Up For Winter Equestrian Festival Week 10 : March 30-April 3, Tournament
FL April 5, 2004 The 10th and final week of the 32nd
Winter Equestrian Festival entitled Tournament of Champions was
held March 30 through April 3 at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center
in Tampa, Florida. The 2004 WEF wrapped up 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 was 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.
Dello Joio And Glasgow Win $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational
Dello Joio, 47, of Wellington, Florida, riding Glasgow for The Glasgow
Group topped a field of 35 horses to win the $200,000 Budweiser
American Invitational presented by Publix and The Tampa Tribune
on Saturday night, April 3. In a five-horse jump-off, Dello Joio
was the faster of two clear rounds and claimed $60,000 for his win.
Beezie Madden, 40, of Cazenovia, New York, riding Authentic for
owners Elizabeth Busch Burke and John Madden Sales placed second,
earning $44,000. Alison Firestone, 27, of Upperville, Virginia,
aboard Casanova for Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone placed third
for a $26,000 check. The 32nd American Invitational was held on
grass under lights at the Raymond James Stadium with a crowd of
9,800 fans in attendance.
Stormin Norman, the 1992 Individual Bronze Medallist
at the Barcelona Olympic Games, the win marked his second victory
in this historic class he notched his first win 26 years
ago aboard Allegro. I was star-struck and awe-struck when
I came here that first time, said Dello Joio. The second
time I showed in the Invitational, I remember my horse hung a leg
really badly over the first jump and it scared him into jumping
clean. I felt like I won by accident actually. It was nice to win
because it was a plan for Florida to try to bring the horse
up and have a good night tonight. This was Glasgows
third time competing in the American Invitational. Dello Joio is
aiming the 13-year-old Dutch gelding for the Athens Olympic Selection
Trials in May.
Stephens, who has designed the American Invitational courses for
19 years, erected a 17-effort Round One with Time Allowed set at
96 seconds. Four riders did not complete the course. Rails fell
at every jump except for No. 8. Most problematic was No. 10, a liverpool
with a scalloped top element that 14 horses were unable to clear.
The triple line was really, really difficult, and that was
fairly early in the course. Its as big a test as Ive
seen in a non-championship grand prix, said Dello Joio. It
was a big course hard to jump.
was not until the 26th rider on course, Lauren Hough, 26, of Wellington,
FL, aboard her 2000 Sydney Olympic mount Clasiko, that the leader
board flashed a clear round. The order of go in the American Invitational
is set by money won during the WEF, so some of the heaviest hitters
were among the last to go, which produced three more clean rounds
Firestone, Chris Kappler, 37, of Pittstown, NJ the
2003 title holder of the American Invitational aboard Royal Kaliber,
a stallion he owns with Kathy Kamine, and Madden. Last to go, the
top money-earner with $73,825 to his name, McLain Ward, 28, of Brewster,
New York, aboard Sapphire, a mare he owns with Missy Clark and Double
H Farm, incurred eight faults and did not qualify for the Jump-Off.
the tiebreaker, Stephens re-set with nine fences to jump in a Time
Allowed of 53 seconds. Hough aboard Clasiko led off but had the
seventh fence down for four faults in 46.69, and finished fourth.
Dello Joio and Glasgow went next and raced the course clean in 41.84,
which proved to be unbeatable. Firestone and Casanova followed,
and had a rail down at the third fence, but clocked in splits faster
than Hough at 46.30, for third place. Kappler and Royal Kaliber
toppled the first and seventh fences, logging eight faults in 48.87
for fifth place. Madden and Authentic were last to go and broke
the beam clean in 43.99, but had to settle for second place.
five of the jump-off contenders stated that they are aiming their
mounts for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
At Tournament Of Champions
Ward And Hurricane Win $30,000 Ariat WEF Challenge Cup Series Finale
McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, riding Hurricane I for Turnabout Farm
won the $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup Finale CSI-W on Wednesday, March
31. Topping a field of 36 horses, Ward rode the fastest of three
clear rounds in a six-horse jump-off to claim victory. Laura Linback
of Mundelein, IL, aboard Remember Me 9 owned by Woodrun Farm placed
second. Anne Kursinski of Frenchtown, NJ, riding Sun God for owners
Ron and Cheryl Krise placed third.
$30,000 WEF Challenge Cup Finale was the ninth and final class in
the 2004 WEF Challenge Cup Series. Ward notched five wins in the
series, including three aboard Hurricane. We had a good run,
said Ward. He jumped super all circuit.
Musette of Belgium designed the 16-effort Round One, which featured
a double at No. 5 and a triple at No. 11 with Time Allowed set at
79 seconds. Rails fell at every fence except for No. 7 but the big
bogeys were the triple, which caught 16 riders and No. 12 added
faults to 13 horses trips. In addition to Hurricane, Ward
rode Goldika 559 and Quickstar II Z, both owned by Double H Farm,
and had one rail down with each of them in the first round, ending
up in a tie for seventh place with the 17 four-faulters. Hurricane
was my third ride so I was able to correct some of the little mistakes
I had with the earlier rides, explained Ward.
horses went clean for the eight-effort tiebreaker. Kursinski led
off and set the pace with her clear round aboard Sun God in 39.02
seconds, well under the 52-second time allowed, but it was only
good enough for third place. Ward immediately overtook her lead,
posting a blazing clear round in 35.83 seconds. The remaining four
riders chased Wards time, but could not catch him. Going third
in the order, Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, aboard Authentic logged
four faults in 46.11 to finish fifth. Schuyler Riley of Hobe Sound,
FL, and Opus Sept had a rail in 38.43 for fourth. Linback went clean
in 38.57 for third. Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, aboard Sasha
accumulated 12 faults in 40.60 seconds for sixth.
just showed up great for us, said Ward, noting that his mount
is an older, experienced horse. Missy Clark trains the 15-year-old
German warmblood gelding.
Chapot And Sprite Win $5,000 1.40m Acorn Hill Farm Challenge
Chapot, 30, of Neshanic Station, NJ, riding her own Sprite won the
$5,000 Acorn Hill Farm Challenge on Thursday, April 1. The win marked
the third time Chapot and Sprite claimed victory in this class at
the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival. The $5,000 1.40m Acorn Hill
Farm Challenge is a member event of the North American League (NAL)
Open Speed Series.
a class of 24 horses, Chapot aboard her eight-year-old gray Holsteiner
mare by Quidam de Revelle, was the fastest of five clear rounds
over the speed course. The 14-effort course included a triple at
No. 6 and ended with a double at No. 11 with time allowed set at
75 seconds. Going 8th in the order, Paige Johnson of The Plains,
VA, riding Crabamboli for Salamander Farm set the pace with a clear
round in 72.031, but ended up 5th. Anne Kursinski of Frenchtown,
NJ, riding Sincere for Meralex Farm took over the lead two trips
later, clocking in clean at 65.844 but her time proved only good
enough for 4th. Chapot and Sprite went 12th in the order and raced
over the jumps in the unbeatable time of 59.697, which held up for
the win. Finishing up the roster, Kursinski took another shot at
the lead with Faldo for Robin Hill Farm, and broke the beam clean
in 60.373, but had to settle for second place. Going 23rd in the
order, Niall Grimes of Ireland aboard Mazepa for owner Melissa Decastor
put in one last effort to catch Chapot and cleared the course in
64.220, but finished in third place.
Welles And Octavius Win $20,000 1.50m Classic
Welles of Pound Ridge, NY, riding Octavius for owner International
Jumpers LLC won the $20,000 1.50-Meter Classic on Friday, April
2. Welles topped a class of 29 entries and was the fastest of three
clear performances in a six-horse jump-off. Callan Solem of Colts
Neck, NJ, aboard Mianta for Quiet Winter Farm placed second. Alison
Firestone of Upperville, VA, riding Sansierra for owners Mr. and
Mrs. Bertram Firestone was third.
Luc Musette designed the course, starting off with a Round One track
of 15-efforts that included three double combinations 3AB,
9AB, and 11AB but no triple, with Time Allowed set at 80
seconds. The second of the three combinations caught the most riders
on course, with nine horses faulting at that fence, however the
big eliminator proved to be the time factor which ruled out 11 horses.
Six horses went clear for the tiebreaker.
eight-effort Jump-Off limited Time Allowed to 50 seconds. Solem
led off with Mianta and set the pace with a clear round in 42.766,
but her time proved to be only good enough for second place. Laura
Kraut aboard Joyous for the Summit Partners picked up the pace with
her time of 41.986, but she had the second fence down and placed
4th. Michael Morrissey riding Gera 28 for Eugene R. Mische incurred
eight faults in 47.515 to take the 6th place ribbon. Then Welles
took to the field and posted a clear round in 41.894 with Octavius
taking over the lead and keeping it for the remainder of
the class. Clare Bronfman riding Limmitaire for Slate River Farm
notched eight faults in 43.660 seconds, finishing 5th. Giving the
leader a run for his money, Firestone and Sansierra were last to
go and broke the beam clean in 43.811 but had to settle for third
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