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Jeffery Welles Takes First and Third Place at HITS-on-the-Hudson
Thursday Grand Prix.....Lynndee Kemmet reports for PhelpsSports.com
PHOTO CREDIT: - Jeffery Welles and Armani won the $25,000 Grand Prix at
HITS-on-the-Hudson IV. Photo Credit - (c) 2006 by Lynndee Kemmet
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Saugerties, New York - July 20, 2006 - Jeffery Welles ran away with the
blue and yellow ribbons at Thursday's $25,000 HITS Grand Prix. His first
place win was with Armani and third place was with Sampras.
Welles, of Ridgefield, Conn., tore through the seven-fence jump-off
course to beat out second-place finishers Darragh Kerins and Hot Wheels.
Riding last in a crowded field of 10 competitors, Welles and Armani
cleared the jump-off course with a time of 40.279 seconds. Kerins and
Hot Wheels finished clear with a time of 42.034. The time allowed was 58
With Sampras, Welles went clear with a time of 42.265. While Welles said
it was nice having a chance to ride the course with Sampras before
coming through the gate with Armani, it didn't affect the strategy of
his second ride.
"These are two very different horses," Welles said. "So I always take a
different approach with each."
Sampras is a 9-year-old Hosteiner gelding owned by Abigail Wexner and
Armani is an 11-year-old Selle Francais-Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by
Kimmel Yeager Equine LLC and Triton Ventures.
"Sampras is small and quick but with a huge gallop. So with him I put in
one last stride in the last line of the course," Welles said.
Armani, on the other hand, is big and bold with enormous scope.
"So on the third element, that double oxer, I was able to make a sharper
turn into the jump knowing he could still make it," Welles said. "What I
tried to do with Armani was just ride smoothly."
And it paid off. The first-place win earned $7,500. Welles' third-place
finish with Sampras was worth $3,250. For second place, Kerins received
The afternoon Grand Prix began with 29 riders negotiating the course
designed by Olaf Petersen Jr., of Germany, with a time allowed of 92
second that was soon lowered to 90. Of the 10 riders who went clear to
make the jump-off, five sailed through without faults, making speed the
key to victory. But despite going last and knowing he had to beat
Kerins' fast time to win, Welles said he felt no stress.
He had confidence in Armani, with whom he qualified as an alternate for
the U.S. Show Jumping team for the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games, and
Welles said every jump-off is about time, whether it's beating another
rider or simply beating the clock.
"You've always got a time to beat," he said. "Only if everyone has
faults can you go a bit slower, but then you've still got to think about
The Thursday Grand Prix was part of HITS-on-the-Hudson IV, which began
July 19 and runs through Sunday, July 23. The $10,000 Brookledge Welcome
Grand Prix was held on opening day, July 19. In that competition, Kevin
Babington and Candaletto 4, owned by Kindle Hill Farm, finished first,
followed by Brianne Goutal and Casar (DE), owned by Cloverleaf Farm, in
second. Margie Engle and Calippo 12, owned by Wyndhurst Stables, took