March 11: The PonyWorld Weekly
By Nina Fedrizzi
Daniel Bluman has another shining night under the lights at WEF; 17-year-old Brian Moggre proves he can run with the big dogs at Live Oak; the new research that every owner of a cribber should read, and more—all this week in the #PonyWorld! Ph. ©Barre Dukes/Phelps Sports
Quote of the Week
“In my experience, there seems to be a lack of trust in American breeders: trust in our education, trust in our knowledge, and trust in our production. We are lacking the trust of the entire industry- from trainers to riders to owners.”
-USHJA Hunter Breeding Task Force member Kimmy Risser on the reasons why “trust and support” are failing the American breeding industry—and all of us are missing out.
Daniel Bluman Saves the Best for Last in the WEF ‘Saturday Night Lights’ CSI5*
The Story - Israel’s Daniel Bluman rode away with the win on Saturday, March 9, in the $391,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix CSI5* at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington. Riding Ladriano Z, Bluman bested a top-tier field by the narrowest of margins.
Who was there? - Lots of folks, including 2018 FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals Champs Beezie Madden (USA) & Breitling LS, as well as Bluman’s teammate and fellow WEF winner Danielle Goldstein (on Caspar 213). European top guns such as Markus Beerbaum (GER), Lorenzo de Luca (ITA), and Martin Fuchs (SWI) were also in the mix—not to mention Madden’s #TeamUSA anchors McLain Ward, Kent Farrington, and Laura Kraut.
Left: Daniel Bluman and Ladriano Z. Photo © Sportfot; Below: Brian Moggre & MTM Vivre Le Reve © Erin Gilmore
So who came out on top? - Five pairs made it through course designer Alan Wade’s challenging, first round track, which included, among other things, one doozy of a triple going away from the in-gate at the course’s end. First to return for the shortened track, Alex Granato & Carlchen W had a rail, a fate shared by Italy’s de Luca & Ensor de Litrange. Karen Polle (JPN) and Sari stopped the clock at a fast 37.58 seconds, ultimately beating out Madden on 37.76. In the end, it all came down to Bluman, and the 28-year-old didn’t pull his punches—maximizing Ladriano’s huge stride to cruise through the timers at a squeaky-close 37.41 seconds to earn the top spot on the podium.
PonyApp Take - No stranger to the winner’s circle, Bluman and the 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding Ladriano Z have had a killer start to the 2019 season, with three wins—including a second CSI5* grand prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival in February, and a victory with Team Israel during the Longines FEI Nations Cup™ USA at Deeridge Farm in Wellington—in the space of just two months.
Bluman has been paired with the gelding since 2017, when he took over the ride from his cousin, Ian Bluman. In that time, they’ve earned 10, top-10 finishes and multiple wins in FEI ranking classes. Not to mention, the cherry on top of Saturday night’s victory: The Israeli rider wasn’t even scheduled to show Ladriano this week until Mexican quarantine restrictions caused a last-minute change in plans. “I said, ‘If I’m not going to go to Mexico, then maybe we can jump one more five-star week here,’” Bluman said after his win. It might also be time for Daniel to buy that Power Ball lotto ticket he’s been holding out on.
Brian Moggre & MTM Vivre Le Reve © Erin Gilmore
If You Can Only Watch One Round…
Watch Brian Moggre Prove He Can Run With the Big Dogs at Live Oak International
Call it beginner’s luck if you want to, but there was nothing less than skillful about 17-year-old Brian Moggre’s win-clinching round with MTM Vivre le Reve in the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Ocala—his first ever qualifier—on Sunday, March 10. “I have to say, I had low expectations for myself, but I never do for my horses,” said a humble Moggre after this class. Chin up, Brian! You’re in the big leagues now, and this round proves it.
This Just In…
Got a Cribber? You’ll Want to Read This
Despite the widely held belief that cribbing is associated or caused by stomach ulcers, a new study released this month in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior suggests that it is stress, not ulcers, that causes cribbing in horses. Researchers from the Royal Agriculture University looked at the stomachs of 42 deceased horses, half of which were known to be cribbers, and found there was no difference in the stomachs of cribbers vs. non-cribbers. You can read more on the study here.
Further Proof That Riding Really Is the Best Therapy
Horses may not be cheaper than therapy, but sometimes they’re far more effective. This week, The Walrus’s Mari Sanso wrote about the way returning to horses has helped her manage chronic depression in adulthood. “With a horse, you get instant feedback on how you are in the moment. Are you tense? Angry? The horse feels it and reacts in kind,” Sanso writes in this honest, personal essay.