Wellington, FL– March 28, 2016 – Nick Granat provides course design services for show jumping events and private clients. Granat is a horseman, rider and licensed “R” United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) course designer and the youngest member of North American Riders Group (NARG) approved course designer list.
The Winter Equestrian Festival starts in January, and a handful of course designers are already hard at work, carefully creating jumping courses for each class. There are 13 rings, and each course designer gets a different ring each week. Designing courses is a delicate balance between making the sport challenging, and unintentionally making it dangerous.
Wellington, FL– Nov 7, 2016 – The winter equestrian season is just around the corner and most top equestrian professionals are firming up their plans for stabling, housing and services to manage their businesses. Nick Granat offers private facility course design, a service that is ideal for busy competitors and trainers.
Traverse City, Mich. – July 15, 2016 – It is no secret that weeks, and even years, of preparation can go into a junior rider’s winning equitation round. The situation was a little different for Summer Hill, however, as she and her catch ride, C’est Blue, had only been working together for a few weeks. Nonetheless, Hill proved her skills in the ring, ultimately earning the win in the USEF Platinum Performance Show Jumping Talent Search at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival.
Traverse City, Mich. – July 10, 2016 – To close out the last day of the first week at this year’s Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, the main hunter ring played host to the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by Glory Days Farm, LLC. Tackling the bending lines and tight rollbacks, Maggie Gould and Drommels came out on top to win the blue.
Wellington, Florida (March 3, 2016) – With the elegant backdrop of The Wanderer’s Club setting the stage for the first day of Week 9’s competition, the two grass arenas of the Turf Tour hosted Wednesday’s divisions, two 1.30-1.35m classes and Low, Medium, and High Schooling jumpers. Adjacent to the rolling golf course and overlooked by the Wanderer’s clubhouse, the unique and beautiful venue is a spectacular addition to the Turf Tour’s already varied schedule, and hosted some of the biggest names in show jumping as they raced against the clock over the springy, natural footing.
Wellington, Florida (February 14, 2016) – In one of its busiest shows yet this season, week 5 of The Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour series combined world-class competition and ideal weather as Olympians, amateurs, juniors, and young horses vied for top honors on Wednesday and Friday, February 10 and 12, 2016.
Wellington, Florida (January 10, 2016) – An unusually rainy and misty day greeted competitors, owners, and spectators at Schulyer Riley’s Wolfstone Farm, but did not dampen spirits as they lined up to show and watch the first installment of the 2016 Turf Tour series presented by The Ridge at Wellington. The season’s inaugural competition welcomed a substantial turnout of professional, junior, and amateur riders to its adjacent rings, with the grass and sand arenas running concurrently and hosting everything from Low Schooling Jumpers to various top-level jumper classes on the derby field.
Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 1 – Two days ago, Missy Clark stood up and walked out of the draw for the ASPCA Maclay Finals. Student McKayla Langmeier had just drawn first in the order for the first course.
“I’m saying to myself, ‘Please don’t say her number first,’ and they said it, and I turned, and I left. I didn’t even hear the rest of the order,” said Clark. “But I got myself together, and we had our little pep talk about, ‘You’re just going to go and do it.’
Asbury, New Jersey – October 23, 2015 – The Ridge at Riverview recently concluded hosting The Asbury Classic, which took place on Oct. 8-11 and Oct. 15-18 in scenic Asbury, New Jersey. The seventh annual event did not disappoint attendees, with its tough competition, generous prize money, outstanding sponsorship and unique classes.
DARIEN, CONNECTICUT – June 20, 2015 – Glorious early summer warmth, sunny skies and gentle breezes set the stage for a terrific week of equestrian sport during the annual Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show. Now in its 85th year, the show has seen a resurgence with nearly 500 horses and ponies on hand to compete during the week’s various events which culminated in the $25,000 Ox Ridge Grand Prix presented by World Equestrian Center. Hundreds of spectators gathered under the tent and around the grass field on Saturday to watch as an unprecedented field of forty riders contested the feature event, with Ireland’s Paul O’Shea and Skara Glen’s Presence ultimately emerging victorious.
Wellington, FL – March 27, 2015 – The picturesque polo fields of the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) are accustomed to a vibrant social scene, the traditional bottles of champagne while stomping divots and the fast-paced game of polo. This week, as the 111th U.S. Open Championship 26-goal is about to commence, The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour Finale highlighted the kick-off of the weekend with an astonishing race to the finish during the $24,990 1.40m Grand Prix Finale event. It was the 2015 Leading Rider, Conor Swail who narrowly held onto the lead with Dillinger.
Wellington, FL – March 25, 2015- The final Wednesday of the Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour was incredibly successful, with both rings staying busy throughout the day. Adam Prudent topped the first 1.30-1.35m class riding Vasco for Plain Bay Sales. Prudent brought the horse over in order to prepare for the Finale Grand Prix on Friday.
Wellington, FL – March 13, 2015 – For nine weeks, Canada’s Beth Underhill consistently placed at the top of The Ridge Turf Tour series, yet victory seemed to evade both her and her veteran mount Viggo. During Week 10 of the Turf Tour Series, Underhill left nothing to chance, racing to the top of the leader board with Viggo in 33.003 seconds. They closed out the competition only five-hundredths of a second ahead of Sharn Wordley and Popstar Lozonais.
Wellington, FL – March 11, 2015 – The Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour returned to International Polo Club (IPC) Palm Beach to kick off the tenth week of competition. While the morning saw some unexpected showers, the afternoon brightened up and competitors flocked to the expansive polo fields to try their hand against some of Wellington’s most competitive jumpers. It was a gorgeous setting for the horses and riders to enjoy beautiful courses designed by Eric Hasbrouck in the main ring and Nick Granat in the second ring, with polo games taking place just a few fields away.
Wellington, FL – March 6, 2015 – Ireland’s Conor Swail rode Fortis Fortuna to a blazing time of 33.669 seconds in the Ridge at Wellington’s 1.40m Grand Prix at Tonkawa Farms to snatch up the win today. Not only did Swail secure the first place, but he also guided his other mount, Tahiti Island to the third place finish, proving that his winning streak is more than just the luck of the Irish. It was Olympian Laura Kraut and Zeremonie that followed close behind, breaking the beam in 33.819 seconds to take the second place finish, just narrowly missing Swail’s time.