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Red Hot Jaime Guerra Wins the $75,000 Budweiser AGA Championship at the
122nd National Horse Show and Family Festival
PHOTO CREDIT: Jaime Guerra and Santa Terisita Power Point. Photo by
Kenneth Kraus of Phelps Media Group, Inc.
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Wellington, Fl - December 4, 2005 - Beautiful sunny skies and warm
temperatures greeted a huge Sunday afternoon crowd for the final day of
the 122nd National Horse Show and Family Festival at the Palm Beach Polo
Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida. That crowd got to watch red hot
Jaime Guerra of Mexico win Sunday's main event, the $75,000 Budweiser
AGA Championship. It was Guerra's third victory in the five days of
competition at the National Horse Show.
Twenty-six starters took the field for the $75,000 Budweiser AGA
Championship, scored under FEI Table A over two rounds, 1st round not
against the clock and 2nd round against the clock, with a designated
jump-off. Only the top eight from the first round would advance to round
two, with time deciding among those with four faults or more.
Jose "Pepe" Gamarra of La Paz, Bolivia designed the challenge for the
final class of the 2005 American Grand Prix Association tour and the
final event of this year's National Horse Show.
Of the twenty-six starters, only three mastered the first round course,
and were guaranteed a spot in the second round. Eight competitors had
four faults, but only the fastest five of those would advance to round
two. Two horse and rider combinations had five faults, while another six
had eight and four duos had more than eight. Two riders were eliminated.
The scores from first round carried over to the second round and were
added together to determine the fault total and the time over the course
in the second round was the tiebreaker.
The four fault horse and riders from round one returned first. Cara
Raether and Trelawny Farm's Quildano de Kalvarie led off the second
round action and picked up two rails and finished with a twelve fault
total for the two rounds, in a time of 52.32 seconds.
Kent Farrington aboard the AGA Horse of the Year Madison, owned by Alexa
Weeks, came back for round two and stunned the large gathering with a
fault free performance and a time that wouldn't be caught the rest of
the afternoon. Farrington blazed across the finish line in 46.14 seconds
and took over the lead with a total of four faults from the two rounds
and the time of 46.14.
Next up was Norman Dello Joio and the Wembly Farms' entry of Quriel.
Dello Joio equaled his first round performance, picking up four faults
and coming home in a time of 46.73 seconds. His two round total of eight
faults dropped him into second place.
Alison Firestone and Intrepid du Valon, owned by Bert and Diana
Firestone, entered the fray fourth. Firestone also picked up a second
round rail and her eight fault total with a time of 48.56 dropped her
below Dello Joio, into third place.
Lauren Hough and Casadora, owned by Lauren Mateo, were the final duo to
return with four faults from the first round. Hough was fault free in
round two, but couldn't catch Farrington's top time and slid into second
place, with a total of four and a finish time of 47.25 seconds.
The three that were perfect in the first round now faced the challenge
of topping Kent Farrington who was perfect in the second round.
Ken Berkley and Carlos Boy, owned by the Rivers Edge Group, returned
first. Berkley, in a careful yet efficient performance, produced his
second clean round of the day but left the door slightly ajar with a
modest time of 53.01 seconds.
Jaime Guerra, winner of two speed classes at the National Horse Show
this week, walked through that door left open by Berkley. Guerra, aboard
Santa Terisita Power Point, owned by Santa Terisita of California, was
careful and clean, and just narrowly faster than Berkley, tripping the
timers in 52.65 seconds. He took over the top spot by 0.36 seconds.
Todd Minikus and Harry R. Gill's Flier were the final challengers of the
day. Minikus, not wanting to be caught by the first round four faulters,
unfortunately failed to catch his two clean round adversaries. Minikus
came home with no faults but in a time of 54.50 seconds to finish in
third place behind Berkley.
"I'm thrilled," said a beaming Guerra following the class. "My horse
really hasn't jumped a course this big before and he struggled a little
through the triple combination in the first round, but I couldn't be
Asked about his second round strategy, Guerra said, "In the second round
I just decided not to be crazy fast. But it was tough to decide what to
do with the fast four faulters in front of me and Todd still to come
"That format, I think, doesn't or shouldn't apply to show jumping," said
an obviously agitated Todd Minikus following today's class. "The three
horses that were clear over a very difficult course could have been
severely penalized by having to compete in a second round with horses
that had four faults in the first round!" he said. "Any one of us could
have ended up in eighth place theoretically. That format penalizes
horses that jumped their ass off in the first round. It penalizes the
riders and it penalizes the owners. It's a bad format," he emphasized.
"I've had the same complaint last year and before that too. The crowd
doesn't understand it, the media doesn't understand it and I don't
understand why they keep using it," Minikus said.
"I don't think it's the best format either," agreed second place
finisher Ken Berkley. "But, it's the format they chose so you play by
their rules, but with that in mind I was a little conservative to the
last two fences, knowing I could drop down to fourth or worse."
Today's champion agreed with Minikus. "I'd prefer a normal jump-off,"
said Guerra. "It was difficult enough to jump without having to worry
about horses with four faults beating you, for sure. It created a
situation where those with four faults had everything to win and those
of us that were clear in the first round had everything to lose."
Official Results #1005 -$75,000 Budweiser AGA Championship CSI***-FEI
Table A over two rounds, 1st round not against the clock and 2nd round
against the clock - National Horse Show -12-04-05-Internationale Arena
1 - 126 Santa Teresita Power Point -Santa Teresita-Jaime Guerra -MEX
2 - 137 Carlos Boy -Rivers Edge Group-Ken Berkley-USA- 0-0/53.01-$16250
3 - 134 Flier -Mr. Harry R. Gill-Todd Minikus-USA -0-0/54.50-$16250
4 - 47 Madison -Alexa Weeks-Kent Farrington-USA -4-0/46.14- $5250
5 - 444 Casadora -Laura Mateo- Lauren Hough- USA -4-0/47.25-$5250
6 - 568 Quriel-Wembly Farm-Norman Dello Joio-USA -4-4/46.73-$3375
7 - 69 Intrepide Du Valon- M/M B. Firestone-Alison Firestone-USA
8 - 19 Quilano de Kalvarie -Trelawny Farm -Cara Raether-USA-4-8/52.32-
9 - 345 Opus Sept -South Beach Stable -Schuyler Riley-USA-4.00 -77.28-
10 -117 Artur 28 -Millstream-Aaron Vale-USA- 4.00-78.73-$1750
11 - 11 Summer Storm -Shaine Brooks-Amy Momrow-USA -4.00 -77.87-$1750
12 - 480 -Crabamboli-Eugene R. Mische-Michael Morrissey-USA-
Lila Sessums and Continental B Top the Field in the $15,000 Show Jumping
Hall Of Fame Amateur-Owner Championship
Fifteen top Amateur Owner Jumper riders competed in today's year end
Show Jumping Hall of Fame Championship.
Scoring was Table II, Sec. 2a, Time First Jump-Off. Three riders
advanced to the timed jump-off. Five competitors had four faults; one
had six, one had eight and two had more than eight. Two riders were
In the jump-off, Lila Sessums and the veteran Continental B emerged
victorious with the only clear ride in the tiebreaker. Their clear round
time was 42.546 seconds.
Louis Jacobs and Caucalis finished with a single knockdown in 38.557
seconds to grab second place and Blythe Masters and Camaro 48 were
third, also with four faults but a time of 39.100 seconds.
Following the class, Sessums gave all the credit Continental B for the
big day. "I just have such a wonderful horse. He's taken me to the party
for thirteen years now," she said. "He's just so very careful and so
good at his job that I knew I had to do my best because I knew he was
going to do his best. He's eighteen," she revealed. "I bought him from
Dennis Murphy thirteen years ago. He's amazing. He has placed in
sixty-eight out of seventy-five grand prix events with me, winning
thirteen of them. He's pretty incredible," she added.
Knowing that all she had to do was go clear to win; Sessums said that
was certainly on her mind. "I was thinking about that whole way around
the course," she laughed. "I knew I was going to be in trouble if I
didn't go clean, but I decided to not be crazy and go for the clear
round and it worked out."
How excited was Sessums following her win? "I'll tell you, this morning
I was saying a little prayer and I said I'd rather win this class today
than win the lottery. I'm so excited," she admitted. "This is such an
important class at such an important horse show and he so deserves it
because he's such a special horse."
Official Results #1104- $15,000 SJHOF Amateur-Owner Championship -Table
II, Sec 2a - Time First Jump-off - National Horse Show - 12-04-05
1-296-Lila L Sessums -Continental B - 0/42.546
2-133-Louis Jacobs- Caucalis - 4/38.557
3-135-Blythe Masters -Camaro - 4/39.100
4-417-Danielle Torano -Lojana -4- 77.344
5-131-Charlie Jacobs -Innocence- 4- 77.847
6-130-Katrina Woods -Cash Flow -4-80.143
7-594-Joana Valente -Julia 107 -4-80.159
8-385-Victoria D'Agostino -Cinoa -4- 81.928
9-616-Nathalie Mathers -Zizou -6-87.121
10-585-Charlie Jayne-Conterno -8-80.082
11-559-Tonya Henning- Mill Creek Rosalinde -12- 77.384
12-264-Katherine Miracle -Tattiana -28-93.181
Whitney Weeks and Subliem Take Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior
Twelve juniors started today in their Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior
Championship. Again scoring was Table II, Sec. 2a, Time First Jump-off.
Three competitors advanced to the encounter against the clock with clean
first round efforts. The riders had four faults while two had twelve.
Two had more twelve and two were eliminated.
In the jump-off Whitney Weeks out-dueled Hillary Dobbs for top honors.
Riding Subleim, Weeks blazed across the finish line with a clean round
in 40.023 seconds, to take home the championship. Dobbs, aboard VDL
Lotus Excell, also toured the course fault free, but her finish time was
42.108 seconds. Haylie Jayne and Cartier, with twelve faults and a time
of 41.578 seconds, finished third.
Weeks talked about today's championship. "It was pretty tough course. I
was first to return for the jump-off which is a tough place to be, but
she was awesome. She's naturally a really fast mare," Weeks explained.
"I just have to work on staying with her. The hardest part with her is
turning really neat, so I was concentrating on that."
Weeks talked about her trainer Kent Farrington, who has had a
tremendously successful season. "I think that Kent winning with Madison
has put all of us in a really good place," she said. "It's been so
exciting and when we see how hard he tries with her, it makes all of us
want to try that much harder for him. I can't imagine riding with anyone
"This is my last show as a junior so it was a great way top go out,"
And what about next year when she'll advance to the Amateur-Owners and
face her sister Alexa? "It will be a showdown," she laughed. "She's an
awesome rider and I love riding with her and my younger sister too. So,
it'll be interesting for sure."
Official Results #1204- $15,000 SJHOF Junior Jumper Championship -Table
II, Sec 2a - Time First Jump-off - National Horse Show - 12-04-05
1-533 -Whitney Weeks -Subliem -0/40.023
2-300 Hillary Dobbs -VDL Lotus Excell -0/42.108
3-588 Haylie Jayne -Cartier -12/41.578
4-423 Julianna Fischer -Lola-4 -73.488
5-331 Katie Brown -Rashnu -4 -75.255
6-352 Lexy Reed -Ludwig -4-78.328
7-376 Josephine Nash -Razzmatazz -12 -80.570
8-136 Katie McDaniel -Quasar -12 -80.730
9-564 Elisabeth Hayes -Gut Reinhardshof Top Secret -13- 82.688
10-256 Ali Wolff -Lanoo- 37-106.04
T11-484 Jennifer Urioste -Casanova-ret.
T11-273 Andrew Welles -Edesa's Lennetaler-elim.
NHS Children's and Adult Championships Conclude DeNemethy Arena Activity
at the 122nd National Horse Show and Family Festival
The $10,000 Palm Beach Daily News NHS Adult Amateur Jumper Championship
made headlines today in the DeNemethy Arena with a 10 a.m. start. The
jumps were perfected before the coursewalk by course designer Manuel
Esparza before 21 entries took on the challenge. The first round
consisted of 15 obstacles and a time allowed of 67 seconds.
"I tried to make it a little bit harder than yesterday's speed class,"
commented Esparza. "I made it tougher today, with less options and a
tighter time. It's also a little higher."
Under a Table II. 2 (a) format, eight exhibitors posted clear first
rounds and returned for the jump-off phase. The jump-off included eight
obstacles, with the last fence heading towards the in-gate. Katelin Kane
and Le Beau Cheval blazed over the course in a time of 37.344. Kane's
time was untouchable, and she led the victory gallop for a purse of
The Settaukett, New York resident also claimed the division championship
after her success in today's class and her win yesterday. A junior at
the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, the 21 year old
will commute from New York to show during the Winter Equestrian
Festival. She has trained with Ralph Caristo for four and a half years.
"I haven't ridden in a few months," Kane admitted with a smile, "and I'm
really proud of myself for coming down here as riding as well as I did.
My horse was fantastic; I couldn't have asked him to be any better for
me this week." She further explained, "He was smooth through the entire
course, and I think we were just really on it this weekend."
Along with the National Horse Show cooler and medal, Kane was presented
the Skymaster Memorial Challenge Trophy. This Adult Amateur Jumper high
point award was donated by Patricia Adikes-Hill and the Adikes Family
Foundation and is awarded to the division champion. If won three times
by the same horse and rider combination, the trophy is retired by the
winner for permanent possession.
The reserve championship was pinned on the bridle of Rigadoon and Casey
Martino from Loxahatchee, Florida. Martino picked up ninth today after a
third place finish yesterday and a first in Friday's class.
Final Standings for The Palm Beach Daily News NHS Adult Amateur Jumper
1.) Le Beau Cheval, Katelin Kane , 0, 37.344
2.) Ganowe 2, Bud Martin, 0, 39.119
3.) Jurist, Tim Boulton, 0, 40.900
4.) Romanof, Julie Ann Fontaine, 0, 41.051
5.) Candeletto, Gigi Stetler, 0, 43.244
6.) Da Vinci, Gigi Stetler, 4, 43.391
7.) Oriola, John Martino, 4, 48.757
8.) Romario, Tim Boulton, 8, 39.823
9.) Rigadoon, Casey Martino, 4, 63.248 R1
10.) Colleen, Megan Abbott, 4, 66.248 R1
11.) Tiny Toon, Alexandra Cherubini, 4, 66.585 R1
12.) Iroquois, Allene Simmons, 4, 67.662 R1
The $5,000 NHS Children's Jumper Championship was next in the queue for
the DeNemethy Arena with a pool of 30 entries to show. After 20
exhibitors qualified for the jump-off, the riders were put to the test
in the second round. The jump-off, with a time allowed of 47 seconds,
allotted only seven clear rounds out of the 20 that returned. Of those
seven, Heather Timm and Manuela Del Juncal powered through the course in
a time of 32.796 seconds. Timm edged Lexy Reed and Newdle into the
second position, surpassing Reed's time of 36.375 by almost four
Timm rides at Castlewood Farm with Alan Korotkin and resides here in
Wellington, Florida. "If that horse goes clean, then I don't think there
is anyone who can beat her," related Korotkin. "She is such a fast
horse. She's like a little thoroughbred and really careful. The jump-off
rode with a fast pace, had a couple turns, and a long gallop home. It
really suited our horse."
In addition to her win today, Timm received the division championship.
Reserve champion went to Alexandra Arute aboard Brave Heart, owned by
Final Standings for the NHS Children's Jumper Championship:
1.) Manuela De Juncal, Heather Timm, 0, 32.796
2.) Newdle, Lexy Reed, 0, 36.375
3.) Royal D'or, Katherine Newman, 0, 38.038
4.) Private Reserve, Alexandra Arute, 0, 38.558
5.) Skyland's Wonder, Josh Dolan, 0, 41.333
6.) Carrera, Nicole Witala, 41.776
7.) Arko, Sarah Owen, 0, 44.263
8.) Ludacris, Euri Uchiyama, 4, 37.913 9.)
9.) Gallent De Saintho, Isabel Jolicoeur, 4, 39.219
10.) Seal Harbor, Samantha Senft, 4, 41.043
11.) Skyland's Con Chito Z, Josh Dolan, 4, 41.869
12.) Tiger Lily, Nicole Bellissimo, 8, 37.929