Clara Lindner And Priceless Win Amateur-Owner Hunter
18-35 Championship, Section A
FL - January 31, 2004 - "My horses are all really good in the
mud, actually, they're used to it. We've been in the mud a lot,"
said Clara Lindner, 18, of Cincinnati, Ohio, winner of the Amateur-Owner
Hunter 18-35 Championship, Section A, at the Winter Equestrian Festival
in Wellington, Florida, today. Rains that commenced yesterday and
continued throughout the day in the 'Sunshine State' created soupy
conditions, but did not hinder Ms. Lindner's performances. "It's
a little harder. Everything is a little slower and we get stuck
in there some times, but my horses are all generally really good
with it." Ms. Lindner brought six horses from her family's
All Seasons Farm to the Winter Equestrian Festival and earned the
Championship aboard Priceless, an eight-year-old bay Dutch Warmblood
gelding that she's owned and ridden for two years. Ms. Lindner trains
with Tom Wright. Kilkenny Insurance Agency/ICH sponsors the Amateur-Owner
Working Hunter Division.
50 entries, the A-O Hunter 18-35 Championship was divided into two
25-horse sections, A and B; each group competed in four over-fences
classes and one under saddle class over two days in the Grand Hunter
Field to determine the Champion for each section. Ms. Lindner, a
senior in high school, is currently commuting between Wellington
and Cincinnati, but will show three back-to-back weekends next month.
With Priceless, Ms. Lindner placed second in her first over-fences
class, was out of the ribbons in the second class yesterday and
the first class today, and then won the under saddle and today's
over-fences class to clinch the Championship. "My first round
was very consistent," she explained, noting that Priceless
can usually claim the tricolor, "if you can get three good
ribbons over jumps. He's very dependable for the under saddle because
he's a really good mover so he is usually first or second in that."
She also credits her horse's temperament in the successful partnership.
"He has a really good personality. He loves to play with you.
He's really sweet and he loves attention."
championship was an especially rewarding win for Ms. Lindner as
it was her debut in the Amateur-Owners. "I feel really good
about it. It's my first show in the Amateurs so it's a great way
to start. I'm really happy with it."
rings were in action today at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club
show grounds, despite the rain. Three classes were scheduled for
the grass Internationale Arena, but in order to protect the field
from wear and tear under the soaking conditions, the Junior Jumper
High class and the Seniors Time First Jump-off class were moved
to other rings. The $20,000 1.50 Meter Classic will be re-scheduled
in the Internationale Arena at a later date.
For full results of today's classes, visit www.stadiumjumping.com
2004 WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL TICKET INFORMATION
Show 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
January 28 - February 1 Nutrena/Western Hay Wellington Classic CSI***
February 4 - 8 Bayer/USET Gold Coast Jumper Classic CSI***
February 5 - 8 Wellington Dressage (Qualifier for Olympic Selection
February 11 - 15 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale CSI***
February 18 - 22 Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular CSI-W/Y CSI-Ch
February 19 - 22 Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic
February 25 - 29 PDP Capital Wellington Masters CSI***
March 3 - 7 CN Wellington Open CSI-W
March 10 - 14 CSIO United States Cosequin Finale CSIO***
March 18 - 21 Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y
(Qualifier for Olympic Selection Trials)
March 24 - 28 Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian Center)
March 30 - April 3 Tournament of Champions CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian
April 3 Budweiser American Invitational (Raymond James Stadium)
2004 MILLION DOLLAR GRAND PRIX SERIES
February 1 $35,000 Farr XTN Grand Prix of Palm Beach, presented
by Western Hay, CSI**
February 8 $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup, CSI***
February 15 $50,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup, CSI***
February 22 $60,000 Idle Dice Classic, presented by Palm Beach Post,
February 29 $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup, CSI***
March 7 $75,000 CN Wellington Open presented by Estates of Wellington
March 12 $50,000 Samsung Nations' Cup, presented by CN, CSIO****
March 14 $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship, CSIO****
March 28 $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, presented by Kilkenny/ICH,
April 3 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The