Every four years there is an event that is so spectacular that it captures the world attention for 15 days straight. This year the World Equestrian Games will be held in Normandy, France. The top competitors around the world will compete for the championship in 8 different disciplines to decide who will be the best of the best. While you are watching WEG this year, be sure to keep an eye out for these top horses and riders!
Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92:
Currently ranked the number one Dressage horse in the world, Legolas is a 2002 Westphalian gelding. His rider, Olympic medalist Steffen Peters, is ranked first in Dressage for WEG and it’s no wonder with his numerous Grand Prix wins on the national and international level. Peters is known for his calm composure and stunning display of equestrian finesse while Legolas can easily get keyed up in the ring. Will this equestrian duo add a WEG Dressage win to their list of accomplishments this year?
Sagamore Farms’ Rothchild
This swift 10 year old chestnut gelding has been the mount of two time Olympic gold medalist, Mclain Ward since 2007. His list of accomplishments includes winning the 1.50m CSI 5* Rome (2010), the $50,000 World Cup qualifier HITS (2010), and the $31,000 1.45m WEF (2011). This year they have blasted to the top of the whos-who list of jumpers by winning the Longines Global Champions Tour of Antwerp Grand Prix. Watch these two in the show jumping event!
Farzad Faryadi’s Hot Desert Knight:
Ellen Olson’s 14 year old bay Arabian gelding, Hot Desert Knight, will be competing in the Endurance competition of WEG. His rider is currently the senior rider at the Al Shahania Stud in Doha, Qatar. This gelding won the FITS FEI 160k receiving Best Condition, and followed that up at Ft.Howe’s FEI receiving 2nd and Best Condition in the 160k. He and Ellen are ready to tackle the 160K endurance race at WEG and win!
He is practically royalty in the reining world. HF Mobster is a 2008 buckskin Quarter horse stallion owned by Heritage Farms ridden by NRHA Million Dollar rider, Jordan Larson. He is the 2013 Open Derby Champion and boasts $107,987 in lifetime earnings. He is at the top of his game and ready to show the world what reining is all about!
It’s hard to miss this dark bay with the blaze streaking across the cross country course. Trading Aces, better known around the barn as Oscar, was originally Boyd Martin’s ride but through a serious of circumstances he and Oscar’s owners gave Phillip Dutton the ok to ride at WEG this year. It was a great show of sportsmanship as Martin will also be attending WEG. Keep and eye on Dutton and Oscar as they take on the world at WEG!
Kim Severson, as a 4**** international competitor and Olympic Silver Medalist, is one of the premier Event Riders in the world. She also happens to be a big Noble Outfitters’ Fan! She the MUDS boots around Rolex this year and loved them. Severson will be riding Fernhill Fearless, a 2000, 16H Irish Thoroughbred whom she affectionately calls “Sparky”. Be sure to cheer her on to a win in the Eventing competition!
Riding since the age of three and making her Grand Prix debute in 1985, Beezie has had a long and illustrious career in the show jumping world. Madden will take Coral Reef Via Volo and Cortes ‘C’, Simon for her mounts to Normandy. She suffered a broken collar bone and subsequent surgery in May of this year but appears to have made a full recovery. Watch this incredibly tough equestrian aim for WEG gold!
Para-Olympic Dressage rider, Susan Treabess, is no newcomer to the show ring. She was a US team member in 2010 at WEG and holds her USDF Bronze and Silver medals. She is passionate about her love of horses and the sport of Dressage. She will be riding Kamiakin, a 2005 dark bay PRE stallion. This dynamic pair are sure to be at hit at WEG!
Shawn Flarida is the NRHA’s all-time leading money earner, and the first-ever Five Million Dollar Rider. He has numerous NRHA and AQHA titles to his name and he’s ready to rock the reining world in France. He brought Spooks Gotta Whiz, whom he calls “Baby Spooks,” out of retirement. Flarida says that Baby Spooks is a very special horse and that they have a special bond. The pair just won the 2014 Kentucky Reining Cup in May. It seemed a match made in heaven, but can they do it again in Normandy?
Bruce Davidson Jr.:
Son of the famous Bruce Davidson, Buck, has made his own name for himself in the international Eventing world. This year he has won the Bromont CCI* with Be Mine and the Jersey Fresh CCI*** with Copper Beach. He came in 3rd at Rolex this year with Ballynoe Castle RM whom he will be taking to France. Ballynoe Castle RM is a 2000 Belgian Warmblood/Irish Thoroughbred cross gelding. “Reggie” is named after superstar athlete Reggie Miller. They are ready to make their move and add WEG gold to their wins this year!
No matter who you cheer for, all the rider can horses competing at the World Equestrian Games are winners! They will represent their nation as the elite athletes in their discipline. Be sure to catch all the action August 23rd thru September 7th in Normandy, France (or on your sports network).