Articles: Press Release
Kimberly Prince Wins $50,000 Charlotte Welcome Stake in
an Exciting Jump Off at Charlotte Jumper Classic
PHOTO CAPTION: Kimberly Prince completes a jump on her horse Marlou during the Charlotte Welcome Stake, CSI during the 2007 Charlotte Jumper Classic Saturday, April 14, 2007 at Charlotte Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, N.C. Prince won in a jump off with a time of 31.19. (Photo by Kent Smith)
Jamie Banks, (704) 280-1212;
(April 14, 2007) CHARLOTTE - The $50,000 Welcome Stake, the last class of the Saturday evening Charlotte Jumper Classic session proved to be the most exciting with a three-person timed jump off featuring the best riders in the world.
Three riders out of a field of 30 delivered a clear round and headed to a jump off. All are accomplished equestrians. First up was 2005 Grand Prix of Charlotte winner Kimberly Prince on Marlou who set the pace with a clear round and a time of 34.79 on the shortened course. Next up was Henrik Gundersen of Denmark on Darvin Garbo who tripped the timers with a clear round of 37.23. The last rider in the jump-off was 2006 Grand Prix of Charlotte and five-time Nation's Cup winner Laura Kraut on Anthem. Kraut knocked a rail and retired with the automatic third place in the class.
Prince was happy to be back on top in Charlotte. She described the Charlotte Jumper Classic as her "most favorite horse show" because she always does well here. Prince went on to add, "Every year coming to Charlotte is a pleasure due to the warm welcome the riders receive from the community."
Top Results of Class 3 - Charlotte Welcome Stake, A-238.2.2
1. Kimberly Prince - Marlou - 0/34.79
2. Hendrik S. Gundersen - Darvin Garbo - 0/37.23
3. Laura Kraut - Anthem 4/36.34
4. McLain Ward - Pinkata De Longpre- 0/4/59.01
5. Ken Berkley - Carlos Boy - 0/4/59.05
6. Kent Farrington - Up Chiqui 0/4/59.99
The Charlotte Jumper Classic continues on Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m. and features the Charlotte Adult Jumper Classic, Charlotte Amateur-Owner Junior Classic and the exciting finale - the $200,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte where the most accomplished riders will square off.
Tickets for Sunday are just $5.00 for kids (ages 3-12) and $15.00 - $35.00 for adults. Tickets are available online at CharlotteBobcatsArena.com, or by calling 1-800-495-2295. Tickets also can be purchased in person at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena box office and the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center ticket outlet.
The Charlotte Jumper Classic is the signature charitable event for the Charlotte Bobcats Charitable Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to enrich the quality of life for those in need, with a focus on children and youth. Net proceeds from the 2007 Charlotte Jumper Classic benefit the Presbyterian Hospital Community Care Cruiser and Misty Meadows Mitey Riders, a therapeutic riding program for people with physical and mental disabilities.