It came down to a minute to win it in the $37,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Classic CSIO4* to highlight daytime competition in the International Arena on Friday. Well on his way to making his in-ring debut on the NetJets U.S. Jumping Team this weekend, Brian Moggre, 18, was the only rider to break the one-minute mark over the speed track.
Moggre, hailing from Flower Mound, TX, bested a field of 47 riders to win aboard new mount Nikita Jolie, the horse he owns together with Ken and Emily Smith of Ashland Farms. Their time of 58.61 seconds bumped Canada’s Sam Walker to second place in 60.37 seconds aboard Coralissa for owner Marbill Hill Farm.
Nikita Jolie, a 10-year-old Oldenburg mare (Numero Uno x Ladalco) came to be with Moggre after a catch ride gone right during week six.
“I borrowed her for the ranking class that week, and quickly decided to purchase her together with Major Wager LLC and Ashland Farms,” said Moggre of how the mare came to join his string. “She went in there today really game, and it’s promising to have a new horse go in and be so successful from the start.”
Moggre put Nikita Jolie’s ground-covering stride to the test and came out on top, saying, “I thought we would give it a go and see what we had. She rose to the occasion, and we seem to know each other well without much time. I’m excited to see what she can do”
Looking forward to his Nations Cup debut on Saturday evening, Moggre said, “This red coat is something I’ve always wanted. Putting it on for the first time was an amazing feeling, and now I never want to take it off.”
Brianne Goutal-Marteau (USA) took third place riding Tanael des Bonnes for owner Gerald Ford in a time 61.41 seconds, while Bliss Heers (USA) finished in fourth in the irons of Antidote de Mars, owned by Bridgeside Farms LLC, with a time of 63. 48 seconds. Erynn Ballard (CAN) capped the top five riding Canora Z in 63.60 seconds for owner Emma Waldfogel.
Also winning in the International Arena at WEF on Friday, Peter Lutz (USA) topped the $6,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Jumper Speed Challenge riding Air Pia Vg Z, owned by Swede Ventures LLC.
Final Results: $37,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Classic CSIO4*
1 NIKITA JOLIE: 2010 Oldenburg mare by Numero Uno x Ladalco
BRIAN MOGGRE (USA), Ashland Farms: 0/58.61
2 CORALISSA: 2010 Holsteiner mare by Com Air x Corrado I
SAME WALKER (CAN), Marbill Hill Farm: 0/60.37
3 TANAEL DES BONNES: 2007 Selle Français gelding by Watch me van’t Zorgvliet x Don Pierre
BRIANNE GOUTAL-MARTEAU (USA), Gerald Ford: 0/61.41
4 ANTIDOTE DE MARS: 2010 Selle Français stallion by Diamant de Semilly x Jarnac
BLISS HEERS (USA), Bridgeside Farms, LLC: 0/63.48
5 CANORA Z: 2011 Zangersheide mare by Clintissimo Z x Boy de la barre II
ERYNN BALLARD (CAN), Emma Waldfogel: 0/63.60
6 SKARA GLEN’S MACHU PICCHU: 2007 KWPN gelding by Silverstone x Matterhorn
PAUL O’SHEA (IRL), Skara Glen Stables: 0/63.72
7 I&H BOOGY WOOGY: 2006 gelding by Faldo x Ginus
ABIGAIL MCARDLE (USA): Parot Horses LLC: 0/63.89
8 FABRICE DN: 2010 KWPN gelding by Gelha’s VDL Emilion Bloubet du Rouet
NICOLAS PIZARRO (MEX), Luis Alejandro Plascencia: 0/66.59
9 VERY CHIC DU TILLARD: 2009 Selle Français gelding by Diamant de Semilly x Quidam de Revel
SCHUYLER RILEY (USA), E2 Showjumpers: 0/68.35
10 ORSO DEL TERRICCIO: 2008 SI gelding by Indoctro x Can Can Del Terriccio
DANI G. WALDMAN (ISR), Victoria Vargas D’Agostino: 0/68.68
11 MR CASH: 2012 SWB gelding by Click and Cash 1155 x F.A.N. Holland
MOLLY ASHE CAWLEY (USA), HS Sportferde GmbH: 0/69.33
12 CASSINI BAY: 2007 Holsteiner stallion by Cassini I x Acord II
PETRONELLA ANDERSSON (SWE), Stephex Stables: 0/69.59
Hannah Isop and Believe are Victorious in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Hunter competition began on Friday with more than 55 horse-and-rider combinations competing for the top spot in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. It was Hannah Isop aboard Believe who took top honors with high scores in both the classic and handy round of the class.
The class was held in the combination of Rings 11 and 12 on “Pony Island”. Hunter riders first competed in a classic hunter round and then the top-12 combinations returned for the handy round. Isop and Believe went into the lead in the first round after receiving a high score of 183 points. The pair was able to maintain their top spot in the handy round with another high score of 199, resulting in a total score of 382.
Isop, of Pawling, NY, and Believe have been partnered for several years. Believe, the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Stolzenberg x Lesley), was originally a jumper in Europe and began his hunter career when Isop took over the reins for owners, the Hart family. “Without the owners this wouldn’t all be possible, so I would like to thank the Hart Family. He’s got terrific people behind him. Also everyone at Harkaway Farm, it really does take a village,” Isop commented.
After receiving champion in the High Performance Hunters during week eight, Isop and Believe were confident going into round one.
“He’s got a big stride to him so I could really show off in round one and I thought the ring and the course let me do that,” Isop described. “This is a really lovely venue. I’m so happy that WEF decided to open up these rings to the International and Nationalderbies.”
The pair was the last of twelve to return for the handy and after a flawless performance, Isop and Believe were able to keep their lead.
“My plan going into the handy was just to keep it cool. As well as having a really big stride, he is incredibly handy and I think that really helped us with this course,” Isop explained. “He’s plenty scopey, he let me gallop right on down to the last oxer, which was quite big, and I think that actually was our best part of the course!”
Isop plans to continue to show Believe in International hunter derbies, while also getting him ready for owners, Madison and Victoria Hart, to ride him. “He has two fabulous twins that own him. They have started to take over the reins on him, so I’m hoping that their partnership can develop,” Isop said.
Second-place honors went to Jennifer Hannan, of Wakefield, RI, and her horse Olympic Fire. The duo received a score of 178 in the first round and 196 in the second for a total score of 374. Victoria Colvin rode William Lyles’ Avatar Z to a third-place finish. Colvin, of Loxahatchee, FL, and Avatar Z earned a first round score of 178.25 and a handy round score of 194, for a total score of 372.25.
For full results, visit www.PBIEC.com.
Photo credit: Photos © Sportfot, official photographer of the Winter Equestrian Festival.