“Bebe” Davis Family Buys Carrera Ahead of USA Young Rider European Tour
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
WELLINGTON, Florida, April 13, 2016–Barbara “Bebe” Davis, the top qualifier for an American youth tour of Europe, plans to take two horses for both Young Rider Nations Cups and Under-25 competitions.
The 18-year-old “Bebe” based in Wellington qualified her Feivel Mousekewitz with an average score of 70.086 from team and individual CDI results with the 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding on which she won North American Junior Rider Championships team gold in 2014.
She is tentatively planning to compete “Mouse” in Young Rider Nations Cups at Moorsele, Belgium May 26-29 and in Hagen, Germany June 7-12 as a member of the United States team that will be officially announced next week.
She plans also to take the newly acquired Equestricons Carrera to compete in Under-25 events.
Equestricons Carrera was loaned to her by Belgium horse dealer Joachim Arl to ride in a handful of Under-25 CDI Grand Prix competitions at this winter’s Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington. Her parents, Sarah and Michael Davis, bought the 16-year-old Hungarian-bred mare early this month.
“She is an amazing horse,” Bebe said, “and I am so grateful to the Arl family for the amazing opportunity. I am very pleased that she is now a permanent member of my team of horses.”
Competition and shipping arrangements for the European tour are still being worked out.
Although Bebe tried a lot of things as her parents exposed her to other sports as well as the arts, “I have always been drawn to horses…” and they became her “true passion.”
That passion has led to Bebe establishing an impressive record from Pony through Junior and Young Rider divisions and beginning Under-25.
Her first national championship was on Bohdjan in 2011, the first year the Pony division was included in the Festival of Champions, the U.S. nationals. They finished second in the two-horse event.
By the next year, the pony division had expanded dramatically and Bebe won the title on Poldy and placed second on Bohdjan.
As a Junior in 2013, Bebe became national champion on Rotano and was the North American Junior Rider Freestyle bronze medalist. In 2014, she rode Feivel Mousekewitz to North American Junior Championship team gold and was reserve national champion on Rotano. The 2015 North American Junior Freestyle title went to Bebe and Rotano.
This year, training with Endel Ots, she moved up to Young Rider on Feivel Mousekewitz with the European Tour top ranking the result.
In Global CDIs this year, Bebe logged first places in Young Riders on both Feivel Mousekewitz and Rotano and in Under-25 on Carrera.
In Europe she will train with Henri Ruoste in Germany.
In addition, she will be reunited with Fiderhit OLD, an eight-year-old Oldenburg mare that her family has owned for several years and is in training with the Netherlands-based Swedish rider Anna Blomgren. “Fantasy,” as she is called, is a Grand Prix prospect for Bebe.
“I am very excited to work with her while I am in Europe,” Bebe said, “it is a wonderful opportunity.”
When summer is over, Bebe will study international business at Lynn University in Boca Raton, 28 miles/45 km south of her home in Wellington.
“I plan on trying to keep a similar schedule that I have now,” she said. “I want to be able to ride as much as possible and continue training and competing with Endel Ots.
“There is no other sport in the world like equestrian sport. I love the bond between horse and rider. I am at my happiest when I am at the stables with my horses, they always put a smile on my face.”