Young Again Regardez Moi Ridden by Heath Ryan Wins Again, Melbourne World Cup Grand Prix
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MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 20, 2014–Regardez Moi, soon to be 19 years old but apparently drinking from the Fountain of Youth, was ridden by Heath Ryan to win the Equitana World Cup Grand Prix Friday for the stallion’s fifth straight victory.
Heath and the black Oldenburg that is in his eighth year at international Grand Prix scored 66.670 per cent for their ninth straight top three finish in 10 starts so far this year.
Sue Hearn on the comparatively young Remmington, 12 years old, was second on 67.440 per cent. Mary Hanna on Umbro–her top mount Sancette stayed behind in Europe after their World Equestrian Games team performance–placed third on 67.400 per cent.
Heath, who at the age of 56 may be drinking from the same Fountain of Youth as Regardez Moi, continues to compete in international eventing as well as dressage.
The horse, which won the Australian Grand Prix Championship along with the World Cup event at Sydney a month ago, ia not being aimed for a return trip to Las Vegas for the Word Cup Final next April.
Heath said he doesn’t want to put his partner through the stress of what would be the longest distance of any dressage combination to travel for the Final, as he did for the annual global championship in 2009 along with a California CDI on the same trip.
Those two competitions were the only events for Regardez Moi outside Australia. But Heath suffered a stroke in 2009 that took years to overcome. He has competed at World Equestrian Games in both dressage and eventing as well as at the 2008 Olympics in dressage.
Among the offspring of Regardez Moi is the Australian-born Rosa Cha W, a mare competed by Silva Martin of Cochraneville, Pennsylvania. The German-born rider lived in Australia before moving to the United States with her eventer husband, Boyd Martin. Both have since become American citizens. Silva rode Rosa Cha on the U.S. team that won the Nations Cup at Wellington, Florida this year.
Equitana was the venue used to announce the launch of Horse & Country TV, the British-based channel, in Australia.
Heather Killen, H&C chief executive officer, said the channel will initially be available on Fetch TV as a subsciption service.
Results: Equitana CDI-W GP results