By Summer Grace and Sabrina Schmidt for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Of those horse and rider combinations, Gigi Manigault, of Charleston, SC, rode to victory aboard Wizzard of Odds after entering the flat work-off sitting in third place.
“I really just wanted to keep my pace and follow my track,” Manigault said of her plan going into the class.
Wizzard of Odds is a nine-year-old KWPN gelding by Chacco Blue owned by Don Stewart that Manigault has been riding for about a year.
“I started leasing him in April of last year, and he’s a really good boy. We do a lot of the medals and the 3’3” Performance Hunters,” she said.
Manigault is here in Wellington for the season but has found a way to balance riding with her college career.
“I go to University of South Carolina, but with the pandemic they’re still offering a lot of online classes,” said Manigault. “It’s nice because I’m able to rent a house down here and take my classes, but still be able to be with my horses.”
When asked about her horses, Manigault said, “I have three others. Creekside is a green horse that my trainer Liza Boyd rides. I also have a 3’6” Amateur Hunter, Walk Off, who Liza rode in the derby yesterday. The other one was my junior hunter, who’s getting a bit older now, so we just do some of the medal stuff on him too.”
As for her plans for the rest of the year, “I’d like to be more consistent on my amateur horse and keep doing the medals,” said Manigault. “I’d like to make it to Ariat National Adult Medal Final and the NHS/THIS Adult Medal Final.”
After the work-off, Nancy Buzzetta of Middle Island, NY, on C.E. Believe came in second, with Jeanine Cash of Winthrop, MA, aboard Boccaccio in third.
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