Brian Moggre and Nikita Jolie Claim $25,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake at TIEC

Brian Moggre and Nikita Jolie. ©TIEC

In addition to besting a competitive field, with 53 entries testing the Lewis Pack (Mill Spring, NC) course design, Moggre also claimed fourth aboard the Major Wager LLC owned MTM Vivre le Reve, a 2009 Westphalian gelding (Ustinov x Chellana). Nineteen horse-and-rider pairs challenged the jump-off track, with eight double-clears on the day. For both of Moggre’s mounts, it was their first class after COVID-19 related pauses in horse showing, he explained:

“It was actually the first class back showing for those two horses of mine. I thought it was very welcoming, but at the same time a nice track for the competition. I was very happy with how my horses performed,” he shared. “After having such a long break due to the current circumstances, it is very exciting to be showing again.”

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Shane Sweetnam and Viti de Longa. ©TIEC

“I started riding Nikita Jolie about halfway through the winter season in Florida, and I’m still getting to know her,” Moggre said of the 2010 Oldenburg mare (Numero Uno x Jatricia M) owned by Ashland Farms. “The mandatory break was actually a bit of a blessing in disguise because I got to know her much better. I’m super happy with how she performed. She and I are really clicking, and it’s a great partnership.”

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Andrea Torres Guerreiro and Fifty Shades. ©TIEC

Moggre will base at TIEC for a few weeks before venturing to other venues, he explained. “We’ll see how everything is going and what horse shows decide to run. After this week, so far, it’s been very promising that horse shows can operate with the COVID-19 restrictions. I think TIEC has done a great job of making the show productive for everybody while maintaining safety. It’s been a great experience. I’m just so happy to be horse showing again!”

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