Mary Ann McPhail Becomes Partner In Olivia LaGoy-Weltz’s Lonoir
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WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 23, 2017–Mary Anne McPhail, the longtime organizer of the Palm Beach Derby, has become a partner in Lonoir, the Grand Prix mount of American team rider Olivia LaGoy-Weltz.
Mary Anne of Palm Beach and Olivia of Haymarket, Virginia confirmed the arrangement after the CDIO3* Nations Cup at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in which Olivia and Lonoir were the top placed combination for the United States team that won silver.
“I’m so honored, Olivia told dressage-news.com. “I’m ecstatic.”
Mary Anne said she was excited to be involved in the career of Lonoir, (De Niro x Loran), a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding. She has previously supported American team combinations, including horses for the U.S. Olympic team.
Mary Anne’s interest in Lonoir began during a trainers’ symposium at her farm in White Fences in neighboring Loxahatchee in 2014 when the horse was performing small tour and drew the attention of clinicians Steffen Peters and Scott Hassler.
The pair were on the CDIO3* Nations Cup team in Wellington the following year and then were on the squad of American riders competing in Europe ahead of the Pan American Games.
Olivia moved the horse to Grand Prix a year ago with increasing success on this year’s Global circuit.
Throughout this time, Mary Anne and Olivia stayed in touch and have now completed the partnership.