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Great Britain's Whitaker and Skelton One-Two in Washington International
Gambler's Choice; Ward Takes President's Cup Qualifier Again.
PHOTO CREDIT: Iqbal Des Hayettes and Michael Whitaker of Great Britain Win
WIHS Gambler's Choice. Photo by Diana DeRosa Photography.
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Washington, D.C. -October 27, 2005 - It was a one-two finish for Great
Britain on Thursday night in the $20,000 International-Open Jumper Gambler's
Choice class at the 2005 Washington International Horse Show at the MCI
Center in Washington, D.C.
England's Michael Whitaker broke the one thousand point barrier and edged
fellow Brit Nick Skelton by seventy points for the victory. The Gambler's
Choice class features an array of jumps with point values based on the
degree of difficulty of the obstacle. Riders design their own course and
accumulate as many points as possible in the 50 second time allotted. The
riders then have the option of the final fence, The Joker, with a value of
200 points. If they clear the Joker, the 200 points are added on, if it's
knocked down the points are deducted.
Riding Iqbal Des Hayettes, Whitaker sliced and diced his way around the
Steve Stephens designed course to an initial total of 850 points. The
successful effort at the Joker brought his total to 1050. Whitaker was the
only rider to top 1000 points.
McLain Ward and Oasis, riding second in the order, made an early bid to
make it two wins in two years in the Gambler's Choice, taking the early lead
with 970 points.
Great Britain's Nick Skelton edged Ward out of the top spot eleven horses
later. Aboard Russel, Skelton piled up 980 points, a total that would top
the leader board. It was then, with only three to go in the class, that
Whitaker grabbed the lead from his fellow countryman.
"Of course I had the advantage of going later on and I had a chance to see
everyone else go and try and figure out the best course. Obviously the key
is finding the best course and leaving all the fences up," Whitaker said
with a smile. "And, I got to that fence on the end of the ring again which
no one else who did my course was able to do."
Iqbal Des Hayettes is a brand new mount for Whitaker. "The first time I
showed him was in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago and he was second, third
and fourth," Whitaker said. "This is just my fourth class together with him
and he's been absolutely brilliant."
Whitaker who returned to the Washington International for the first time
since the move to the MCI Center, likes the new facility. "I showed a number
of times at the old building (Capital Center)," he said. "But this place is
fantastic. A really good atmosphere. I really like it here."
For Whitaker, who spent the winter in Florida this past season, it was nice
to be here in the fall. "It's a nice change to be over here. Well not really
a change," he laughed. "I'm spending quite a bit of time over here. More
than in Europe I think. I plan to return to Florida again this winter and
see what happens."
For Michael Whitaker a win in the main event on Saturday night would make
the trip really worthwhile.
The $100,000 President's Cup sponsored by Salamander Hospitality, LLC
highlights this year's jumper division and will take place on Saturday
night, October 29, 2005.
Friday is the all new AOL.com Night at the Washington International Horse
Show featuring two exciting show jumping events, the $20,000
International-Open Jumper Accumulator and the $25,000 AOL.com International
Open Puissance classes.
Official Results-Class 213- $20,000 International-Open Jumper Gamblers's FEI
Art. 270 -2005 Washington International Horse Show October 25-30 2005
1-714 -Michael Whitaker -GBR -IQBAL DES HAYETTES -1050/51.37
2-712 -Nick Skelton -GBR -RUSSEL-980/57.17
3-717 -McLain Ward -USA -OASIS-970/57.55
4-721 -Aaron Vale -USA -SEA CLOUD 2-940/52.50
5-81 -Todd Minikus -USA -GAME BOY-940/61.53
6483 -Leslie Howard -USA -ROLLING THUNDER -930/54.86
7-711 -Harry Smolders -NED -EXQUIS OLIVER Q - 890/53.64
8-393 -Kim Farlinger -CAN -LAFORZA- 870/55.21
9-635 -Lauren Hough -USA -OTTALINE - 750/52.21
10-612 -Caitlin Venezia -USA -GAROUCHA -740/57.90
11-86 -Judy Garofalo -USA -HARLEM DE MESCAM -700/55.19
12-701 -Philippe Rozier -FRA -IDEAL DE PRISSEY- 650/55.21
Washington International President's Cup Qualifier Goes to Goldika and
McLain Ward for Third Year in a Row
Washington, D.C. - October 27, 2005 - For the third year in a row, McLain
Ward led the victory gallop in the $20,000 President's Cup Qualifier,
sponsored by Monarch International/Show Circuit Magazine, at the Washington
International Horse Show at the beautiful MCI Center in Washington, D.C.
Ward will try and make it two in a row in Saturday night's main event, the
$100,000 President's Cup, sponsored by Salamander Hospitality, LLC, the
highlight of this year's jumper division and one of the nation's most
prestigious show jumping titles.
Steve Stephens of Palmetto, Florida is the Course Designer for the 2005
Washington International Horse Show. Today's class was scored under FEI
Table A, Art. 238.2.1. Time First Round. Ward topped a field of thirty-two
horse and rider combinations for the afternoon win.
Madison, owned by Alexa Weeks and ridden by Kent Farrington, grabbed the
early lead out of the seventh spot in the order. Farrington flew home with a
clean round and broke the beams in 46.41 seconds. That lead held up through
the next eighteen competitors.
Ward and Goldika, owned by the Double H Farm, flat out flew around the
twists and turns of the Stephens designed challenge and when the smoke had
cleared, the scoreboard flashed up an incredible time of 43.53 seconds.
"It's been a good class for her for the past three years and hopefully we
can repeat on Saturday night as well," Ward said. "She's incredibly careful,
very fast and very quick inside. She adjusts very quickly. The size of the
ring only helps her, it doesn't hurt her," noted Ward. "Her entire career,
while she's had some great success outside, her top ranked, quality wins
have come indoors. You can feel her confidence inside. She's really an
indoor specialist," he said.
Ward, who went on to win the 2004 President's Cup following last year's
Qualifier victory, has had tremendous success at Washington. He hasn't
placed less than second in this event for the past five years and last year
won every class at Washington, except the Puissance. "Rio was also very good
in this class a couple of times, too," he said. "Washington has been a very
good show for me. In our sport, it seems to go in trends. The good shows are
usually good and the bad ones stay bad," laughed Ward.
Ward also noted the Dwight D. Eisenhower Trophy that came with today's win.
"Certainly for me, being an historian of the sport, it's great to win the
important classes and even nice when a prestigious trophy is involved," Ward
Many are saying that this year's Washington International boasts one of the
best and most highly rated jumper rosters in it's long history. Ward agreed,
"Absolutely. Nick Skelton, Michael Whitaker, Gerco Schroeder. They're the
best and the hottest in Europe right now. They're all at the top of the
world rankings. And the American contingent is as strong as Washington's
ever seen," he said.
Results of Class 210 -$20,000 International-Open Jumper 238.2.1- 2005
Washington International Horse Show - October 25-30, 2005 - FEI Table A
1- 718 - McLain Ward- USA-GOLDIKA 559- 0.00/43.53
2- 479 -Kent Farrington-USA-MADISON-0.00/46.41
4- 484-Leslie Howard - USA- YOUP- 0.00/46.82
5-182-Lauren Hough -USA-CASADORA-0.00/47.78
6-41-Aaron Vale -USA-ARTUR 28-0.00 /47.88
7-613-Danielle L. Torano-USA-CAPITANO-0.00/48.15
8-605-Judy Garofalo -USA-OLIVER III -0.00 /48.69
9-599-Candice S. King -USA-TURBO vh GESTELHOF -0.00/48.96
10-395-Kelley Small -CAN-CALIBUR- 0.00/49.13
11-156-Cayce Harrison -USA-COEUR-0.00 /50.24
12-549-Chris Kappler -USA-VDL ORANTA-0.00 /50.95
Two in a Row for Georgina Bloomberg and Lumina 2 in Amateur Owner Jumpers
Georgina Bloomberg posted her second win in as many days on Thursday,
topping a field of thirteen in the Amateur Owner Jumpers, Time First Round
Bloomberg and Lumina 2, owned by Gotham Enterprizes, raced across the finish
line in 41.874 seconds to post a 2.31 second win over second place finisher,
Laura Linback on Woodrun Farm's Mohawk Du Clair De Lune. Linback's final
time was 44.185 seconds.
Cromwell, owned the Weinberg Brokerage and ridden by Tracy Weinberg,
finished third in 45.198 seconds.
Results of Class 207 $2,500 Amateur Owner Jumpers TII, Sec 1-2005 Washington
International Horse Show-October 25-30, 2005
1-103-Georgina Bloomberg -LUMINA 2 -0.00 /41.874
2-63-Laura Linback -MOHAWK DU CLAIR DE LUNE -0.00 /44.185
3-259-Tracey Weinberg -CROMWELL -0.00 /45.198
4-522-Michelle Spadone -R MABLE KZ -0.00 /45.292
5-69-Joy Slater -SHINDIG -4.00 /41.409
6-523-Gabby Slome -SALSA -4.00 /43.898
7-154-Cayce Harrison -QUICKSTAR II Z -4.00 /45.356
8-196-Mary Elizabeth Moore -TRILLION- 8.00 /44.444
Evan Coluccio Finishes One-Two in Junior Jumpers
Twenty-one Junior Jumpers went to the post in a Time First Round class
scored under USEF Table II, Sec 1. It was the first class in the division
for the junior riders, leading up to their Championship and the Senator's
Cup Trophy class.
Evan Coluccio took the top two spots in the speed class, topping the field
with Batman in 44.186 and finishing second with Ransom in 46.026 seconds.
Brianne Goutal finished third with Onira, just off the second place pace in
Results of Class 202 -$2,500 Junior Jumper TII, 2.1-2005 Washington
International Horse Show-October 25-30, 2005
1-264-Evan M. Coluccio-BATMAN -0.00/ 44.186
2-651-Evan M. Coluccio-RANSOM - 0.00/46.026
3-438-Brianne Goutal -ONIRA - 0.00/46.157
3-438-Brianne Goutal -ONIRA - 0.00/46.157
4-207-Jessica Speiser -CALINO DE LEZEAUX -0.00/46.972
5-486-Lauren Hester -OXFORD-0.00/48.023
6-687-Hannah Selleck -CIRKA Z-0.00/49.402
8-437-Clementine Goutal -RASTELLA-0.00/52.641
For complete results for all classes at the 2005 Washington International
Horse Show please go to: www.ryegate.com