Michael Morrissey Consistently Winning in the Equitation Classes
FL March 1, 2003 Three weeks of the Winter Equestrian
Festival thus far have offered equitation classes. Equitation judges
the riders skills and mastery of the basics of riding. The
Washington International Horse Show Equitation Classic contains
two phases: a Hunter Phase, and a Jumper Phase. Michael Morrissey
has had an impressive record during this Festival and in the WIHS
Equitation Classic, this week he won the overall high score. Last
week he won overall high score in the WIHS Equitation Classic and
during week 3 he won the class. The only other week the class was
offered was the first week of showing, and Michael won the Jumper
Phase and was third overall. A very consistent performance by Michael
right at the top.
addition, Michael has been very successful and impressive in the
other equitation classes including:
1, Nutrena - 2nd in USA Equestrian Hunt Seat Medal, 2nd in the BET/USET
Talent Search, 6th in the ASPCA Maclay medal
2, Bayer - no equitation offered
3, Kilkenny - 2nd BET/USET Talent Search, 3rd in the ASPCA Maclay,
4th in the USA Medal
4, Hunter Week - no equitation offered
5, Zada - 1st in the BET/USET Talent Search, 2nd in the ASPCA Maclay
Week, Tommy Week 1st in the BET/USET Talent Search, the Medal
and Maclay will be held on Sunday.
$20,000 1.5 m Classic was the feature class in the Internationale
Arena today and consisted of a large field of 55 competitors. Eighteen
of those were clear in the first round and came back in the jump-off
to race against the clock. Royal Discovery and Markus Beerbaum were
third to return in the jump-off and produced a clear round in a
very fast time of 34.191 seconds. This lead held throughout the
class until the very last horse to compete beat his time. McLain
Ward riding his own horse, Galant, went clear in a time of 33.459
seconds to win the class. Galant is a chestnut warmblood gelding
from Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone own Royal Discovery.
Millcreeks Raphael with Eric Lamaze riding was third.
Zeidler Anderson performed a one-two punch today in the $15,000
High Amateur-Owner Jumpers. Tani rode Illusion to the win and she
rode Van Holland to second place.
with Wendy Dixon riding won Amateur Adult Jumpers 36 and over. In
the Amateur Adult Jumpers 18-35, Pashmina won with Pamela Suskind
All results are posted daily at www.stadiumjumping.com.
to the Winter Equestrian Festival are available by phone at 793-JUMP
or at the gate. Admission is free on Wednesdays. Children 12 &
under are free all days. Senior admission is $5 every day. Adult
admission is $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15
on Sunday. Parking is free.
Equestrian Festival Dates:
(Each week runs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM)
Bahama Palm Beach Open February 26 March 2
Cosequin Wellington Finale March 5 9
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic March 13
March 9, competitors move to Tampa to continue the Winter Equestrian
for Tampa Winter Equestrian Festival
(Each week of competition runs Wed - Sun beginning at 8:00 AM)
Internationale March 13-16
Tampa Bay Classic March 19-23 CSI***/W
Tournament of Champions March 25-29 CSI**/W
American Invitational March 29 in Raymond James Stadium
for Winter Equestrian Festival at Tampa Fairgrounds are Wednesday
through Friday $5. Children under 12 years are free. Saturday and
Sunday Adult tickets are $10. Seniors and Students are $5 all days.
For schedule, directions and information visit www.stadiumjumping.com.
for the Budweiser American Invitational, March 29 at Raymond James
Stadium are available at Ticket Master (813) 287-8844 or at Stadium
Jumping (877) 909-9436.