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Brian Moggre and MTM Flutterby

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Brian Moggre Presentation: MTM Flutterby and MTM Ace of Spades

Liz Atkins and Niro 8

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Birthday Win for Brian Moggre in $25,000 Jumper Speed Derby at Chicago Festival of the Horse

Written by: Devaney Iglesias
Client: Lamplight Equestrian Center
Release Date: 2016-08-07

Wayne Ill. – August 7, 2016 – Brian Moggre had the attention of the audience at Lamplight Equestrian Center before he was announced as the birthday boy over the loud speaker. The 15-year-old was wished a happy birthday as he exited the SmartPak Grand Prix arena, after he initially set the time to beat in the $25,000 Jumper Speed Derby.

“It’s cool winning on my birthday,” Moggre smiled. “It’s the icing on the cake, really. I just went in and thought, ‘It’s my birthday, I’m just going to have fun.’ It’s a big money class, but I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself. I just went in and gave it all I had, and it worked out.”

In a course that utilized every inch of available space, the junior athlete was ninth to attempt it aboard MTM Ace of Spades. The featured class converted faults to time, extending the opportunity to win to anyone with the fastest time despite faults.

Moggre proved to be the quickest competitor, not once, but twice. With four faults and a final time of 90.902 seconds, Moggre and MTM Ace of Spades claimed the top spot on the leaderboard and held on to it until the very end of the class, when he took his turn with his second mount.

Moggre re-entered the arena aboard MTM Flutterby, and after a tricky stride that resulted in four faults to start the course, the Texas native managed to outrun himself by a split second. Clocking in at 90.800 seconds, Moggre sealed first and second place in the speed derby.

“I knew I wanted to be clean,” Moggre said. “But, I knew that if anything happened I needed to be running. Hearing the crowd changes how I’m feeling. I heard everyone sigh when I knocked the rail, so I knew I had to kick it into gear if I was going to win. That was my trigger. I think that’s what makes me competitive. If I hear the crowd sigh, I’m going to make sure I’m the fastest 4-faulter. I’m going to do the best that I can, because why settle for anything less?”

Moggre purchased both horses from MTM Farm, which is owned and operated by Tracy Fenney and Mike McCormick. The winning horse, MTM Flutterby, is a 9-year-old Thoroughbred cross that was bred at MTM Farm. The 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood, MTM Ace of Spades was imported and has been with Moggre for just over two years.

The up-and-coming rider shared, “They both jumped amazing, but they’re polar opposites. Ace is big and slow and always tired. He’s super sweet, while Flutterby is small and spunky. She’s a hot headed ride, basically she’s a sassy chestnut mare. Ace is quick, because he’s big and can leave out so many steps. Flutterby is quick because she’s just quick off of her feet. I typically like to ride Ace first, because I get a feel for the course on a normal sized horse. When I get on Flutterby, I have to remember to add a step and to make up time with her foot speed.”

Moggre knocked Liz Atkins and Niro 8 down to third place on the leaderboard by one tenth of a second. The professional rider also incurred four faults, settling for a final time of 90.931 seconds.

“This horse was made for 1.35m/1.40m speed classes,” Atkins said. “He’s brave and careful. He turns well. He’s absolutely perfect for these classes.”

The duo secured a win earlier in the week in the 1.35m Open Jumper and used the speed derby as a confidence booster.

“I was really close to winning the Grand Prix yesterday, so today I just wanted to go for it,” Atkins explained. “It’s a speed class, you go in and you go fast. You risk having a rail, but you still have to try and do it. These classes are so fun. I love that they offer this class here. It’s a great time and it’s great for the horses.”

Congratulating the victor, Atkins continued, “Brian was just awesome. What a great birthday for him. These kids are so good. They’re making the professionals work for it. I’m happy for him, he deserved it.”

The sole competitor to have a clear round in the highlighted event of the day was Holly Shepherd and Copycat, who locked in a time of 91.633 seconds. However, Douglas Boyd placed above her after incurring 4-faults, but sneaking in a time of 91.567 seconds to steal fourth place.

Sharing his thoughts on Lamplight Equestrian Center, Moggre concluded, “I love this facility so much. It’s beautiful, the money is great and the people are just really a pleasure to work with. A lot of my friends compete here, making it an all around exciting show.”

The second week of the Chicago Festival of the Horse concluded on Sunday for both hunter and jumper competitors, but will pick up again on Wednesday, Aug. 10 with the final week competition. Spectators can look forward to the $15,000 Welcome Stake on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 4 p.m,  and $50,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 4 p.m.

RESULTS - $25,000 Jumper Speed Derby

1     MTM FLUTTERBY     BRIAN MOGGRE     MAJOR WAGER LLC     0     0     4     90.800     
2     MTM ACE OF SPADES     BRIAN MOGGRE     MAJOR WAGER LLC     0     0     4     90.902     
3     NIRO 8     LIZ ATKINS     BENCHMARK STABLES LLC     0     0     4     90.931     
4     NICHOLAS     DOUGLAS BOYD     CLARA CIANCUILLO     0     0     4     91.567     
5     COPYCAT     HOLLY SHEPHERD     LORETTA PATTERSON     0     0     0     91.633     
6     AL PACHINI     SHANNON HICKS     HELEN GILBERT     0     0     4     92.051     
7     CALLISTO Z     TIFFANY HAMMACK     CASSIE BERKE     0     0     4     96.242     
8     RODEO VDL     LIZ ATKINS     BENCHMARK STABLES LLC     0     0     8     99.075     
9     CUPINA COLADA     MAGGIE JAYNE     AMANDA DOLLINGER     0     0     12     99.118     
10     LEVITICUS     DOROTHY DOUGLAS     L.O.O. LLC     0     0     8     100.215     
11     DERINA     SANDRA DALMAN     SOUTHVIEW INC.     0    0     8     101.087     
12     MANCHESTER     HOLLY SHEPHERD     LORETTA PATTERSON     0     0     12     101.483


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