and Kursinski Jump To The Top At Garden State
NJMay 2, 2002 Although the rain created a muddy venue
on the second day of the Garden State Horse Show, held May 1-5 at
the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ, it didnt dampen
the spirits of the exhibitors.
Leone and Anne Kursinski started out strong this week in the main
ring, a successful warm-up for Saturdays $50,000 Garden State
Grand Prix. Leone of Greenwich, CT, piloted Clea Newmans Katrinka
to a blue-ribbon finish in Thursdays high preliminary jumper
class. The bay mare stopped the clock in a blistering 33.370 seconds,
blowing past second place Sincere ridden by Anne Kursinski of Flemington,
NJ. Sincere posted a 35.188 on the board. The gelding is owned by
Meralex Farm of Brandon, Florida.
Thursdays modified jumper class Laura Chapot, daughter of
Olympians Mary and Frank Chapot of Neshanic Station, bested a field
of 19 riding Warren II. The bay gelding, owned by Starwyn Farms
of New York, NY, cleared the six-fence jump off in 26.803. Finishing
second in 27.488 seconds was Leone riding Lataro. The bay gelding
is owned by the Lataro Group, also of Greenwich.
jumper riders, along with other United States Equestrian Team veterans
can be seen riding in Saturdays $50,000 Garden State Grand
Prix. Nona Garson, New Jersey resident and member of the Olympic
Team at Sydney, will attempt to defend her title with a second consecutive
win. The Grand Prix is scheduled for a 1:30 start.
the grand prix the $2500 John H. Fritz Challenge will showcase junior
and adult jumpers over fences 33 in height.
champions pinned so far include the green working hunter Colin ridden
by Scott Hofstetter. Colin is owned by Penelope Ayers of Far Hills,
NJ, and collected the tricolor with 40.5 points. In the regular
working hunter division Entitled collected the championship ridden
by Carol Hoffman. Entitled is owned by Market Street, Inc.
of the highlights in Fridays schedule of events is the Colonel
Saunders $10,000 Gamblers Choice class. The event is slated to run
after 5pm and is an exciting timed class in which riders are to
accrue points in 60 seconds over a course of 4 to 46
fences. The money raised by the class entry fees will be used for
the Essex Troop Educational Fund. This fund was established by the
Junior Essex Troop to help children of families in the National
Guard pursue educational endeavors.
and amateur classes will dominate the weekends events. A few
exciting classes scheduled in the main ring include the $5000 Show
Jumping Hall of Fame Junior & Amateur Owner Prix as well as
the $2500 Garden State Junior & Amateur Owner Prix. The competitive
Marshall and Sterling classes for childrens and adult hunters
and jumpers will also take place in the final days of the show.
can get into the show grounds free of charge except for Saturday.
The admission on Grand Prix Saturday is $10 a carload with the gate
proceeds going to the Sussex County 4-H. For information on the
Garden State Horse Show please call the show office at 973-948-5022.