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Winners galore are happening in the horse world. While things are attempting to warm up in the colder states, the warmer states are in full swing, especially Florida and California.

Riders shine around the nation and preparations are underway in Normandy France for the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games. Katie Dinan riding Vancouver.
Riders shine around the nation and preparations are underway in Normandy France for the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games. Katie Dinan riding Vancouver.Diana De Rosa Photos
Jessica Springsteen rode Vindicat W to a 2nd place finish.
Jessica Springsteen rode Vindicat W to a 2nd place finish.Diana De Rosa Photo

The winner in the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular was Victoria Colvin. As the first to go in a field of 28, this 16-year-old defending champion rode Betsee Parker’s Ovation to the victory ride. Colvin also placed second on Parker’s Way Cool.

Looking ahead to the Alltech World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, there’s excitement in the air, especially for France. This will be the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings and the Battle of Normandy. Some 500,000 spectators are expected. Around 3000 volunteers will help make sure all goes as expected.

Test events will take place: June 23-24 for Dressage, 25 and 26 for Show Jumping. The Games Opening Ceremony happens on August 23 and closes on August 7th. In between 8 disciplines will showcase their top talent from around the world.

Here in the U.S. the selection trials are already being named. The Endurance Team Selection Trial CEI2* will take place April 17-20 in Broxton Bridge, SC. Endurance takes place in Normandy August 27-28 in Baie du Mont Saint Michel, France.

Brazil's Rodrigo Pessoa and Citizenguard Cadjanine Z won the $280,000 FEI World Cup Grnad Pirx at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. Jessica Springsteen rode Vindicat W to a second place finish. Leading Lady Rider honors went to