Articles: Press Release
Allyson Hawkes Soars to Victory at 'Kubota' Capital Classic Show Jumping
Kenneth Kraus of Phelps Media Group, Inc.
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Ottawa, Ontario - July 14, 2006 - American Allyson Hawkes crossed the
border and soared to victory in the $35,000 Brookstreet Jumping Derby at
the 'Kubota' Capital Classic Show Jumping Tournament. The international
equestrian event ends July 16 at the Nepean National Equestrian Park in
Not for the faint of heart, the $35,000 Brookstreet Jumping Derby saw
horses and riders climbing up a grass bank before jumping off the other
side, then disappearing down into a deep ditch to negotiate the dreaded
'devil's dyke'. Only the brave survived the track set by course
designer Conrad Homfeld, with three riders parting ways with their
mounts along the way and another two being eliminated. Of the 23
entries, it was the second-last competitor on course, Hawkes of Jersey
City, NJ, who finally delivered a clear round. She snuck in just under
the time allowed of 99 seconds, stopping the clock at 98.26 seconds with
her mount, Tuesday.
"My horse is amazing," said Hawkes, an amateur athlete who works as an
attorney in New York City. "She is a quality horse as evidenced by her
performance out there today. She will turn herself inside out to get
over the jumps!"
Hawkes missed competing in last year's Jumping Derby when a severe
thunderstorm pre-empted the proceedings more than half-way through the
"I was very nervous because I have never done anything like this,"
confided Hawkes, who earned $10,000 for her victory. "Last year we were
warming up when the thunderstorm hit, so we didn't compete."
Tuesday is a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare that her coach, Olympic
Gold Medalist Chris Kappler, found for her two years ago in Holland. It
was a case of the student besting the teacher in the $35,000 Brookstreet
Jumping Derby as Kappler finished fourth riding VDL Maseratie.
In second place was another American, Jennifer Hannan who hails from
Wakefield, New Jersey. The 23-year-old incurred one fault for exceeding
the time allowed with Gemini de Terlong, a 12-year-old Selle Francais
"I just started riding this mare last fall, and I love her!" said
Hannan, who was also competing in the Jumping Derby for the first time.
"I was so cautious in trying to ride to my plan that I ended up having a
Finishing third was Virginia's Tracy Weinberg riding Cromwell. She had
the day's only four-fault round to place third. Following Kappler in
the standings, defending champions Ian Millar and Promise Me were the
top-placed Canadian combination, taking fifth. Hyde Moffat of
Brantford, ON, took sixth riding Ting Tin.
Sunday brings the $60,000 'Kubota Cup' Big Ben Memorial Grand Prix, the
featured event of the 'Kubota' Capital Classic Show Jumping Tournament.
Frankie Chesler, 25, will attempt to defend her title, but faces stiff
competition from such Canadian greats as Eric Lamaze, John Pearce, Chris
Pratt and eight-time Olympian Ian Millar, as well as American Olympic
Gold Medalists, Chris Kappler and Joe Fargis.
Located in Ottawa's west-end at the Nepean National Equestrian Park, at
the Moodie Drive exit off of the 417 Highway, the 'Kubota' Capital
Classic Show Jumping Tournament attracts more than 10,000 spectators
annually. Admission is $10 per person on Sunday with children 12 and
under admitted free. For more information, please visit
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