Mill Spring, North Carolina – Andrew Welles (USA) and Brindis Bogibo, owned by AEM Enterprises, LLC, were honored with the Equis Boutique Best Presented Horse Award at the Tryon Spring 8 CSI 5* held June 8-12 at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Equis Boutique is sponsoring the “Best Presented Horse” Award at the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Horse Inspection during all weeks of FEI-sanctioned competition at TIEC throughout the 2016 season.
Welles and his ten-year-old chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding (Grand Pilot I x Pacific) were evaluated against fellow international competitors at the FEI Horse Inspection held early in the week and impressed the ground jury to win Best Presented. Welles was awarded a commemorative plaque from Alex West of Equis Boutique, as well as a set of Hickstead Boots from Equis Boutique partner brand, Kentucky Horsewear.
“I take great pride in the way our amazing staff turns the horses out day in and day out,” said Welles. “It’s nice to see their hard work recognized, and I am very appreciative to Equis for presenting this award.”
In particular, Welles gave credit to his FEI groom, Juan Arango, who prepared Brindis Bogibo for the FEI horse Inspection.
Welles is a frequent customer at Equis Boutique as he is sponsored by partner brands Parlanti, KASK, and Kentucky Horsewear.
“To me they are the elite supplier for high-end products in this sport,” he said. “You look at the brands they represent, and they are all top of the line in every category. For riders at the highest level, I personally don’t think there’s any reason to go to another tack shop.”
To cap their week at Tryon Spring 8, Welles and Brindis Bogibo jumped to second place in the $380,000 Horseware Ireland CSI 5* Grand Prix during TIEC’s Saturday Night Lights. The class was the first 5* event for the gelding, and Welles hopes to continue campaigning the mount at the top level.
During Tryon Spring 7 held on June 1-5, Brittni Raflowitz (USA) and Hilton van de Breepoel, owned by ESI Show Jumpers, Inc., were named Best Presented. Raflowitz was awarded with Recuptex Stable Bandages from Equis Boutique’s partner brand, Kentucky Horsewear.
Raflowitz and her nine-year-old bay Belgian Warmblood gelding jumped to a top five finish in $130,000 Ariat CSI 3* Grand Prix after leaving their mark on the FEI Horse Inspection.
Earlier this season, Equis Boutique presented their award at the CSI 3* Lexington International at the Split Rock Jumping Tour held May 25-29 in Lexington, KY. Lorcan Gallagher (IRL) and Venturo 9, an 11-year-old bay Belgian Sport Horse stallion owned by Spy Coast Farm, claimed the Equis Boutique Best Presented Horse Award before jumping to third place in the $40,000 Amalaya Investments CSI 3* Grand Prix.
Gallagher, who recalls competing for similar awards back in his pony club days in Ireland, commended Equis Boutique for drawing attention to the appearance of both horse and rider at FEI horse shows.
“It’s a great initiative,” he said. “I saw the [Equis Boutique Best Presented] Award for the first time at Tryon last year, and I was pleased to see someone support something like that.”
For being named Best Presented, Gallagher was presented with a pair of half chaps from Equis Boutique partner brand Parlanti.
Equis Boutique will offer the Best Presented Horse Award at each of the four FEI weeks of the upcoming Tryon Summer Series running June 29 – July 24, as well as at Split Rock Jumping Tour during the Bourbon International CSI 3* on October 9-11.