Quote of the Week
“He was underweight and suffering from a lice infestation… I was told he had learnt the finishing times of the local school and so would take himself down to wait at the gates each day in the hope of finding food.”
— World Horse Welfare’s Christopher Shaw describing the sad state in which he found “Colin,” an abandoned pony yearling who is about to become the feel-good holiday story you didn’t know you needed.
Edwina Tops the Class in the Prague Playoffs Super Grand Prix
Edwina Tops-Alexander & California. Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/GCL
Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander capped off three winning weeks with the last big class of the season: the €1.25 million Longines Super Grand Prix at the Prague Playoffs.
Sixteen of the top riders from around the globe took to Uliano Vezzani’s 1.60m tracks for two rounds of competition where fortunes rose and fell with every ring of the bell.
After the first round, Tops-Alexander & California led the field, jumping the only clear aside from Harrie Smolders (NED) & Zinius and Shane Breen (IRL) & Ipswich van de Wolfsakker, who finished on one time fault. The leaderboard shifted drastically in the second round, however, when a slew of rails caused Breen to retire and World #1 Smolders suffered an unexpected dismount from Zinius mid-course.
Though Ludger Beerbaum & Casello ultimately gave Tops-Alexander a run for her money in Round 2 after she and California toppled a rail at fence eight, their final time of 61.08 just edged out the German master. “It is a huge honor and one of the most prestigious grands prix I have ever won,” Tops-Alexander said after the class.
What a way to close out the season! After back-to-back five-star wins at the Longines Masters of Paris and in La Coruña, Spain, the world’s #37-ranked rider closed out her year with a hat trick—and one of the season’s biggest purses. It’s a feat unto itself, but also a refreshing counterpoint to the current top-10 list, which consists solely of male riders (a reality that drew its fair share of comments after this photo was posted during CHI Geneva). Here’s hoping that the 2019 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals in April will further level the playing field, but this is a great start. Way to be Queen E!
If You Can Only Watch One Round…
Watch Darragh Kenny & Balou Du Reventon in the GCL Prague Super Cup Quarter Final
Even the best riders in the world can run into trouble on course—often at the most inopportune of times. That’s just what happened to Ireland’s Darragh Kenny & Balou Du Reventon at one hefty 1.60m vertical during the Quarter Finals of the GCL Prague Super Cup. How they got out of trouble (and went on to earn a rare clear for the class) is a testament to both horse and rider… and it certainly makes for some thrilling viewing!
PonyApp Pro Tips
Four Ways to Learn Your Horse’s “Normal”
(c) Miller & Associates
What’s the best way to find out if your horse is in distress? Learn his or her health baseline before there’s an issue. We caught up with the vets at Miller & Associates to discover four ways you can learn what’s normal for your horse.
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PonyApp’s Tony Branzino: Reporting Live From the Hampton Classic
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Mattias Tromp Illustrates “The Monday”
Whatever you do to pay your #ponybills, we all know it’s hard to Monday. Which is why we really appreciate U25 rider Mattias Tromp’s video tribute to both sneaky stops and the hardest day of the week. Enjoy!
Palm Beach Masters releases 2019 prize list today
(c) Palm Beach Masters
Ever wanted to show at the Palm Beach Masters in Wellington, Florida? Here's your chance. They are releasing their 2019 prize list today and you won't want to miss it