Winter Equestrian Festival Weeks Ten Wrap Up,
Wellington, FL April 9, 2007
The 2007 Winter Equestrian Festival concluded Saturday after the final two weeks of competition in Tampa, FL, and Beezie Madden and Authentic took home the last prize on Saturday night in Raymond James Stadium.
The $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, CSI-4*, presented by The Tampa Tribune and Sweetbay Supermarket, reached an exciting conclusion at the Raymond James Stadium in downtown Tampa, FL. It was the grand finale of another fantastic season at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and wrapped up ten weeks of the best equestrian competition in the world.
Beezie Madden and Authentic raced to the finish for victory over McLain Ward on Sapphire and Canadas Ian Millar with In Style. For her win tonight, Madden took home $60,000 and the accolade of being an American Invitational champion for the second time. She is only the seventh rider in the 35 year history to have won the Invitational more than once.
Cara Raether and Ublesco had a fantastic clear round, but accrued one time fault to finish sixth in the class. The fastest four-faulter was Mario Deslauriers (CAN) with Paradigm, and they placed seventh.
The first to return for the jump-off was the first clear round of the class, crowd favorite Margie Engle on Hidden Creeks Quervo Gold. Engle made a great slice across jump number one, but could not quite clear the first of the two stride. They made the inside turn to jump number four, but just touched the blocks on the last fence (5a the skinny vertical) for another four faults. They finished with eight total faults in a time of 47.28 seconds.
Richard Spooner was next to attempt the jump-off on Cristallo, owned by Show Jumping Syndicate Inc. Spooner made an extremely tight turn back to the second fence. He galloped down to jump number two, the Budweiser jump, and then made the inside turn to jump number four. It was not quite enough, as Cristallo pulled a rail at the oxer. Spooner galloped over the last fence and tallied four faults in 46.46 seconds.
Millar and In Style, owned by Susan Grange and Lothlorien, cantered easily into the ring to challenge the course. He maintained his smooth, quick style throughout the jump-off, and despite a slight rub at the last jump, In Style galloped through the timers clear in 47.99 seconds. Millar lived up to his prize from the first round, the Style of Riding award.
As Abigail Wexners Authentic loped into the ring, the crowd cheered. Madden started up for the jump-off, and Authentic picked up his trademark quick, skipping gallop to the first jump. Madden made a very tight turn back to the second jump and really galloped down the broken line between the third and fourth jumps. They made a great inside turn to jump number four and then headed for home. Authentic easily cleared the last vertical and had Millars time beaten by more than three seconds, in 44.79 seconds.
The only one left to challenge Madden was her 2004 Olympic and 2006 World Equestrian Games teammates, McLain Ward and Sapphire. Sapphire has been at a peak this winter, and after her decisive win in the €300,000 CN Worldwide Florida Open on the last Sunday of WEF in Wellington, she was one of the favorites to win.
Ward made a great turn to the two stride (the third and fourth jumps in the jump-off) and galloped on the same pace to the Budweiser oxer. As he made the rollback to the oxer, he added one more stride and then pushed Sapphire to the last fence. It was not quite enough, as the scoreboard flashed 44.97 seconds and a clear round, which would end up in second place.
With the top two prizes in WEFs biggest competition going to the best two riders in the United States, the future looks bright for the prospects of Americas show jumping team.
Jumper Results, Week Ten, Tuesday-Friday
The open jumpers had four classes on Wednesday, and the final class was the 1.30m Jumpers. Colonia, ridden by Leeann Kelly of New York and owned by Bynum Farms of Palm City, FL, took the victory over Julie Welles and Esther 126. In the 1.35m class, Ken Berkley and Rivers Edge Farms Carlotta had the faster jump-off time over Beezie Madden and Integrity.
The winner of the $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 10 was Kent Farrington on Up Chiqui, owned by Alex Boone, Richard Bass and James McNerney. Farrington had a spectacular jump-off ride to edge out Richard Spooner on Ace and William Lowry on Polygraaf.
In the Acorn Hill 1.40m Speed Challenge class, Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ, was first and second. In the 7&8 Year Old Young Jumpers, Chapot took places first through third.
The 7&8 Year Old class was a Time First Jump-off format. Chapot had three of the ten clear rounds and was able to speed around in the jump-off with all three to take the top spots. She was fastest on Silver Lining, who finished the shortened course in 31.301 seconds. She was just off the winning pace with Capri, who stopped the clocks in 31.320 seconds. With Chili Pepper, Chapot was third in 31.607 seconds.
With Sprite, she won the final Acorn Hill 1.40m Speed Challenge class. Their lightning-fast time of 70.272 seconds and clear round held up for the win over Chapots other mount, Cilthe Z, who finished in 70.538 seconds. Margie Engle and Hidden Creeks Calippo 12 were third in 71.718 seconds.
BCO Olymp and Eliza Shuford of Hickory, NC, had their first winners circle experience together in the $20,000 1.50m Classic after they were the only double clear entry. Beezie Madden and Onlight were second, while Lauren Hough and Casadora took third place.
Hunter Results, Week Ten, Wednesday-Saturday
In the First Year Green Hunters, Nicole Simpson and Hush earned their third tricolor of the season. The pair earned three firsts and a fifth place over fences and a second place in the under saddle class for the championship. Reserve champion in the First Year Green Hunter division was James Toon riding Invincible.
In the 33 Pre-Green Hunter division, Jimmy Torano took home the top prize with Country Stroll, earning two firsts and a fourth over fences. Scott Stewart and Unwritten brought home their second championship together in the 3 Pre-Green Hunters.
James Toon and Avalon finished off the day with championship honors in the Second Year Green Hunter division, besting Mary Lisa Leffler and Sam Adams, who earned the reserve championship.
Taylor Ann Adams, of Eads, TN, was victorious in both the USEF/Pessoa Hunter Seat Medal and the ASCPA Maclay equitation classes, besting fields of almost 30 riders in each division. Adams rides with Bill Schaub of Over the Hill Farm and Don Stewart and was partnered with a new horse, Fortino, in both classes.
In the medal, Zazou Hoffman and Littlefoot took second place in the medal, while Catie Boone and Holiday were third. Nicole Bellisimo finished in second place in the Maclay riding Coach, and Christina Lin took third place with Allegro.
In the last 18-35 Adult Amateur hunter division of the season, Jennifer Reid and Playtime earned championship honors. Tim Boulton and St. Christopher, owned by Christy Russo, were reserve champions in the 18-35 Adult Amateur division.
In the Over 35 Amateur-Owner division, Ellen Toon captured both championship and reserve championship ribbons with Attaché and In Disguise and locked in the circuit championship with Attaché.
In the 36-50 Adult Amateur Hunter division, Glen Senk repeated his performances from last week and took both champion and reserve champion honors with Dynamic and True, respectively.
In the 51 & Older Adult Amateur Hunter division, Mary Tyree was successful in capturing the championship with Milan, owned by First Partners of Chicago, IL. Tyree said she has been partnered with Milan, a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, for about a year.
Junior rider Maria Schaub brought home the championship in the 16 & 17 Small Junior Hunter division riding E L Raymond, owned by Abigail Quirk Cooper. Jennifer Waxman produced more winning rounds this week with Saloon, owned by Whitney Roper, for another championship in the 15 & Under Large Junior Hunters.
In the 18-35 Amateur-Owner Hunter division, Krista Weisman piloted her own Music Street to the tricolor, and Shelia Motley rode Socially Speaking to reserve champion honors. Nellie Ann Foosaner earned the championship spot in the 15 & Under Small Junior Hunter division riding Lights Out.
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