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Clara Lindner And Priceless Win Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 Championship, Section A

WELLINGTON, FL - January 31, 2004 - "My horses are all really good in the mud, actually, they're used to it. We've been in the mud a lot," said Clara Lindner, 18, of Cincinnati, Ohio, winner of the Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 Championship, Section A, at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, today. Rains that commenced yesterday and continued throughout the day in the 'Sunshine State' created soupy conditions, but did not hinder Ms. Lindner's performances. "It's a little harder. Everything is a little slower and we get stuck in there some times, but my horses are all generally really good with it." Ms. Lindner brought six horses from her family's All Seasons Farm to the Winter Equestrian Festival and earned the Championship aboard Priceless, an eight-year-old bay Dutch Warmblood gelding that she's owned and ridden for two years. Ms. Lindner trains with Tom Wright. Kilkenny Insurance Agency/ICH sponsors the Amateur-Owner Working Hunter Division.

With 50 entries, the A-O Hunter 18-35 Championship was divided into two 25-horse sections, A and B; each group competed in four over-fences classes and one under saddle class over two days in the Grand Hunter Field to determine the Champion for each section. Ms. Lindner, a senior in high school, is currently commuting between Wellington and Cincinnati, but will show three back-to-back weekends next month. With Priceless, Ms. Lindner placed second in her first over-fences class, was out of the ribbons in the second class yesterday and the first class today, and then won the under saddle and today's over-fences class to clinch the Championship. "My first round was very consistent," she explained, noting that Priceless can usually claim the tricolor, "if you can get three good ribbons over jumps. He's very dependable for the under saddle because he's a really good mover so he is usually first or second in that." She also credits her horse's temperament in the successful partnership. "He has a really good personality. He loves to play with you. He's really sweet and he loves attention."

The championship was an especially rewarding win for Ms. Lindner as it was her debut in the Amateur-Owners. "I feel really good about it. It's my first show in the Amateurs so it's a great way to start. I'm really happy with it."

Seven rings were in action today at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club show grounds, despite the rain. Three classes were scheduled for the grass Internationale Arena, but in order to protect the field from wear and tear under the soaking conditions, the Junior Jumper High class and the Seniors Time First Jump-off class were moved to other rings. The $20,000 1.50 Meter Classic will be re-scheduled in the Internationale Arena at a later date.

For full results of today's classes, visit

Show days for the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival are Wednesday through Sunday. Gates open at 8:00 am. Ticket Prices: Wednesdays are free to everyone; Children 12 and under are admitted free every day; Young Adults 13 to 18 and Seniors are $5 on Thursday through Sunday; Adults are $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15 on Sunday. The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is located on Pierson Road off South Shore Boulevard. For additional information, visit or call 561-793-5867.

January 28 - February 1 Nutrena/Western Hay Wellington Classic CSI***
February 4 - 8 Bayer/USET Gold Coast Jumper Classic CSI***
February 5 - 8 Wellington Dressage (Qualifier for Olympic Selection Trials)
February 11 - 15 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale CSI***
February 18 - 22 Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular CSI-W/Y CSI-Ch
February 19 - 22 Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic
February 25 - 29 PDP Capital Wellington Masters CSI***
March 3 - 7 CN Wellington Open CSI-W
March 10 - 14 CSIO United States Cosequin Finale CSIO***
March 18 - 21 Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y
(Qualifier for Olympic Selection Trials)
March 24 - 28 Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian Center)
March 30 - April 3 Tournament of Champions CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian Center)
April 3 Budweiser American Invitational (Raymond James Stadium)

February 1 $35,000 Farr XTN Grand Prix of Palm Beach, presented by Western Hay, CSI**
February 8 $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup, CSI***
February 15 $50,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup, CSI***
February 22 $60,000 Idle Dice Classic, presented by Palm Beach Post, CSI-W
February 29 $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup, CSI***
March 7 $75,000 CN Wellington Open presented by Estates of Wellington Green, CDI-W
March 12 $50,000 Samsung Nations' Cup, presented by CN, CSIO****
March 14 $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship, CSIO****
March 28 $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, presented by Kilkenny/ICH, CSI-W
April 3 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa Tribune


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