Wins $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational at Cosequin
Winter Equestrian Festival
FLApril 2, 2002Molly Ashe of Wellington, FL, and her
10-year-old Dutch Warmblood bay mare, Kroon Gravin, defeated a field
of 30 starters to win the 30th annual $200,000 Budweiser American
Invitational, presented by the Tampa Tribune, at Raymond James Stadium.
Ashe, it marked her second consecutive win in the Budweiser American
Invitational, allowing her to join Michelle McEvoy Grubb as the
only riders to win the nations most respected Grand Prix two
years in a row. McEvoy won the title on Sundancer in 1974 and 1975.
was one of only 3 horse-and-rider combinations to jump a clean first
round and advance to the jump-off. Ashe was then the only one to
go clean over the eight-obstacle jump-off course, crossing the timers
in 45.376 seconds.
U.S. Olympian, Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI and Anthem, an 11-year-old
Dutch-bred gelding, placed second. They finished the jump-off in
a faster time than Ashe, 45.185 seconds, but Anthem pulled a rail
at the second fence for a 4-fault penalty. Gabriella Salick of Thousand
Oaks, CA rode Sandstone Laurin, a 12-year-old Dutch-bred stallion,
to a third-place finish despite blazing the trail with the fastest
time of 44.915 seconds. However, knockdowns at the last two fences
gave them a penalty of 8 faults and a third place finish.
"I felt like I had grown feathers. Kroon Gravin was just flying.
This is an amazing feeling to win consecutive Budweiser American
Invitationals. Kroonie just loves this arena. She seemed to remember
last year and knew exactly what she needed to do. She has been out
of competition for about eight months. It is so great to have her
back and know that she is feeling well. I have been so worried about
her. She was having ovary problems and there were times that we
thought we might lose her. Winning tonight is so special,"
said Ashe of her victory. The pair won $60,000 for their efforts.
Earlier that day Kraut took first in the $10,000 Cosequin 1.50m
Classic. Kraut won the blue ribbon aboard May, with the only double
clear rounds and a jump-off time of 41.67 seconds. Paige Rassas
placed second with her mount, Chica Bay, after the duo rode the
only other clear first round and completed the jump-off faster than
Kraut, in 40.61 seconds, but pulled a rail for a four-fault finish.
Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY finished third and fourth. Her third
place finish was aboard Conquest II and for fourth place she was
up on Cloud Nine.
1997 Budweiser American Invitational winner, Todd Minikus and his
mount, Gardenio blazed their way into the winners circle in
the $7,500 Cosequin 1.45m Class. Gardenio, a nine-year-old Hanoverian
gelding owned by YZ Partners of Wellington, FL and Minikus, was
one of only two entries to have double fault-free rides. The pair
blistered the jump-off track and took the lead with a time of 41.339
seconds for a first place finish. Second place by less than one
second went to Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ. Chapot and
Green Card, a ten year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Dellwood
and Chado Farms, were the only other pair to jump double-clean rounds,
finishing their fault-free ride in just 41.631 seconds in the jump-off
round. Chapot also took third place up on her mount Warren II, an
11 year-old gelding owned by Starwyn Farms, LLC of New York City.
They crossed the timers in their jump-off round in only 39.653 seconds,
but had four faults, putting them in the third slot.
Sheila Burke took top honors in the $30,000 Ariat WEF Challenge
Cup - CSI-W. Burke of Elmira, NY, up on Jamison, an 11-year-old
Dutch-bred gelding, owned by Athlon Partners, blistered the track
with double clear rounds and a finishing jump-off time of 49.18
seconds. Burke and Jamison were one of only 7 clear rounds out of
the 51 initial horse-and-rider combinations to advance to the sudden
death jump-off round over this Final World Cup qualifier course.
Mark Samuel of Canada and Darios V, an 11-year-old Selle Francais
gelding owned by Chadburn Holdings of Ontario, Canada, finished
less than one second behind Burke after a double clear performance
and stopped the timers in 49.46 seconds for second place. Third
place went to fellow Canadian Mac Cone and his mount Cocu, the 10-year-old
Holsteiner mare. They turned in the only other double clear rounds
a time of 50.33 seconds.
Jeffery Welles of Pound Ridge, NY, and Labelle, an 8-year-old mare,
jumped into the winner's circle in the $5,000 1.40m AmeriChoice
(NAL) Challenge. Welles turned in a clear round over the 12-obstacle
(15 efforts) jumping course in 65.94 seconds. Second place went
to 1998 AGA Rider of the Year McLain Ward who is currently leading
the standings for this year in the AGA and placed first in the 2002
USA East Coast League World Cup standings. Ward and his mount, Aristo
53 rode to a fault-free performance and completed the course in
67.72 seconds. Beezie Madden finished third on Conquest II. They
turned in a clear round and time of 70.60 seconds.
The 2002 Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival returns to Wellington
for the culminating eventthe American Grandprix Association
BUDWEISER AMERICAN INVITATIONAL
Tampa, Florida -March 30, 2002
Course Designer: Steve Stephens (United States)
Placing/Horse Rider Home Score Purse
1. KROON GRAVIN Molly Ashe Wellington, FL 0-0-45.376 $60,000
2. ANTHEM Laura Kraut Oconomowoc, WI 0-4-45.185 44,000
3. SANDSTONE LAURIN Gabriella Salick Thousand Oaks, CA 0-8-44.915
4. VIKTOR McLain Ward Brewster, NY 4 16,000
5. CARLING KING Kevin Babington IRELAND 4 12,000
6. GLASGOW Norman Dello Joio Wellington, FL 4 10,000
LADDIDOR Francie S. Carvin La Canada, CA 4 8,000
8. PINKATA DE LONGPRE Mark Leone Glen Rock, NJ 4 6,000
9. EROS Anne Kursinski Frenchtown, NJ 4 6,000
10. HIDDEN CREEK'S PERIN Margie Engle Wellington, FL 8 4,000
11. JASHAR Jeffery Welles Pound Ridge, NY 8 4,000
12. ROYAL KALIBER Chris Kappler Pittstown, NJ 8 4,000
more information on the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival and
all the exciting events and activities, please call Stadium Jumping,
Inc. at (813) 253-2782 or in Wellington at (561) 793-JUMP or visit