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Georgina Bloomberg Completes Sweep with Ambassador Cup Win - Kappler Takes
2nd Qualifier at the Washington International Horse Show
PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Kappler and VDL Oranta Win $25,000 President's Cup
Qualifier at the Washington International Horse Show. Photo by Al Cook
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Washington, D.C. - October 28, 2005 - Georgina Bloomberg of New York City
completed a clean sweep of the Amateur Owner Jumper Division with a win in
the Ambassador's Cup Jumper Classic on Friday at the 2005 Washington
International Horse Show. The show, the nation's premier indoor equestrian
showcase, runs through Sunday at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.
Seventeen starters went to the post in the grand finale for the Amateur
Owner Jumper division, the $10,000 Ambassador's Cup. The scoring was Table
II, Sec 2a. Time First Jump-off. The courses at Washington are being
designed by Steve Stephens of Palmetto, Florida.
Of the seventeen starters, six produced first round clear efforts to advance
to the tiebreaker against the clock.
Tracy Weinberg and Cromwell were the first to return for the speed round.
The duo laid down a beautifully efficient jump-off ride, leaving all of the
fences standing and clocking in at 36.794 seconds.
Second to go, Salsa and Gabby Slome, picked up ten faults and a finish time
of 42.194 seconds. They were followed by Olaf and Jessica Miltz. Although
Miltz was clear, she could not catch Weinberg's time and slipped into second
place at 39.445 seconds.
Georgina Bloomberg once again qualified both of her mounts for the jump-off.
Action was the first of her two to return. Bloomberg picked a feverish pace
and finished up her jump-off ride with an amazing right hand cut following
the double combination to the final fence in the tiebreaker. Action and
Bloomberg flashed across the finish line in 31.832 seconds, a whopping 4.96
seconds faster than Weinberg.
Then Danielle Torano, last year's Amateur Owner Leading Rider, and Lojana
picked up a rail and a refusal for eight faults and finished in 40.647
When Cayce Harrison had an unintended dismount from her horse Quickstar II
Z, it was all over. Bloomberg returned on her second mount, Lumina 2, and
cruised home comfortably in third place with a time of 38.737 seconds.
Lumina 2, with wins in the first two classes and a third place finish in the
Ambassador's Cup, was named the Amateur Owner Jumper Champion. Bloomberg won
the Leading Amateur Owner Jumper Rider title as well. She had garnered the
same honors last week at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg
"It's always great to mix it up a little bit and not always shine on one
horse," Bloomberg said. "I think anyone with more than one horse hopes
they can do well on both. Action has always been there for me and it was a
great win today, but it meant a lot to me for Lumina to be Champion at
Bloomberg spoke of that eye popping cut to the final fence. "That's
Action's specialty. That's a huge advantage that I have with a horse like
him," she explained. "Outside I lose that, because I don't have that much
stride across the ground. That's why I love to come indoors with these
horses, because I can win with turns like that. You can beat the big strided
horse with the tight turns. You have to know your horse to do that," she
admitted. "I've had Action six years and I know exactly what he can do."
The Championship at Washington is very special for the Gotham girl. "I've
been coming to Washington since I showed my small ponies and was Grand
Champion here with Kid You Not, my large pony. I remember back then they
told me that my pony was never going to make it. He wasn't good enough. I
wasn't good enough," said Bloomberg. "I worked my butt off for four years
and he was finally Grand Champion. So with those kind of memories,
Washington is very, very special to me. I feel like Washington is kind of my
place to shine really," she said.
Bloomberg, whose international career is on the fast track, said that it
will not be long before she moves beyond the Amateur Owner Jumpers. "I love
the Amateur Owner Jumpers, but I feel that every show I do, I'm getting
closer to the last time I'll be doing this division," she said. "I want to
enjoy what's left of my time doing them, and I still do get a thrill every
time I walk in the ring, but I'm going to be moving on pretty soon."
Results of Class 208 $10,000 Amateur Owner Jumper TII 2a - 2005 Washington
International Horse Show - October 25-30, 2005
1 -102 Georgina Bloomberg -ACTION -0.00 /31.832
2 -259 Tracey Weinberg -CROMWELL -0.00 /36.794
3 -103 Georgina Bloomberg -LUMINA 2 -0.00 /38.737
4 -205 Jessica Miltz -OLAF -4.00 /39.445
5 -422 Danielle L. Torano -LOJANA -8.00 /40.647
6 -523 Gabby Slome -SALSA -10.00 /42.194
7 -154 Cayce Harrison -QUICKSTAR II Z -0.00/elim.
8 -63 Laura Linback -MOHAWK DU CLAIR DE LUNE -4.00 -58.103
9 -69 Joy Slater -SHINDIG - 4.00- 58.262
10 -155 Cayce Harrison- REGGAE -4.00-58.597
11 - 289 Paige Johnson -REDDY TEDDY -4.00-60.083
12 - 522 Michelle Spadone -R MABLE KZ -4.00 -60.519
Henry Pfeiffer and Elton Tops in Junior Jumpers Time First Jump-Off
Twenty-two starters lined up for the early afternoon Junior Jumper
competition at the Washington International Horse Show on Friday at the MCI
Scoring was Table II, Sec 2a, Time First Jump-Off. Only three of the
starting field advanced to the second round tiebreaker.
In the jump-off, Henry Pfeiffer and Elton were the first duo to return and
they survived for top honors. The pair toured the speed course with four
faults, tripping the timers in 31.705 for the win. Hemmingway and Whitney
Linders also had a rail, but their slower time of 34.151 dropped them to
second place. Hillary Dobbs and VDL Lotus Excel were eliminated.
"I came in wanting to win like everybody else," said Pfeiffer. "I had to go
first in the tiebreaker, so I had to go clean and decently fast. I needed to
get him back a little to the jump I had down, but once I had that knockdown,
I pretty much went for it the rest of the way. And it held up," he said with
a smile. "I really didn't know about Hillary Dobbs but I show against
Whitney Linders all year. She's always tough, so I really wasn't sure if my
four faults would stand up."
The Junior Jumpers finish on Saturday with the crowning of the coveted
Junior Jumper Championship, this following the $10,000 Senator's Cup Junior
Official Results of Class 201 $2,500 Junior Jumper TII, 2a -2005 Washington
International Horse Show -October 25-30 2005
1 546 -Henry Pfeiffer -ELTON -4.00/31.705
2 719 -Whitney Linders -HEMMINGWAY -4.00/34.151
3 702 -Hillary Dobbs -VDL LOTUS EXCEL -0.00 /elim.
4 671 -Taryn Nolte -LANCE - 4.00- 55.757
5 687 -Hannah Selleck -CIRKA Z -4.00-57.908
6 168 -Blythe Marano -RIVER -4.00 -58.596
7 456 -Maggie McAlary -PEDRO -4.00-58.635
8 207 -Jessica Speiser -CALINO DE LEZEAUX -4.00 -59.054
Chris Kappler and VDL Oranta Gallop to Victory in $25,000 International-Open
President's Cup Qualifier
Twenty seven starters arrived for the final afternoon feature on Friday and
a final chance to qualify for the $100,000 President's Cup, sponsored by
Salamander Hospitality, LLC. It is the highlight of this year's jumper
division and one of the nation's most prestigious show jumping titles.
The $25,000 International-Open Jumpers President's Cup Qualifier was
sponsored by the Split Rock Farm and the Braun Family and was scored under
FEI Table A, Art. 2382.2. Time first Jump-Off.
Seven of the starting field advanced to round two to face the clock.
Chris Kappler and his new mount VDL Oranta emerged victorious, producing a
fault free round over the speed course and tripping the finish timers in
Cayce Harrison and Coeur finished second, 1.09 seconds off the pace,
clocking in at 35.40 seconds. Philippe Rozier of France riding Senna picked
up the third place award with a clean go and a time of 34.25 seconds.
Official Results of Class 211 -$25,000 International-Open Jumper Art 238.2.2
-2005 Washington International Horse Show -October 25-30, 2005
1 549 -Chris Kappler-USA -VDL ORANTA 0.00 34.31
2 156 -Cayce Harrison -USA -COEUR 0.00
3 700 -Philippe Rozier-FRA -SENNA 4.00
4 619 -Eliza Shuford - USA -LARENTINO 4.00 34.95
5 704 -Jimmy Torano -USA -GALANT DE SEMILLY 4.00 35.70
6 287 -Paige Johnson - USA -KADENA R 8.00 34.19
7 483 -Leslie Howard -USA -ROLLING THUNDER 12.00 32.17
8 721 -Aaron Vale -USA -SEA CLOUD ret.
9 395 -Kelley Small -CAN -CALIBUR 1.00-61.13
10 424 -Danielle L. Torano -USA -GIBSON 1.00- 62.66
11 382 -Molly Ashe - USA -NEUVILLE 4.00 -54.12
12 138 -Michael Walton -USA -ELU DE LA HARDIERE 4.00-55.59
For complete results for all classes at the 2005 Washington International
Horse Show please go to: www.ryegate.com