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Three Clear Rounds for Kim Frey and Marlou Secures Win in $150,000 Grand
Prix of Charlotte at the Charlotte Jumper Classic
PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly Frey and Marlou, Winners of the $150,000 Grand
Prix of Charlotte. Photo by Anne Gittins.
Mason Phelps, Jr. of Phelps Media Group, Inc. at (561)
753-3389 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte, NC - April 10 - The third time was the charm for Kimberly
Frey and Marlou today at the 2005 Charlotte Jumper Classic at the
Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Frey and her partner, Marlou,
produced the only clear ride in the jump-off to nail down the top prize
in the $150,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte, Sunday afternoon's featured
Thirty starters returned for the second round of competition, carrying
with them the scores accumulated in Saturday night's first round.
Scoring was under FEI Art. 273. 2.1 - 3.1 - 4.1 with two different
rounds with one jump-off. Time from Saturday night's first round was
the tiebreaker for all riders not advancing to the jump-off. Steve
Stephens of Palmetto, Florida designed the two round challenge.
Ten riders came into Sunday's second round with no faults from the first
round. Another ten riders returned with four, while eight riders
accumulated eight faults in round one. Six returned with more than eight
The battle for the top prize would be among only three of the top ten
that returned with a clean slate. Six riders that came in clean saw
their hopes dashed with a single rail in round two while one rider had
two knockdowns for an eight fault two round total.
The three that survived to advance to the jump-off were McLain Ward and
Double H Farm's Sapphire, Anthem, owned by the Summit Syndicate and
piloted by Laura Kraut and Kim Frey aboard Marlou, owned by Windmill
Ward returned first for the tiebreaker against the clock. Ward wanted to
put the pressure on from the start. Following the first fence in the
tiebreaker, Ward made an incredible cut to the second fence in the
jump-off, leaving his mare, Sapphire, two strides in which to launch
over a huge oxer. Her effort was astounding and had the large Sunday
crowd gasping for breath. As Ward raced toward home, however, Sapphire
caught a rail at the first element of an spread fence leading into the
double combination. The duo finished with four faults and clocked in
with a speedy time of 36.32 seconds.
Laura Kraut and Anthem, with an early rail in the jump off, elected to
pull up at the halfway point of the jump-off, leaving the door open for
Kimberly Frey and Marlou.
Frey elected for careful and clean and the plan just worked for her. She
knew she could be slow, but, with a fairly snug time allowed she
couldn't be too slow. With an apparent clock in her head Frey got under
the wire just in the nick of time, tripping the timers in 44.89 seconds,
three seconds over the time allowed. Her score of three time faults was
good enough to secure the $45,000 first place check for the win.
"I was never going to run anyway," Frey admitted. "I still have almost
two more weeks before the Budweiser World Cup in Las Vegas and this was
really a push for her to jump three days in a row here in Charlotte,"
she detailed. "She's coming along fine, but I also have worked
scheduled for her next week. So I never planned to go for it. In fact, I
was considering not going in the jump-off at all, but Laura Kraut and
Beezie Madden both said I should do it. I'm glad I did," laughed Frey.
Frey had a chance to watch Ward's incredible jump-off effort. "You know
McLain really called on his horse at number two and there are very few
horses in the world that could have jumped that jump and given that
effort," she said. "But it got to her a little at the jump after that
and she pulled the rail. But listen, he could have easily kicked our
"I didn't show this mare at all in Wellington this year, preparing for
and waiting for the World Cup Finals. That's why I keyed on Charlotte,"
Frey explained. "The World Cup is in a ring very similar to this and I
think that's where we go wrong here in America. We jump huge Olympic
courses outdoors in Florida and then just two weeks at the indoors at
Tampa. But then, we go to the smallest indoor arena at Las Vegas," Frey
said. "Meanwhile the Europeans have been jumping indoors since last
October. They're tuned, they're ready and at the same time our horses
are still adjusting. I'm thrilled to be able to come here to Charlotte
and get this indoor jumping under my belt."
Frey was asked if she preferred indoors for Marlou. "You know, she can
win outdoors on the biggest field and she can win indoors, but, she was
in an indoor frame of mind and I wanted to stick with that and that's
what I did. There were times I wanted to tie my hands. It's nerve
wracking. You don't know if you've done enough and it's tough waiting to
compete again. But, after today, it appears maybe I did the right
"This was my warm up for the World Cup Finals in Las Vegas so the most
important thing for me was to be sure that I was riding smoothly,"
admitted Frey. "I have a wonderful horse, she always goes well. So, it's
really all about me doing my part. She never fails me when I don't make
Frey had a great review of the Charlotte Jumper Classic. "I love coming
to Charlotte," said Frey. "The people are wonderful and Bob Johnson does
a fantastic job for us. It's the nicest horse show of the year. The
crowd is so enthusiastic; it's just great to have people come here and
enjoy it as we enjoy it. I wouldn't miss this show for anything; it's a
key stop on the tour and a great part of our year," she said.
"Everything Bob Johnson does is first class and this show is just
another example of that and a great reflection on him."
Results Class #4 $150,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte FEI Art 273. USEF
International Standard-03-10-05 - Charlotte Coliseum
1 -MARLOU-KIMBERLY FREY-USA-0-0=0 -JO- 3.00/ 44.89
2 -SAPPHIRE-MCLAIN WARD-USA-0-0=0 -JO -4.00/36.32
3 -ANTHEM-LAURA KRAUT-USA-0-0=0 -JO -Ret
4 -Primeur 58-Chris Kappler-USA-0-4=4.00-58.79
5 -Marcel -Jimmy Torano-USA-4-0=4.00-60.13
6 -Mercure Du Chable-Maryline Vorpe-SUI-0-4=4.00- 60.68
7 -Mozart Des Hayettes-Gregory Wathelet -BEL-0-4=4.00-60.83
8 -Judgement-Beezie Madden-USA-0-4=4.00-62.14
9 -Gardenio-Todd Minikus-USA-4-0=4.00 -62.74
10 -Gibson-Danielle Torano-USA-4-0=4.00 -63.39
11 -Roxanne-Eric Flameng-BEL-4-0=4.00 -64.16
12 -Allison-Callan Solem -USA-0-4=4.00 -65.53
Alexa Weeks Rides Riane to Win in $25,000 Charlotte Amateur Owner Jumper
Twenty top Amateur riders took up the challenge today in the $25,000 RJL
Development Amateur Owner Classic.
Scoring was under FEI Art. 238.2.2. Time First Jump-Off. Ten competitors
negotiated the first round course without penalty to qualify for the
timed jump-off. Of those ten, three went on to be double clear.
Cara Cheska and Modra, owned by Donald Cheska was the first clear in the
jump-off, producing a time of 34.817 seconds. Cheska was the fifth
competitor in the ring. Two horses later, Susdal, owned and shown by
Katrina Woods entered the fray. Woods knocked 1.79 seconds off of
Cheska's time to take over the lead. Wood's new leading time was 33.021
Wood's stint at the top of the leader board lasted only until Alexa
Weeks and Riane, the next duo in the ring, raced through the finish
line. Weeks made a tight rollback cut work. It was a turn that had
baffled many earlier in the jump-off. That cut and a speedy pace helped
Weeks to victory as she broke the beams in 32.363 seconds, edging Woods
by 0.65 seconds.
"The turn to the red oxer is where I got the luckiest in the jump-off.
I just whipped her back to that fence and she's got so much heart that
all I had to do was cluck a little and she popped right up and over it.
Not many horses would have been able to do that because I saw no
distance," laughed Weeks. "I really got lucky there."
"Leading up the class this week, I had pretty mediocre rounds and then
last night Kent (Farrington) had a blip with my horse, Madison. So today
Kent told me I had to win," said a smiling Weeks.
Results of Class #7 $25,000 Charlotte A/O Classic
1 - Alexa Weeks - Riane - 0-0/32.363
2 - Katrina Woods - Susdal - . 0-0/33.021
3 - Cara Cheska - Modra - 0-0/34.817
4 - Sophie Coppedge - Anvia - 0-4/33.303
5 - Paige Johnson - Reddy Teddy - 0-4/33.858
6 - Mary Moricoli - Tulip - 0-0/34.431
7 - Katherine Miracle - Madonna -0-4/34.773
8 - Danielle Torano - Capitano - 0-4/34.963
9 - Cara Raether - Olympus - 0-7/44.876
10 - Robin Sweely - Coming Star - 0-8/33.363
11 - Derek Braun - Quik - 0-26/47.391
12 - Sarah Segal - True Love - 4.00-65.327
Aimee Aron and Jamaica Post Only Clear to Take the Charlotte Junior
Only five juniors lined up for the $25,000 Presidio Partners Junior
Jumper Classic on Sunday afternoon and a clean ride in the first round
proved to be all that was necessary for the victory.
Aimee Aron on the Kinloch Enterprise's Jamaica toured the Steve Stephens
designed course without penalty to notch the victory.
Results of Class 10 $25,000 Charlotte Junior Jumper Classic
1 - Aimee Aron - Jamaica - 0.00 / 67.700
2 - Cody Auer - Jolie Dame Du Marias - 4.00 / 67.690
3 - Carolyn Kelly - Blast - 7.00 / 74.456
4 - Alex Parrish - Cat's Charly - 8.00 / 66.472
5 - Nikko Ritter - Lorano - Elim.