Olympic Veteran Anne Kursinski DominatesGarden
State Grand Prix At Garden State Horse Show
of a field of 26, only four horses kept the rails in the cups in
the $45,000 Garden State Grand Prix, and three of them were ridden
by three-time U.S Olympic veteran Anne Kursinski of Flemington,
NJ. The Garden State Grand Prix was the highlight of the Garden
State Horse Show, held May 1-5 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds
in Augusta, NJ.
winning horse was Eros, not a surprise considering their long and
successful history together. Eros was Kursinskis mount on
the USETs Silver Medal team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
It had been a while since Eros and Kursinski had led the victory
gallop and that made Kursinski even more thrilled.
other two mounts that qualified for the jump-off are young jumpers
who exhibited their strong talent in the grand prix ring. This combination
of young and experienced horses in the Grand Prix was a major factor
for course designer Anthony DAmbrosio when building the course.
was a slightly mixed field, said DAmbrosio. So
I built a course that was demanding enough to separate them and
technical enough without being overly scopey. Like the triple
I used two verticals to an oxer. It was more careful and gymnastic-like
instead of needing power and scope.
only rider other than Kursinski to finish clean over the first course
was James Benedetto of Northport, NY, riding Cacique. The nine-year-old
Holsteiner is owned by Benedetto and the Kamine Family.
think it was a brilliant course by Anthony DAmbrosio,
said Benedetto, I think it wasnt a huge, difficult course,
but it was a very careful course which is why we saw so many problems
at the triple combination. It was very very delicate.
first ride over the shortened course was on Indeed, a Holsteiner
owned by The Group Indeed. The pair jumped the nine-fence jump-off
in a steady pace with smooth turns and accurate distances. Indeed
finished the jump-off without fault, in 44.376 seconds. It would
be a time good enough for second place.
a short wait for Kursinski to switch horses and warm up, she returned
aboard Eros. In his usual style, the chestnut Thoroughbred was quick
across the ground and executed tight turns. When the clock stopped
without fault in a blistering 42.925 seconds, it put the pressure
on Kursinskis competition.
is just a fast horse, said Kursinski. Hes a Thoroughbred
so I said, Lets go.
and Cacique followed Eross trip, but he wasnt worried
about winning. He was simply happy to have made it into the jump-off
with the young jumper. Benedetto explained, (Cacique) just
moved up to the grand prix. I was excited just to ride against Anne.
started with a steady pace over the first three jumps but pulled
the front rail on the fourth fence, a 49 oxer. Once
the pair had the first rail down, Benedetto eased up on his speed.
Cacique went on to lower the height of the sixth jump posting a
total of eight faults on the board and crossing the timers in 47.255
seconds. His eight faults would leave him in fourth place.
final horse to attempt the shortened course was Escapade, a nine-year-old
Hanoverian. Although the big German-bred finished with a clean round,
he couldnt beat Eros. Escapade finished third with a time
said of Escapade, Hes still green. Hes a real
intermediate horse, but he rode beautifully today. Give him a year
or two and I think hell be a famous horse. He just has to
learn to go faster.
addition to winning the grand prix, Kursinski collected the championship
in the high preliminary division riding Sincere, as well as the
reserve championship with Faldo. Faldo tied for the reserve with
Clea Newmans Katrinka and Stacia Maddens Marga. Kursinski
was also involved in a three-way tie for the modified jumper championship.
Riding Indeed, Kursinski tied Laura Chapot on Warren II and Cruise
Missile with Kevin Babbington in the irons.
the grand prix, the $2500 John H. Fritz Challenge drew childrens
and adult jumpers to the main ring. The course resembled the grand
prix with fences 3 to 33 in height. The blue ribbon
was awarded to Ali Wolff riding Beudelair. Second was awarded to
Maria Schaub riding Concorde. Schaub and Concorde also went on the
following day to win the $1500 Marshall & Sterling Childrens
Jumper class sponsored by Stillwell-Hansen.
of the field of 42 horses, 15 went clean. Schaub was the final rider
to navigate the shortened course. The pair managed to keep the rails
in the cups and cut a second off the fastest time. They posted a
30.448-second finish. Schaub trains with Frank and Stacia Madden
of Beacon Hill Farm. The New Jersey trainers had two other students
collect a blue on the final day of the show.
adult rider, Allison Cerwonka, rode Ideal to top honors in the $2500
Marshall & Sterling Adult Jumper class sponsored by The Ridge
Farm. Forty-four horses attempted the course and 14 advanced to
the jump-off. Eight riders were able to navigate the shortened course
without fault, but Cerwonkas time of 30.553 could not be beaten.
Hills final student to collect a blue was Krista Freundlich
riding Laurin in the $5000 Garden State High Junior/Amateur-Owner
Jumper Prix, sponsored by Agway. The National Horse Sports Foundation
Show Jumping Hall of Fame Class drew 17 entries. Freundlich was
one of only three riders to go clean in the first round and was
the final rider to face the shortened course. Laurin and Freundlich
made an aggressive attempt at the blue and were successful with
a clean finish in 33.619. The pair not only led the victory gallop
but also collected the high junior/amateur-owner championship. Laurin,
a big grey mare owned by Healy and Gleneayre Farms, won the class
last year with owner Alexis Healey in the irons.
final class in the main ring for the 2002 Garden State Horse Show
was the $2500 Garden State Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Prix. The mini
prix was won by Mary Roth, 15, of Oldwick, NJ, riding Coco Chanel.
Roth and the 11-year-old warmblood topped the eight horses who qualified
for the jump-off. The pair train with Jeff Cook at Hunterdon.
champions pinned included 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.
the amateur-owner hunters, Lee Kellogg, 30, of New York, NY, rode
her seven-year-old Oldenburg Gifted to her second consecutive championship
in the younger amateur-owner division. This year, however, Kellogg
and Gifted also collected the grand amateur-owner championship.
Kellogg also collected top ribbons in the division with her second
the third consecutive year, Katie Conover, 17, of Pipersville, Pa.,
topped the $1500 Garden State Pony Hunter Classic. Conover took
home the blue ribbon riding Atlanta, a large pony owned by Lillian
only did the pair top the Classic, but they swept the first three
classes of the large pony division, well on their way to the championship.
Conover trains with Patty Miller, also of Pipersville, Pa.
also won the $1500 Garden State Hunter Classic sponsored by First
Hope Bank. Riding Tallyover, the pair posted an 87 and an 88 to
lead the victory gallop. Tallyovers usual rider Kelley Cowperthwait
rode the gelding in the first day of the small junior hunter division
but wasnt able to ride him the second day due to illness.
Conover picked up the ride and won both junior hunter classes to
collect the reserve championship.
the $500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Hunter, Allison Fernandez
of Summit, NJ, had a repeat performance. This years top finish
was earned aboard Magnum. Riding the bay gelding, Fernandez also
took home the championship ribbon in the adult amateur hunter under
35 division. Fernandez, 30, trains with Robert Beck of Hunters Crossing
in Long Valley, NJ.
also trained Nell Rainey, 16, of New York, NY, to the grand childrens
hunter championship. Riding Winter Garden, a seasoned 13-year-old
chestnut Thoroughbred, Rainey bested riders in four sections of
the division: small/medium; large; horse under 15; and horse 15-17.
For her win, Rainey was awarded a Millers Crosby saddle compliments
of The Tack Box and Millers Harness Co.
from the $45,000 Garden State Grand Prix
Eros Anne Kursinski The Eros Group
2 Indeed Anne Kursinski The Group Indeed
3 Escapade Anne Kursinski The Escapade Group
4 Cacique James Benedetto Kamine Family & J. Benedetto
5 Riptide Kyle King Alison Friedman & Kyle King
6 Midnight James Benedetto Emergold Equestrian, Inc.
7 Innocence Beezie Madden Allan Shore, Jr.
8 Graf Rossini S Mary Lisa Leffler Bruce Chovnick LLC
9 Lataro Peter Leone Lataro Group
10 Green Card Laura Chapot Dellwood
11 Cloud Nine Beezie Madden Mr&Mrs Joseph Patton