March 2015 - Flying Changes
Written by Kim F. Miller
Monday, 02 March 2015 00:04

Lauren Billys Readies For Next Move; Nayel Nassar Settles In San Diego

Lauren Billys Readies For Next Move

Photo: Sherry Stewart.Eventer Lauren Billys recently sold two stars, Ballingowan Ginger and Jitterbug, to help with her next goal of building a strong string of horses as the next Olympics approaches. With the sale of Ginger, she will now look to find a younger horse with 4* potential, while also continuing to grow her partnership with Castle Larchfield Purdy, whom she acquired in 2014. Representing Puerto Rico at the Pan Am Games this summer is an immediate goal.

Ginger was sold to young rider Jordyn Horwitz. The 13-year-old Irish mare out of Master Imp, was imported in 2006, and later purchased by Lauren in 2007. She and Ginger have seen a great deal of success, including competing at the Pan American Games in 2011, winning the Galway Downs CCI2* in 2012, and finishing in the top five at multiple CIC3* competitions in 2013 and 2014. Their numerous top placings also earned the duo impressive Area VI accolades.

Seventeen year old Jordyn has competed through the CCI* level with her gelding Nicodemus, (previously ridden by the late Amy Tryon), and has been looking to find a second horse to take up the levels and gain experience on while she is still a young rider.

Hannah Sue Burnett is the proud new owner of Jitter Bug, a 9 year old Rheinland Pfalz-Saar mare. With Lauren, Jitter Bug was third at last year’s Rebecca Farms CCI* and Galway Downs CIC*. She was purchased for Hannah, an East Coast-based competitor, by sponsor Jacqueline Mars.

Lauren is grateful that both horses are going to “perfect new homes” and especially looks forward to seeing Jordyn and Ginger on the local scene.

For the latest on Lauren Billys,

Nayel Nassar Settles In San Diego

International rider Nayel Nassar has established his new training business in San Diego. He competes for his native Egypt, but is a familiar face on the West Coast and back East as he notched huge show jumping wins while also earning his degree from Stanford.

Here’s how he describes his latest move on his Facebook page: “After being gypsy travelers for the last few years, Nassar Stables LLC finally has a home base in Southern California horse country, thanks to the wonderful Heers family and their incredible hospitality. We are extremely excited to have Bridgeside Farms to operate out of, so we can continue to develop and hopefully add to the eight horses in our care.

He also welcomed Chelsea Fletcher to his team, along with longtime groom and friend Linda Algeborg.

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