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Michael Duffy is show jumping's own Muhammad Ali; Pieter Devos wins in front of the bikini crowd at LGCT Miami Beach; the #PonySquad tests the knowledge of New York's show jumping muggles, and more—all this week in the #PonyWorld!
Quote of the Week
"There's an old saying, pressure is for tires"
—Irish rider Michael Duffy of the Miami Celtics Global Champions League team shortly after winning on home soil at the GCL Final of Miami Beach. Just call him the Muhammad Ali of show jumping.
Welcome to Miami
Pieter Devos took home the LGCT Grand Prix of Miami Beach on Saturday in front of an exuberant crowd of bikini-clad onlookers.
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The Belgian rider became the first—and fastest—double-clear in the jump-off round aboard the 11-year-old Zangersheide mare, Claire Z. His dramatic flier to the last fence was enough to squeak by both Harrie Smolders (NED) & Don VHP Z NOP and Maylin Barnyard-Johnsson (SWE) and the uber-talented H&M Indiana. The jump-off also included the likes of Scott Brash (GBR), Daniel Deusser (GER), and Christian Ahlmann (GER)—so yeah, big win.
Devos has been knocking at the door of a major LGCT victory for a while, and finally earned top prize—and his ticket to the 2019 Prague Playoffs Super Grand Prix—in fitting style. Known for his ability to produce clear rounds under pressure, Devos has been a consistent player for his GCL team, the St. Tropez Pirates, for the last two seasons, only dropping one rail over multiple rounds at three GCL stops this year. If anyone has earned his time to shine in the individual spotlight, it’s Pieter Devos.
Watch This Round…
It’s a bird… It’s a Plane... Oh No, It’s a Kent Farrington Speed Round
Grab your popcorn and settle in, because you know if Kent Farrington & Creedance are in the individual lineup of a GCL speed class—as they were on Thursday during GCL Round 1 of Miami Beach—you’re in for a treat. One of the last to go in the order, Kent shaved a full two seconds off the next, closest rider’s time to win the class in a feat you have to see to believe.
The Week’s Big Drama
Should Riders Be Given Yellow Cards for Bad Parental Behavior?
In the age of professional stage moms and Aunt Becky’s college admissions scandal, it’s no surprise that we have to have a conversation about the role of parents at international horse shows. Namely, whether younger riders should be penalized for their parents’ or support teams’ bad behavior. Lucy Elder investigates.
PonyApp Partners: At the In-Gate
Top Amateur, Fashion Guru, Winery Owner: Joey Wölffer Is Serious #LifeGoals
Just ahead of the Longines Masters of New York, PonyApp caught up with the multitalented Joey Wölffer, owner of NY Masters sponsor the Wölffer Estate, to talk horses, training with Quentin Judge, and why, in riding and in life, sometimes, rails just happen.
Pony SocialPonyApp is bringing show jumping to the people, and the people are ready. Mostly.
What happens when Olympic silver medalist and PonyApp founder Lucy Davis takes to the streets of New York City to get the low down on show jumping from your average, horse show muggle? The answer is, lots of things, all of them hilarious. Watch below.