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Margie Engle and Indigo Top an Intense Jump-off to Win $100,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix

©ESI Photography. Margie Engle and Indigo jump their way to a win in the $100,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix.

SAUGERTIES, NEW YORK (August 4, 2013) – Margie Engle of Wellington, Florida and Indigo, owned by Garber, Griese, Hidden Creek & Gladewinds, share a storied career together, most recently highlighted by a win in Sunday’s $100,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Saugerties. The duo topped 35 on their way to the blue, piecing together the puzzle that was Bernardo Cabral’s jump-off track.

“Indigo felt great today,” said Engle of the 12-year-old Dutch gelding.  “We have been resting him while waiting for this class and he felt nice and fresh – maybe a little too fresh in the first round!  But he settled and came back just right for the jump-off.”

Cabral of Lisbon, Portugal set a 13-obstacle course with 16 jumping efforts in the first round, which produced nine clear trips overall. Two combinations appeared late in the track – a triple at fence nine and a double at the final effort – but it was the skinny vertical at fence five that proved the most difficult of the day, and appeared in both rounds. “It proved to be a very careful fence,” said Engle. “We played it very safe coming to that one in the jump-off.”

Christine McCrea of East Windsor, Connecticut spared no time in proving that the original course could be jumped, posting a clear round in the first go aboard Candy Tribble’s Romantovich Take One. Of the 34 that followed, eight more would go clear before the rails moved up in the jump-off. “As with any big-money class, the fences got bigger and it got a bit more difficult to go clean and fast,” commented Engle on the jump-off course. “Indigo handled it super – on any given day he is as good as any horse out there.”

McCrea returned to lead off the shorter track, posting a time of 48.31 seconds with four faults. Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, Florida followed her with his own Quality Girl. With momentum from Friday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix win, the pair was on their way to the first clear round before a heartbreak rail came down at the final jump, landing them with four faults and the fastest time of the day – 48.04 seconds. Four rounds followed, each with faults, making a four-fault winner in the jump-off a real possibility.

Engle, however, entered the ring in the seventh spot and posted a clear round, setting the Great American Time to Beat at 52.31 seconds. Two followed her, including Christine McCrea on her second horse. She piloted Candy Tribble’s Wannick WH to a clear effort in 55.85 seconds. Darragh Kenny of Wellington, Florida was last to return with Oakland Ventures, LLC’s Picolo. They chased down Engle and posted a clear round, but were just shy of the win in 53.23 seconds.

“Margie was quick, but I knew my horse was going to be very fast as well,” said Kenny. “I don’t know this horse that well and I feel like I went as quick as we were comfortable with – I wanted to make sure I was clear and I am very happy with this result.”

Kenny finished second with McCrea and Wannick WH landed in third. Minikus finished fourth and McCrea capped the top five with Romantovich Take One.

Lillie Keenan of New York, New York piloted Chansonette Farm, LLC’s Pumped Up Kicks to sixth with four faults in a time of 54.14 seconds. Seventh went to Callan Solem of Glenmore, Pennsylvania on Torlando Group’s VDL Torlando after a four-fault round in 59.49 seconds. Candice King of Wellington, Florida was eighth on Bellissimo, LLC’s Kismet 50 with eight faults in a time of 57.72 seconds. Laura Chapot rounded out the jump-off field in ninth with Quointreau Un Prince, owned by herself and McLain Ward. They finished with 12 faults in a time of 52.77 seconds.

Sunday’s grand prix marked the conclusion of three weeks of summer showing at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York. Week VII will return August 28 and run through September 1 before HITS Championship Week rolls into town. Highlighting the festivities during the final week of competition will be the coveted return of the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix on September 8. Riders will have three more opportunities to secure their spot in the finale with one grand prix upcoming at HITS Culpeper and two during Week VII at HITS Saugerties. Once eligible, the start order for the prestigious event will be determined by a rider’s money won on their leading horse. Keep tabs on all Zoetis Million qualifying action at HitsShows.com.

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Margie Engle and Royce Race to Win $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix at Kentucky Spring Classic

Margie Engle and Royce.

Lexington, KY – May 18, 2013 – Scope and stride proved to be the key to the win for Margie Engle and Royce during the $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, presented by Audi of Lexington, during the Kentucky Spring Classic. The pair out jumped 12 other horse and rider combinations during the tiebreaker to claim the winning prize with a double clear effort. Charlie Jayne captured the second place award with Chill R Z, while Venezuela’s Pablo Barrios galloped into third aboard Zara Leandra.

Forty-four entries showed over Conrad Homfeld’s opening course, which featured multiple bending lines, an open water with a scored pole, a steady vertical-oxer double combination, and an oxer-vertical-oxer triple combination that proved to be the bogey. It yielded 13 clear rounds, which eventual winner Margie Engle attributed to the footing. “He built a good course,” she commented. “The jumps were a good height and he had some tricky lines and some technical lines, but the horses give you a little extra on this footing.”

For the jump-off, riders had to begin with a rollback from a new vertical to a new oxer, before then slicing across the ring to the double combination. Then they galloped to a single vertical before making another rollback over a skinny vertical to a wide oxer, and then galloping home over a single oxer in the middle of the Rolex Stadium.

Captain Canada showed the way over the short course with his top mount Star Power, owned by Team Works of Perth, Ontario. The duo left all the rails intact, but had a conservative gallop going early in the field to finish sixth with a time of 44.786 seconds. The next to go was Pablo Barrios and Zara Leanrda, owned by ZL Group of Wellington, FL. The speedy duo was clear over the course and broke the beam at 41.834 second, which was good enough for third.

Katie Prudent raced to catch Barrios’ time with her winner from yesterday, V, owned by Michael Smith of Winchester, VA. They came just 1/10th of a second with their fault-free effort for fourth.

The next to tackle the short course was Margie Engle aboard Royce, owned by Elm Rock Partners LLC of Bronxville, NY. They had their eye on the prize and picked up a quick gallop to the first fence. The duo sliced through the double combinations and made a short turn to the skinny before leaving a stride out to the final oxer. The final time of 40.757 seconds would be good enough for the win.

Charlie Jayne and Chill R Z
Charlie Jayne and Chill R Z

Charlie Jayne attempted to catch Engle’s time with Chill R Z, owned by Alex Jayne of Elgin, IL. He and his World Cup mount were just a touch too slow, galloping through the timers in 40.905 seconds to take over second, sealing the victory for Engle.

“Last year, I practiced jumping clear rounds with Chill, and this year I’ve been trying to practice speed in the jump-off,” noted Jayne. “This was actually the first class that he jumped since World Cup finals that I just did two weeks ago. I jumped him a little bit this morning just to practice the Nations Cup format of jumping twice in one day, because I’m going to do the Nation’s Cup team coming up next month in Spruce Meadows. I was really happy that I could jump him this morning and then come back again this afternoon, and he just jumped to rounds like it was nothing.”

Jayne added, “He’s ready to win. He’s got a big, lofty stride, and I have to make it up in the turns and by leaving out strides. A bigger ring is easier for him because I can just pick up that nice forward gallop that I like. Today, I was really happy that he’s so adjustable. That’s one of his greatest assets.”

Young rider Reed Kessler of Lexington, KY, had the time with Mika, but a heartbreaking rail at the last oxer gave them four faults for sixth. Emanuel Andrade had a rail with each of his mounts from Hollow Creek Farm, Walter 61 and ZZ-Top VH Schaarbroek Z, to place seventh and eighth, respectively.

Mario Gamboa and the Stansky’s Mission Farm’s Unico, and Sharn Wordley with Ashland Stables’ Derly Chin De Muze each had four faults as well for the ninth and tenth place positions. The eight-faulters included Aaron Vale riding Zippo II for 2VR Showjumpers, Schuyler Riley aboard M. Michael Meller’s Waterloo, and Ramiro Quintana with St. Bride’s Farm’s Whitney.

This evening’s victory on Royce marks an improvement from second place in the event for Engle. “I was really pleased with him both rounds,” she smiled. “Royce is riding better and better. He’s always had all the ability in the world. He’s got unbelievable talent, and it’s just taken me a little bit of time to get the rideability in between the jumps. I was just starting to get it before I got hurt last year, so then he had some time off. He’s a horse that you really need to develop a rapport with. I lost half the year, so I was almost starting from scratch again. He jumped a lot of clear rounds in Florida, but I was just going medium because I still didn’t have the rideability where I wanted it. I am starting to get him back to where I had him last year.”

Engle continued, “Royce is not a quick horse by any means. He jumps very high and spends a lot of time in the air. He’s only eight years old, so he really over jumps the fences, and he’s very good behind. He is a little bit of a slower going horse. Since he has so much scope and ability you can turn back to things really quickly and he’s got the ability to get across easily. He’s so scopey he just gets higher where a lot of horses get flat.”

The next stop for Engle and Royce will be the Devon Horse Show, followed by HITS Saugerties and the Lake Placid Horse Shows, before heading to Europe for the end of the summer. She has very high hopes for the young mount and sees a very bright future.

“He’s not a speed horse and you’re not going to be able to go fast with him every time, but we’re working on his rideability and getting quicker,” she admitted. “I think his main qualities are going to shine through when the courses get really big. I really feel like he’s a championship horse and he can do big round after big round and it doesn’t take much out of him. I know he’s got all the ability and the talent. I really think he’s a horse for the big, big stuff.”

Engle has always enjoyed competing at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, and this year was no exception. “It’s a big open area and you’ve got plenty of room to ride here,” she said. “Weather is always unpredictable, and no matter what the weather does the footing is always perfect. It’s nice to have permanent stabling, and there are always good courses. Kentucky is horse area!”

The Kentucky Spring Classic will conclude tomorrow with the $20,000 Bluegrass Classic, which gets underway at 8a.m. The High Junior and Amateur-Owner Classics, as well as the Low Amateur-Owner Classic will wrap-up the competition in the Rolex Stadium.

For more information about the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

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Step by Step Foundation to Benefit from Poker Gives’ Cupids for Charity NL Tag Team Tourney

Liliane Stransky & Olympic Veteran Margie Engle Planning to Host Charity Game during This Year’s Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida

Liliane Stransky and Margie Engle to co-host ‘All In for Charity’ Poker Tournament during WEF 2013

Wellington, FL – February 4, 2013 – Top poker professionals, veteran players, and amateur supporters have all reserved seats for Poker Gives’ 2nd annual Cupids for Charity NL Tag Team Tourney at the Binion’s on February 17, 2013.  The international children’s charity Step by Step Foundation will be one of the 5 beneficiaries for this year’s tournament at the popular casino at 128 Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We are very excited to be one of the non-profits chosen by Poker Gives this year,” said Step by Step founder Liliane Stransky of Miami and Wellington, Florida, who is planning on sitting down to take on all challengers at this fun filled game.  “The funds that come with each winning hand will help of our programs, like our Backpacks for Kids campaign.  We have been able to bring backpacks and much needed supplies to children both nationally and abroad, but this support will allow us to expand and help others.”

Getting involved with Poker Gives is a natural for Stransky, who along with the help of Olympic show jumping veteran Margie Engle is planning her third “All In for Charity Poker Tournament.”  They are looking to host the benefit tournament during this year’s Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.

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Katie Dinan Victorious in $50,000 Holiday & Horses FEI World Cup Qualifier

Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet © ManciniPhotos

Wellington, FL – December 1, 2012 – Nineteen-year-old Katie Dinan (USA) and Grant Road Partners’ Nougat Du Vallet earned an exciting victory in Saturday night’s $50,000 Holiday and Horses FEI World Cup Grand Prix at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. American riders took top four honors in the eleven horse jump-off. Dinan beat Todd Minikus and Macoemba and Margie Engle and Royce, who finished second and third respectively.

More than 4,000 spectators were at PBIEC tonight to partake in an evening full of activities, including watching the FEI World Cup Qualifier and the drawings of charities for the 2013 FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge, as well as the Wellington Chamber of Commerce WinterFest sponsored by International Polo Club Palm Beach, The Wellness Experience, Equestrian Sport Productions/PBIEC and LED Source.

Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY, set the course for the 41 entries in Saturday night’s class with eleven returning for the jump-off and four of those entries completing double clear rounds.

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Margie Engle and Royce Win $100,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson

Margie Engle and Royce won the $100,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix. Photo By: ESI Photography.

Saugerties, NY – June 11, 2012 – Olympian Margie Engle and Elm Rock Partners LLC’s Royce continued their domination of HITS-on-the-Hudson this weekend when they claimed their biggest victory to do date during the $100,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix on Sunday. The pair posted a double clear effort to top the 27-horse field, racing to the top of the leader board by almost three seconds during the jump-off.

“Royce is still young, but he just keeps getting better and better,” commented Engle of the eight-year-old Oldenburg stallion. “He’s a very smart horse, and he’s got all the quality and all the jump in the world. The rideability in between the jumps has gotten a lot better in the last month, so I am thrilled with the way he is coming along.”

For the first round of the $100,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix, Engle and Royce showed over a very technical track that included an open water and a difficult triple combination to a tall, skinny vertical. Only five horse and rider combinations advanced to the jump-off, with Engle in the final slot.  She went for broke with the talented stallion, slicing turns and easily leaving each rail intact as the duo broke the beam in 44.717 to earn the winning prize and lead the victory gallop.

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London Bound Margie Engle Wins the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix to Finish Out Opening Week at HITS-on-the-Hudson

©ESI Photography. Margie Engle and Royce on course in the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix

SAUGERTIES, NY (May 29, 2012) – U.S. Olympic hopeful Margie Engle didn’t waste any time settling in at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York this year. On Sunday, riding Elm Rock Partners LLC’s Royce, she captured the victory in the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health.

Engle, of West Palm Beach, Florida, piloted Royce to the win over a course designed by Marina Azevedo of Campinas, Brazil. Engle was one of seven who advanced to the jump-off where, as one of the most winning riders in the history of the sport, she is known to capitalize.

“This is the first time this horse has ever won a Grand Prix,” said Engle. “I just got him at the beginning of the season and he’s still young, only eight years old and he has all the raw talent in the world. This was a lot of fun today for this horse and I think he could become a really great horse in the years to come.”

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Engle, Fellers, and Kessler Share the Lead after Three Rounds in USEF Selection Trials

Skelton Continues Winning Streak in $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 11 with Big Star, Farmer and Taken Win High Performance Working Hunters

Reed Kessler and Cylana. Photo © Sportfot

Wellington, FL – March 22, 2012 – Margie Engle and Indigo, Rich Fellers and Flexible, and Reed Kessler and Cylana are all tied at the top of the standings after round #3 of the USEF Selection Trials, which are being held to determine the riders that will represent the United States Show Jumping Team in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Riders showed in round #1 on Wednesday afternoon and round #2 earlier in the day on Thursday. The scores from all three rounds will carry over to Saturday evening when competitors will compete in a fourth and final round. This event also serves as the USEF National Show Jumping Championships, a return to the event that was last held in 2008.

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Laura Chapot and Margie Engle Continue Winning Streak in 1.35m Jumper Classes

Margie Engle and Hidden Creek’s Pamina L were victorious in the 1.35 Jumper series during the fourth week of the 2012 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. (Photo courtesy of Sportfot.com)

Wellington, FL (March 20, 2012) – Veteran Grand Prix rider Laura Chapot has moved her KWPN mare Valentia up through the ranks of the Young Jumper classes, and during the fourth week of the 2012 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival the flashy gray mare hit her stride. Valentia won two more 1.35 Jumper classes during week four, proving why she was the Circuit Champion in the division during last year’s show circuit.

World Development Group, a premier developer committed to building the Equestrian Lifestyle, sponsors the 1.35 Jumper classes. Margie Engle, another staple on the Grand Prix circuit, also cruised to victory in a 1.35 Jumper class on Hidden Creek’s Pamina L. “Laura and Margie have spent years at the top of the show jumping world and the World Development Group is proud to welcome them to the winner’s circle,” said David Zinaman, Director of Real Estate Sales and Marketing for the World Development Group.

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Margie Engle and Indigo Win $125,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix

Elizabeth Faraci Sweeps FarmVet Amateur-Owner 18-35 3’3″ Hunters

Margie Engle and Indigo. Photos © Sportfot

Wellington, FL – February 11, 2012 – Margie Engle (USA) and Indigo emerged victorious in the $125,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix presented by Spy Coast Farm under the lights in front of a crowd of 5,200 spectators at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Saturday night. Engle and Indigo, owned by Gladewinds, Griese, Garber, and Hidden Creek, were the fastest of two clear rounds in an eleven horse jump-off over Darragh Kerins (IRL) and Lisona, owned by Kevin Babington. Pablo Barrios (VEN) and G&C Quick Star 11, owned by Gustavo Mirabal, were third.

Week five of the FTI WEF, sponsored by Spy Coast Farm, will conclude tomorrow. The 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of competition that conclude on April 1, 2012, and they will be awarding more than $6 million in prize money through the circuit.

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Elm Rock Partners LLC Purchases Royce for Olympian Margie Engle

Elm Rock Partners LLC has purchased Royce from Ljubov Kochetova. Photo By: Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com

Bronxville, NY – December 21, 2011 – Elm Rock Partners LLC is pleased to announce that it has recently acquired the seven-year-old Oldenburg stallion Royce from Ljubov Kochetova of Russia. The talented young mount has already had great success at the grand prix level, and now will be ridden by Olympian Margie Engle and trained by Susie Humes and Ken Smith.

“I really want to thank everyone connected with Elm Rock Partners, LLC,” noted Engle. “It’s a great opportunity for me and he’s a lot of quality for sure. I’m hoping that I will be half as successful at Ljubov has already been with him. She didn’t really want to sell him to begin with, so I want to thank her for letting us buy him. I’ve only ridden him a couple of times, but he’s got a great attitude and he’s very scopey; he’s very nice to ride.”

Engle and Royce will compete for Elm Rock Partners LLC beginning in January at the prestigious Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.

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