Up For Winter Equestrian Festival Week 6, March 3-7, CN Wellington
FL March 7, 2004 The sixth week of the 32nd Winter
Equestrian Festival entitled CN Wellington Open CSI-W was held March
3-7 at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida.
Dr. Arno Gego of Germany was the course designer in the Internationale
Arena. J.D. Godart built the tracks in the Grand Hunter Field.
Winter Equestrian Festival continues in Wellington through March
21, and then the action moves to Tampa for two weeks at the Bob
Thomas Equestrian Center, and caps off with the $200,000 Budweiser
American Invitational Presented by Publix and The Tampa Tribune
on April 3 at the Raymond James Stadium. Total prize money for the
2004 WEF is three-million-dollars. Produced by founder Eugene R.
Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc., the Winter Equestrian Festival
is the largest and longest consecutively running equestrian sporting
event in the world.
Hough And Clasiko Win $75,000 CN Florida Open Grand Prix
by Estates of Wellington Green, CDI-W
highlight of the week was the $75,000 CN Florida Open Grand Prix
Presented by Estates of Wellington Green, CDI-W on Sunday, March
7. Marking the second Grand Prix title of his career, Clasiko, Lauren
Houghs 2000 Olympic mount, claimed the win. They are
few and far between but theyre important, said Hough,
regarding Clasikos short victory list. Clasiko earned a berth
on the Sydney team before hed ever won a grand prix, and notched
his first victory at the National Horse Show in 2002 when it was
held in the Internationale Arena. Hough, 26 of Wellington, is aiming
Clasiko for the 2004 Athens Olympics.
and Clasiko owned by the Clasiko Group topped a field of 41 horses
and were one of only two double clear performances today. Placing
second was Beezie Madden, 40, of Cazenovia, New York, aboard Desilvio
owned by Abigail Wexner. Chris Kappler, 37, of Pittstown, New Jersey,
riding Primeur 58 for owner Kathy Kamine placed third.
Arno Gego and Christa Heibach, both of Aachen, Germany, designed
the course. Arno Gego did a fantastic job, said Hough.
There was a lot of technical riding and also some very big
jumps. Clasiko actually hit the first jump in the first round and
when he does that, then he wakes up and the rest of the round was
very easy to ride. He jumped beautifully and I was just thrilled.
Five horses went clean and qualified for the tiebreaker.
Goodman riding Razia for her familys Turtle Lane Farm led
off over the eight-effort shortened course with time allowed at
54 seconds, but incurred a rail in 48.57 to finish fifth. Hough
went next and set the pace with her clear in 43.07. Kappler, the
2003 American Invitational winner on his way to Tampa in three weeks
to defend his title, challenged Hough but had a knockdown for a
penalty of four in 43.50 for third. Eric Hasbrouck aboard Sitah
for Trelawny Farm Inc. had the unfortunate last rail down in 47.22
for fourth place. Going last in the order, Madden and Desilvio went
for it, and despite a misstep after the fourth fence, they went
clean but in 43.61 and had to settle for the red ribbon.
was a jump-off suited to my horse because there was a lot of long
runs and he has a very big stride and covers the ground really well,
explained Hough. So I did one less stride in the first line
from one to two and just tried to stay on a very forward rhythm
the whole way through. He was very good to clear the last jump.
He did a little bit of a funny jump to get over it. Hough
has been partnered with Clasiko, a 13-year-old, bay Holsteiner gelding
by Colando out of Bola by Lorino since he was seven.
pinpointed where she lost time in the jump-off. I dont
know if he stumbled or the footing gave way or something, but it
took me a couple of strides to get up and get going again, so it
cost me some time out. Madden has been partnered with Desilvio,
a nine-year-old Dutch gelding by Silvio out of Grazia, since he
was five. She is aiming Desilvio for the Athens Olympic Selection
Trials. Hes big and scopey and as long as we have no
set backs, hell be ready for the trials.
$75,000 CN Florida Open Grand Prix Presented by Estates of Wellington
Green, CDI-W was a qualifying competition for the FEI World Cup
Final that will be held April 21-24, 2004, in Milan, Italy.
Thursday Through Sunday
Ward Finishes One-Two In WEF $25,000 CN Challenge Cup Series, Round
a streak of 10 wins followed by two weeks out of the winners
circle in the Internationale Arena, McLain Ward took the blue and
the red ribbons on Thursday, March 4, and joked, I had to
make up for not being first!
28, of Brewster, New York, claimed the two top spots in the WEF
$25,000 CN Challenge Cup Series, Round VI, topping a class of 66
horses. Ward won with Goldika 559 owned by Double H Farm, and placed
second with Hurricane I owned by Turnabout Farm.
two horses were the fastest of seven double-clear performances.
Canadas Ainsley Vince placed third with Catch 22 owned by
15 horses clear for the tiebreaker, the first seven horses were
not able to go clean. Going eighth in the order, Ward posted the
first clear trip with Hurricane in at 30.59 seconds. The next five
riders chased Ward and all of them went clear, but none could catch
the time except for Ward himself. Tackling the track as the 12th
rider, Ward aboard Goldika 559 broke the beam at 28.91 seconds.
Two more clears followed but to no avail.
knew the last double was going to be difficult actually for Hurricane.
I wasnt so worried about it with Goldika, said Ward.
But the rest of the jump-off was a great jump-off for Hurricane
rollbacks on big oxers. Hes a very scopey horse and
he can do that. It was actually not a great jump-off course for
Goldika because shes more of a running horse. She can win
classes with ground speed more than turning. But everything just
showed up and she was really on form today. It was a great finish.
town this week for the CN-sponsored show is the Harrison Family,
owners of Double H Farm and Goldika, as well as several other Ward-ridden
mounts. Hunter Harrison is CNs President and CEO. Yes
theyre here and very excited a win is always nice for
your horse but when it happens for the sponsor of the show that
week, thats a bonus, said Ward.
two days of competition in the Grand Hunter Field, three Championships
were awarded on Thursday, March 4. Ken Smith riding Westcliffe owned
by Christy Russo won the Regular Conformation Hunter Championship.
Scott Stewart riding For The Music owned by Krista Weisman claimed
Stewart riding Primo for owner Air Farm won the Regular Working
Hunter Championship. Rob Bielefeld aboard Lucky owned by Samantha
Hallman earned the Reserve. First Savings Mortgage Company sponsors
the Regular Working Hunter Division.
Conroy riding Southern Lights owned by Dr. Sheila Buchbinder won
the Second Year Green Hunter Championship. Tommy Serio riding Jazz
for owner Caroli Stables claimed the Reserve.
Bluman And Gullit Shagal Win $2,500 Junior Jumper High, Power &
in his first season as a junior, Daniel Bluman, 13, of Medellin,
Colombia, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, won the $2,500 Junior Jumper
High, Power & Speed aboard Gullit Shagal owned by Christine
Firmin Didot on Friday, March 5.
topped a class of 31 entries. Nine riders were clear over the Power
phase, but only two went clean in the Speed phase, with Bluman posting
a time more than four seconds faster than Cody Auer aboard Regina
owned by Esther Kane-Waring who earned second place.
think I rode pretty well, said Bluman. I went second
in the order and I knew it would be very hard to win because there
were really good riders on the course. I expected to go clean and
have a nice jump-off and try to place. He went really well and had
a nice first round and then he jumped really well in the jump-off.
It was a little bit my mistake on the last jump but the horse saved
me on that one. Everything came out really well.
has been riding for 10 years and currently trains with Francisco
Martinez and Debbie Stephens. It was Stephens who gave him the ride
six weeks ago on the former Grand Prix horse, Gullit Shagal
a 15.2-hand, white gelding from Argentina. Debbie thought
he could be a winner for the high juniors, explained Bluman.
The horse was good when she got him but he could be much better
she got him going really well. Shes really organized
and she got him good enough to be ridden by a kid.
Power & Speed course was not one of the easier tracks, Bluman
pointed out. It was really hard. Last week there were many
clear rounds but today there were only two double clear rounds,
he said. I like it harder because I believe I always have
the chance to go clean and if there are not so many clear rounds,
then I dont have to kill myself running in the jump-off to
win. Thats why I like them bigger, and I like to challenge
myself. I was in the Childrens division until this year, so
Ive added one-and-a-half feet in two months.
Ferrell And Barcelona Win First Year Green Hunter Championship,
two days of competition in the Grand Hunter Field, Sandy Ferrell,
36, of Churchville, Maryland, riding Barcelona for Mr. and Mrs.
Ernest Oare earned the First Year Green Hunter Championship, Section
A on Friday, March 5. Jimmy Torano riding Rising Sun for owner Kendall
Bate earned the Reserve.
and Barcelona placed second and third in over fences classes on
Thursday, then on Friday placed third in one jumping class, were
out of the ribbons in one class, and won the Under Saddle, which
clinched the championship. The duo bested a field of 28 horses in
the section. Hes a trier, hes extremely athletic
and hes a Thoroughbred, which adds a tremendous amount of
elegance to his way of going, said Ferrell of her mount. She
pinpointed what the judges liked about him, It is his ability
to jump the jumps high and slow and still be able to do the distances
with a nice flowing soft canter.
is an 11-year-old, 16-hand dark brown gelding that the Oares purchased
18 months ago. Ferrell has had the ride on Barcelona from the start.
This is his first week of showing, so his first week out he
was champion! Thats a good start. It feels great.
the First Year Green Section B, rider/owner Scott Stewart won the
Championship aboard Dynamic. Sandy Ferrell riding Indian Summer
for Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Caristo was the Reserve.
Burke And Caya Win $20,000 1.50m Classic
Burke riding Caya for owner Athlone Partners topped a class of 47
horses to win the $20,000 1.50 Meter Classic on Saturday, March
6. Burke was the fastest of four double clear performances. Laura
Kraut riding Joyous for Summit Partners placed second. Eric Navet
of France was third aboard Lassergut Contour owned by Lassergut
Farms. Henri Prudent, also of France, rode Olympus owned by Trelawny
Farm, Inc. to the fourth place ribbon.
Gego set a 15-effort track with a triple at fence six and a double
at 12, the final fence. The last test was an oxer to a plank
combination and that was jumped very carefully, said Burke,
and noted other challenges of the first round, The water jump
off of a bending line was a little difficult and the triple combination
was a little scopey it was a vertical to double oxers.
horses managed clear rounds and moved on to the tiebreaker. Burke
said she watched the lead-off rider, Markus Beerbaum on Le Mans
8, the first of his two horses, and decided on her strategy (Beerbaum
posted four faults in 47.528 for sixth). Just be as prompt
as I could. Markus did six strides down the first line, which is
what I wanted to watch, because it was one less than the first round,
second in the order, Prudent aboard Olympus set the pace with a
clear trip in 53.452. Navet tackled the jump-off five horses later
and snatched the lead with his time of 49.913 aboard Lassergut Contour.
Burke went as the eighth rider on course and took over the lead,
crossing the timers in 45.905.
ended up not being too many clear before I went, said Burke,
so I got to not put the gas pedal totally to the floor.
Burke admitted that she did not expect her time to hold up for the
win. No. I knew Laura Kraut was behind me and shes very
fast. I was just hoping to go clean and as promptly as possible,
Burke said. Kraut went as the 10th horse in the order and posted
a clear trip, but crossed the timers in 46.725 and had to settle
for second place.
acquired Caya 11 months ago from Federico Sztyrle. Caya is a 12-year-old,
chestnut, 16.3-hand Holsteiner mare by Carthago out of a mare by
31, lives in Belgium where she trains with Peter Wylde. When in
the US from January through March for the Florida circuit, she trains
with Missy Clark.
has been a standout at the Winter Equestrian Festival with her unusual
burnt orange show jacket. I ride on the Ambiente Riders Tour
Team, explained Burke. Its a German fashion designer
and theyre my sponsor. Burkes horse has a matching
pad and other horse clothes from Ambiente in the same shade.
earlier competition on Saturday, March 6, in the Grand Hunter Field,
Louise Otten of Wayzata, Minnesota, rode Just Looking to the Amateur-Owner
Working Hunter Championship, 36-50. Ottens Alpine Farms owns
Just Looking, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. After two days
competition, Otten placed third and first in over fences classes
on Friday, and then on Saturday earned fourth place in the Under
Saddle, plus a first and a fourth over fences to clinch the championship,
topping 42 horses that competed in the division. Mary Jane King
aboard her Acappella took the Reserve slot.
complete results visit www.stadiumjumping.com
WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL TICKET INFORMATION
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
www.stadiumjumping.com or call 561-793-5867.
WEF SCHEDULE OF COMPETITIONS
10 - 14 CSIO United States Cosequin Finale CSIO***
18 - 21 Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y
(Qualifier for Olympic Selection Trials)
24 - 28 Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian Center)
30 - April 3 Tournament of Champions CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian
3 Budweiser American Invitational (Raymond James Stadium)
2004 MILLION DOLLAR GRAND PRIX SERIES
12 $50,000 Samsung Nations Cup, presented by CN, CSIO****
14 $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship, CSIO****
28 $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, presented by Kilkenny/ICH, CSI-W
3 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational,
Presented by Publix and The Tampa Tribune
JUMPER CLASSIC CSI****
Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
9 -11 Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI****
11 $150,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte For the Charlotte Bobcat Cup