Kappler And Royal Kaliber Win $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup, CSI***
FL - February 8, 2004 - It was an early birthday present for Chris
Kappler who will turn 38 tomorrow - he picked up his first Grand
Prix win at the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida,
today. Riding Royal Kaliber owned by Kathy Kamine, Kappler topped
a field of 37 entries in the $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup,
CSI***. More than 5,200 fans were in the stands to witness a competition
that showcased two of America's best hopefuls for the Olympic Games
- Kappler, and McLain Ward who placed second on Sapphire. OLN recorded
the competition for broadcast at a later date.
think he's sizing up different distances to see what he's going
to slam us with in the Olympics," said Kappler of course designer
Olaf Petersen's demanding tracks - Petersen will also build the
courses at the summer Athens Olympic Games. "We were a little
bit guinea pigs today to see what he's got planned for us in the
13-fence Round One track included a double at Fence 3 and a triple
at 11 that caught a majority of riders. Four riders were eliminated
on course and two riders chose to retire. "In my opinion 3A
was difficult because it was a little blind - they had an island
of standards and flowers. People sort of whipped around the island
and the horses were a little surprised by that combination,"
Kappler explained about 3AB's difficulty. He noted with a laugh
what the challenge of the triple was. "You had a very big triple
bar with a terrible distance to the triple combination. I don't
know how many feet it was, but no matter how you did it, it didn't
seem to come nice. It was a difficult four [strides] or super-steady
five and it was just hard to do either way." Kappler said he
planned and executed the five.
planned and executed the four, though he joked that he adamantly
disagreed with Kappler on the strides during the course walk. "The
key to that line was pick one or the other and execute," said
Ward. "The people that were wishy-washy and were deciding when
they turned the corner is where the problems were."
riders went clear for the Jump-Off. Petersen introduced two new
fences for the nine-effort tiebreaker and set time allowed at 69
seconds. Argentinean Federerico Sztyrle, 39, of Sagaponack, NY,
led off on Who Knows Lilly owned by Sag Pond Farm, with a time of
46.28 and a four-fault rail, finishing in third place. Kimberly
Frey, 39, of Hume, VA, attempted the test next, but went off course
and was eliminated, and had to settle for fourth place. Kappler
of Pittstown, NJ, and Royal Kaliber laid down the first clear round
in 44.28, which proved to be unbeatable and gave them the victory.
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.
horse made a green mistake in the jump-off," explained Ward.
"In the second jump on the landing where those large Cosequin
bottles are, you had to try to slice inside them - she's a little
inexperienced and she saw the bottles and cut down on the jump behind.
But it's a mistake I can chalk up to a learning experience. I was
thrilled. I thought the course was very demanding today. There were
some great horses in the jump-off and she performed beautifully."
was gracious about his unsuccessful shot at another win to add to
his five-victory streak so far at WEF. "I would have liked
to have won, but to lose to Chris and Royal Kaliber is not such
a bad thing. It is, in my opinion, the best combination in the world.
My horse and I are building towards the Olympics. I have three great
horses but ideally if everything goes right this is the horse I'd
like to go to the Games on."
has three Grand Prix horses - Royal Kaliber, Primeur, and Profox
- for the 10-week circuit which culminates at the American Invitational
in April, but chose the 12-year-old bay Dutch stallion for today's
competition as part of his overall plan. Kappler noted that he keeps
a legal pad of master plans for all of his horses, adjusting their
schedules each week. "I have his schedule mapped out. I started
with the Invitational and worked my way backwards. I like to get
going early on in the circuit with the horses because it's easier
to back off than it is to catch up." Kappler said Royal Kaliber's
next class is in two weeks - a World Cup Preliminary Competition
- the $60,000 Idle Dice Classic on February 22 at the Palm Beach
Polo Equestrian Club.
also pointed out that this being an Olympic year impacts all of
the riders who are hopefuls. "We really need to go as a country
and do well. It's important that everybody is competitive in every
class and drives each other on to be the very best so that we get
the very best horse/rider combinations for Athens."
Goutal And Marga Win $10,000 High Junior Jumper Classic
In earlier competition in the Internationale Arena, Brianne Goutal
rode Marga for Beacon Hill Partners to victory in the $10,000 High
Junior Jumper Classic, besting a field of 24 entries. Junior Jumpers
are riders that have not yet reached their 18th birthday.
horses went clean over the 12-fence Round One course and qualified
for the Jump-off. It proved to be a battle between Goutal and Addison
Phillips -- both riders had two mounts.
led off over the seven-effort tiebreaker aboard Onira owned by Cloverleaf
Farm, and set the pace with a clear round in 34.214. Next to go,
Phillips edged Goutal out of the top spot with a clear trip aboard
her own Cantus Anuberth II, clocking in at 34.214. Aimee Aron chased
the leaders and caught them, shaving two seconds off the time when
she clocked in at 32.091, but a rail down placed her fifth. Dorothy
Grubb went next and had the fastest time, 32.050, riding Ria 56
for owner Kinloch Enterprises, but had the unfortunate last rail
down and ended up fourth. Goutal returned on Marga and snatched
the lead back with her clear trip in 33.859. Phillips had one more
shot at the win, but started off her second mount, Rastella owned
by Halifax Farm, with the first fence down and a time of 34.627,
which placed her sixth.
finished in the money on three mounts - the teenager racked up $4,300
in prize money. She won with Marga earning $3,000; placed third
with Onira for a $1,000 paycheck; and also took the 11th place slot
aboard Mon Gamin for Cloverleaf Farm, pocketing $300.
full results of today's classes, visit www.stadiumjumping.com
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
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 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