Raposa and Master Man Score In $75,000 Avis Grand Prix
field of twenty-five horses contested the featured class on Sunday
in Ellenville, NY. This was the AVIS Grand Prix, the fourth in the
series presented by Horse Shows In The Sun for the 2002 season.
Course designer Jerry Dougherty was responsible for building a fair
and challenging course that would meet the stringent requirements
for a $75,000 Grand Prix competition at the national level.
third horse to perform was last week's Grand Prix winner, Everest
ridden by Mario Deslauriers. The pair toured the course in 89 seconds,
well within the time allowed of 97 seconds, and they had just one
rail down at fence 4B. The very next horse to compete was Altair,
ridden by Beth Underhill. They had no jumping faults and just one-quarter
time fault for exceeding the time allowed by less than one-half
second. Early in the going, and based on these two performances,
it looked as though the course would produce several clear rounds
within the time allowed.
was the eighth horse in the order, Master Man, owned by the Shalamar
Farm and ridden by David Raposa that turned in the first and only
clean round of the class. Despite the fact that the seventeen horses
that followed were unable to duplicate David's effort, the crowd
stayed with the action, cheering for each of the competitors and
hoping for a jump-off. It developed that the time allowed was just
tight enough to be a factor, and the jumps were imposing enough
that they required a careful ride.
Dougherty, the Course Designer, was not disappointed in the class,
even though there was no jump-off. He noted that several of the
four-fault performances were simply unlucky, and most of those were
well within the time allowed. Tom Struzzieri, president of Horse
Shows In The Sun, concurred noting the caliber of the horses and
the degree of difficulty presented by the course. Both gentlemen
said, "that's show jumping."
Raposa, of Clinton, NY, collected $22,500 for Shalamar Farm in winning
the AVIS Grand Prix. Beth Underhill pocketed $16,500 for second
place with Altair's one-quarter time fault. Horses with four faults
collected third through ninth places, and these placings were determined
by the time taken to complete the round. Mario DesLauriers placed
third as the fasted four-faulter in the time of 89.137. He was followed
by 4th, Crazy You and Kent Farrington; 5th, Brave Ally and Ian Silitch;
6th, After Eight and Christine Tribble; 7th, Cienaguera and Manuel
Torres; 8th, Florin du Murier and Laura Bowery; and 9th, Conduct
and Beth Underhill. Except for Mario, who was very fast, fractions
separated the four-fault performances.
Foundation held a charity luncheon in the VIP tent adjacent to the
Grand Prix field. A current project at Southlands is the construction
of a barn to house horses that have been rescued or retired. The
Hudson Valley Regional Chili Cook-Off was very popular with a large
group of spectators in attendance. In addition to the regular judging,
everyone was invited to sample the various recipes and vote for
their favorite. In the judged section for red chili, Dottie Lorenz
was the winner, topping her son Dave who finished in second and
Ann Grossman who was third. The people's choice award went to Duncan
McCalmont who hails from England. Duncan was thrilled, as were the
spectators who had not suspected that the British knew anything
sponsor of today's Grand Prix, is the official car rental company
of Horse Shows In The Sun. AVIS sponsors HITS events in California,
Florida, New York, Virginia and Nevada throughout the year. Be sure
to mention HITS when making your next reservation with AVIS!
horse show resumes on Wednesday with a regular schedule of hunter
and jumper classes. The next Grand Prix event will be on Sunday,
August 4th at 1pm.