Emily Moffitt is a winner in WEF

Emily Moffitt landed the 2* $50,000 Equo LLC grand prix on the concluding day of week five at WEF, Wellington, on For Sale 6.

Twelve reached the jump-off from the 45 starters over the Bob Ellis designed track, with Emily providing the fastest time of the lot of the seven double clears to win by 0.36 sec, pushing the USA’s Lucas Porter into second on B Once Z.

Emily, 18, who switched from representing the USA to riding for Britain earlier this year, is mainly based in England and began training with Ben Maher 12 months ago. The For Pleasure/Cassini I 11-year-old mare For Sale 6 was purchased 18 months ago from Ludger Beerbaum.

“She is definitely not for sale. I’ll be keeping her for quite some time,” Emily made clear after her victory. “I have had Sale for about a year and a half. My previous trainer (Laura Kraut) rode her for the first few months that we had her, and then she actually got injured after the Junior Nations’ Cup here at WEF last year. This is her first big class back, so we are very excited with how she jumped. It took her a little bit to get back into things. We were a little worried, but I think it is safe to say she is back.”

Emily previously won her first CSI 2* grand prix in Knokke, Belgium, and stepped up in the summer of 2016 to compete in some of the CSI 5* Global Champions League events. She decided to skip college and pursue her riding career full-time, but has remained an amateur as she transitions to the bigger classes. With the new addition of the CSI 2* events to complement the five-star competition at this year’s WEF, Emily had the perfect opportunity to jump some different horses and gain valuable experience.

“I have a few five-star horses right now, and I was a little frustrated that I could not jump those classes this week, but it was nice that I was able to use my 1.45-1.50m horses,” she said. “I get excited to be able to use them and have a goal for them. I think that’s really nice to have the two-star going along with the five-star.”

Emily’s main goal for the circuit is to qualify for week 11’s $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*. She has also been selected as a member of the British team for week eight’s $150,000 FEI Nations’ Cup.

Amanda Derbyshire dropped out of the running with five faults in round one on Cornwall BH.

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