Seven-Olympians, Anne Kursinski and Bent Jensen
Win the $25,000 Winsome Dressage /Jumper Spectacular
Wellington, FL -February
For a truly spectacular
seventh time, Olympians, Anne Kursinski and Bent Jensen won the $25,000
Winsome Dressage/Jumper Spectacular at Wellington Dressage. Six other
top teams paired up to steal victory from the dynamic duo, but once again
Kursinski and Jensen proved it is no easy task to dethrone them.
The $25,000 Winsome Dressage/Jumper Spectacular is one of the most exciting
and well-attended events hosted annually on Saturday afternoon at the
Wellington Dressage show. In the high stakes event, dressage riders and
jumper riders team up and switch roles. The jumper riders compete in Third
Level Test Three, while the dressage riders compete over a 36
Hit and Hurry jump course. There combined scores determine the placing.
The competition gets better every year, said Jensen, I
know Anne will ride well no matter what. Shes just that good.
This year, Kursinski rode Jensens young stallion, Rockefeller to
a second place finish in the dressage phase with a score of 64.592%. Hes
such a nice horse, said Kursinski , I think I could have
ridden him better, but as always it was the first time I ever rode him.
Kursinski said as always because in the 7 years that she and
Jensen have partnered for the event, Kursinski has never ridden her dressage
mount prior to the warm-up of the class. This year Bent and I discussed
practicing in advance, but we decided it might jinx us. Apparently
their formula works!
For the jumping phase of the competition, Jensen had the luxury of riding
Splendid, the bold chestnut gelding that he competed and won with last
year. Jensens jumping round was as fast and furious as ever. He
galloped flat out to every fence and shaved every corner to the point
of defying gravity. His gutsy run reaped him 25 points and secured the
lead for their team. Jensen and Kursinski split the $8000 first place
prize, bringing their totals earnings from the event over the past 8 years
to almost $60,000.
But its much more than money that draws riders to the competition.
Its a great class for everyone, explains Kursinski,
Our show days get longer and longer and our shows are so competitive.
Its great to have an event like this that draws everyone together.
Its good fun and puts everyone in good spirits.
Second place was a tie between the team of John Zopatti and Denis Lynch
and Lauren Sammis and Eliza Shuford. Lynch dominated the dressage phase
of the competition riding Zopattis Dutch gelding, Mitchell to a
score of 67.333%. His beautifully executed ride even caught the attention
of dressage icon, Robert Dover. Unlike Kursinski, Lynch spent the past
two weeks training with Zopatti on Mitchell.
Fourth place was a tie between the team of Ed Borresen and Darren Graziano
and German Olympian, Hubertus Schmidt and Yannick Patron. And sixth place
also ended with a tie between the team of Karin Reid Offield and Clare
Bronfman and the team of Monica Burssens and Maria Lithander. When teenaged,
Monica Burssens took a spill on the jump course; Patrick Burssens jumped
the wall and mended her bruised spirits with the big hug from Dad. A relived
crowd gave them a big round of applause as another chapter in the Winsome
Dressage/Jumper Spectacular drew to a satisfying close.
Kursinski on "Rockefeller" and Bent Jensen on "Splendid"
Photo: Susan Stickle