WEF Week 1 Winner’s Circle: Your Moment in the Spotlight

From tricolor ribbons to that no-trophy-big-enough feeling you get when you know that you’ve laid down your best round, victory is sweet. Here are a few of our winning Ingragram photos from Week 1 of the Winter Equestrian Festival.

To whom it may concern (@andrewrybackphotography), Although this game has been fun, I enjoyed putting down my phone for several hours to enjoy quality time with my family that I see a rarely see more than twice a year. After finding out I lost the first round, despite the subject getting to show for the first time after severely injuring her back and being unable to ride, and showing all of her happiness and joy to be back in the show ring, I chose to put my phone, respectively, on “do not disturb” so that I could enjoy a fabulous meal with my family. Now that I am back to our hotel, I will now submit my photo for “finding the humor.” During the Parade of Champions, the hunters looked sweet and pony riders hugged their small equine friends. This jumper, however, didn’t think highly of the event where you must behave well and look cute. Instead, he played around and was a bit hard to handle. Despite this, the rider laughed and played along, because, after all, she had just won champion at WEF 1. Riding involves crying, smiling, and laughing, and this picture rolls it all up together.

A photo posted by Irene Powlick Photography (@jumpersthrumylens) on

Smiles from both sides? WEF 1 is done!! #like4like #bugsymalone #wef1 A photo posted by @giarinaldi_fp on

Off to a good start. #WEFweekone done and done. #wef2016 #louisburgfarm @paulbutterworth @mollyashe

A photo posted by Show Jumping At Its Best (@floydconsultants) on

Happy day! #welovemolly #missaustralia #forgetmenotfarm #smallpony #wef #bestpony A photo posted by Olivia Golden (@doublegstables) on

Ally wins Ariat

A photo posted by Alan Korotkin (@castlewood1) on

❤️? reserve champion with my girl ❤️? A photo posted by Mira Stephens (@mira.stephens) on

the best, at last A photo posted by alexandra (@alexmaracic_) on

The sun, and smiles, are back out at WEF today! #wef2016 #winterinwellington #sunshine A photo posted by Winter Equestrian Festival (@esp_wef) on

???? peep baldo

A photo posted by Caroline Kahn (@ckahn123) on


A photo posted by Giavanna Rinaldi (@gia_rinaldi) on

Mama on top in 15-17 ? #unamused

A photo posted by Haley Zimmerman (@haley_zimmerman) on

Perfect ending to a magical two weeks. A photo posted by Allie (@allisoncederberg) on

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