Ward Victorious Again! This Victory With Viktor!
FL March 23 - McLain Ward won the $60,000 Grand Prix of Tampa
riding Viktor., McLain finished first and second on Hurricane and
Labelle in the 1.50 m Class the day before this class.
horses qualified for the timed jump-off out of a field of 35 competitors
in the Grand Prix of Tampa. But McLain and Viktor were the last
to go in the jump-off and beat the time of the only other clean
round in the jump-off. Candice King and Calsikan were the other
clear and finished 2nd. Viktor is a Dutch Warmblood gelding owned
by Harry R. Gill and McLain Ward. Viktor won $18,000 for his victory
today. But today was important as it was the last event to qualify
riders for the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational and this
class was a World Cup Qualifier as well. McLain already tops the
list of qualifiers for both the Invitational and the World Cup.
Guilherme Nogueira Jorge of Brazil was the course designer and the
course proved worthy of a World Cup Class with penalties spread
about the course.
the Hunter arenas, Small Junior Hunter Champions were Meestraal
with Sloane Coles riding for Martha Fruehauf in the 15 & Under
division. In the 16-17 division, Skyy was Champion with owner/rider
the Large Junior Hunters the Jayne family dominated; Clementine
was Champion with Haylie Jayne riding for Alex R. Jayne in the 15
& Under division. In the 16-17 division, In Sync was Champion
with Charlie Jayne riding for owner Alex R. Jayne.
the ponies, Miss Australia was Champion Small Pony Hunter with owner/rider
Lauren Hogan. Look at Me was Medium Pony Hunter Champion with Alex
Skiffington riding for Julianna Fischer. Time to Talk was Large
Pony Hunter Champion with owner/rider Molly Sullivan.
results are posted at www.stadiumjumping.com.
$200,000 Budweiser American Invitational will be held March 29,
Saturday, at 7:00 PM in the Raymond James Stadium. Thirty horses
will be invited by the amount of money won during the Winter Equestrian
Festival in designated classes. This class has one of the largest
purses of any Grand Prix type competition in this nation.
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.
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 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
Budweiser American Invitational March 29 in Raymond James Stadium