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Hometown: Long Lake, Minnesota
Born: November 19, 1987
Andrew Welles grew up in Minnesota where his passion for riding began. Wanting to focus on the bigger circuit, he began competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the age of 15, and has trained under the watchful eyes of Missy Clark and Chris Kappler.
In 2005, Welles placed 9th in the USEF Talent Search East and set foot on the international show jumping stage in 2008. At the 2009 WEF, he took second place in the WEF Challenge Cup CSI4* before heading to Europe to compete in Austria and Portugal. From 2010-2015, Welles earned several top placings at some of the nation’s top competitions including the Hampton Classic, Old Salem, the American Gold Cup, WEF, Washington International Horse Show, Lake Placid Horse Shows, and Spruce Meadows in Canada.
In 2015, Welles and the Belgian Warmblood mare “Boo Van Het Kastanjehof” won the $34,000 Suncast® 1.45 FEI Welcome class at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) where they also took fourth place in the $210,000 Tryon Grand Prix for the Governor’s Cup.
In 2016 Welles again earned several top placings. At the TIEC, he and “Brindis Bogibo” took second place against a top field of competitors in the $380,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI5* and he was honored with the Equis Boutique ‘Best Presented Horse Award.’ At the Bromont CSI3*-W, the pair took 10th place in the FEI World Cup™ Jumping qualifier.
Welles continued to earn top results with his mount “Brindis Bogibo” at the 2016 Hampton Classic. The duo started the week off with an eighth place in the $10,000 Royalton Farms Open Jumper 1.45m class. They then scored impressive third place finishes in both the $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier and the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix against a world-class field of horses and riders.
At the 2017 WEF, Welles and his other top mount “Boo van het Kastanjehof” placed third in the $50,000 Equo Grand Prix CSI 2* during Week 5. At the Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show CSI3*, the pair took eighth place in the $35,000 Welcome Speed 1.45m and fifth place in the $35,000 Welcome Speed 1.45m. At the Hampton Classic, Welles scored several top placings including 9th place in the $40,000 SOVARO Speed Stake.
Welles had a busy start to the 2018 season at WEF. Some of his results included 8th place in the $8,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m and 5th place in the $35,000 Hollow Creek 1.50m Classic CSI 3*, both with “Serpico.” He continued with top placings throughout the season at such shows as the Kentucky Spring Classic CSI2*, Upperville Colt & Horse Show CSI4*, and Spruce Meadows CSI5*. In the fall, he and “Brindis Bogibo” took 13th place in the FEI World Cup Qualifier at the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W, followed by 6th place in the FEI World Cup Qualifier in Columbus, part of the Split Rock Jumping Tour. The pair then placed 12th in the $384,000 Grand Prix CSI5* at Tryon where Welles also took seventh in the $70,000 1.50m Sunday Classic CSI5* with “Primo Troy.”
Welles kicked off his 2019 season in Wellington, where he and “Brindis Bogibo” placed
7th in the $134,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round Nine CSI5* and 6th in the $210,000 Longines Grand Prix of the Palm Beach Masters CSIO5*, where he also placed fourth with “Primo Troy” in the $35,700 CP Welcome Stake CSI4*. He and “Primo Troy” ventured down to Miami, where they took third place in the $28,508 Longines Global Champions Tour of Miami Beach Grand Prix CSI2*.
Back up north, Welles took fourth place in the $134,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3* with “Primo Troy” at the Kentucky Spring Classic. At the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, he and “Serpico” placed seventh in the $71,200 Flintfields Farm Grand Prix CSI2*, fifth in $71,200 North Face Farm Grand Prix CSI2* and third in $35,700 Welcome Stake CSI2*:
A graduate of Florida Atlantic University, Welles started his own equestrian operation at the age of 23. In December of 2016, he married long-time girlfriend Alexandra Duvall, an Amateur jumping rider whom he met at WEF and who also attended Florida Atlantic University. Earlier this year, the couple had their first child, a daughter, Anderson.