Brian Moggre Masters $35,700 CSI3* Longines World Ranking Competition at Live Oak International

Saturday, March 9, 2019
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Age is just a number for 17-year-old Brian Moggre who won the $35,700 CSI3* Longines World Ranking Competition against a field of nearly fifty talented riders Friday at Live Oak International.

Riding for Major Wager LLC, Moggre blazed across the grass arena with MTM Vivre le Reve in a red hot time of 61.56 seconds thanks to advice from his trainer, Mike McCormick.

"Today I thought, well, Mike always says, 'You can't win them all if you don't win the first one,' so I knew I wanted to go in and give it a shot. It worked out for me, and my horse really stepped up to the plate," Moggre said.

Jennifer Gates and Evergate Stables LLC's Capital Colnardo landed in second place with a time of 64.97 seconds.

"For me with my horse, I knew I could leave out strides in a few places. He has a really long step, so that's where I am able to be a tiny bit faster. I was just trying to go for a nice, efficient, clean round, and I'm happy with how my horse performed," Gates said.

A time of 65.68 seconds had pathfinder Lauren Hough in the lead for more than half the class before being unseated by Gates. She still finished third with Laura Mateo and Meredith Mateo's Waterford.

Kelli Cruciotti and Erin Gilmore Photography
Kelli Cruciotti and Erin Gilmore Photography

"I thought my horse jumped a very good round. Going first, you never really know. If I had gone later there were a couple places I could've gone a bit quicker, but I'm thrilled. It was a good warmup for hopefully a good result again on Sunday."

The $10,000 Waldron Private Wealth 1.40m Power and Speed class kicked off the action for the show jumpers Friday afternoon. In her Live Oak International debut, Kelli Cruciotti and the quick-footed Grandy de Laubry finished on top of the 30-entry class. Riding for 3 Seas LLC, Cruciotti had an impressive time of 29.22 seconds.

"It's an amazing feeling. This show is absolutely incredible," Cruciotti said. "My horse jumped amazing. She's one that I feel very lucky to ride."

Chloe Reid piloted Team Reid's Sally to a second place finish. They had a clear round in a speedy 29.74 seconds. Ireland's Mark Kinsella took home third place with Nicole Walker's Chaloubet after a fault-free round with a time of 30.25 seconds.

Show jumping continues Saturday, March 9, with the $35,700 Longines World Ranking Competition at 1:30 p.m., and culminates with the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Ocala on Sunday, March 10. It is the last chance for U.S. riders to qualify for the 2019 Longines FEI World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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