M. Michael Meller Joins Forces with Bosch Sporthorses

Wellington, Fla. – July 30, 2018 – M. Michael Meller of Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses is proud to announce that he has recently sent three of his top show jumping horses to Dutch horseman Peter-Paul Bosch at Bosch Sporthorses facility in Nagele, Netherlands in an effort to further their training.

The team at Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses is passionate about show jumping and specializes in finding and bringing along talented young horses through the ranks to the top levels of the sport. Three of Meller's promising horses, Upperfield CH, Goya and Flairvona will continue their development under the precise training and expertise of Bosch.

"My horses are already excelling in Peter-Paul's incredible program," Meller said. "I am so thrilled about this next step in their careers. Peter-Paul understands how to bring out the best qualities in each horse and this new partnership with him is very exciting. I am looking forward to watching their development as each of them continue to progress."

"I met Michael a long time ago in the USA through Peter Lutz, who has been a good friend and business partner for many years. We have been very honored with the fact that Michael wants to work with us," said Bosch.

"The first international show we did with Michael's horses was CSI2* de Wolden," he continued. "We were very happy with the way the horses performed at the show. All three are very pleasant to work with and have great abilities. We are looking forward to the future with this group."

The talented string of horses at Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses is leaving their mark in top training programs and showing at some of the finest competition venues throughout North America and Europe. This latest venture with Bosch is an exciting one and the team is eager to see what the future holds and follow these three horses' developments.

The mission of Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses is to find and produce some of the world's top young show jumping mounts. For more information, please visit www.gallaghermeller.com.

Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses Creates New European Partnership at Tal Milstein Stables

Wellington, Fla. – July 20, 2018 – Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses is thrilled to announce that six of their top European competition horses have moved to Tal Milstein's top-notch training facility, TMS Stables, located in Asse, Belgium. The team is looking forward to the progress that will be made with E2 Show Jumper's Karina, Cazador La Silla, Arena Z, Quilimbo, Iceman De Muze, and Little Beach under Tal Milstein's unparalleled training, care and management. 

  Little Beach and Tal Milstein

Little Beach and Tal Milstein

Founded by Katherine Gallagher and Michael Meller, Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses is dedicated to sourcing and developing talented young horses to the highest levels in the sport of show jumping and competing them at the finest horse show venues across the United States and abroad.

Tal Milstein has made his mark on equestrian sport after he learned to ride in his native Israel. Milstein mastered his technique in the saddle under some of the biggest names in the show jumping industry including Albert Voorn, Jos Kumps and Nelson Pessoa. Soon after, he relocated to Europe in an effort to expand his business, TMS Stables, to focus on trading horses. Today, Milstein buys and sells horses all over the world and is highly-respected in the community for those looking to purchase talented show jumping mounts.

The fitting partnership between the Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses operation and Tal Milstein made sense as both teams are dedicated to bringing along top show jumping talent through the ranks while ensuring that all horses receive the highest-quality care, a rigorous training regimen, and a program tailored specifically to each horse's needs and individual personalities. As extremely proficient horsemen and women, Gallagher, Meller and Milstein aim to bring out the very best in each horse and maximize their potential.

TMS Stables specializes in the training and trading of high-end show jumpers for all levels of the sport. Milstein and his experienced team are known in the industry for "combining experience and precision to bring riders and horses to excel up to the Grand Prix level." In addition to top-tier training and trading sessions, the operation also specializes in breeding from embryos to proven stallions, all of whom have exceptional bloodlines. 

"I was very happy to receive the phone call from Michael and Kathy asking me to take his horses under my care," Milstein said. "The first time I noticed the horses was in Lanaken at the World Championships for Young Horses. Michael had one good horse after the other, and I quickly realized that he really knows his job and how to choose a horse. Since then, I was constantly asking about the horses, and I am so happy that six of the horses are with me."

Milstein concluded, "I'm very happy to start a collaboration with Michael, Kathy and their team, hopefully for many successful years to come."

"We are so excited to have our horses based with Tal Milstein in Belgium. He is a world-class horseman and he will help take our business to the next level," Gallagher expressed. "These horses are truly ready to make their mark on the world stage, and I know that Tal is the man to help them do that. This is an wonderful partnership and our entire team is looking forward to what the rest of the year will bring together."

The mission of Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses is to find and produce some of the world's top young show jumping mounts. For more information, please visit www.gallaghermeller.com.

Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses Finds Continued Success at Spruce Meadows

Calgary, AB – July 9, 2018 – The Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses team built on their success in the show ring following their first week at Spruce Meadows in the ‘National’ Tournament CSI5* presented by Rolex, with three more impressive weeks of competition at the famed venue in Calgary, Alberta with rider Peter Lutz in the irons for owners Katherine Gallagher and M. Michael Meller.

  Peter Lutz and Robin de Ponthual. Photo: Douglas Sinclair

Peter Lutz and Robin de Ponthual. Photo: Douglas Sinclair

“Spruce Meadows was amazing,” expressed Meller. “It is world-class venue with world-class athletes competing week after week. To have all of our horses be so consistent is very exciting. They all produced multiple clear rounds over difficult courses and learned so much. It’s an exciting time for the Gallagher/Meller team because we have a phenomenal group of horses right now that are really beginning to peak.” 

During their second week, the 'Continental' CSI 5*, held from June 13 -17, Lutz rode the 13-year-old Selle Français gelding, Robin de Ponthual, to a double-clear finish for the third place prize in the 1.55m Scotiabank Cup. Lutz and Camillo VDL completed two clear rounds to capture fourth place in the 1.40m Coril Holdings Barrage. Lutz also piloted Very Chic du Tillard to a clear round early in the week followed by a double-clear finish to earn eighth place in the 1.35m Friends of the Meadows Jumper.

The third week of competition, the 'Pan American' Tournament CSI 5* presented by Rolex, was held from June 26 - July 1. Lutz and Very Chic du Tillard, a 9-year-old Selle Français gelding, were double-clear for fifth in the 1.40m Williams Family Jumper and rode to a clear round in the 1.40m Friends of the Meadows Jumper.

  Peter Lutz and Camillo VDL. Photo: Douglas Sinclair

Peter Lutz and Camillo VDL. Photo: Douglas Sinclair

The final week of summer competition at Spruce Meadows, the 'North American' Tournament CSI 5* presented by Rolex, held from July 4 - 8, Lutz and Retiro, a 13-year-old gelding, finished fifth in 1.45m Sun Life Financial Derby. Lutz and the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Camillo VDL, clear for sixth place in the 1.45m Friends of the Meadows Cup. Lutz and Robin de Ponthual placed seventh in the 1.50m AON Cup as well as the 1.60m ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup, while Very Chic du Tillard produced another clear round in the 1.40m Trimac Welcome.

Next the team will head to the Flintfields Horse Park near Traverse City, Michigan for the final two weeks of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival before returning to Spruce Meadows for the 'Masters' CSIO 5* from September 5 - 9.
 

Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses Brings Home Blues at Spruce Meadows National CSI5*

Calgary, AB - June 13, 2018 - For years, the renowned team at Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses, led by Michael Meller and Katherine Gallagher, has been frequenting the winner's circle and collecting top prizes at world-class show jumping competitions around the globe including the United States, Ireland and Europe. Currently, the team is in Canada at the well-respected Spruce Meadows venue in Calgary, Alberta accumulating more impressive results to add to their long list of achievements.

During their first week competing at the beautiful venue during the Spruce Meadows National CSI5* presented by Rolex, Peter Lutz and Camillo VDL earned the winning title of the 1.35m Back On Track Cup with a double-clear effort over the challenging track designed by Venezuela's Leopoldo Palacios. Just a few days later, the talented pair bested 24 entries to win the 1.35m Back On Track Cup again with a double-clear performance.

  Peter Lutz and Camillo VDL. Photo: Douglas Sinclair/CanSport

Peter Lutz and Camillo VDL. Photo: Douglas Sinclair/CanSport

Lutz also had another great round with his longtime partner Robin Du Ponthual in the competitive $500,000 RBC Grand Prix, finishing up in the top-ten placings. Lutz also guided Retiro to a fifth place ribbon in the 1.55m Bantrel Cup with another double-clear ride and stopped the timers in the jump-off in just 46.73 seconds.

Meller rode the 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding Caius to clear rounds in the 1.20m Open Jumpers with just one time fault in each class to finish up in the top 10 of competition for Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses.

"All of the horses were amazing this week," expressed Meller. "To come to a show like Spruce Meadows and start winning right off the bat is a true testament to the work this team puts in behind the scenes. Camillo and Peter are still a relatively new partnership, but they have become so consistent and Camillo is truly showcasing all of the scope and speed of a future world-class horse. We are thrilled to have had such a great week and we are looking forward to the rest of the competition here."

After a stellar start to their summer competition schedule, the Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses team is presently gearing up for the Spruce Meadows Continental CSI5*, which will run from June 13-17. Not to be outdone by their current string of accomplished show jumpers, the team is also maintaining their focus on sourcing, developing, and breeding the future generation of up-and-coming, young show jumping mounts.

Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses Presents Leading Rider and Style Awards at 2018 Live Oak International

  Clementine Goutal on her way to winning the M. Michael Meller Style of Riding Award.

Clementine Goutal on her way to winning the M. Michael Meller Style of Riding Award.

Ocala, Fla. - March 22, 2018 - Set in north central Florida in an area known as horse country, Ocala hosted the annual Live Oak International from March 15-18. The exciting event is unique in that it brings together top-level competitors from both show jumping and driving disciplines. Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses is proud to be a supporter of the exciting World Cup-qualifying event, and presented this year's Style Award to Clementine Goutal and the Leading Rider Award to Switzerland's Beat Mandli.

The M. Michael Meller Style of of Riding Award is presented to the rider who best demonstrates the values of horsemanship, skill and presentation in the show ring. This year, it was Goutal who embodies all of those characteristics.

"I'm so honored to have won it. I have actually never won a Style Award before. I've known Michael [Meller] for a really long time and it's so nice of him to give an award like that. The whole weekend was so fun and my husband was the first person to ever win this grand prix and so it's extra meaningful for me," Goutal expressed.

  Chester Weber (left) presents Clementine Goutal with the Style Award alongside Juliet Reid.

Chester Weber (left) presents Clementine Goutal with the Style Award alongside Juliet Reid.

The American show jumper traveled to Live Oak from Wellington, Fla., where she has been competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). She rode Darlon Van Groenhove in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix CSI3*-W to a ninth-place finish, while her sister, Brianne Goutal-Marteau, ended up in second.

  Beat Mandli riding Galan S to a third place finish in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix CSI3*-W.

Beat Mandli riding Galan S to a third place finish in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix CSI3*-W.

Mandli, an Olympic medallist who competes for Switzerland, said, "I wasn't planning to win the leading rider prize. I just tried to have a nice weekend and perform as well as I could. To win the leading rider prize is even nicer. I'm super happy with the horses and how the show went."

Mandli was also third in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix CSI3*-W aboard Galan S, so winning the Leading Rider Award was even sweeter for him.

"It was actually a big surprise for me that I was leading rider because I didn't win the class. Normally you have to win the class to really go there, but I'm super happy."

  Beat Mandli proudly holding his check for the Leading Rider Award with Juliet Reid.

Beat Mandli proudly holding his check for the Leading Rider Award with Juliet Reid.

Founded by Katherine Gallagher and Michael Meller, the mission of Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses is to find and produce some of the world's top young show jumping mounts. 

Lillie Keenan Presented with Kate Nash Boone Style Award During Nations Cup Week at WEF

  Michael Meller (second from left) presents Lillie Keenan with the M. Michael Meller Style of Riding Award at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

Michael Meller (second from left) presents Lillie Keenan with the M. Michael Meller Style of Riding Award at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

Wellington, Fla. - Mar. 5, 2018 - Top athletes from around the world visit the Winter Equestrian Festival each year to represent their countries during the famed CSIO4* Nations Cup week. One of the United States' top young athletes, Lillie Keenan, was presented the Kate Nash Boone Style Award during the $205,000 Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix CSIO4*. 

The award is given to the international equestrian who exemplifies the best style of riding along with maintaining a sportsmanlike composure, while competing in the CSIO4* at WEF during Nations Cup week. Presented in memory of Kate Nash Boone, the award is a way to honor the memory of Boone's support and love of 'all things equestrian.' Michael Meller of Gallagher/Meller Show Jumpers awarded the trophy to Keenan.

Keenan represented the United States' this weekend during Nations Cup competition. Keenan is considered one of the country's most decorated young riders after having an incredibly successful junior career. She has now made her move over to international competition and trains with Cian O'Connor in Europe during the summer months. Saturday's competition marked her sixth Nations Cup appearance. 

"Obviously this week is a big deal for us. Riding for your country is always extremely important to me, as I think it is for most riders. As a sportsman I think you can try as hard as you can and prepare as hard as you can but in the end you need a little bit of luck," said Keenan. "I think no matter what you can always be sportsmanlike and to receive the style award is a huge honor because I feel like even if the show doesn't go your way, you can just be really a gracious competitor and that they represent that is very meaningful. It's very exciting."

  Lillie Keenan and Super Sox   

Lillie Keenan and Super Sox
 

Meller commented, "I believe that Lillie is one of the world's most talented young riders. She works incredibly hard and is extremely dedicated to the horses and the sport. She takes the time to really develop a partnership with each of her horses. It's an honor to present her with the award; she truly deserves it."

Founded by Katherine Gallagher and Michael Meller, the mission of Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses is to find and produce some of the world's top young show jumping mounts. 

Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses Welcomes Young Talent Through New North American Breeding Operation

Wellington, Fla. - Feb. 19, 2018 - Founded by Katherine Gallagher and M. Michael Meller, Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses are internationally recognized for their eye of developing talented young Warmbloods into top show jumping mounts. In addition to their string of world-class bloodlines, Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses is thrilled to introduce their new breeding program with two prospective sport horses born in the spring of 2016.

Born in the spring of 2016, Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses welcomed their first two offsprings Q Arthur G&M and Q Merlin G&M.

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Q Arthur G&M is a striking bay colt is by Obourg, the Elite Belgian Warmblood (BWP) son of Richebourg, and out of Uderma. The sire, Obourg, had a very successful career at the grand prix level with Olympian Lisa Jaquin, and his other progeny include Espyrante, winner of the Horseware Grand Prix at WEF 2013 and Hertogin Odeveld, the overall champion of the 3 to 6-year-old mares at the National BWP mare show in Belgium in 2013.

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Their second bay colt, is Q Merlin G&M by Orlando, the 2002 6-year-old Belgian Champion and winner of the 2004 CSIO4* 1.50m in Lummen and out of Chico's Girl. Orlando's sire, Heartbreaker, has produced numerous offspring jumping at the upper levels of show jumping, including the 2006 Belgian Stallion Selection Champion Dulf Van Den Bisschop. Orlando's dam sire, Darco, was voted best sire in the world in 2010 for the fourth year in a row, and he has produced over 3000 foals in his breeding career, including McLain Ward's Olympic mount Sapphire.

"Our team here at Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses are really looking forward to seeing how Q Arthur G&M and Q Merlin G&M develop throughout the next few years," Meller explained. "We hope to see them have great results and success in the sport of show jumping."

Nicki Tolppa runs the Gallagher/Meller Sport Horse breeding program, and they are expecting three more foals in the spring of 2018, including foals by Diamant de Semily, Van Gogh and Chin Quidam.

Katherine Gallagher has a strong passion for breeding and combining the right bloodlines to produce top horses for the future. She enjoys working with the babies as they progress and seeing which area they will go on to excel in. Michael Meller is always thinking of the future of the equestrian sport. He always believes that our actions as horse people should be done with the utmost respect for the horse. Together, they have created a world-class operation with bases in North American and Europe, showcasing the best equine athletes in the sport. 

Beezie Madden Honored with M. Michael Meller Style of Riding Award at 2018 Palm Beach Masters

  Michael Meller (left) presented Beezie Madden (right) with the M. Michael Meller Style of Riding Award at the Palm Beach Masters on Sunday.   Photo:  Kathy Russell Photography

Michael Meller (left) presented Beezie Madden (right) with the M. Michael Meller Style of Riding Award at the Palm Beach Masters on Sunday. Photo: Kathy Russell Photography

Wellington, Fla. - Feb. 9, 2018 - On Sunday, some of show jumping's most talented athletes gathered at Deeridge Farms for the $220,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Wellington CSI3*-W at the Palm Beach Masters. Katherine Gallagher and M. Michael Meller of Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses were proud to support the exciting World Cup event, now in its third year of operation. This year, in addition to his sponsorship of the competition, Meller presented the M. Michael Meller Style of Riding Award to two-time Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden of the USA.

"Beezie really can handle any aspect of the industry," said Meller. "She can manage the care of top horses, she can ride top horses and she can compete top horses. She's a real role model. The award is just fitting for her. Our industry really needs role models, and Beezie embodies what a young rider should aspire to be.

"At Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses, we believe in supporting world-class competitions that showcase the best the sport has to offer," continued Meller. "The Palm Beach Masters is a beautiful venue with incredible footing. The Jacobs are on the right path in turning a horse show back into a world-class event, and we are excited to be a part of it."

The M. Michael Meller Style of Riding Award is presented to an international equestrian who exemplifies the best style of riding, while maintaining a sportsmanlike composure. Previous winners at events in 2016 and 2017 include Beat Mändli, Conor Swail, Alison Robitaille, Charlie Jacobs, Eric Navet, Mavis Spencer, Ian Millar, Callan Solem, Heather Caristo-Williams, Laura Kraut and Catherine Tyree.

Prior to Sunday's competition, Meller presented Madden with the coveted award, which was dedicated in memory of Venezuelan show jumper Andres Rodríguez.

"The style award is always an honor for me to win because style is important to me," expressed Madden. "Good style is more effective for training the horse. They know how to react properly when you ask for something if you have a good understanding of proper basics. For the long-term career of a horse, you have to have some feeling for when to push them and when not to.

"It's so refreshing for us to go to a show and jump on good grass at a venue such as Deeridge Farms down here," continued Madden. "The Palm Beach Masters really is a special and unique experience."

  Michael Meller (left) and Charlie Jacobs (right) presented the "Doc" Spirit Award to Lizziemary, owned by The Golden Group and Danielle Goldstein, at the Palm Beach Masters. Photo:  Kathy Russell Photography

Michael Meller (left) and Charlie Jacobs (right) presented the "Doc" Spirit Award to Lizziemary, owned by The Golden Group and Danielle Goldstein, at the Palm Beach Masters. Photo: Kathy Russell Photography

In addition, the "Doc" Spirit Award was presented to The Golden Group and Israel's Danielle Goldstein's Lizziemary. The award, created in honor of the late Dr. John R. Steele, is given to a horse that best exemplifies the heart and athleticism necessary to be competitive at the highest levels of show jumping.

"Lizzie is very talented. What the award represents - I think all of these things about her and I'm glad others see it too," said Goldstein.

Goldstein and the 12-year-old chestnut mare have been competing on the Longines Global Champions Tour and most recently took fourth place in the $220,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Wellington CSI3*-W at the Palm Beach Masters on Sunday.

"It is a huge honor to have my mare receive this [award]," said Goldstein. "I knew Dr. Steele personally. He was a wonderful man and a wonderful vet and I appreciate Michael Meller for carrying on his legacy."

Friendship and Passion Gives Rise to Style of Riding Award at World-Class Competitions

  Michael Meller (left) and Alfre Woodard (center) presented Ian Millar (right) with the Kate Nash Boone Style of Riding Award during the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo:  Sportfot

Michael Meller (left) and Alfre Woodard (center) presented Ian Millar (right) with the Kate Nash Boone Style of Riding Award during the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo: Sportfot

Wellington, Fla. - Feb. 1, 2018 - For over six years, M. Michael Meller of Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses has presented the prestigious Style of Riding Award to exemplary athletes at various competitions throughout the world. The story of this unique award began in 2011 when Meller lost his dear friend, Kate Nash Boone, to a hard-fought battle with breast cancer, and was looking for a way to honor her.

"Kate was one of my best friends when I first moved back to Rhode Island," Meller explained. "We immediately became very, very good friends and maintained our relationship for 15 years. She had a good business as the owner of an equestrian boutique and was a great sponsor.

"I thought, 'What better way to honor her than by creating a Style of Riding Award in her name?'" continued Meller. "One of my driving forces was that I would hear her name announced every year. It all started because of Kate. From there, it just organically grew to what it is now."

The award is presented to an international equestrian who demonstrates the best style of riding, while maintaining a sportsmanlike composure throughout Nations Cup week every year at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). The award began as a way to honor the memory of Boone and her support and love of all things equestrian.

In regards to the winners of this highly coveted award, Meller stated, "There are very few times when [the recipient] is the winner of the class. It's about their connection with horses. There are very few really good role models in this world, and a lot of role models don't really have the right to be role models. This industry needs role models - people who have really worked hard to do this sport."

Now, the award is presented at multiple competitions, and looking ahead, Meller hopes to establish more awards that honor the generous owners who are the backbone of equestrian sports.

"In the future, I want to start honoring the owners because without them we have no sport," said Meller. "We have allowed them to be taken for granted even though they're the most important part. It is time for that."

As the horse show season progresses, Meller will continue his unwavering support of the industry by sponsoring and presenting more awards at shows including the Live Oak International in Ocala, Florida, the American Gold Cup in North Salem, New York, the Dublin Horse Show in Ireland and the National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky.
 

Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses Welcomes Three Horses to the United States

Wellington, Fla. - Jan. 18, 2017 - Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses is thrilled to announce the arrival of three horses from their European partners, E2 Show Jumpers, to the United States.

  Caius with Kathy Gallagher and Michael Meller

Caius with Kathy Gallagher and Michael Meller

Founded by Katherine Gallagher and Michael Meller, Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses is dedicated to bringing along young horses to the highest levels in the sport of show jumping.
 
The team is looking forward to watching the progression of these special horses, Caius, Camillo VDL, and Very Chic Du Tillard, throughout the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida with rider Peter Lutz.
 
Caius, a 2004 Holsteiner gelding by Caretino out of My Lady VII, has been competitive in the 1.40m and 1.50m divisions in Spain with Irish rider, Dan Walsh, as well as with Great Britain's Stacy Babes in prior years at WEF. Most recently, he was third in the Omagh Show National Grand Prix.

  Caius

Caius

Camillo VDL is a 2007 Dutch Warmblood by Douglas out of Winett M. The talented chestnut stallion has competed in the 1.45m Open Jumpers and has showed at the 2* and 3* levels. He was third at the CSI2* Mullingar Grand Prix in Ireland with Babes.

  Camillo VDL

Camillo VDL

The third horse to round out the group, Very Chic Du Tillard, is a 2009 Selle Francais by Diamant De Semilly out of Jumping Queen 3. The bay gelding showed his athleticism and scope in the 1.40m division in both Ireland and Spain.

  V  ery Chic du Tillard

Very Chic du Tillard

The mission of Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses is to find and produce some of the world's top young show jumping mounts. For more information, please visit www.gallaghermeller.com.

M. Michael Meller Presents Inaugural "Doc Spirit" Award to Adrienne Sternlicht's Cristalline and Style Award to Laura Kraut

Wellington, Fla. - Nov. 8, 2017 - M. Michael Meller of Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses was proud to award the inaugural "Doc Spirit" Award during the Washington International Horse Show in Washington, D.C. to Cristalline, owned by Starlight Farms, LLC and shown by young amateur rider, Adrienne Sternlicht.
 
The "Doc Spirit" Award will be presented annually in honor of the late Dr. John R. Steele to the horse that best exemplifies the heart and athleticism necessary to be competitive at the highest levels of show jumping. Dr. Steele's longtime friend Missy Clark and colleague Dr. Tim Ober accompanied Meller during the presentation.

  Dr. Timothy Ober, Victoria Lowell and Missy Clark present Adrienne Sternlicht and Cristalline the inaugural "Doc Spirit" Award with M. Michael Meller

Dr. Timothy Ober, Victoria Lowell and Missy Clark present Adrienne Sternlicht and Cristalline the inaugural "Doc Spirit" Award with M. Michael Meller

Dr. Steele, lovingly referred to by many as "Doc," passed away earlier this year at the age of 91. He was a pioneer in top-level sport horse medicine and boasted a renowned career as an acclaimed equine veterinarian. The purpose of this award is to recognize his tireless dedication and countless contributions to the sport and his love for horses.
 
Sternlicht, of Greenwich, Connecticut, was honored to find out that her mare would be the first horse to receive such a prestigious award.
 
"I found out earlier today from Michael Meller, who is a great friend of mine. He has always been a huge fan of the horse and in complete awe of her as I have been," Sternlicht said of the 2008 Bavarian Warmblood by Cristallo I.
 
"I didn't know Dr. Steele personally, but I work very closely with Dr. Ober [U.S. Show Jumping Team Veterinarian and Dr. Steele's business partner]. I have heard the most incredible things about him as a vet, horseman and as a person in general."
 
"My horse, as I've spoken about her before, I cannot say enough good things about her," Sternlicht acknowledged. "I've always said she's a bit of a savant. She is a true embodiment of the sport- she's brilliant, very talented, athletic, and very well-built."
 
She continued, "Even Dr. Ober is always amazed by the condition of the horse, so I think she's the perfect horse to be the first recipient. I'm very grateful to have her in my life and be able to share her with my country and the people on my team."
 
"Peter Lutz and I always admired Cristalline, who truly showcases all of the qualities of an international horse," concluded Meller. "Through an award like this we also have to acknowledge all of the people who have maintained the bloodlines and continued to breed these incredible animals for the sport that we love."
 
Most recently, Meller took center stage once again to present the M. Michael Meller Style Award on Saturday, November 4, at the 2017 CP National Horse Show, prior to the evening's highlight event, the $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington CSI4*-W. Donated in memory of Pat Van Dyke Fischer, the Style Award was presented to Laura Kraut, of Wellington, Florida.  

  Mason Phelps, Laura Kraut and M. Michael Meller

Mason Phelps, Laura Kraut and M. Michael Meller

The M. Michael Meller Style Award is presented each year to the international equestrian who exemplifies the best style of riding along with maintaining a sportsmanlike composure. Some of the most recent winners of this honor include Heather Caristo-Williams, Callan Solem, Mavis Spencer, and France's Eric Navet.
 
"Michael and I were just saying how he and I have been friends for decades. I'm very honored to receive this award," Kraut, who is presently the leading female rider in the Longines World Rankings, said. "I think that it was very kind of him. I've had a good week this week. It's always an honor to win the Style Award. I don't do it often, so this is a surprise. It's always an honor, particularly here at the National Horse Show."
 
Kraut also earned the Leading Lady Rider Award after her consistent top placings throughout the week at the CP National Horse Show, which included winning the $35,000 International Open Jumpers Welcome Speed CSI4*, and a second place ribbon in the $130,000 CP Grand Prix International Open Jumpers CSI4*-W.
 
To learn more about the "Doc Spirit" Award, the M. Michael Meller Style Award and Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses, please visit GallagherMeller.com.

M. Michael Meller Presents Style Award to Heather Caristo-Williams at 2017 American Gold Cup

North Salem, N.Y. - Sept. 19, 2017 - Each year, the American Gold Cup brings together the top athletes from show jumping and driving to showcase their skills throughout the world-class competition. Katherine Gallagher and M. Michael Meller of Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses are proud to support the exciting World Cup event. This year, in addition to his sponsorship of the competition, Meller presented the M. Michael Meller Style Award, donated in memory of Theresa Hogan, to Heather Caristo-Williams.
 

  M. Michael Meller presenting Heather Caristo-Williams with the M. Michael Meller Style Award at the American Gold Cup

M. Michael Meller presenting Heather Caristo-Williams with the M. Michael Meller Style Award at the American Gold Cup

The M. Michael Meller Style of Riding Award is presented to the rider that exhibits the best combination of horsemanship, skill and presentation while competing. Graciously accepting the award, Caristo-Williams commented, "It's so special and I'm so thankful that Michael chose me. It's a really special award. It's so nice how he gives back and recognizes those who really are putting the effort out there. It's really quite a nice thing."
 
"Heather is a wonderful friend and athlete," expressed Meller. "She has dedicated her life to this sport and is always ringside to cheer on her fellow competitors and offer support. Heather has a natural way with the horses and it was wonderful to be able to present her with this award at such a special venue."
 
Meller continued, "The American Gold Cup at Old Salem Farm is a truly unique event bringing together some of the world's best athletes at a truly amazing location. The show organizers have done an incredible job. Katherine and I believe in supporting world-class competitions that showcase the best the sport has to offer."
 
As the season continues, Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses continue to support the industry by sponsoring awards at the National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky. The mission of Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses is to find and produce some of the world's top young show jumping mounts. For more information please visit GallagherMeller.com.

E2 Show Jumpers and Gallagher/Meller Sponsor and Recognize Young Riders at 2017 Dublin Horse Show

  Mark Finnerty and Emma with Michael Meller. - Photo courtesy of the Dublin Horse Show

Mark Finnerty and Emma with Michael Meller. - Photo courtesy of the Dublin Horse Show

Dublin, Ireland - Aug. 29, 2017 - Each year, top horses and riders from around the world gather to compete at the esteemed Dublin Horse Show, which was held Aug. 9-13. The historic event always hosts leading athletes, but it is also an opportunity for talented young riders to showcase their skills. E2 Show Jumpers' Katherine Gallagher, Michael Meller and Dan Walsh believe in supporting the efforts of those riders and sponsored the Young Riders division as well as the M. Michael Meller Young Rider Style Award at this year's event.

The competition got underway on Wednesday, Aug. 9, when Jenny Rankin piloted Deirdre Bourns' Beech Hill Lucia to a double-clear victory in the 1.35m/1.40m Young Riders class. On Friday, it was Tim Macdonagh riding Tick Tock Tina, owned by Jackie Lee, to the win in the same class. Meanwhile, Olivia Roulston and Keonan Stables Ltd.'s Valent earned the top prize in Friday's 1.25m/1.30m Young Riders competition.

The division continued on Saturday, and this time it was Michael Roche riding Seaburg, owned by Fiona Roche, to the top of the leaderboard. In the 1.10m/1.15m Young Riders class, Cian Harrison and Lissyegan Geoffrey, owned by Damien Patrick Griffin, scored the winning honors.

The show concluded on Sunday, Aug. 13, with the final 1.10m/1.15m Young Riders class, and it was Mark Finnerty riding Rory Finnerty's Emma leading the lap of honor.

The final award presented was the M. Michael Meller Young Rider Style Award. This year's recipient was Rankin, who won the division's opening competition on Wednesday, while the overall Young Riders (1.10m/1.15m) National Championship, sponsored by E2 Show Jumpers, was presented to Finnerty and Emma.
 

  Left to right: Jenny Rankin, Michael Meller and Deirdre Bourns - Photo courtesy of the Dublin Horse Show

Left to right: Jenny Rankin, Michael Meller and Deirdre Bourns - Photo courtesy of the Dublin Horse Show

"Jenny had a wonderful feel for her horse in the ring, and she also demonstrated excellent sportsmanship outside of the ring," noted Meller. "She's already been showing successfully in ranking classes throughout Europe. She won the award for her talent but has also exceeded as a role model for these young riders. At E2 Show Jumpers, we strongly believe in supporting the rising stars of our sport. We look forward to seeing Jenny's career continue to progress, and we are thrilled to be a part of the Dublin Horse Show."

In addition, E2 Show Jumpers qualified and competed two of their own up-and-coming young horses, Very Chic Du Tillard and Quilimbo, in the prestigious International 7 and 8-Year-Old Championships. Very Chic Du Tillard, an 8-year-old Selle Français gelding (Diamant De Semilly-Jumping Queen 3, Quidam De Revel), was ridden by Dutch rider Doron Kuipers, while Stacy Babes of Great Britain campaigned Quilimbo, an 8-year-old Holsteiner stallion (Quidam De Revel-Soda, Limbus).

Founded by Gallagher, Meller and Walsh, the mission of E2 Show Jumpers is to find and produce some of the world's top young show jumping mounts. For more information, please visit www.e2showjumpers.com.

Gallagher/Meller Mounts Dominate Pan American CSI5* at Spruce Meadows

  Peter Lutz and Retiro - Photo courtesy of SportFot

Peter Lutz and Retiro - Photo courtesy of SportFot

Calgary, Alberta - July 5, 2017 - Spruce Meadows is one of the top destinations for the world's elite show jumping athletes. For the team at Gallagher/Meller, it has become a staple on their summer calendar, and during the Pan American CSI5* tournament Peter Lutz piloted Robin De Ponthual and Retiro to top finishes for the United States and owners Katherine Gallagher and M. Michael Meller.  
 
 On Sunday, just over a year after their victory in the 2016 $375,000 CP Grand Prix CSI5*, Lutz and Robin De Ponthual scored the second place prize in the $380,000 Pan American CSI5* Grand Prix, presented by Rolex. The pair was the first to return for the three-horse jump-off, setting the pace with a clear effort in 53.97 seconds, which would be good enough for second place honors.
 
"The course was tough, but Robin likes this ring and did well here last year," noted Lutz. "He's been good since we've been here, and everything fell into place today. The course designer, Peter Grant, used the entire field and I think that suits Robin. He has a big stride and covers a lot of ground. Going first I was a little bit tentative. I really wanted to put the clear in and put the pressure on the others. It was a really great jump-off and Robin jumped beautifully."

  Peter Lutz and Robin de Ponthual - Photo courtesy of SportFot

Peter Lutz and Robin de Ponthual - Photo courtesy of SportFot

The top finish on Sunday came just one day after Lutz and Retiro scored the third place award in the Friends of the Meadow Cup. "Sometimes that's a nice turning point," said Lutz. "If anotherhorse does well it keeps the momentum going. Everyone was really positive and in a good frame of mind today, and I think that's really important."

On Saturday, 11 horses qualified for the jump-off during the 1.50m classic, with six producing a second clear effort. Lutz and Retiro clocked in at 45.26 seconds with all of the rails intact, just two seconds off the leader's winning pace for third place honors.  

"I was so happy with Retiro," expressed Lutz. "He has had some really good rounds and had just one rail down the day before, so he was really on his game. I feel like I've gotten to know him this year and I've really developed a partnership with that horse. He's gotten physically stronger and I know him better." 

Lutz concluded, "It all comes down to believing in the team and having a good partnership with the horse. That's clicked this year with that horse. I really trust him and I know him."

The team includes owner and trainer M. Michael Meller, who was thrilled to have both horses achieve such outstanding performances at the world-class venue. "This has been a wonderful week for the team here. We made a plan for this week and it really paid off. Peter, Robin and the entire team have worked really hard and it is exciting to see it all come together like this."

The Gallagher/Meller team will continue to compete at Spruce Meadows before heading back to the United States for the Hampton Classic and the American Gold Cup. The Gallagher/Meller team would like to thank all of their sponsors for all of their support including EquiFit, CWD, KEP Italia, Galante, Fabbri Boots, Equine Omega Complete, Equi In Style, Superior Equestrian and Éce Equestrian. For more information about the team, please visit www.gallaghermeller.com.

Robin de Ponthual and Peter Lutz Earn Silver Medal in FEI Nations Cup™ Debut at Coapexpan

   Peter Lutz and Robin de Ponthual competing in the FEI Nations Cup™ CSIO4* Coapexpan. (Photo: Anwar Esquivel)

Peter Lutz and Robin de Ponthual competing in the FEI Nations Cup™ CSIO4* Coapexpan. (Photo: Anwar Esquivel)

Xalapa, Mexico - May 10, 2017 - After a successful season in Wellington competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival with Peter Lutz, Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses' Robin de Ponthual took some time to relax before returning to the show ring in top form to participate in their first FEI Nations Cup™ competition at CSIO4* Coapexpan in Xalapa, Mexico.

Lutz and the 12-year-old Selle Français gelding, along with owner and trainer M. Michael Meller who was onsite throughout the event, kicked off their week in Mexico with a clear round in the Welcome Class on Thursday, which provided as a nice warm-up around the big grass field heading in to Friday's Nations Cup.

Alongside Quentin Judge, Adrienne Sternlicht, Alison Robitaille and Chef d'Équipe Robert Ridland, Lutz and Robin de Ponthual contributed to Team USA's silver medal finish in the FEI Nations Cup™ CSIO4* Coapexpan on Friday. The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team finished on a total of 17 penalties, just one point behind the gold medal-winning Mexico team. Yet Friday's performances were enough to keep Team USA at the top of the North America, Central America and Caribbean standings heading into the division final at CSIO3* Langley May 31-June 4.

  Left to right: Peter Lutz, Alison Robitaille, Chef d'Équipe Robert Ridland, Adrienne Sternlicht and Quentin Judge. (Photo: Anwar Esquivel)

Left to right: Peter Lutz, Alison Robitaille, Chef d'Équipe Robert Ridland, Adrienne Sternlicht and Quentin Judge. (Photo: Anwar Esquivel)

The pair's success continued on Sunday as they captured seventh place in the prestigious Grand Prix Veracruz CSI4*, while the rest of Team USA also collected top 10 finishes.

"Coapexpan was a great experience," said Lutz. "It was such a nice team to be a part of. Robert Ridland is such a pleasure to work with and was a great chef d'équipe. Michael and I had a great experience. Robin did very well and jumped a beautiful clear round on Sunday. He got better each time he showed. We were so happy with the way he closed out the show on Sunday in the grand prix."

Lutz first donned the pinque coat during the 2016 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he and Robin de Ponthual finished among the top 20 in the world. After a successful winter season and Nations Cup debut, the pair is prepared to continue to represent the United States on the world stage.

Next, Lutz and Meller will head to the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows to continue to campaign the rest of Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses' up-and-coming North American show jumpers, Retiro, Cheri de Papignies and Sam 1091, before joining Robin de Ponthual at Spruce Meadows, where the pair won the $375,000 CP Grand Prix CSI5* in 2016, in June.

Katherine Gallagher and Meller founded Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses to support Lutz and his top horses in North America. For more information, please visit www.gallaghermeller.com.

Behind The Stall Door With: Robin De Ponthual

You don’t have to guess which horse is the top dog when you walk down E2 Showjumping’s barn aisle in Wellington, Fla.—it’s the one with a personal television in the corner of his stall.

Robin De Ponthual has earned his luxurious digs. The horse has been competing at the international level with rider Peter Lutz for the past three years. The pair captured their first grand prix win together in 2015 at the $35,000 Grand Prix of Princeton (N.J.). Later that year they followed it up with a victory in the $100,000 Longines FEI Las Vegas World Cup qualifier. Lutz and Robin competed at the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2016, and a few months after they won the $375,000 CP Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows (Alberta).

  That face! Photo by Ann Glavan

That face! Photo by Ann Glavan

This year the gelding has made six FEI competition appearances, finishing ninth in the $380,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix in Wellington, Fla., on March 23. This week, “Robin” and Lutz are in Mexico as part of the U.S. team for the FEI Nations Cup in Coapexpan.

The spunky 12-year-old Selle Fracais gelding (Elf D’Or—Io De La Grange, Calypso D’Herbiers) has no qualms about voicing his opinions, whether that’s in the barn, out in the paddock or in the show ring. Robin rules the roost.

  Photo by Ann Glavan

Photo by Ann Glavan

“He has a lot of personality,” Lutz said. “He’s very outgoing and really smart.”

“I know this horse really well, I know him better than any other horse,” said Chuy Escalera, Robin’s groom. “He’s my favorite, not just because he’s a really good horse, because of his personality.”

Get to know Robin De Ponthual a bit better as we go behind the stall door with him:

• If Robin had a favorite Disney movie, it would probably be Frozen. Robin gets his legs iced before and after he competes with Lutz.

“He loves ice,” Escalera said. “You fill the muck tub with ice and he doesn’t move. Normally when I’m getting him ready for the show, I put him in the ice while I braid him.”

Other treatments Robin enjoys on a spa day include time on the TheraPlate and sessions with his magnet pulse blanket. He also wears a Back On Track sheet in his stall.

  Robin hanging out in his Back On Track sheet. Photo by Ann Glavan

Robin hanging out in his Back On Track sheet. Photo by Ann Glavan

When it comes to grazing, Robin eats to the beat of his own drum. If his paddock were a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, he only eats the crusts.

“He doesn’t want the grass over there he just wants this,” Escalera said, pointing to the grass under the fence boards Robin is tearing away at. “When he’s loose he does the same thing.”

  Eating around the edges. Photo by Ann Glavan

Eating around the edges. Photo by Ann Glavan

Getting Robin out to his paddock for his crusts-only grazing can be quite the undertaking.

“We need a chain to turn him out sometimes, like when he’s been at a show for a week and is getting turned out again for the first time,” Escalera said. “The first day after we get back from a horse show he’s a disaster in the paddock running.”

  Robin in a more mellow moment. Photo by Ann Glavan

Robin in a more mellow moment. Photo by Ann Glavan

When he’s at horse shows, Robin trades his turn-out time for a few spins on the lunge line, adding in some airs above ground.

“He’s actually very good on the lunge line—he just bucks—but when he bucks it’s huge,” Escalera said. “On the line and when he’s being ridden. If he’s jumping or schooling and he hits the rail he really bucks.”

Robin has a bit of a princess and the pea situation going on in his stall—the horse spends his days hock deep in fluffy clean shavings. Escalera estimates there are about 20 bags of shavings in the stall at any given time.

And let’s not forget the TV situation in the stall—Robin might be the only horse with the perfect set-up to kick back in his shavings bed and binge watch Netflix on his flat screen mounted above the stall, but believe it or not the TV actually serves a very practical purpose.

  Robin’s own personal television! Photo by Ann Glavan

Robin’s own personal television! Photo by Ann Glavan

  Chuy Escalera uses the remote to find Robin a round to watch. Photo by Ann Glavan

Chuy Escalera uses the remote to find Robin a round to watch. Photo by Ann Glavan

“When we first got him he didn’t like the jumbotron,” Michael Maller, one of Robin’s owners, explained. “So we got this and we play his favorite rounds on the TV.”

The system is connected to the internet, so through live streaming, Robin can watch both replays of his victories and live streams of current classes. How’s that for studying up on the competition?

When Robin does well in the show ring, he puts on a show strutting out with all kinds of swagger.

“When he comes out of the ring and he’s had a clear round he’s excited, he knows,” Escalera said. “And if there’s no people, no crowd, he’s quiet, but if there’s people he’s like, ‘Oh I did it well.’ It can be a challenge to walk him back to the stall from the ring—he’s rearing up and trying to kick other horses, biting people.”

Not to worry though, Robin wears a red ribbon in his tail when he competes, so fellow horses are at least warned that there is a rambunctious gelding in their midst.

  He’s not shy! Photo by Ann Glavan

He’s not shy! Photo by Ann Glavan

Robin is no cuddly bug of a horse—he can be a perfect gentlemen, but he also knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to ask for it.

“If he doesn’t like what you’re doing, he pins his ears back,” Escalera said. “He has a character, he has an opinion.”

“He’s really a very sweet horse, he’s just a sweet with his own way of doing things,” Maller said. “He demands attention, he tells people ‘Hey take care of me.’ He knows he’s in charge.”

  Photo by Ann Glavan

Photo by Ann Glavan

  Robin’s home at E2 Showjumping in Wellington, Fla. Photo by Ann Glavan

Robin’s home at E2 Showjumping in Wellington, Fla. Photo by Ann Glavan

Photos and story by: Ann Glavan/Chronicle of the Horse

Robin de Ponthual and Peter Lutz Selected for Coapexpan Nations Cup Team

Wellington, Fla. - April 26, 2017 - Gallagher/Meller Sport Horses is pleased to announce that rider Peter Lutz has been named to the United States Nations Cup Team for the FEI CSIO4* Coapexpan in Xalapa, Mexico. Lutz will be aboard top mount Robin de Ponthual, winner of the $375,000 CP Grand Prix CSI5* at Spruce Meadows.

"This is my first Nations Cup team and I am so excited to be a part of it," expressed Lutz. "It's something I have always wanted to do and it's a great team. I hear it's a beautiful show and I am really looking forward to representing my country."

Peter Lutz and Robin de Ponthual

Fellow U.S. athletes Quentin Judge, Alison Robitaille and Adrienne Sternlicht will join Lutz and Robin de Ponthual during the FEI Nations Cup event. Lutz first donned the pinque coat during the 2016 FEI Show Jumping World Cup Finals in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he and Robin de Ponthual finished in the top 20 in the world. After a successful winter season, the pair is prepared to represent the United States once again on the world stage.

"Robin had a great season in Florida and he was very consistent," explained Lutz. "He showed on the sand and on grass. I feel like he's ready and he's in great shape physically. We've continued to get to know each other and we feel ready."

Owner and trainer M. Michael Meller will travel with Lutz to Mexico and is excited to watch the pair compete. "Robin has shown how much talent he has since day one," noted Meller. "It's been wonderful to watch Peter and him develop together and see the partnership they have formed. I feel very confident going into this event, and it's always an honor to be chosen to represent your country."

Following the Coapexpan Nations Cup, Lutz and Meller will travel to the Old Salem Spring Horse Shows to compete with Retiro, Cheri de Papignies and Sam 1091 before joining Robin de Ponthual at Spruce Meadows in June.

Katherine Gallagher and Michael Meller founded Gallagher/Meller Sporthorses to support Peter Lutz and his top horses in North America. For more information please visit www.gallaghermeller.com.

E2 Show Jumpers Presents Leading Rider and Style Awards at 2017 Live Oak International

Ocala, Fla. – March 13, 2017 –Each year, the Live Oak International Horse Show brings together the top athletes from show jumping and driving to showcase their skills throughout the world-class competition. Katherine Gallagher, M. Michael Meller and Dan Walsh of E2 Show Jumpers are proud to support the exciting World Cup event. This year, they sponsored the $10,000 E2 Show Jumpers Leading Rider Award and the M. Michael Meller Style of Riding Award.

The M. Michael Meller Style of Riding Award is presented to the rider that exhibits the best combination of horsemanship, skill and presentation while competing. This year, it was Callan Solem who embodied all of those characteristics. Solem has continually earned top placings at shows around the globe, representing the United States during multiple Nations Cup events.

  Michael Meller presents Andre Thieme the E2 Show Jumpers Leading Rider Award

Michael Meller presents Andre Thieme the E2 Show Jumpers Leading Rider Award

“It was a little sad because the last rider in the jump-off caught my time and I place second,” explained Thieme. “For five minutes I was a little sad, but now that I’ve won this award, it feels much better! I still feel like a winner today with this award.”

E2 Show Jumpers would also like to congratulate Gallagher/Meller Sporthorses’ Robin de Ponthual, ridden by Peter Lutz of the United States, who was named the Equis Boutique Best Presented Horse Award winner at the 2017 Live Oak International in Ocala, FL.

Robin de Ponthual, a 12-year-old Selle Français gelding (Elf d’Or x Calypso d’Herbiers) that jumped to a top-20 finish at the 2016 FEI World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, was prepared for competition at the Live Oak International by Chuy Escalera. Robin de Ponthual joined Lutz’s string three years ago, and Escalera has been caring for the horse ever since.

 

  Chuy Escalera and Peter Lutz accept the Equis Boutique Best Presented Horse Award for Robin de Ponthual

Chuy Escalera and Peter Lutz accept the Equis Boutique Best Presented Horse Award
for Robin de Ponthual

“Chuy has been with me for almost six years and is very dedicated,” said Lutz. “He loves the horses, takes great care of them, and understands how to prepare for the horse show.

“He is also great in that he helps me as the rider,” continued Lutz. “He knows Robin so well that he has a lot of input on how the horse is feeling. We take pride in the horses looking healthy and well-presented, and make an effort to arrive at the jog like we arrive at the ring, ready to show and do well. We appreciate being acknowledged for that.”

As the season continues, Meller and E2 Show Jumpers continue to support the industry by sponsoring awards at the Dublin Horse Show, the American Gold Cup and the National Horse Show. Founded by Gallagher, Meller and Walsh, the mission of E2 Show Jumpers is to find and produce some of the world’s top young show jumping mounts. For more information please visit E2ShowJumpers.com.

Canada’s Ian Millar Presented with Kate Nash Boone Style Award During WEF Nations Cup Week

 Wellington, Fla. – March 8, 2017 – Each year, top riders from around the world gather at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) during the CSIO4* competition held Week Eight. On Sunday, March 5, Canada’s Ian Millar was presented with the Kate Nash Boone Style Award during the $216,000 Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix CSIO4*.

The award is given to the international equestrian who exemplifies the best style of riding along with maintaining a sportsmanlike composure, while competing in the CSIO4* at WEF during Nations Cup week. Presented in memory of Kate Nash Boone, the award is a way to honor the memory of Boone’s support and love of ‘all things equestrian.’ Michael Meller of E2 Show Jumpers awarded the trophy to Millar along with Emmy Award-winning actress Alfre Woodard for Boone’s friends and family.

Part of Canada’s Nations Cup team on Friday, Olympic silver medalist and four-time Pan American Games gold medalist, Millar, affectionately known as “Captain Canada,” is well-known on the circuit for producing top horses and being a supportive teammate.

“It’s quite a list of riders in the CSIO division and they’re all good, stylish and good sportsman,” said Millar. “To receive this award is very flattering and appreciated. It’s a great thing that Michael Meller does in recognizing that element of riding. I’m very, very honored to win it.”

On Friday, Millar piloted his longtime partner, Dixson, to a 4-fault finish in the first round and jumped clear with 1 time fault in the second round to help Team Canada secure fourth place in the $150,000 FEI Nations Cup™ CSIO4*.

“I believe that Ian is one of the world’s most talented riders,” stated Meller. “He takes the time to really develop a partnership with each of his horses. He is a horseman in the truest sense of the word with a successful career spanning many decades. It’s an honor to present him with the award; he truly deserves it.”

E2 Show Jumpers is also pleased to congratulate Peter Lutz and QBS’ Cheri De Papignies on their victory in the $5,000 Lugano Diamonds Welcome on Wednesday, March 1.

  Peter Lutz and Cheri De Papignies (Photo: Sportfot)

Peter Lutz and Cheri De Papignies (Photo: Sportfot)

“We are really very excited about him,” Lutz stated. “We took him to a few horse shows this fall at indoors. He went to Harrisburg, and then he came down here. He did his first grand prix here out on the derby field two weeks ago with one down. He has also been doing really well in these speed classes. This is his first FEI week with us, and we are so excited. We hope he will be our next grand prix horse.

“It is always special to win during CSIO week,” continued Lutz. “It is a big week for the team, and I am so happy to help contribute whenever I can.”

As the season continues, Meller and E2 Show Jumpers continue to support the industry by sponsoring awards at the upcoming Live Oak International and Dublin Horse Show in Ireland. Founded by Katherine Gallagher, Meller and Dan Walsh, the mission of E2 Show Jumpers is to find and produce some of the world’s top young show jumping mounts. For more information, please visit www.E2ShowJumpers.com.