Articles: Press Release
World Class Performance by U.S Show Jumping Team in Hickstead, U.K.
Kraut wins Queen Elizabeth Cup, Welles wins King George V Cup, U.S. Team
second in Nations Cup, Madden wins Longines Prize for Elegance
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August 1, 2005
(Lexington, KY) - Despite what U.S. Chef d'Equipe George Morris calls a
"bittersweet show," the United States' show jumping riders staged a
spectacular performance in Hickstead this past weekend, demonstrating
that they remain a solid world power with which to be reckoned. They
were second to Germany in the Samsung Super League Nations Cup on Friday
by only one point and remain in second place in the overall Super League
standings. They then dominated the rest of the weekend's competition
First it was the ladies at bat. Laura Kraut, of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, the grand prix for lady riders, riding
Anthem, while Kimberly Prince of Hume, Virginia, on Couletto K James was
second. Beezie Madden, of Cazenovia, New York, was sixth on Judgement.
The Queen Elizabeth II Cup is a prestigious and highly sought after win
for any woman competing in show jumping. Madden also won the Longines
Prize for Elegance.
Jeffrey Welles, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, then stepped up to the plate
showing what the U.S. men can do. He decisively took the King George V
Cup, the grand prix for gentlemen riders, posting the only double clear
rounds of the day. This historic class has been contested since 1907,
and Welles is now in the history books with previous U.S. legends who
have won the Cup, including Bill Steinkraus (1956 and 1964); Hugh Wiley
(1958 and 1959); former U.S. Chef d'Equipe Frank Chapot (1974); and
Norman Dello Joio (2001). After the class Morris and Welles called Bill
Steinkraus. "Billy was my mentor and in a sense the father of American
classic equitation," Morris explained. "He very much appreciated the
call and was very excited for Jeffrey and the team, very complimentary.
He gave me some history I did not know, the first U.S. rider to win the
King George V Cup was Fred Bontecou in 1925 riding on a U.S. Army team."
Unfortunately, McLain Ward, of Brewster, New York, broke his collarbone
as a result of a fall in the first round of the Samsung Super League
competition. His horse, Sapphire, was not injured, but McLain will be
lost to the team for, as yet, an unknown length of time. He was treated
at a British hospital Friday and released that day. He has returned to
the United States for further treatment, which will determine when he
can resume competition and rejoin the team.
"His loss is a very big blow to the six week Super League tour for us,"
said Morris. "He was on a roll, having won the big speed qualifier and
then the table A qualifier on Thursday. In fact we took first, second
and third in that class. For us, it's not like it is for the Europeans.
We're so far away and we can't just ship in another horse and rider so
easily." (Prior to his injury Ward won the Osborne Refrigerators
International Stakes on Oasis, with Laura Kraut on Anthem second, and
Welles in third on Armani.) Morris gave accolades to the U.S. women
riders who took up the challenge in the Super League competition, "With
McLain's fall in the first round and not being able to ride in the
second round, those became our two throw-out rounds. But the three
girls were wonderful, just marvelous, giving amazing rides."
As far as regrouping for the next leg of the Samsung Super League
competition at Dublin, Morris said Ward will not be replaced, they will
go with the current team of four. "It would be too forced, and
logistically not correct to rush another horse and rider over to Dublin.
It's too late and too risky. We're going with the top four riders we've
got. There's a chance McLain will be able to join us in Aachen, a
better chance for Calgary. We'll see."
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