Wrap Up For Winter Equestrian Festival
Week 9, March 24-28, Tampa Bay Classic
FL March 29, 2004 The ninth week of the 10-week 32nd
Winter Equestrian Festival entitled Tampa Bay Classic was held March
24-28 at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, Florida. Guilherme
Nogueira Jorge of Brazil was the course designer for the covered
arena, Luc Musette built the tracks in the Jumper Annex, and Philip
DeVita designed the Grand Hunter Ring and Indoor Arena.
2004 Winter Equestrian Festival wraps up in Tampa next week, March
30 through April 3, with the Tournament of Champions CSI-W at the
Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, and caps off with the $200,000 Budweiser
American Invitational Presented by Publix and The Tampa Tribune
on April 3 at the Raymond James Stadium. Total prize money for the
2004 WEF is three-million-dollars. Produced by founder Eugene R.
Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc., the Winter Equestrian Festival
is the largest and longest consecutively running equestrian sporting
event in the world.
Madden And DeSilvio Win $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, Presented By
highlight of the Tampa Bay Classic was Sunday, March 28, which featured
the $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, Presented By Kilkenny/ICH. Beezie
Madden, 40, of Cazenovia, NY, riding DeSilvio for owner Abigail
Wexner bested a field of 36 riders to claim victory. Madden and
DeSilvio were the fastest of six double-clear performances, topping
the nine-horse Jump-Off. Derek Petersen, 37, of Archer, FL, aboard
his own Promised Land placed second. Alison Firestone, 27, of Upperville,
VA, riding Casanova for owners Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone placed
third. The Grand Prix was a World Cup Qualifier, a Final Qualifying
Class for the Budweiser American Invitational, and a Qualifying
Competition for the AGA Grand Prix Series.
Guilherme Nogueira Jorge designed a Round One course of 16-efforts
that included a double at No. 7 and a triple at No. 10 with Time
Allowed set at 88 seconds. It suited my horse. The triple
combination, which was a little bit scopey for some he does
that easy and he was very ride-able today, said Madden. Almost
half the field was unable to clear the triple with 17 horses logging
faults. The last jump in the first round, a plank with no set distance,
was the test of the course, according to Petersen, and
caught eight riders.
the Jump-Off, Firestone led off the roster of nine horses and posted
a clear round with Casanova in 38.91 over the eight-effort tiebreaker
with time allowed set at 48 seconds. Firestones lead was short-lived
when Madden took to the ring next with DeSilvio and shaved almost
a full second off her time, going clean in 37.95. Maddens
pace held up as the next seven riders chased her time, but she could
not be caught, even with four more clear trips. Coming closest was
Petersen and Promised Land who clocked in at 38.10, claiming second
place and edging Firestone into third.
noted that her mount is still learning to make adjustments, which
formed her Jump-Off strategy. Hes learning to be clever
but switching gears is difficult for him so I just tried to set
the pace on my approach to fence one and tried to keep it the same.
Thats the way I can be fastest with him because if I have
to hold up and then start again I lose time with him.
Derek Petersen, the second place finish earned him $16,500, and
moved him up in the standings for the American Invitational from
39th to 14th place with total earnings of $19,750, allowing him
to compete in the $200,000 class on April 3 with Promised Land
a longtime dream of his. Originally from Pennsylvania, Petersen
grew up in South Africa, and upon returning to the US in 1986 got
his first job working for Gene Misches jump crew at
the American Invitational. I had no money and I told the other
guys Im going to be riding in this one day and
they thought it was kind of funny, said Petersen.
was ranked 8th in the standings for the American Invitational and
with her earnings on Sunday, $9,750, she tallied up to $43,650,
which moved her up to 7th place. She plans to ride Casanova in the
was a member of the 2003 Pan American Gold Medal winning team and
already had an automatic invite to the American Invitational, but
her win added $22,500 to her total earnings for the 2004 WEF, giving
her $56,325. She plans to ride Authentic in the American Invitational.
the class was a World Cup Qualifier, all three riders said they
were not aiming to compete in the Milan, Italy, event April 21-25.
Firestone and Madden are focusing their mounts on the Athens Olympic
Selection Trials in California in May.
Wednesday Through Saturday
And Kappler Notch Wins On Opening Day
day, March 24, of the Tampa Bay Classic saw Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee,
FL, aboard Sasha for owner Harry R. Gill claim victory in the $7,500
1.45 Meter Time First Jump Off class. Minikus and Sasha were the
fastest clear round in a seven-horse jump-off.
Kappler of Pittstown, NJ, riding Korina, a mare he owns with Pro
Jump, won the $5,000 1.40 Meter Time First Jump Off. Kappler and
Korina were the fastest clear round in a 15-horse jump-off.
Firestone And Iceburg Win $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series, Round
Thursday, March 25, Alison Firestone, 27, of Upperville, VA, riding
Iceburg owned by Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone, won the $25,000
WEF Challenge Cup Series, Round VIII, besting a class of 59 entries.
Firestone placed third with Casanova, also owned by her parents.
Laura Chapot, 30, of Neshanic Station, NJ, aboard her own Little
Big Man placed second. Six horses cleared Round One and qualified
for the Jump-Off. Going fourth in the tiebreaker order, Firestone
aboard Iceburg was the first to post a clear trip in 41.43, which
held up for the win. The ring took a brief break while she readied
her second mount, Casanova, then posted a clear trip on him as well,
though their slower time of 45.87 left them in third place. Last
to go, Chapot posted the third double-clear performance of the day
with Little Big Man, but breaking the beam just splits behind the
leader at 41.42 they had to settle for second place. With a fast
clear already in place aboard Iceburg, Firestone did not ask for
full steam on Casanova. I knew that there was only Laura left
in the jump-off, so I just went for a slow clear with him. I figured
that at the worst we would get third with the clear round. I didnt
stress him quite as much going full, full speed, explained
Firestone, but also noted, Actually Iceburg is the faster
of the two horses. If Id gone full speed on Casanova, I dont
think I would have been as fast as I was on Iceburg. Iceburg is
extremely quick. Iceburg is a 14-year-old, gray Dutch gelding
And Smith Clinch Hunter Championships
in the day on Thursday, Louise Serio riding True/Balanchine for
owner Fashion Farm and Gregory Mongo claimed the Championship in
the Pre-Green Working Hunter 33. Following two days
of competition the duo notched a red ribbon in the Under Saddle,
and over fences earned second, fifth, and first to clinch the tri-color.
Smith riding Noir for owner Mrs. Quentin Alexander won the First
Year Green Working Hunter Championship. After two days of competition,
Smith and Noir placed eighth in the Under Saddle, and over fences
claimed two seconds, a third, and won the class today, securing
Welles And Octavius Win $5,000 1.40m Acorn Hill Farm Challenge
Friday, March 26, Jeffrey Welles of Pound Ridge, NY, riding Octavius
for International Jumpers LLC won the $5,000 Acorn Hill Farm Challenge
besting 27 entries. The 1.40m speed class is a member event of the
North American League (NAL) Open Speed Series. Mary Lisa Leffler
riding Graf Rossini S for Bruce Chovnick LLC went sixth in the order
and posted the first clear trip in 73.552, but her lead was short-lived
and she ended up third. Welles went 10th in the order aboard Octavius,
an eight-year-old, dark brown Dutch stallion by Jumbo Jet, and blazed
around the course fault-free in 67.445, which proved to be unbeatable,
though three more riders went clean. Seven-time Olympian Ian Miller
of Perth, Ontario, aboard Sweet Dreams owned by Scotia Farms broke
the beam at 70.969, but still three seconds slower than Welles,
the time put him in second place. Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station,
NJ, posted the fastest trip, crossing the timers in 66.230 aboard
Sprite, but a rail down put her sixth.
Healey And Laurin Win $2,500 Junior Jumper High
in the day on Friday, Leigh Healey of Mt. Holly, NY, topped a class
of 16 entries aboard Laurin owned by Mary Alexis Healey to claim
victory in the $2,500 Junior Jumper High Power & Speed. She
was one of only two riders to post clear rounds in both the Power
and Speed phases. Nine riders were able to clear the Power phase
and move on to the Speed phase. Charlie Jayne of Elgin, IL, riding
Champion for owner Alex R. Jayne, was the only other fault-free
performer in the class. Jayne had the lead from his 11th place start
in the order, clearing the Speed phase in 49.618. Going last in
the order, Healey left all the fences up in the Power phase, and
then conquered the Speed phase in 45.661 seconds, more than four
seconds faster than Jayne, which gave her the win. Third place went
to Sloane Coles riding Cloud Nine for Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Patton
of Cedarburg, WI, who had the fastest time of all the riders in
the Speed phase, breaking the beam at 44.390, but a rail down kept
her out of the winners circle.
Carpenter And Augustus Win $2,500 Amateur-Owner Jumper High
on Friday, Abigail Carpenter of Greenwich, CT, riding her own Augustus
bested a class of 11 entries to win the $2,500 Amateur-Owner Jumper
High, a two-phase Power & Speed competition. Six riders cleared
the Power phase and moved on to the Speed phase. Going fifth in
the order, Carpenter posted two clear trips, crossing the timers
in the Speed phase at 48.944, which proved to be a time no one could
catch. Megan Moran of Malvern, PA, riding her own Mr. Happy came
closest, breaking the beam in the Speed phase at 51.657 for second
place. Cara Cheska of Waukesha, WI, aboard Modra owned by Donald
Cheska was the only other rider to post a double clear performance.
Cheskas time in the Speed phase was 52.961, which placed her
And Hofstetter Secure Hunter Championships
the hunters on Friday, Ken Smith of Wellington, FL, riding Carmen
for owner Millridge LLC won the Regular Working Hunter Championship.
After two days of competition, Carmen placed third in the Under
Saddle and in the over fences classes logged two wins and two second
place finishes to clinch the Championship. Louise Serio riding Gray
Slipper for Bridget Hallman was the Reserve.
Hofstetter of Ocala, FL, riding Paladyne for owner MatchMaker Farm
claimed the Regular Conformation Hunter Championship after two days
of classes. Paladyne placed second in the model, and over fences
earned fourth, second, and two first place ribbons to secure the
Championship. Ken Smith aboard Westcliffe owned by Christy Russo
and Elizabeth Russo was the Reserve.
Ashe And Lutopia Win $20,000 1.5m Classic
Saturday, March 27, Molly Ashe, 33, of Wellington, FL, riding Lutopia
for owner Jane Forbes Clark won the $20,000 1.5 Meter Classic. Ashe
topped a field of 41 entries. Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI, aboard
Miss Independent for the Pasmore Stables placed second. Kate Levy
of South Salem, NY, in the irons on her own Lydia placed third.
This is my Olympic hopeful horse, said Ashe of the 11-year-old
Dutchbred chestnut mare by Gentleman. The pair exhibited at only
one Grand Prix during the 2004 WEF and todays class was their
return to competition. I want to jump her in the Invitational
so I was letting her do her thing, which is let her go and stay
out of her way. She rose to the occasion. She was right back where
she should be, so that was a big sigh of relief. Ashe is a
two-time winner of the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational
with Kroon Gravin. This is the heir to the throne, Ashe
said of Lutopia. Twelve horses went clean for the jump-off, including
two of Ashes three mounts. Coming back first for the tiebreaker,
Ashe aboard Naomi had eight jumping and one time fault, ending up
in 12th place. Going fifth in the order, Kate Levy and Lydia posted
the first clear trip in 39.891. Ashe was next with Lutopia and shaved
more than four seconds off Levys time, clocking in clean at
35.722, which held up through the efforts of the remaining six riders,
including three more clear rounds. Kraut riding Miss Independent
clocked in clear at 36.014 for second place. Ashe said she was faster
everywhere in the tiebreaker. That mare is incredibly fast.
Just her natural tempo is very, very fast, said Ashe of Lutipia.
She slices and cuts with you.
Garcia And Solo Win Childrens Jumper
earlier competition on Saturday, Erica Garcia riding Solo for owner
Alex Jayne won the $500 Childrens Jumper 13 & Under, topping
a class of 36 horses. Eleven horses went clean over the Round One
course and qualified for the Jump-Off. Going second in the tiebreaker,
Garcia set the pace with the first clear round, clocking in at 28.181,
well under the 43-second Time Allowed, which held up through the
next nine riders, including four more clear trips. Finishing just
splits behind the winner were Margaret Lenfest aboard Spendid for
owner Stephanie McCarron, who broke the beam at 28.434 for second
place; and Nicole Lakin in the irons on Kick The Clouds for Rolling
Acres Farm and Mary Lisa Leffler, who also rode fault-free, clocking
in at 28.960 for third.
54 Claims AA Working Hunter 18-35 Championship
the hunter ring on Saturday, March 27, Studio 54 with Kara Flynn
up claimed the Adult Amateur Working Hunter 18-35 Championship after
two days of competition over fences and on the flat. Damascus ridden
by Lynley Reilly was the Reserve.
complete results visit www.stadiumjumping.com
WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL SPECTATOR INFORMATION
days for the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival in Tampa, FL, are Wednesday
through Sunday, March 24-28, and Wednesday through Saturday, March
30-April 3. Gates open at 8:00am and action continues through late
afternoon. The Bob Thomas Equestrian Center is located off Orient
Road at the Tampa Fairgrounds. Admission and parking are free. For
additional information, visit www.stadiumjumping.com.
ticket information for the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational
Presented by Publix and The Tampa Tribune, visit www.TicketMaster.com
or call (813) 253-2782 or Toll-Free (877) 909-9436. Ticket prices
range from $20 to $70 for reserved seating at the Raymond James
WEF SCHEDULE OF COMPETITIONS
30 - April 3 Tournament of Champions CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian
3 Budweiser American Invitational (Raymond James Stadium)
2004 MILLION DOLLAR GRAND PRIX SERIES
3 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational,
Presented by Publix and The Tampa Tribune
JUMPER CLASSIC CSI****
Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
9 -11 Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI****
11 $150,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte For the Charlotte Bobcat Cup