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2017 HORSE HEADLINERS


Ashlee Bond and Chela LS, owned by Lit le Valley Farms, prevailed in dramatic fashion— in a comeback for both of them. “I was not expecting to walk away the win- ner of this class,” said Bond. “It’s been a long road with ‘Chela’—we almost lost her, and we’re so thankful to have her, let alone have her sound again and competing and winning at this level. “It’s amazing just being in this fi eld and coming back aſt er having a baby four months ago, too!” she added. “I’m just very happy.”


Californians made their presence felt once


again at Scot sdale Arabian Show, which continues to thrive in the Arizona desert, at racting international talent.


MARCH Since 2012, Legolas 92 and U.S. Team


rider Steff en Peters had traveled the world together and have a multitude of titles to their credit, including a Team Bronze Medal from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. But early this year, Four Winds Farm’s


Westfalen gelding (Laomedon x Fuerstin by Florestan II) entered a whole new chapter in his career as Peters handed over the reins to 27-year-old former working student Dawn White-O’Connor, and the promising pair wasted no time get ing top results as they claimed both the CDI Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special titles at Cornerstone Event Management’s Dressage Aff aire CDI3*/1*/Y/J/ U25/AM, held March 24-26. “She rode that horse masterfully,” said


judge Sarah Geikie (4* USA). “Her position and manner on the horse are impeccable, and you can see Steff en’s infl uence coming


through. It looks like Legolas really likes her and they seem to have a great harmony together, and it was very exciting to see what a great partnership they’re forging with each other.”


Mandy Porter rose to the occasion


against a top-notch fi eld of 54 riders March 20 in the most popular AIG $1 Million Grand Prix class to date. Porter, based in Encinitas, rode Milano,


owned by Abigail Weese, to a thrilling fi nish as the second-to-last rider in a six-horse jump-off . The starting order included several prior victors of the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Desert Horse Park including 2016, 2015 and 2014 winners: McLain Ward, Charlie Jayne and Ashlee Bond. “It’s an honor to win this class, coming into


this I always hoped that this result would happen,” said Mandy. “I always try to go into an event like this hoping to do the best that I can—I think it’s great that the West Coast won this one!” Entering the jump-off , they put the pedal


to the metal and took every chance they could to shave time off of the clock, which showed 41.600 at the end of the go. Milano and Porter also had success during


the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Thermal CSI3* week with a win in the $36,400 Desert Classic win and a $25,000 FEI SmartPak Grand Prix win. “This horse is just amazing,” Mandy said of Milano. “I have a feeling this is just the begin- ning for him. He defi nitely hasn’t reached his peak and we are excited to see what the rest of his jumping career holds.”


James Wyllie, a fabled Los Angeles eques- trian educator, father, and grandfather, died


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