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Aron and Ashe Storm to Victory in 1.50m Classics at 2006 Winter
PHOTO CREDIT: Aimee Aron and Ostara win 1.50m Classic CSIO at WEF on
Saturday. (c)Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com
Kenneth Kraus of Phelps Media Group, Inc.
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Wellington, FL - March 11, 2006 - Two 1.50m Classics were the spotlight
events on center stage today in the Internationale Arena at the CN
Wellington Finale, CSIO 5*, the final week of competition at the 2006
Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. The
classes featured different winners today, but for each victor, the trip
to the winner's circle was particularly rewarding, albeit for vastly
For 17 year-old Aimee Aron of the United States, winner of the first
1.50m Classic, it is all part of her ongoing training and learning
experiences, competing against the best show jumping riders in the
world. Today's second 1.50m Classic winner, Molly Ashe, is already a
show jumping superstar and one of the best in world. For her, it's all
about being healthy again, on a healthy horse.
Steve Stephens of the United States designed the courses for the
twenty-eight starters that went to the post for the mid morning $10,000
1.50M Classic CSIO, scored under FEI art.238 2.2, Time First Jump-Off.
Seven of the twenty-eight with clean first rounds advanced to the speed
Following three rails down for Kent Farrington (USA) and Up Chiqui and a
single knockdown for McLain Ward (USA) and Goldika in the jump-off, Aron
produced the round that would hold up for her first big international
win. Aboard Ostara from the Kinloch Enterprises, Aron toured the
jump-off course successfully and tripped the timers in 37.75 seconds.
Kevin Babington (IRL) followed with a clear go on It's Morado, but fell
short of Aron's target time. When Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Leopold Van
Asten (NED) each had problems and Nick Skelton (GBR) slipped going
around a turn with Russel, Aron's victory was secured.
"There were seven clear and McLain (Ward) was my biggest concern,"
detailed Aron following the victory. "But when he had the rail down with
Goldika, Laura (Kraut) told me to just be smooth and easy and leave the
jumps up. I guess luck was with me today because everybody else
following me had problems. She jumped beautifully."
Aron spoke of her equine partner Ostara. "We've had her for three years.
She's really, really a special horse. She's one of those that has a
heart so much bigger than most," Aron explained. "I've been stepping up
here, doing the Sunday classes, and I had a difficult time at first. But
she's stuck in there with me through it all, and in the long run, I
think she's going to be one of the real good international horses. She
loves to jump."
Aron was thrilled to line up for the blue ribbon today. "It's definitely
a learning experience. Laura's really been helpful, and she's told me
that you can't throw in the towel no matter how disappointing it gets,
because that's what this sport is about. You keep working at it. For me,
it's been getting easier and easier. Maybe the courses don't look as big
now," she laughed. "The first week I went in, I just wanted to get
around, and now I want to go in and go clean and win. It's definitely a
work in progress."
In the second class, the $20,000 1.50m Classic, the scoring was under
USEF rules, Table II, Section 2(a), Time First Jump-Off. Forty-nine
assembled for the mid-day main event, but only five mastered the
Stephens' designed first track to qualify to jump again in the
Against the clock, Cody Baird, with a clear go in 31.982 seconds, set
the pace with Poleander, owned by the October Farms. Lisa Silverman and
Flubber Cocoy challenged with a clean round, but missed Baird's time as
she clocked in at 32.296 seconds.
The stage was thus set for the return of Molly Ashe and her veteran
partner Lutopia to the WEF winner's circle. Both have been sidelined
with injuries, Ashe for much of this year's festival, and Lutopia on and
off for almost two years. The duo looked like they hadn't missed a
single beat, as Ashe sliced a full second off of Baird's time for the
victory. Lutopia galloped home in 30.920 seconds.
Ashe was beaming following her win. "You have no idea how good it feels
to have her jump as good as she jumped today and be out there competing
again. It's been a long while," and she added, "for both of us!"
"I had Eric Lamaze coming behind me, and he's always a serious threat.
Cody (Baird) got a little bunched up at the last fence, so that gave me
a little room, but I just let her go. She's such a fast horse anyway,"
she said. "She slipped a little on the turn back to the oxer, and I had
to add up a stride, but she really helped me out there."
"She hasn't been right since before the last Olympic trials, really,"
Ashe explained. "Then following the Super League she still wasn't right.
We never really did figure out exactly what was wrong with her. She had
a number of little things that added up to one big ouch. But she seems
to be all sorted out now. She went back into full work this past
November. I did a couple of 1.40m classes with her the first week," Ashe
said, "and then I got hurt and couldn't show for two or three weeks. So
today's 1.45m class was her first, and she feels great, and she jumped
For Ashe, it was nice for both she and Lutopia to finally be healthy
together. "I had bulging discs, one in my neck and two in my lower back.
But I feel good now," she smiled. "Dr. Farrell made me stop for a while
and then ease my way back, first riding just one a day, then a couple a
day, and now finally four a day. Finally, I feel great."
Results of Class 105 $10,000 1.50M Classic FEI 238 2.2 - CSIO - CN
Wellington Finale CSIO 5* US
Internationale Arena - 3/11/06
1 1973 AIMEE ARON USA OSTARA 0.00 70.67 0.00 37.75 $3000
2 1307 KEVIN BABINGTON IRL IT'S MORADO 0.00 72.05 0.00 39.48 $2000
3 561 MCLAIN WARD USA GOLDIKA 559 0.00 67.39 4.00 36.23 $1000
DOUBLE H FARM
4 3315 LEOPOLD VAN ASTEN NED VDL GROEP SPIGA 0.00 71.80 4.00 37.00 $700
5 1338 KENT FARRINGTON USA UP CHIQUI 0.00 69.81 12.00 35.33 $600
6 3839 ERIC LAMAZE CAN SHANNON 0.00 69.35 18.00 55.62 $500
7 3362 NICK SKELTON GBR RUSSEL 0.00 70.95 elim. $500
8 3371 TIM HOSTER GER STUART 0.00 74.27 $400
GER POEIS HORSES
9 3181 FRANCOIS MATHY IVOIRE DU ROUET 1.00 75.11 $400
10 2459 LESLIE HOWARD USA YOUP 4.00 69.29 $300
11 701 PABLO BARRIOS VEN SUN GOD 4.00 70.43 $300
SPLIT CREEK FARM
12 3182 FRANCOIS MATHY UNDERCOVER AGENT 4.00 71.53 $300
Results of Class 1001 $20,000 1.50M Classic Table II Sec 2(a) - CN
Wellington Finale CSIO 5* US - Internationale Arena - 3/11/06
1 2309 MOLLY ASHE LUTOPIA 0.00 72.479 0.00 30.920 $6000
JANE F. CLARK
2 2995 CODY BAIRD POLEANDER 0.00 75.327 0.00 31.982 $4000
3 866 LISA SILVERMAN FLUBBER COCOY 0.00 77.114 0.00 32.296 $2000
4 1897 ERIC LAMAZE RAMIVILLE 0.00 79.531 4.00 35.559 $1400
5 1880 YANN CANDELE VERITIA 0.00 78.914 8.00 34.323 $1200
6 787 MCLAIN WARD HAUT DE VAL 4.00 70.003 $1000
7 2596 MCLAIN WARD ORLANDO 4.00 74.522 $1000
DOUBLE H FARM
8 785 RODRIGO PESSOA CANTATE Z 4.00 74.628 $800
9 323 BRIANNE GOUTAL ONIRA 4.00 75.560 $800
10 520 LISA SILVERMAN OBELIX R 4.00 76.194 $600
11 1795 JOE FARGIS EDGAR 12 4.00 76.225 $600
MARY B. SCHWAB
12 940 ERIC HASBROUCK LAVALETTA 4.00 77.352 $600