Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Dec. 11, 2017 – East Wind Farms, the Fort Lauderdale-based hunter/jumper operation led by owner Tiffany Morrissey is poised and ready for top competition at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival. East Wind horses and riders earned a series of significant accomplishments and victories during the summer and fall circuits at the top shows in the nation.
Morrissey piloted Stacey Shore Werner's Sebastian to victory in three USHJA National Hunter Derbies this past summer, including two at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) in Traverse City, Michigan, where the judges awarded the duo a rare perfect 100-point score to win the class. It was their third derby win of the summer season. Werner and Sebastian also were swimming in ribbons during the summer shows. They swept their division at Country Heir II to earn the championship of the 2’6” Nonprofessional Hunters and won an impressive score of 85 in one of their many successful rounds during GLEF. Sebastian is a 2010 gray Holsteiner gelding that is certain to be a top contender with Werner and in the derbies with Morrissey this winter season.
“Every class he gets better and better,” Morrissey said. "We look forward to competing him again this season and hopefully continuing all the success he has had!"
GLEF was a banner circuit for East Wind Farms. Maggie Gould, East Wind Farms assistant trainer, was GLEF reserve circuit champion of the 1.30m Jumper division with Taje Warrick's E. Umomia. Warrick is a talented young East Wind rider. The pair were recently champions of the Children's Jumpers during the SFHJA Charity Show and reserve champions of the Child/Adult Jumpers during Equestrian Sport Productions Fall circuit. E. Umomia is an 8-year-old KWPN mare by Arthos R.
Also during GLEF, Noa Diener and Pippa, a Westphalian mare owned by Deborah Perkins, were circuit champions of the Low Children's Jumpers. Consistently fast and tidy, Doris Neyra and Castlewood Farm's Vodka Cruiser earned the circuit championship of the Adult Amateur Jumpers. Lisa Berger and East Wind Farms' Chloe were rewarded for their smooth and stylish rounds to take the circuit championship of the Low Adult Equitation division. Berger has since purchased the mare and they were recently champions during consecutive weeks in the Low Adult Hunters at the SFHJA Charity Horse Show and Holiday & Horses.
Equitation riders excel at East Wind, and this year there were many achievements to celebrate. Brooke Giacin qualified for and competed at the 2017 USEF Medal Final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg and the ASPCA Maclay Region 4 Championship. Giacin also qualified among the top 10 riders in the country for the THIS National Children's Medal Final.
After qualifying among the top 15 in the nation, Catie Staszak finished eighth at the 2017 Ariat National Adult Medal Final at Capital Challenge with East Wind Farms' Agnes Augusta. Staszak is a show jumping broadcast journalist for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League and is a sought-after announcer and on-air anchor for top show jumping events. Staszak has called East Wind her barn home since 2013.
“East Wind has done so much for me as a rider and in my career as a broadcaster,” Staszak said. “I truly consider them family. Finishing in the top 10 at Ariat Finals—and to do it on an East Wind horse—meant so much. I am so blessed and grateful to be able to ride Agnes and am excited for another great year.”
Another East Wind adult competitor, Claudia Millstone, won the SFHJA Adult Medal Final at the annual SFHJA Charity Horse Show in November. East Wind riders brought home five championships, two medal wins, and a classic win while also supporting their local show organization and well-deserved charities.
In 2017, East Wind notched four circuit championships during the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), including Susannah Rose and her bay Oldenburg gelding Calero, who have been WEF circuit champions of the Adult Amateur Hunters in two of the last three years. Rose was also the leading Adult Hunter Rider at GLEF in 2017.
Catherine Wu and Ren Round Number, her gray Silla Argentina mare, were 2016 and 2017 WEF circuit champions of the Adult Modified Jumper division and will vie to defend their championship again during WEF 2018.
"We are primed and ready to perform this winter season," Morrissey said. "We have some exciting horse and rider combinations. The East Wind Farms team looks forward to achieving our goals."
About East Wind Farms
East Wind Farms is a full-service, hunter/jumper competition-focused boarding and training facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, led by top-notch professional Tiffany Morrissey. From short stirrup to grand prix, East Wind is committed to preparing their clients to succeed. Their program is tailored to help serious equestrians reach their goals.
Morrissey has had a notable career in equitation, hunter and jumper competition. In her junior years, she earned accolades in all the major equitation finals. In 2000, she took an impressive second-place finish at USET Talent Search Finals. She won more than 20 USET classes and received her gold medal. Morrissey won her first grandprix in 2007. In the hunter ring, she qualified for derby finals in consecutive years, and in 2017 she received a perfect 100-point score in the USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival in Traverse City, Michigan. Other recent accomplishments include the reserve championship title in the 5-Year-Old Final at the 2015 Young Jumper Championships with Maarten Huygens' Carpriccio. Morrissey is supported by a great staff with assistant trainer Maggie Gould, stable manager Heli Rincon and rider/trainers Lisa Funk and Erin Tukel.
Morrissey is married to Matt Morrissey, vice president of operations for Morrissey Management Group, a top-tier equestrian event management company. Their daughter Mattelyn will celebrate her first birthday in February.
East Wind Farms travels and competes on a national stage. Morrissey and her students have earned numerous WEF circuit championships and have qualified for and successfully competed at the country’s most important shows and year-end championship events, including the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, the Hampton Classic, USHJA Zone 4 awards, and SFHJA year-end champions. The East Wind team attends the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, Kentucky Horse Shows, and all the major equitation finals.