Wellington, Florida, USA – July 16, 2021 – M. Michael Meller of MMM Horseman and Janet Balmuth is thrilled to announce his newest partnership with Ali Wolff, who will be taking the reins on the talented 6-year-old Selle Francais mare Fahrenheit Ponthual. Meller is known for partnering talented athletes with promising young horses to support the sport of show jumping throughout North America.
Fahrenheit Ponthual, known as “Farah” in the barn, was recently imported from Europe and is from the same dam line as to World Cup Finals veteran Robin Du Ponthual, whom Meller also produced. Meller began following the mare’s career as a 4-year-old and felt confident she inherited many of the same qualities as her brother and was thrilled to find the right match with Ali Wolff in the irons
“I am still getting to know Farah, but so far, she’s been so easy, like too easy,” expressed Wolff. “She’s just been so consistent from one day to the next in and out of the ring. She’s 6, but she feels like an old soul. She’s very confident in herself and the way she goes about and carries herself. Even though she’s a smaller mare, that doesn’t phase her at all.”
Wolff is a professional equestrian based in New Albany, OH and Wellington, FL. She began riding at the age of five and has competed up to the 5* level. She has made multiple Nations Cup appearances for the United States in Mexico, Spain, England, Sweden, Portugal, and Argentina. In addition, Wolff has developed several young horses, including her top mount Casall who was purchased as a 7-year-old and competes at the top level. In 2016, Ali made the transition from amateur to professional status. She is now successfully training riders and client horses, in addition to her string of horses.
Wolff and Farah showcased their new partnership during HITS Chicago winning in the 6-year-old Young Jumper division, and Wolff hopes to compete with her during the 6-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship events later this year before continuing the mare’s development during the 2022 Winter Equestrian Festival.
Meller concluded, “Ali is a talented young rider who has already proven her ability to develop young horses. Farah needed a rider who can really allow her to grow into herself and her natural ability, and I feel confident that Ali is the right person for the job. I am looking forward to seeing what they accomplish together!”
As Meller continues his mission to find and produce some of the world’s top young show jumping mounts, he looks forward to watching the progress of Wolff and Fahrenheit Ponthual’s partnership. Meller is also partnered with Dennis Sisco as part of QBS Equestrian, and together they are working to create a world-class team of horse and rider combinations.
Source: Press Release from Phelps Media Group for MMM Horseman
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