Articles: Press Release
Naomi and Mario Deslauriers Keep Field at Bay with Fast Pace for Win in
WEF Challenge Cup Round III
Photo Credit: Naomi and Mario Deslauriers, winners of the $25,000 WEF
Challenge Cup Round III at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo (c)
2007 Randi Muster.
Jennifer Wood of
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
at (561) 753-3389 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellington, FL - February 8, 2007 - In today's $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup
Round III, a third Canadian rider took home the blue ribbon and top
prize money of $7,500. Mario Deslauriers and Naomi set a blistering pace
early in the class for the win, joining Ian Millar and Eric Lamaze on
the list of Canadian grand prix winners on this year's circuit.
The Palm Beach Equine Clinic/Adequan Gold Coast Classic, CSI 3*
presented by bluhammock music runs through Sunday, February 11, 2007.
The course designer for this week is Finland's Aki Ylaenne, who set a
challenging course today with 13 numbered obstacles and 16 jumping
efforts. The class was scored as a Time First Round format at a height
of 1.50m and had a time allowed of 92 seconds.
The first of only three clear rounds was the second horse in the ring,
Hidden Creek's Wapino with Margie Engle. They stopped the timers at
84.76 seconds, which would hold on throughout 45 more trips for second
Deslauriers and Naomi were the sixth pair to tackle the course, and the
tall rider and game 12 year old Belgian mare made every inside turn
possible on a fast pace. They came home in an incredibly fast time of
76.28 seconds, a time that could not be matched, with or without faults.
"You never know. I went early, and it turns out I didn't need to go that
fast. There were so many fast horses and fast riders after me,"
Deslauriers noted. "Naomi was great today. Actually, I didn't know today
was a time first round. I had her entered, and I was planning to enter
her the week of the 22nd, where there is another time first round, to
use her again. She's excellent at these."
The only other clear round came from Popeye, ridden by Norman Dello Joio
and owned by the Popeye Group. They went for the slow, clear round and
finished in 90.58 seconds, which would surprisingly hold up for third
Three additional riders would leave all the jumps up, but time faults
relegated them to lower ribbons. Fourth place would go to Kate Levy and
Vent du Nord, who finished with one fault in 93.60 seconds, Laura Kraut
and Cedric would place fifth with one fault in 93.69 seconds, and Erynn
Ballard with Robin van Roosendael received sixth place with two time
faults in 96.53 seconds.
Today's course posed many questions with difficult turns, stout jumps
and a tricky triple combination set by the in-gate. Of the 47 entries,
21 had more than eight faults. Three riders retired and one was
"The course was difficult today. It was actually a big 1.50m,"
Deslauriers said. "A few turns were different. From two to three, it was
awkward to turn inside. To turn to the triple at the in-gate, it's
impressive for a horse to come in on an oxer to two big enough
verticals. There you needed a horse that was brave and at the same time
adjustable because those two verticals were delicate to jump. When you
want to go fast at 1.50m, it gets harder and harder. It could have been
easier, but it was a good track."
With a more experienced horse like Naomi, Deslauriers knew he could make
the turns and depend on her to clear the jumps. "As a rider, I like it
when [the course is] a bit harder than too soft," he pointed out. "Naomi
is comfortable going at that pace, so it was a good class for me. You
try to put the best effort in and see what happens. Today after my
round, I thought for sure I would be in the top three. After it went
more and more, I knew it was a good trip. When you ride a course like
this as time first round and every time you turn the corner and see your
distance, you go really fast because there's not much adjustment to
make. It was one of those days that it really worked out well for me."
The jumper action continues tomorrow at the Winter Equestrian Festival.
In the Internationale Arena, the Acorn Hill 1.40m Speed Challenge
follows the High Junior and High Amateur-Owner Jumpers.
Results of Class 101 - $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup III - Palm Beach Equine
Clinic / Adequan Gold Coast Jumper Classic - February 8, 2007
1 1518 NAOMI MARIO DESLAURIERS CAN 0.00 76.28 $7500
2 2731 HIDDEN CREEK'S WAPINO MARGIE ENGLE USA 0.00 84.76 $5500
HIDDEN CREEK FARM
3 389 POPEYE NORMAN DELLO JOIO USA 0.00 90.58 $3250
4 211 VENT DU NORD KATE LEVY USA 1.00 93.60 $2000
KATE LEVY LLC
5 1315 CEDRIC LAURA KRAUT USA 1.00 93.69 $1500
K & H ENTERPRISES
6 538 ROBIN VAN ROOSENDAEL ERYNN BALLARD CAN 2.00 96.53 $1250
LOOKING BACK FARM
7 3438 RUSSEL NICK SKELTON GBR 4.00 83.97 $1000
8 2109 HOT WHEELS DARRAGH KERINS IRL 4.00 87.13 $750
9 2909 VAILLANT JIMMY TORANO USA 4.00 88.66 $750
HARRY R. GILL
10 1980 PAVAROTTI TODD MINIKUS USA 4.00 90.00 $500
TODD MINIKUS LTD
11 754 PROMISED LAND CHRISTINE MCCREA USA 4.00 91.81 $500
12 601 POLYGRAAF WILLIAM LOWRY USA 6.00 97.01 $500
WINSOR FARM SALES