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Brian Moggre Wins WIHS Equitation at Chicago Festival of the Horse

Written by: Allyson Lagiovane
Client: Lamplight Equestrian Center http://lamplightequestriancenter.com/
Release Date: 2016-08-13

Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 13, 2016 – Brian Moggre has had quite the successful Equifest III series at the Chicago Festival of the horse, dominating the jumper ring and earning win after win at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. He is also a strong force in the equitation ring, and during Saturday’s competition he took home the win in the WIHS Equitation Hunter phase and Jumper phase aboard Viceroy to take home the overall victory.

Though Moggre just started competing in the equitation divisions this January, he has proven his skills and earned titles at shows like HITS Ocala and Devon. Moggre first started riding MTM Farm’s Viceroy at the Lamplight Equestrian Center during Spring Spectacular, and the two have grown into an impressive pair.

“He’s just an all around great ride,” expressed Moggre. “He’s great in the jumper ring, the hunter ring, equitation, everything. He’s a pretty simple ride, but he does need quite a bit of leg sometimes. I use a decent amount of leg to kind of get him going but once he’s on it and on a roll, he’s amazing.”

Moggre commented on the course, saying, “I thought the course was nice. Going into it, I definitely wanted to win, because earlier in the morning I won the WIHS Jumper phase, so after winning that I wanted to win overall. I went in there and wasn’t going to be too bold because I didn’t want to risk it. I put a solid trip down and Viceroy was right up to task and went awesome.”

Second place in the WIHS Equitation Hunter phase went to Giavanna Rindaldi aboard Alex Jayne’s Disney. It was Rinaldi’s first time riding the mare, and it was the mare’s first time competing in equitation.

Rinaldi said, “She’s super smooth and has a really great jump. It worked out in our favor because most of the lines were pretty straight, but she was really good. I was really proud of her for just stepping up and going right in the equitation for the first time. I think she’ll be really cute in the equitation, so hopefully I’ll be able to ride her again!”

Rounding out the top three in the WIHS Equitation Hunter phase was Stella Swarr aboard High Hopes Farm’s Island Boy.

Rinaldi took home another ribbon during Saturday’s competition after winning the $1,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter classic. Rinaldi was riding Alex Jayne’s Bugsy Malone, a familiar mount for the junior rider. The pair put down solid rounds to earn the win.

“He felt really good. He was super quiet and jumped great, he was on top of his game for all three courses today. Especially in the first round we got an 88, he was super smooth, jumped great, and felt really good.”

Second place in the $1,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter classic went to Brianna Laheta riding her own mount, My Guardian Angel. The third place finisher was Michelle Durpetti aboard Lucca.

Therese Peck was awarded the CWD Classic Saddle in honor of being the high point combined Amateur-Owner Hunter rider throughout the three weeks at the Chicago Festival of the Horse. Peck rides with Mike McCormick and Tracey Fenny at MTM Farm, who accepted the award on her behalf during Saturday afternoon’s $50,000 Grand Prix. CWD is French a custom saddle company that prides themselves in technology, quality, and service. CWD would like to extend their congratulations to Therese Peck as well as all of the competitors during the Chicago Festival of the Horse.

Competition at the Chicago Festival of the Horse concludes on Sunday, August 14, beginning at 8 a.m. Junior and Amateur-Owner hunter riders will vie for their respective championships to close out Equifest III at the Lamplight Equestrian Center.

 

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