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Georgina Bloomberg Bests International Field in $25,000 WEF Challenge
Second for Switzerland's Markus Fuchs and La Toya III
PHOTO CREDIT: Georgina Bloomberg and Nadia won the $25,000 WEF Challenge
Cup Round VI during the Zada Enterprises LLC Wellington Masters on March
1, 2007. Photo by (c) PMG Pictures, Peter Llewellyn.
Jennifer Ward of
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Wellington, FL - March 1, 2007 - Georgina Bloomberg scored her first
major victory of the year by winning the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round
VI on Thursday, March 1. Part of the CSI-W Zada Enterprises, LLC
Wellington Masters, the competition marked the sixth week of show
jumping at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.
An impressive group comprised of 67 horse-rider combinations attempted
the track set by Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios who designed
in 2000 in Sydney and will have the honors again in 2008 in Hong Kong.
The Venezuelan mastermind was at the top of his game, and the judges
even increased the time allowed from 87 to 89 seconds to give the riders
a better chance of jumping penalty-free.
As the ninth rider into the ring, 2001 World Cup Champion Markus Fuchs
made a clear round look easy, stopping the clock at 84.75 seconds with
La Toya III. Grand Prix partners since 2003, Fuchs and the sensitive
12-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare have enjoyed vast international
success together, including helping Switzerland to earn the Team Silver
Medal at the 2005 European Championships.
Three more riders would leave all the rails in the cups, only to
discover that they failed to cross the finish line in under 89 seconds.
Todd Minikus stopped the clock at 89.24 seconds riding Pavarotti,
Michael Walton and La Rocco Jun came heart-breaking close with a time of
89.05 seconds and Canada's Eric Lamaze and Ronaldo suffered the same
fate of one time penalty when they jumped clear in a time of 90.03
Just as it looked like there wouldn't be a jump-off, Bloomberg, sixth
from the end of the order, put in a neat and tidy clear round
performance, signaling to the Swiss rider, who had only just arrived in
Wellington, that his victory would have to be earned.
Fuchs led the two-horse jump-off, setting off at a blistering pace. A
tight turn to fence 9a of the double looked impressive until Fuchs paid
the price of a fallen rail. Almost home, Fuchs also had the final fence
down, the JustWorld International signature fence, to give him a total
of eight faults in a time of 40.14 seconds.
Bloomberg followed, going for a slow and steady round over the shortened
eight-fence track. She successfully posted a double clear round in a
time of 50.54 seconds to take home the winner's check of $7,500.
"I needed this win for barn morale," joked Bloomberg, who had not won a
grand prix since 2005.
While she may have been suffering a dry spell, Bloomberg is no stranger
to the winner's circle in the WEF Challenge Cup Series. In 2005, she
won back-to-back WEF Challenge Cups - the final one held in Wellington,
FL, and the first one held in Tampa, FL.
As for the secret to her success in Thursday's WEF Challenge Cup Round
VI, Bloomberg chalked it up to luck. "When we walked the course, it
didn't look big, it was just good course designing. I got lucky today!"
Going second in the jump-off was lucky as well as Bloomberg got to watch
Fuchs negotiate the course and adjust her plan accordingly.
"I was able to watch Markus go, and I was expecting to have to gallop
the jump-off course," said the 24-year-old New York City native. "When
he had two down, then I changed my strategy."
Making her victory extremely gratifying was that her partner was Nadia,
a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare sired by Indoctro.
"She's the first young horse that I brought along," Bloomberg said. "I
bought her when she was about five, so it is very rewarding to have a
horse like that, a horse that I didn't just buy as a grand prix horse.
She's light on her feet, a light type with a lot of blood, and very
While Fuchs settled for second in the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round
VI, the Swiss rider is sure to be a force to be reckoned with as the
final three weeks of the Winter Equestrian Festival in the Wellington
Results of Class 101 - $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup VI - CSI-W Zada
Enterprises Wellington Masters - March 1, 2007
T/A: 89.00 T/A: 52.00
1 2168 NADIA GEORGINA BLOOMBERG USA 0.00 85.74 0.00 50.54 $7500
2 2765 LA TOYA III MARKUS FUCHS SUI 0.00 84.75 8.00 40.14 $5500
3 2903 LA ROCCO JUN MICHAEL WALTON USA 1.00 89.05 $3250
4 2841 PAVAROTTI TODD MINIKUS USA 1.00 89.24 $2000
TODD MINIKUS LTD
5 1480 RONALDO ERIC LAMAZE CAN 1.00 90.03 $1500
6 1463 NALLA COURTNEY VINCE CAN 4.00 83.21 $1250
PEBBLE CREEK HOLDINGS
7 2761 HOOLIGAN DE ROSYL DANIEL DEUSSER GER 4.00 83.75 $1000
8 3079 LARIOSO MCLAIN WARD USA 4.00 83.89 $750
WARD & BLUE CHIP BLOODSTOCK
9 2773 IVOIRE DU ROUET FRANCOIS MATHY BEL 4.00 84.99 $750
10 959 GLASGOW NORMAN DELLO JOIO USA 4.00 85.58 $500
11 2536 OKIDO CODY AUER USA 4.00 86.11 $500
12 960 MALCOLM NORMAN DELLO JOIO USA 4.00 87.10 $500
13 2909 CAVALOR CATESKO LAURIE BUCCI CAN 4.00 87.31 $500
SOUTH SHORE FARM
14 559 OBELIX R LISA SILVERMAN USA 4.00 87.38 $500
15 2470 VICOMTE D MOLLY ASHE USA 4.00 87.76 $500
JANE F. CLARK