Galway Girl and Clearwater turn into WEF-winners
23 January 2018
In the second week of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, two ambassadors of the DSHS auctions were on fire. The Cardento mare Galway Girl, who is now called Shangri-La, claimed the victory in the young jumper 7yo class with Alise Oken, and Marilyn Little and Clearwater returned to the ring for a win in the 1.45m classic.
One of the top talents of last year’s auction was the Cardento mare Galway Girl, who was very successful in the young horse classes ridden by Oda Charlotte Lyngvaer. Alise Oken bought this mare and under her saddle, Galway Girl continues her impressive career. In the second week of the WEF they won the young jumper 7yo class by jumping two impressive clear rounds.
Clearwater is a Seabiscuit
Three days after Shangri-La’s victory, it was Clearwater to uphold the DSHS honor. This gelding by Clearway was part of the collection of the Dutch Sport Horse Sales in 2011 and has built up a great record already. Despite recently returning to riding after an injury, Marilyn Little rose to the challenge to pilot Clearwater to a blazing jump-off time for victory. “He last competed in October, because I broke my foot in November. It turned out very well here with Clearwater. He’s been my first horse for the last year and he’s only 11. It was good for him to get in there and feel like King Kong again”, said Little. “Clearwater is a very, very fast horse and he’s such an unassuming character. When you see him at the side of the ring, he may as well have flowered hat and a cart behind him. But as soon as he steps into the ring for the jump-off, he’s Seabiscuit!”