44/ FEBRUARY 2021 THE RIDER Tiffany Foster Wins Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award

level. Eric Lamaze found her. He called me and said, ‘I have a perfect horse for you,’ and he was right! She’s just wonderful and she keeps getting better. She doesn’t have the experience to go super fast but she was right in there with some pretty experienced horses and riders in the Grand Prix. I’m very proud of her.” Martha W. Jolicoeur

Leading Lady Rider Award overall standings following five weeks of competition at the Winter Equestrian Festi- val.

A sponsor and dedi-

Canada’s Tiffany Foster (center) accepts the Leading Lady Rider Award from Martha Jolicoeur (right) and Dr. Stephen Norton during week 4 of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Photo by Sportfot

Wellington, Florida – Tiffany Foster of North Van- couver, BC, claimed the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award on Sun- day, February 7, during week four of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL. Foster accumulated the most points of all female com- petitors in the $50,000 CSI4* Adequan WEF Chal- lenge Cup Round 4 held Fri- day, February 5, and the $214,000 CSI4* Marshall & Sterling/Great American Grand Prix on Sunday, Feb- ruary 7. The two-time Cana- dian Olympian and Northern Light, a 10-year- old Swedish Warmblood mare (Plot Blue x Con- tender) that Foster owns in partnership with Andy and Carlene Ziegler’s Artisan

Farms LLC, jumped clear in the first round of the WEF Challenge Cup and were double-clear to place fifth in the Grand Prix. “It’s a great thing that

Martha recognizes women in this sport,” said Foster, 36, of the Leading Lady Award. “There are so many great female riders doing well right now and it’s an honor to receive this award. It really indicates where you stand and how you’re doing. I really appreciate it.” Jolicoeur, accompa-

nied by her husband, Dr. Stephen Norton, presented Foster with a bottle of champagne, a bouquet of flowers, and a gift certificate for a shopping spree at Hunt, Ltd. in recognition of her title. “I was so happy with

my horse,” said Foster of her mount, Northern Light. “She’s pretty green for this

cated supporter of horse sport at WEF for many years, 2021 marks Joli- coeur’s 11th season present- ing the Leading Lady Rider Award. She began present- ing the award in 2010 as a way of recognizing female accomplishments in an Olympic sport where men


show jumping career before becoming Florida’s number one Douglas Elliman real estate broker. The Martha Jolicoeur

Leading Lady Rider Award, given in memory of fellow realtor and horseman Dale Lawler, is presented weekly to the high-score female rider based on performances in the weekly WEF Chal- lenge Cup series and grand prix events. During the final week of WEF, the Martha Jolicoeur Overall Leading Lady Rider Award will be presented to the female rider who accumulates the most points throughout the sea-

Tiffany Foster and Northern Light placed fifth in the $214,000 CSI 4* Marshall &Sterling/Great American Grand Prix on Sunday, February 7. Photo by Jump Media

and women compete as equals. A former competitor herself, Jolicoeur enjoyed a successful

son. So far in 2021, Erynn Ballard of Canada and American riders Laura Kraut and Adrienne Stern- licht have won the Leading Lady Rider Award in addi- tion to Foster. Jolicoeur has been

serving the Wellington equestrian community full- time since 2005 and special- izes in both residential and farm properties. As part of the elite Douglas Elliman Real Estate Sports and En- tertainment division, she of- fers a wide range of property listings that fit an equestrian lifestyle and be- yond. To learn more about Martha W. Jolicoeur, visit m and follow her on Face- book and Instagram for a behind-the-scenes look at

2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian™ to Host Five Star Event Unprecedented

Outpouring of Support Reverses Earlier Cancellation; EEI and KHP Foundation to Partner to Ensure Competition is Held

Lexington, Kentucky – February 10, 2021 – An unprecedented outpouring of public support and a grassroots fundraising effort have led to a reversal of the an- nounced cancellation of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI Five Star presented by MARS Equestrian™ (LRK3DE). A new partnership between Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), producer of the world-class event, and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation combined with the support of US Equestrian and longstanding sponsors Land Rover, Mars Equestrian, and Rolex will ensure that the CCI5*- L three-day event will be held, without spectators, alongside a new CCI4*-S, April 22-25 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexing- ton, KY. “The uncertainties sur-

rounding the COVID-19 pan- demic placed us in the financially impossible position of having to run the Five Star event without spectators, a situation that left us no choice but to cancel the Five Star for 2021 in order to preserve it for many years to come,” said

Mike Cooper, President of EEI. “We are humbled and honored by the response of the eventing com- munity as they’ve stepped up in a mind-blowing way enabling us to go forward.” A fundraising campaign

was started by athletes and fueled by the grassroots effort of the broader eventing community, generating more than $550,000 in donations to run the event. “While that still leaves us short of the amount needed, it is enough to convince us that the balance can be raised,” added Cooper. “We are now, with the assistance of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, committed to going forward with the Five Star.”

In the new partnership, EEI

and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, both 501(c)(3) non- profit charitable organizations, bring strong and distinct skill sets – the Foundation in fundraising and EEI in event management. Using their respective expertise and resources, the Foundation will take the lead in soliciting do- nations to supplement the grass- roots effort, and EEI will focus its attention on running the na- tion’s premier equestrian event in an environment that is safe for all during the current world-wide pandemic. “The Kentucky Three-Day

Event is the foremost event held at the Kentucky Horse Park and the lifeblood of the eventing world,” said Clay Green, Chair- man of the Board of the Ken- tucky Horse Park Foundation. “The Horse Park was established for the 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships which gave birth to the annual Ken- tucky Three-Day Event whose success is responsible for the Park’s position of prominence and so much that has happened at the Park, including the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Seeing the number of people pleading for the event to happen this year made it very clear that we must do all we can to ensure that it does.”

“Seeing the athletes, com-

munity, our sponsors, and these two organizations, the KHP Foundation and EEI, come to- gether in a united way to allow the CCI5*-L and CCI4*-S to go forward despite the challenges presented by the pandemic is nothing short of remarkable. This will allow our athletes and horses aiming for Tokyo this summer the best opportunity to qualify and prepare, while ensuring the safest possible environment for participants seeking to complete a CCI5*-L or CCI4*-S,” shared Bill Moroney, Chief Executive Officer of US Equestrian. “We

extend a huge thank you to all in- volved, especially to our spon- sors, for their flexibility and continued commitment to this event.” “We are thrilled to return as

the title sponsor for the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event and support the event broadcasts on NBC, NBC Sports Network, and the USEF Network to bring this historic event into the homes of the fans in the safest way possible. We applaud the ef- forts of the equestrian commu- nity who have gone above and beyond to raise funds to support this event and ensure another great year of world-class event- ing can take place at the renowned Kentucky Horse Park,” said Michael Curmi, Di- rector Brand Experience, Jaguar Land RoverNorth America. “We applaud the efforts of

so many organizers, fans, com- petitors, and sponsors, supported by MARS Equestrian, which will allow the CCI5*-L competition to continue forward in 2021. This event is an equestrian treasure we are proud to sponsor as we all look for safe ways to hold top level competition,” stated Geof- frey Galant, VP of Mars Eques- trian.

Spectators are not allowed

at this time, but USEF will con- tinue to monitor the effects of the

pandemic to determine if a lim- ited number of spectators can be permitted at some point closer to the event with priority given to 2020 rolled over ticket holders. Those who paid for the 2020 event and chose to roll their money over for 2021 will have the option of full refunds or rolling their money over again for 2022. “Ticket holders can ex- pect an email regarding their op- tions, one of which will be to join this incredible grassroots move- ment on behalf of the sport of eventing,” said Cooper. “Those who wish to do so can donate some or all of the money they’ve paid. We applaud and thank everyone who has contributed so far; without you there would be no Five Star this year and all of you have our utmost gratitude and appreciation!” Those wishing to be part of the growing movement to save the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Five Star can do so through the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation website at Donate – Kentucky Horse Park Foundation (

About Equestrian Events, Inc. Equestrian Events, Inc.

(EEI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable Kentucky corporation that was established initially to produce the World Three-Day

Event Championships at the Ken- tucky Horse Park in 1978. Fol- lowing the success of those championships, EEI established an annual event that evolved into the world-renowned Kentucky Three-Day Event which draws more than 80,000 spectators to the Kentucky Horse Park each year. EEI also produces other events and supports several local and equine charities. EEI has do- nated more than $725,000 to var- ious charities since 2011. Further information about EEI and the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is available at www.ken-

About the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation Since its inception in 1985,

the Kentucky Horse Park Foun- dation has provided over $25 million worth of improvements, helping make the Kentucky Horse Park the leading equestrian facility of its kind in the world. The Kentucky Horse Park Foun- dation is a non-profit 501(c)3 or- ganization dedicated to enhancing, expanding, and im- proving the Kentucky Horse Park. Further information is available at www.khpfounda-

her available Wellington properties.

About Martha W. Joli- coeur

Buying or selling a

property with Martha Joli- coeur assures the highest level of professional real es- tate consultation in the Wellington equestrian com- munity. Jolicoeur under- stands the importance of customer excellence and prides herself on dealing honestly and fairly while creating relationships with her customers that continue far beyond a business trans- action. For more informa- tion on Martha Jolicoeur and her listings, visit m or find her on Facebook and Instagram.

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