Six World Cup wins. 20 Nations Cups wins. Multiple medals at Pan-American Games, a little visit to the Olympics, and over 200 Grand Prix wins.
(Some sources say 195, but really after you hit triple digits who’s counting?)
American show jumper Margie Engle is no stranger to success in the show ring, and with a list of accomplishments longer than Reed Kessler’s future reading list, it’s safe to say she’s got a little experience in what makes a horse a winner.
So when she found that her mount Café au Lait-Petula (better known on the circuit as “Royce”) wasn’t quite as adjustable in the ring as she’d like, she called in reinforcements.
Did she amp up the hardware? Hardly.
Did she work him twice as hard over the jumps? Nope.
Did she trade him in for a newer model? Certainly not!
No, Royce was sent off for ol’ fashioned dressage boot camp with Olympic bronze medalist Lisa Wilcox. (Because if you’re a ten time American Grand Prix Association Rider of the Year, you don’t send your prize mount to just any dressage trainer).
“He tends to be very laid back and a little bit lazy,” explained Engle. “He’s the type that would just as soon kind of be in your lap like a lap dog and take…