Wellington, FLFebruary 6, 2002For the tenth consecutive year, Windsome Farm sponsored the Dressage/Jumper Spectacular at the Wellington Dressage show, held in conjunction with the Bayer/USET Gold Coast Jumper Classic, at the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.
In this special $25,000 class, jumper and dressage riders change places. This year eleven teams competed. The jumper riders were required to ride Third Level Test 3, and dressage riders were required to jump a course of nine fences with heights not exceeding 3 6" in a "Hit and Hurry" course in the Grand Prix field. Bent Jensen and Anne Kursinski won for the fourth time. They have teamed up five times, and only once missed the win, and that year they placed second.
"Its lots of fun," said Kursinski, a three-time Olympian who has earned team Silver Medals in show jumping in 1988 and 1996. "I always look forward to riding with Bent. This has become an annual event for us. Bent always finds me a great horse to ride and I try to find him a good one. Hes such a great rider. Hes fearless and really goes for it. Hes terrific."
Kursinksi says she uses dressage quite a bit in her show jumping rides. "I did show dressage for many years in California while I was jumping, so its fun for me to do that again." Kursinksi placed fourth in the dressage phase with a score of 65.048% on the Holsteiner stallion, Davignport. "I can put her on any horse and she does great," said Jensen.
Jensen won the jumping phase on Beaudelair. "Its fun, its always fun," he said. "This year I stopped too early again but thank God it didnt change anything." Jensen said he only jumps once a year -- at this event, but he trained to jump when he was a youngster in Denmark. Jensen scored 26 points on course where every clear counted as two points and a knockdown as one point within a 60-second time limit. "Beaudelair is a childrens jumper thats won every class hes been in including this one," said Kursinksi.
The 2002 Consequin Winter Equestrian Festival offers 3 million in total prizes during an eleven-week series which runs in Wellington, FL (January 23-March 10) and Tampa, FL (March 13-March 31). The Festival hosts the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Saturday evening, March 30. The series then returns to Wellington for the culminating event-the American Grandprix Association Championship-April 3-7.