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Two Clear Rounds Give Engle the Edge for Tenth AGA Rider of the Year
PHOTO CREDIT: Ten time AGA Rider of the Year Margie Engle and Hidden
Creek's Wapino winning the 2006 Cleveland Grand Prix in July. Photo by
Anne Gittins Photography
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Farrington Just Misses Rider Title but Guides Madison to AGA Horse of
the Year for Second Year in a Row
Wellington, FL - November 20, 2006 - For the first time in almost three
decades of history of the American Grand Prix Association Series of Show
Jumping, two top riders finished the season tied for 2006 AGA Rider of
the Year honors with equal points. Margie Engle, of Wellington, Florida,
and Kent Farrington of Greenwich, Connecticut, each finished the season
with 120 points and a tie atop the leader board for the coveted AGA
honors. The tiebreaker that secured Engle an unprecedented tenth Rider
of the Year title was the number of clean rounds produced over the
course of the season. Engle had thirteen clear performances, while
Farrington's perfect performances totaled eleven.
Just completing twenty eight years of continuing show jumping
excellence, the AGA Grand Prix Series of Show Jumping is the world's
richest and longest running series of events. The AGA offers over $3
million dollars in prize money on a tour that encompasses thirty events
and twenty different equestrian market locations across the United
"I was really surprised with this year's title," said Engle. "In past
years when I won I spent a lot of time campaigning on the AGA tour. This
year though, I was in Europe for a lot of the summer, so winning this
year came as a bit of a shock."
Engle notched only two wins on this year's AGA tour, but consistent top
six finishes throughout the season, and those all important clear rounds
added up to Rider of the Year honors once again. Engle led the victory
gallop early in the 2006 season, posting two clear rounds to win the
$75,000 Bainbridge Idle Dice Classic, CSI-W at the Winter Equestrian
Festival in February. Top finishes in the $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa
CSI-W in March, and the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational in
April powered Engle into the top ten following the winter portion of the
tour. Top finishes in two more big money events, the $150,000 Grand Prix
of Charlotte, CSI 4* and the $100,000 Budweiser Upperville Jumper
Classic, CSI 3, highlighted Engle's spring campaign. In Engle's second
win of the season, at the $65,000 Merrill Lynch Cleveland Grand Prix,
she notched four clear rounds, winning that event for the fourth year in
a row. A second place finish at the $65,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of
Indianapolis, with two more clear rounds, secured her tenth Rider of the
Farrington started the season at the top of the charts with a great
Florida tour. He won the $60,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup, CSI-3,
finished sixth in the $150,000 Florida Open, Presented by Cosequin CSI
5*, and then won the $150,000 US Open Jumper Championship Presented by
CN CSIO 5*. During the summer, Farrington placed sixth in the $75,000
Budweiser Grand Prix of Devon and third in the $50,000 Sussex County
Grand Prix. He topped off his excellent 2006 season with a win in
$75,000 Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic, and two top finishes in the
$100,000 Wachovia Securities American Gold Cup CSI-W in Cleveland, and
$65,000 Budweiser Grand Prix de Penn National CSI-W at Harrisburg.
Three-time AGA Rider of the Year McLain Ward finished third this year,
just six points behind Engle and Farrington, and Chris Kappler was
fourth in the rider race, nineteen points of the pace.
For the second year in a row, Madison, owned by Alexa Weeks, is the AGA
Horse of the Year. Madison earned $103,930 to take this year's title.
Madison becomes the first horse in over twenty years to win back to back
AGA Horse of the Year titles. The last to accomplish the feat was Albany
and rider Leslie Burr Howard back in 1983 and 1984.
Rodrigo Pessoa rode Diego Parella Coutino's Baloubet du Rouet to second
place honors with a bankroll of $83,685. Pessoa won America's richest
show jumping event, the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational at
Tampa Stadium in April of 2005.
Glasgow, the 2004 AGA Horse of the Year, owned by the Glasgow Group,
finished third this year with $77,300.
In the 2006 AGA Rookie of the Year race, Colorado's Janet Hischer, with
a win in the $60,000 Grand Prix of Denver in July and a top twelve
finish in the Rocky Mountain Grand Prix, earned $14,000 and held on to
edge Brianne Goutal of New York, New York for this year's top honors.
Goutal had no AGA wins for the season but picked up top placings in the
$65,000 Budweiser Grand Prix de Penn National CSI-W, the $50,000 Sussex
County Grand Prix and the $75,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Lake Placid,
The 2006 American Grand Prix Association (AGA) National Championship
will be held this year at the Stadium Jumping Christmas Festival,
scheduled for December 15 - 17, 2006, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian
Club in Wellington, Florida. The AGA Championship is limited to invited
riders only. In addition to the invitation issued to the Defending
Champion, one invitation is issued to the 2006 AGA Rookie of the Year,
and one each to the top four riders in both the East and West Divisions
of the AGA standings. Twenty, or the balance of the remaining
invitations, go to riders who have not otherwise qualified based on
their placings from the Final Overall 2006 AGA Rider of the Year
Standings as of November 18, 2006.
FINAL AGA Rider of the Year Standings:
Total Clear Rounds
Dello Joio, Norman
Guerra Piedra, Jaime
Van Asten, Leopold
FINAL AGA Horse of the Year Standings:
Baloubet Du Rouet
Diego Parella Coutino
M & K Oranta, LLC
Hidden Creek's Wapino
Hidden Creek Farm, Inc.
Little Big Man
Laura Chapot & Chado Farm, Inc.
Abigail S. Wexner
Leone Equestrians, Inc.
John & Lisa Hales
Kimmel, Yager EQ
Wild Turkey Farm
Sir Ruly, Inc.
Forest View Farms
Brook Furlong Farm
Humour Du Parc
Plain Bay Farm
Windsor Show Stables
Couletto K. James
Katherine Miracle & Overlook Farm
Rocky Mountain Warmbloods
Pasmore Stables LLC
Canyon Capital, Inc
LB Hotess De Rosieres
Torrey Pines Stable
Harry & Molly Chapman
Hidden Creek's Perin
Hidden Creek Farm, Inc.
Market Street, Inc.
Stoney Hill Farm
Show Jumping Syndication's Int'l
Mary B. Schwab & O.E.J.I. Farm
Hidden Creek's Oscar
Hidden Creek Farm, Inc.
S. Becker/B&B Saddlery
Quiland De Kalvarie
VDL Stud & Juan Pablo
Keri Potter Pessoa
VDL Groep Fleche Rouge
Windmill Ranch, LLC
FINAL AGA Rookie of the Year Standings:
Steen Gundersen, Henrik
Van Dyke, Sandy
Gibson, Devon P.
For more information write to: AMERICAN GRAND PRIX ASSOCIATION
1301 Sixth Ave West, Suite 406, Bradenton, FL 34205 941-744-5465 fax
941-744-0874 or visit the website at: www.stadiumjumping.com/aga