Wins $50,000 Bayer/USET Foundation Wellington Cup
NJFebruary 10, 2004Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ, rode
Kathy Kamines Royal Kaliber to the win in the $50,000 Bayer/USET
Foundation Wellington Cup, February 8, at the Winter Equestrian
Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington,
FL. A crowd of more than 5,200 spectators gathered at the show grounds
on Grand Prix Sunday to watch two of Americas best hopefuls
for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games Kappler and McLain Ward
compete for the win.
Olaf Petersen, course designer for the 2004 Olympic Games, set a
difficult 13-obstacle first-round course for the starting field
of 37 horse-and-rider combinations. Only four riders went clear
in the first round to qualify for the jump-off.
introduced two new fences for the nine-effort tiebreaker and set
a time allowed of 69 seconds. Argentinean Federerico Sztyrle, 39,
of Sagaponack, NY, led off on Who Knows Lilly owned by Sag Pond
Farm, and finished with a time of 46.28 seconds and a four-fault
score, ultimately finishing in third place. Kimberly Frey, 39, of
Hume, VA, rode next, but went off course and was eliminated, and
had to settle for fourth place.
and Royal Kaliber laid down the first and only clear round of the
jump-off and finished in 44.28, which proved to be unbeatable. Last
to go, McLain Ward, 28, of Brewster, NY, riding Sapphire, a mare
he owns with Double H Farm and Missy Clark, had the second fence
down and clocked in at 44.82 for second place.
made history twice in 2003 when, on consecutive weekends, he won
the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational and the AGA Show Jumping
Championships. He was the first ever to sweep these two events back
to back. Kappler was then one of two riders chosen subjectively
for the show jumping team representing the United States at the
2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.
This marked the first time since 1990 that any places on a U.S.
show jumping team competing at a continental or world championship
or Olympic Games went to riders chosen subjectively. Kappler and
Royal Kaliber confirmed the strength of the Selectors' recommendation
by winning the Grand Prix at Devon in Devon, PA, at the end of May.
He then went on to win a team Gold Medal and an individual Silver
Medal in the 2003 Pan American Games. Following the Pan Am Games,
Kappler and Royal Kaliber continued their winning ways by winning
the American Gold Cup in Devon, PA.
year was a fabulous season for me and Royal Kaliber, Kappler
said. I am very thankful to be paired with this wonderful
horse. I am thrilled with this victory as we start out this Olympic
year. Hopefully with a little luck, we can continue the success
that we had last year.
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