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Tory's horse doesn't need that.” Anne points out that usually in the actual show ring the standards are more substantial than those used for schooling fences, and that the jumps are decorated which makes them easier to see.

Once on course, Tory says, “A lot of it comes down to believing I can do it and having patience. When you are in the right rhythm and want to make an impulsive move, you've got to be patient. It's hard to be still and wait when you're not sure you're at the right jump! A thousand things can go through your head.”

Things almost went ter- ribly wrong at a show in Wellington once, when a triple had been set up for the afternoon Grand Prix class that would be held in the same ring that Tory's hunter class took place in. She was cantering around course, set up for the jump, and realized too late that some- thing was not right. Luckily her ex-Grand Prix jumper sailed right over the triple, leaving the crowd breathless and his rider unscathed.

Anne remarks, “I have one other horse in the barn that is as perfect as Rio out of 50 other horses. They are both one in a million. I know that Tory appreciates him and her chance to ride every day. She never, ever blames the horse if something goes wrong, but keeps it all in perspective. Of course she gets frustrated some- times but she never puts it on the horses.”

Assuming that Rio is ready in time for the competition, Tory says she would like to win the Legacy Cup with him this year. She explains, “At the end of the Florida Circuit, they invite all the champi- ons into the Grand

Prix arena to compete against each other. Last year I was having the

best round ever, but then I turned too early for a jump

and had to circle. It was so frus- trating! I had the course memo-

Tory and Rio compete at WEF in Wellington.

rized, but I focused in on the wrong jump. I want to go back and win that, and I want to win a Classic in the Grand Prix arena too.”

Show Horses

With her typical humor, Tory explains that she names all of her horses something sight-related. This includes her star show horse, Eye Remember Rio, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Rio Grande.

“Rio” stopped showing in July with a sesamoid injury, but is recuperating well. In the past few years Tory and Rio won the Adult Classic at Harrisburg and Washington and was Reserve Circuit Champions three years in a row at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. The pair also won the Country Classic two times on the Grand Prix field in Wellington.

“He's phenomenal,” she says. “If I jump a little long, short, right or left, he jumps the same way every time. He can add a little or just melt back if he needs to. We've been partners for years, and it's like the wheels are well-greased.”


Tory also had a Selle Français gelding named Eyewitness that she imported from France and sold as a 3'6” hunter. “He was a really awesome jumper, and I did hunters with him,” she says. “I bought him as a sales horse and only had him about a year.”

Not all of Tory's horses are fancy show stock. “I want- ed a second trail horse, so I bought one for $900 off,” she remarks. “He's a 9-year-old Mustang/Draft cross and I'm now teaching him to drive which is a lot of fun. But don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my Warmbloods!”

Breeding for the Future

Tory also enjoys breeding horses, and produces a foal or two each year. Several of her horses share the sire Rio Grande, owned by 2004 and 2005 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Hunter Breeder of the Year, Augustin Walch of W. Charlot Farms in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

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