NEWS FROM THE 2001 COSEQUIN WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL
Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club
Wellington Cup Captured by South Carolina Rider
WELLINGTON, FLORIDA -- February 4, 2001 - Aaron Vale of Rembert, South Carolina proved he was a quick study, winning the $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup Sunday in only his second week competing at the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival. The 32-year-old Vale, riding Elan Coriana, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gray mare, turned in double-clear rounds with a jump-off time of 36.865 seconds to earn $15,000. Gabriella Salick of Thousand Oaks, California, aboard 16-year-old Dutch-bred gray mare Sandstone Dorina, finished second by eight-tenths of a second and earned $11,000. Only five riders out of 47 advanced to the jump-off.
This was Vale's first visit to the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival since 1986. "We only planned to be here for the first two weeks and then go back to Ocala," said Vale. "We wanted to use this to learn where everything is, sort of a two-week spy mission. We got the job done in the ring."Vale said he plans to rejoin the circuit in Tampa and hopefully compete in the American Invitational and then return to Wellington for the AGA Championships.
The grand prix will be shown on ESPN2 on February 17 at 6 p.m.