Wellington, Florida, USA – February 12, 2022 – A picturesque South Florida night set the scene for the highlight event of the 2022 Winter Equestrian Festival’s (WEF) fifth week, the $406,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI 5* as part of “Saturday Night Lights.” WEF newcomer Philipp Weishaupt (GER) was victorious with Coby 8, owned by Mariko Kato, Noyuri Ko, and Beerbaum Stables. WEF features 13 weeks of world-class jumper, hunter, and equitation competition through April 3.
The top combination of Brian Moggre (USA) and 2021 US Equestrian International Horse of the Year, Balou du Reventon, ran third in the victory gallop. The young professional piloted Ann Thompson’s 16-year-old Oldenburg stallion (Cornet Obolensky x Continue) stopped the clock with a time of 41.58 seconds.
“What a great way to start out the season for Balou as well as myself,” stated Moggre. “This was our first five-star competition since last fall, so it was really an eye opener. As soon as I jumped the first jump, I kind of kicked myself into gear and I was like, ‘Oh here we go.’”
The fresh-faced talent served as the first reserve on the USA’s show jumping team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and has had several incredible finishes, including helping the U.S. win the Mercedes-Benz Nations’ Cup at CSIO5* in Aachen, Germany, since pairing with the stallion only a year ago.
“I was very nervous when I partnered with him in the beginning, but now I trust him so much and I like to think he has that same trust in me,” continued the 20-year-old rider. “I know him so much better now; I wasn’t sure where he would be tonight after having a long break but he felt fantastic, and so I figured I might as well just give it a go in the jump-off.”
Final Results – $406,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix CSI 5*
1) Philipp Weishaupt (GER) & Coby 8 – 0 / 0 – 40.96
2) Conor Swail (IRL) & Count Me In – 0 / 0 – 41.42
3) Brian Moggre (USA) & Balou du Reventon – 0 / 0 – 41.58
Source: Press Release by Summer Grace and Sabrina Schmidt / Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. for ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions / WEF – Winter Equestrian Festival
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