Up For Winter Equestrian Festival Week 7, March 10-14,
CSIO**** United States, Cosequin Finale
March 15, 2004
week of the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival entitled CSIO**** United
States, Cosequin Finale was held March 10-14 at the Palm Beach Polo
Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida. Jose Gamarra of Ellenton,
FL, was the course designer in the Internationale Arena.
wrapped up show jumping action in Wellington for the 2004 Winter
Equestrian Festival. The WEF competition continues in Wellington
March 18-21 with the Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y,
a qualifying competition for the Dressage Olympic Selection Trials.
Show jumping moves to Tampa for two weeks at the Bob Thomas Equestrian
Center kicking off with the Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W, March 24-28
and wrapping up with the Tournament of Champions CSI-W, March 30-April
3. Capping off the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival is 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.
said the Wellington circuit went very well. We saw an increase
in horses, we saw an increase in foreign participation, which was
very delightful, we had 33 foreign countries represented here, and
we saw an increase in the teams for the Nations Cup, which
we were very happy with. In a way I was happy for Canada to win.
It encourages more teams to come back when they do have a chance.
I was pleased with the spectator participation not only with
the fact that theyre here but the fact that they participated.
He also pointed out that Stadium Jumping sets the stage for competitions
but the success of the event is really the horse and the rider.
Its their talent that really makes the show. We do the
production, but they do the competing and when you have good competitors
you have a good show and they are great.
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Babington And Carling King Win $100,000 Cosequin US Open Jumper
the final Grand Prix of the Wellington circuit, Kevin Babington,
35, of Tipperary, Ireland, rode Carling King owned by Kindle Hill
Farm to victory in the $100,000 Cosequin US Open Jumper Championship.
The duo bested an international field of 31 riders. Babington was
the faster of two clear rounds in a three-horse jump-off. Currently
a resident of Gwynedd Valley, PA, Babington earned $30,000 for the
victory. In second place, Ian Millar, 57, of Perth, Ontario, riding
Promise Me for The Bakers Dozen pocketed $22,000. Finishing
third, McLain Ward, 28, of Brewster, NY, riding Sapphire, a mare
he owns in partnership with Double H Farm and Missy Clark, earned
pumped his fist, galloping in the victory lap. Its the
second grand prix here that the horse jumped brilliant in. I just
feel like hes trying his heart out. Its more for the
horse than anything. He loves it down here. Babington is the
only rider to win two Grand Prix classes during the seven-week Wellington
WEF. He and Carling King won the $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup,
CSI*** two weeks ago. Babington also noted that he felt he owed
it to the fans, clients, and customers that were in the stands.
Its the last grand prix of the circuit, theres
a huge Irish crowd here. We try to stick together. Theyre
so supportive. They were excited to come and watch the class and
I was happy for them.
13-jump Round One course took its toll with a tight Time Allowed
of 83 seconds. Sixteen riders incurred time faults. The rails fell
at nearly every fence, but the two bogey jumps were the triple and
the water, which each penalized nine riders. It was not until the
24th rider on course, Millar on Promise Me, that a clear trip was
posted. Five rides later, the crowd was assured of a jump-off when
Babington and Carling King went clean. The last rider on course,
Ward with Sapphire, made it a three-way tie for the jump-off.
first on the short course, Millar set the pace with a clear round
in 47.62 seconds over the seven-effort track with Time Allowed set
at 50 seconds.
and Carling King went next and snatched the lead with a clear trip
in a blazing 42.70. I saw Ians round and I thought if
I gave it a shot I could beat him. McLain was coming behind me so
I knew if I went for a slow clear, I was definitely going to end
up third, so I might as well give it a shot and it paid off. Thats
the fastest Ive ever gone on him, said Babington.
had a rail at the fourth fence and clocked in at 44.19 for third.
He admitted that he made a mistake at the oxer. I got there
a little bit quicker than I thought I was going to. She put in a
good effort its a big jump. My horse was a little out
of breath when she cantered into the ring for the jump-off. I dont
think she had gotten her breath back (from Round One). Shes
a young mare shes only nine years old, so to jump around
a course like that with her experience it takes a lot out of her
mentally. She probably could have benefited from a moment, but she
was in good company. I was thrilled with the result.
a three-time AGA Rider of the Year, won 13 classes in the Internationale
Arena at the 2004 WEF in Wellington including four of the seven
Thursday $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Grand Prix. He now tops the list
of money-earners headed for the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational
Presented by Publix and The Tampa Tribune.
U.S. Open Jumper Championship Winner: Carling King, ridden by
Kevin Babington, owned Kindle Hill Farm
Monday Through Saturday
Madden Tops Class Of Nations Cup Veterans To Win $25,000 Equus
Madden, 40, of Cazenovia, New York, topped a class of 24 veterans
of Nations Cup competitions to win the 2nd Annual $25,000
Wellington Equus Medal on Monday, March 8. The two-round night class
was held under the lights in the Internationale Arena. Only riders
who had represented their country in a Nations Cup were eligible
judged on the style of the rider and the performance that night,
explained Madden. It was fun. I had a great horse both rounds.
Maddens mounts were borrowed from Frank and Stacia Maddens
their equitation skills over a First Round course designed by Philip
De Vita, riders jumped a course of 13 fences, the tallest being
3 6, and were required to hand gallop to the final fence.
Officiating were Norman Dello Joio, Ellen Lordi and Leo Conroy who
individually scored the riders performance over each fence
and then averaged the marks for a total score. Madden received the
highest score, 92.00, for her trip.
judges selected their top six riders from the First Round to return
for a Second Round. Going in reverse order were Shane Carey of Ireland
(85.50); Kim Frey of Hume, VA (86.50); Molly Ashe of Wellington,
FL (88.75); Eric Navet of France (89.75); Hap Hansen of Encinitas,
CA (90.50); and Madden (92.00). The riders switched horses (places
one and two, three and four, and five and six switched) and jumped
the Second Round of nine fences, which included a trot jump followed
by a counter canter to the last fence.
scores were not given for the Second Round, but the judges
commentary and assessments produced the final placements. Beezie
Madden, aboard Cino maintained her first place slot. Molly Ashe
moved up from fourth to second place. Shane Carey shot up from sixth
to finish third. Hap Hansen dropped from second to fourth. Kim Frey
remained in fifth place. Eric Navet dropped from third to sixth.
$25,000 Wellington Equus Medal class was created by Mason Phelps,
Jr. as a fundraiser for the Wellington Equestrian Alliance, an organization
established by principals within the equestrian community to protect
the equestrian preserve in Wellington.
The 2nd Annual
$25,000 Wellington Equus Medal Winner: Beezie Madden
Ward And Goldika 559 Win $7,500 1.45m
Ward, 28, of Brewster, NY, topped a 57-horse field in the CSIO's
1.45m class riding Goldika 559, owned by Double H Farm on Wednesday,
March 10, to open the CSIO U.S. Cosequin Finale. Ward was the first
to try the 14-effort, one-round course. He finished fault-free in
a time of 60.63 seconds. None of the remaining 56 entries could
match the performance of the three-time American Grandprix Association
(AGA) Rider of the Year. Ten others did match his fault-free ride,
but none could catch his time. Coming closest was Chapot, who rode
33rd in the order and finished in 61.22 seconds for a second-place
finish. Sydney Olympic veteran Lauren Hough of Wellington, FL, finished
third with a clean ride in 64.08 seconds on Merlin.
Ward And LaBelle Win $5,000 Acorn Hill Farm Challenge
Ward rode LaBelle owned by Sarah Willeman and Turnabout Farm to
victory in the $5,000 Acorn Hill Farm Challenge. Ward was the 42nd
of 90 entries to try the 14-effort, one-round course. He completed
the course fault-free in 55.420 seconds to take over the lead from
Chris Pratt of Canada who had held the lead with a clean ride in
57.472 seconds on Markant. Of the remaining entries, none could
catch Ward. The closest challenge to Ward came from Laura Chapot
of Neshanic Station, NJ, who turned in a clean ride in 58.263 seconds
on Three Coins to finish third behind Ward and Pratt. The 1.40m
speed class was a member event of the North American League (NAL)
Open Speed Series.
Acorn Hill Farm Challenge Winner: Labelle, ridden by McLain Ward,
owned by Turnabout Farm
Chapot Win And Little Big Man $25,000 Ariat WEF Challenge Cup
Chapot, 30, of Neshanic Station, NJ, rode Little Big Man to victory
in the $25,000 Ariat WEF Challenge Cup Round VII on Thursday, March
11. Chapot was one of nine entries from the starting field of 40
to qualify for the tie-breaking jump-off by riding fault-free over
the 16-effort, first-round course. Chris Pratt of Canada was the
first to return to try the eight-effort jump-off course and he set
the time to beat by finishing fault-free in 39.38 seconds on Rivendell.
The next five entries failed to catch Pratt until Chapot took the
ring. She blazed over the course fault-free in 37.55 to claim the
win. Pratt held on for second place while third place went to Alison
Firestone of Upperville, VA, who was the only other rider to finish
the jump-off with no knockdowns, although her conservative time
of 42.55 seconds on Sansierra left her with one time fault.
WEF Challenge Cup Series Winner: Little Big Man, owned and ridden
by Laura Chapot.
Wins $50,000 Samsung Nations' Cup, presented by CN, CSIO****
spent a bit of time in Palm Beach over the last few years and this
was the greatest event Ive ever been involved with here,
said Eric Lamaze, 36,of Schomberg, Ontario. What was so unbelievable
tonight is that everybody who came to support their country, whether
they had a great day or a bad day, they were cheering just as loud.
Indeed a standing-room-only throng of 13,000 cheered for every rider
in an electric two-rounds of show jumping contested by six international
squads on Friday night, March 12. The Canadian Team of Lamaze, Ainsley
Vince, Harold Chopping, and Ian Millar claimed victory in the $50,000
Samsung Nations' Cup, presented by CN, CSIO****.
United States team of Beezie Madden, Laura Kraut, McLain Ward, and
Norman Dello Joio placed second. Argentina was third, Mexico and
France tied for fourth, and Ireland finished fifth.
completing the standard First Round Nations Cup course of
12 fences, each team was allowed to drop the score of the rider
earning the most faults and tally up. Going into the Second Round,
the US and Canada were tied at eight faults each. France had 12
faults. Mexico and Argentina were tied at 16. Ireland racked up
two rotations of the teams, the scores were: Canada-12; US-16; France-20;
Mexico-24; Argentina-24; Ireland-50.
team then sent in their anchor rider to determine the final results.
Irelands Kevin Babington aboard Sydney jumped clean but had
a time fault, securing his teams last place finish with a
total of 51. Federico Sztyrle riding Who Knows Lily for Argentina
went clear, which bumped his team up to third. Antonio Chedraui
on L.G. Xallapam had a rail down giving Mexico a total of 28 faults
and Eric Navet had two knockdowns for eight, also giving France
28, tying with Mexico for fourth. Norman Dello Joio aboard Glasgow
went clear leaving the US with 16 total faults. Ian Millar riding
Promise Me was the last to go and went clean, which clinched the
Nations Cup title for Canada with 12 faults.
Chef dEquipe Danny Foster said, There were slow years
lately, waiting to rebuild, and now we feel were on a roll.
This is what we needed to get some proof to keep our confidence
off the evening, Tom Wenham, the Mayor of Wellington stopped by
to congratulate the Canadian team. Were proud of you.
We were all up here rooting for you and were really proud
of what you did. Youre always welcome. Im proud to be
the mayor of this community and proud to have you all here.
Left to right: Hunter Harrison, John Long, Michael Stone, Mayor
Thomas Wenham, Harold Chopping, Ian Millar, Eric Lamaze, Chef
dEquipe Danny Foster, Ansley Vince and Ring Master John
ridden by Ian Millar, owned by The Bakers Dozen
Goutal Wins The WEF Equitation Championship For The R.W. Ronnie
Goutal, 15, of New York, NY, won the Winter Equestrian Festival
Equitation Championship for the R.W. Ronnie Mutch Trophy
on Saturday, March 13. Goutal topped a class of 23 junior riders,
aged 18 and under, who qualified to compete. Its a prestigious
class, said Goutal. He was a really talented rider.
He was an amazing person all around and its a really great
feeling to win this. Riders competed in three rounds and Goutal
led all the way. Charlie Jayne, 18, of Elgin, IL, was the Reserve.
were responsible for the management and schooling of their own horse.
Trainers were not allowed to enter the designated schooling, rider
seating or holding areas during the competition and riders were
not allowed to leave those areas. The course walk and schooling
were the sole responsibilities of the rider. Goutal trains with
Frank and Stacia Madden at Beacon Hill in Colts Neck, New Jersey,
and called on her schooling sessions with them to help her in the
1 was judged using an open numerical system. Goutal riding Logan
owned by her familys Cloverleaf Farm earned 88.50, the high
score of the round.
top 10 riders were asked to return for Round II. Goutal earned 87.50
for Round II, which gave her a total of 176.00 and again put her
at the top of the class.
judges called for a Round III test in which the top six riders were
asked back and switched horses. Goutal switched with Josephine Nash
of New York, NY, who was in second place with Oakwood; Tania Hack
of Riverdale, NY, was in third aboard Otter, and switched with Kristen
Terebesi of Glenmoore, PA, who was in fourth place with Pilot; Charlie
Jayne of Elgin, IL, was in fifth place with Manhattan, and switched
with Blythe Marano of Denville, NJ, who was in sixth place with
held onto her top-ranked status and won the Championship with 88.500.
Jayne moved up to the Reserve spot with a final score of 87.00.
Marano moved up to third with 86. Nash dropped to fourth with 85.50.
Hack dropped to fifth with 82.00. Terebesi dropped to sixth, with
a final tally of 68.50.
Championship for the RW Ronnie Mutch Trophy Winner: Logan, ridden
by Brianne Goutal, owned by Cloverleaf Farm
EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL TICKET INFORMATION
Show days for the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival are Wednesday
through Sunday. Gates open at 8:00 am. Ticket Prices: Wednesdays
are free to everyone; Children 12 and under are admitted free every
day; Young Adults 13 to 18 and Seniors are $5 on Thursday through
Sunday; Adults are $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and
$15 on Sunday.
information, visit www.stadiumjumping.com or call 561-793-5867.
ticket information for the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational
Presented by Publix and The Tampa Tribune, visit www.TicketMaster.com
WEF SCHEDULE OF COMPETITIONS
March 18 - 21 Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y
(Qualifier for Olympic Selection Trials)
March 24 - 28 Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian
March 30 - April 3 Tournament of Champions CSI-W (Bob Thomas
April 3 - Budweiser American Invitational (Raymond James Stadium)
MILLION DOLLAR GRAND PRIX SERIES
March 28 $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, presented by Kilkenny/ICH,
April 3 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, Presented by Publix
and The Tampa Tribune
Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
April 9 -11 Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI****
April 11 $150,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte For the Charlotte Bobcat