After tough 2017, 20-year-old hopes to build on victory over Ward and others

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After tough 2017, 20-year-old hopes to build on victory over Ward and others

“Last year was a rough year — I had an accident with my horse in Ocala and she had to be put down — so I’m glad to come back here and immediately start off on the right foot; it means more to me than most people would think. It’s a nice feeling to be back.”

 - After tough 2017, 20-year-old hopes to build on victory over Ward and others

That was the reaction of Great Britain’s Emily Moffitt after winning last Sunday’s $75,000 Rosenbaum PLLC Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival on Tipsy du Terral. And they were not lacking for competition, with, among others, the class’ third place finisher being World No.3 McLain Ward on HH Gigi’s Girl. 

20-year-old Moffitt, who is ranked 138th in the world and trains with Olympic Team gold medalist Ben Maher of Great Britain, purchased ‘Tipsy’ last summer. After her win in Wellington, she noted that she had been on a seven-week break before returning to action. “Maybe I should take some vacations more often,” she joked.

With 15 horses at the WEF, Moffitt says she is looking to build on this past weekend's win during the next few weeks and months: “I have a few new horses. I’m going to focus on getting to know them, so by the end hopefully I’ll be at the top level with them all and ready for the summer in Europe.”

For his part, Ward — who has had a rewarding start to this year’s circuit — said the result was personally very satisfying for him. “Gigi is a horse we purchased last summer,” he told organizers. “It’s actually the last horse Hunter [Harrison] bought for me. She’s named after his wife Jeannie, who was here today, so it was nice that she went so well in the first grand prix after his passing.”

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