The Ronnie Mutch Equitation Classic Necessitated
a Work Off of the Top Four
FL March 8, 2003 The Ronnie Mutch Equitation Classic
had 23 qualified riders competing all the crème de
la crème. Riders were scored by 2 Jumper Judges Mark
Leone and McLain Ward; and two Hunter Judges Kip Rosenthal
and Margie Hough. A score judged in the warm up area was added to
each round. After the first courese, 10 riders were asked to return.
They were to submit their own written course and then execute it.
There was one rider who did not receive a score in the second round
because she submitted and jumped 11 jumps when the specifications
of the class asked each rider to submit a course of 8 10
jumps. After the second round, four riders were asked to return
to the ring. At this time, only 8 points separated these four riders
overall scores. The top four were Whitney Roper, Courtney McKay,
Maggie McAlary and Sloan Coles.
the ring, they were asked to switch horses with no outside assistance.
Sloane Coles and Maggie McAlary switched horses and Courtney McKay
switched with Whitney Roper. At this point they were asked to jump
the first 8 jumps of the original course. No one was to leave the
ring. Sloan Coles returned first as the one with the lowest score,
followed by Maggie, Courtney and then Whitney. In the end, Whitney
maintained the top position and took home the Championship. Courtney
was Reserve Champion. Sloan Coles moved up from her work off to
third place and Maggie was fourth.
trainer, Missy Clark, summed it all up well before the class when
she was asked how do you prepare a student for this equitation classic?
Missy said Well, its what we have done all season that
prepares them for todays class. We were out at 6:30 this morning
doing gymnastics and different strides in lines but its what
you do all year that counts.
1.5 m Classics Today McLain Ward Wins Both and Laura Kraut
Second in Both
$20,000 1.5 m Classic saw 65 horses attempt the course with temperatures
in the 90s. In the jump-off of eleven horses, May with Laura
Kraut riding for Pasmore Stables was second back in the order. This
Swedish Warmblood mare and Laura sailed through the course in a
smooth and fast time of 38.992 seconds. She held that lead until
the very last horse in the jump-off. McLain Ward and Couletto K
James were the last in the jump-off and proved to be the best in
37.571 seconds. McLain was also third place with Hurricane who is
owned by Sarah B. Willeman and Turnabout Farm.
the $10,000 Cosequin 1.5 m Classic, McLain Ward won with Sasha and
Laura Kraut was again second riding Joyce 8. Sasha, a bay warmblood
mare, is owned by Harry R. Gill and McLain Ward. Joyce 8 is owned
by the Summit Partners.
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.
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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
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.