The stakes were high in Wellington on Saturday night but Engle and Indigo managed to hold off the competition and win the $125,000 World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix at FTI WEG.
Margie Engle is currently leading the North American East Coast League World Cup Qualifying Rankings. She and the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Indigo have won many classes this season, including the $50,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix during Equestrian Sport Production’s Holiday and Horses competition in December. Indigo has had some time off since then and this was his first big class back.
Margie praised the horse’s scope and attitude. “I just like that he’s such an energetic horse and he loves what he’s doing,” she said. “He makes my job really easy because he’s very enthusiastic. I don’t have to do much; I just kind of steer him to the jumps and he takes you all the time. He’s got a lot of blood and really enjoys jumping. He’s very, very smart and a real trier. He’s getting a lot of seasoning under his belt and he seems to be getting better and better.”
The second place finisher was Darragh Kerins on Lisona, and third place went to Pablo Barrios and G&C Quick Star 11.
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