MTM Vivre Le Reve
Once his rider turned 18, “Erkel” made his international debut
Las Vegas, Nevada ? Thomas & Mack Center -
According to Brian Moggre, the best part of his partnership with MTM Vivre Le Reve is that they have grown together the last three years. Starting in the junior jumper ranks together, the duo quickly progressed to competing in national grand prix. Once his rider turned 18, “Erkel” made his international debut.
Purchased by Major Wager LLC after he was imported as a 7-year-old, the Westphalian gelding by Ustinov out of Chellana raced to his first international win at the 2018 Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg just three days after Moggre won the USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final! Erkel then carried Moggre to the win in his first-ever World Cup class, the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Ocala in Florida last March. Moggre and MTM Vivre Le Reve won the ranking class that qualified them for the World Cup class, then topped a six-horse jump-off to take home the final victory.
Erkel continued his success throughout 2019. He and Moggre held their own against some of the world’s best to place in the ribbons at several Five-Stars over the summer, and on September 8 they secured a third-place finish in the $500,000 Saugerties Grand Prix (New York). Victories in the $36,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3* and $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix added to their spectacular year, but MTM Vivre Le Reve would later return to the winner’s circle in Kentucky for something greater.
On November 2, Moggre and his dark bay gelding galloped to the top of an eight-horse jump-off in the $225,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Lexington at the National Horse Show, making the 18-year-old Moggre the youngest rider to win the class. The victory also moved Moggre into second place in the World Cup North American League Eastern sub-league standings, behind only four-time Olympian and two-time World Cup Champion Beezie Madden.
“I really think this horse is a product of having a good relationship with your horse and excellent training,” Moggre said of Erkel after their win in Lexington. “To grow with him is something that is very special to me. These major first victories – I wouldn’t want to do it with any other horse.”
Still only 18, Moggre and MTM Vivre Le Reve are on their way to Las Vegas for the Longines FEI World Cup Final, April 15-19 at the Thomas & Mack Center.