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Lexi Maounis and Sienna Champion in Amatuer-Owner 18-35 Hunter Division

Kylie Geddes and Chabliano Z Champion in Small 16-17 Junior Hunters

Ann Glavan

Reporting from Wellington, Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Wellington, Florida
Saturday, March 8, 2014 :: Posted 06:32:00 PM CST

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 Ann Glavan: Lexi Maounis and SiennaLexi Maounis and Sienna

Wellington, FL - March 8, 2014 - Lexi Maounis and Sienna are at it again. The pair championed in the 18-35 Amateur-Owner Hunter division for a third week this season at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Maounis gives all credit for the win to her flashy chestnut mare, who turned in solid over fences rounds despite the new jumps in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter ring this week.

“She’s always awesome. She doesn’t look at anything. She doen’t change the way she goes no matter what the course looks like,” Maounis said. “No matter what ring it is, she’s always the same.”

 Ann Glavan: Lexi Maounis and SiennaLexi Maounis and Sienna

Even with the ride on a top notch mare like Sienna, Maounis was not overly confident that this winter season would go as well as it has thus far. After all, she has just embarked on a new chapter in her life, attending her first semester at the University of Miami this winter.    

“I wasn’t expecting anything, I just started college, so I wasn’t going to be able to practice a lot,” Maounis explained. “I really wasn’t expecting much, but she comes out and is perfect every single time we show, so I’m so thrilled.”

 Ann Glavan: Lexi Maounis and SiennaLexi Maounis' mount Sienna

Sienna, who used to show in the junior hunter ring with Maounis, is one of the main reasons she has made the extra effort to continue riding and showing, despite her busier schedule with higher education.

“I had this amazing horse, and I was not ready to give her up. I mean she was my junior hunter, and now she does the Amateur-Owners with me,” Maounis smiled. “I don’t even know how I would ever be able to sell her, because there’s just no replacing her.”

 : Lexi Maounis and Sienna

While Sienna can take credit for keeping Maounis in the irons through college, Lexi knew she would always have horses in her life long before the two crossed paths.

“I started riding because when I was little, I asked for a horse every single day, until my mom finally let me ride one,” Maounis explained. “She let me ride once when I was four, and then she got too scared, so she wouldn’t let me ride anymore. But I still asked every single day when I could go ride again!” Maounis laughed. “I’ve just always loved horses, instead of dolls I played with the little Breyer horses, it’s just always been my thing.”

 Ann Glavan: Kylie Geddes and Chabliano ZKylie Geddes and Chabliano Z

For Small Junior 16-17 Hunter Champion Kylie Geddes, convincing her parents of the necessity to ride was not an issue. Her mother rode as a junior, so horses were just in her DNA.

“My mom rode when she was younger, and my trainer, Andrew Lustig, was my mom’s trainer when she was younger, so he came back to train me,” Geddes smiled. “It’s kind of a family sport, I guess!”

 Ann Glavan: Kylie Geddes and Chabliano ZKylie Geddes with trainer Andrew Lustig and Chabliano Z

The Geddes family might not be new to the show hunter world, but Kylie’s horse Chabliano Z certainly is. The 6-year-old gelding was imported a year ago, and has only competed at the 3’6” height three times. Despite his young age and relative inexperience, Chabliano Z did not bat an eye at the spooky fences.

“He’s been really good about it, and I thought he’d be a little nervous, because he’s never seen any of this,” Geddes explained.  “But he’s been perfect. He was very focused in there.”

 Ann Glavan: Kylie Geddes and Chabliano ZKylies Geddes and Chabliano Z

Check back with Phelps Sports for more coverage from the hunter rings at the Winter Equestrian Festival.  

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