Articles: Press Release
Captain Canada Does It Again! Ian Millar and In Style Victorious in
$25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round VII
Photo Credit: Ian Millar (CAN) and In Style, winners of the $25,000 WEF
Challenge Cup Round 7 at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo (c) 2007
Peter Llewellyn/PMG Pictures.
Jennifer Wood of
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Wellington, FL - March 8, 2006 - The eighth round of the $25,000 WEF
Challenge Cup, the Thursday feature of the Winter Equestrian Festival
(WEF), had two Canadians in the top three, with Ian Millar and In Style
taking the win and Frankie Chesler Ortiz and Picolien Zeldenrust
finishing third. Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) finished second on Coeur, while
McLain Ward (USA) and Larioso were fourth. These four were the only
clear trips that advanced to the jump-off.
This week is the CN Wellington Open CSIO 5*, presented by Cosequin, and
the course designer is Bolivia's Jose "Pepe" Gamarra. Gamarra set an
inviting track that had a triple combination, an open water and a
generous time allowed that took the problematic footing concerns into
consideration. Four were clear through to the jump-off. Cara Raether
(USA) and Ublesco had just one time fault to put them in fifth place,
while Cian O'Connor (IRE) and Complete were the fastest four faulters
for sixth place.
The first to return for the jump-off was Millar, who had gone seventh in
the original order. On the 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding In Style,
owned by Susan Grange and Lothlorien Farms, Millar attempted the
jump-off course. He kept a flowing pace throughout and made a great
rollback to fence 14. Millar galloped to the last, wide oxer and stopped
the timers with a clear round in 42.37 seconds. "It was a percentage
gamble," Millar admitted. "I certainly could have gone faster, but given
the footing conditions of the day, I thought what I should do is go
about that speed, and if I got beat, I got beat. With that group of
riders, I could easily have been second. First was very nice."
Pessoa and Double H Farm's Coeur were next in. Pessoa had a conservative
pace after a slip following the second fence in the jump-off. He made
neat turns throughout the shortened course. They made an excellent,
tight rollback to 14 and finished with the anticipated no jumping
faults, but did accumulate one time fault in 45.01 seconds. "I had a
nice, steady jump-off," Pessoa affirmed. "I took a slip after fence two,
so my concern was just to bring the horse safely through the finish and
have him ready to go on Sunday. I'm really pleased about coming second."
Pessoa noted that Coeur has not shown in two weeks due to Pessoa being
sick. "He was good for not jumping two weeks. He jumped really well in
the first round. It was a nice course, and I'm quite pleased with his
performance," he said. Pessoa will be ready for Sunday's grand prix as
well, now that he is fully healed. "I had cellulitis, which is like a
bacteria. I had one spot right inside my knee, so I really couldn't
ride. I've been on antibiotics and now it's fine," he explained.
Ward was a threat to Millar's time with the very quick Larioso (who is
owned by Ward and Blue Chip Bloodstock), but after a rail at the second
jump and the last fence down, Ward was relegated to fourth place. They
were the fastest in the jump-off however, with a time of 40.67 seconds.
Chesler Ortiz and Sher Al Farm's Picolien Zeldenrust did not have the
time or the clear round needed to beat their fellow countryman. Chesler
Ortiz had a rail at fence 14 after the rollback and finished in 43.59
seconds for third place.
The main concern of footing in the classes on the Internationale field
was the topic of heated discussions today. Millar knew he had to be
somewhat cautious, but he felt confident with In Style. "That horse is
very well-balanced, and we had enough stud in there. You never like it
when the footing's a little shaky because it's not the slip you have,
it's the consequence to your horse," he explained. "Show management is
certainly making every attempt to get this situation corrected, but it
is a factor right now."
Millar, who celebrated his 60th birthday this year, has been having the
best WEF of his career. Millar won the Thursday and Sunday grand prix in
the first week on Redefin and was second in another grand prix. "It's
been a long time since I've had two horses that could come at it this
hard," he pointed out. "Probably since Big Ben, and that was a while
back! You need the horse power or you're wasting your time. I have two
lovely horses this year, for sure."
He carefully planned In Style's schedule so that he would be ready for
the difficult last two weeks of circuit. "We've been very cautious with
the amount that In Style has done this whole tour," Millar conveyed.
"Mainly Redefin has been doing the big work. The idea was to have In
Style ready to go hard these last two weeks. In our case, we have the
Nations' Cup as a team. In Style will jump two rounds tomorrow night and
then he jumps two rounds on Sunday. For sure he'll jump one round, and
hopefully he jumps two. Next week is a big week too."
With the showing load off of his shoulders, In Style was bright and
poised for today's competition. "I felt he was going to be ready, and he
certainly was ready. I would say we have him fit, fresh and ready to go.
I am extremely pleased."
Like all top athletes, Millar acknowledged that it is more than just him
that led to the victory. "We've got a great team and a great ownership
group. We all know it's not just the rider," he pointed out. "You've got
to have the horse, the grooms, the training, the maintenance team behind
you, the vets, the blacksmith - it's a huge effort. We're very, very
proud of the whole team."
The CN Wellington Open CSIO 5* continues tomorrow with the $10,000 Speed
Stake for the international division. The highlight of the week, the
$75,000 Nations' Cup CSIO 5* presented by CN, will start tomorrow
evening at 7 p.m.
Results of Class 102 $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup CSIO* FEI 238.2.2 - CN
Wellington Open CSIO 5* - March 8, 2007
T/A: 77.00 T/A: 45.00
1 631 IN STYLE IAN MILLAR CAN 0.00 75.52 0.00 42.37 $2375
2 1148 COEUR RODRIGO PESSOA BRA 0.00 74.42 1.00 45.01 $1350
DOUBLE H FARM
3 1514 PICOLIEN ZELDENRUST FRANKIE CHESLER ORTI CAN 0.00 76.55 4.00
SHER AL FARM
4 3079 LARIOSO MCLAIN WARD USA 0.00 72.83 8.00 40.67 $650
5 1744 UBLESCO CARA RAETHER USA 1.00 77.46 $550
6 3155 COMPLETE CIAN O'CONNOR IRL 4.00 71.60 $450
7 570 MR PRESIDENT CONNOR SWAIL IRL 4.00 72.64 $400
8 2174 CURIUS GEORGINA BLOOMBERG USA 4.00 73.60 $350
9 2844 OLINDA TODD MINIKUS USA 4.00 73.73 $300
10 2287 ANTHEM LAURA KRAUT USA 4.00 74.52 $275
11 1536 ROCKFORD I KERI POTTER BRA 4.00 75.32 $250
12 2111 UP CHIQUI KENT FARRINGTON USA 4.00 75.91 $250
13 1469 NARCOTIQUE DE MUZE II ERIC LAMAZE CAN 4.00 75.95
14 2771 CALMERO ORION FRANCOIS MATHY BEL 4.00 75.98
15 2764 LARRY JACKSON REED STEPHEN GBR 5.00 78.94
MRS. P TORDOFF
Rank Num Horse Name NAT R1 Faults R1 Time J/O Faults J/O Time
Results of Class 1003 $8,000 1.45m, II, Sec 2(b) - CN Wellington Open
CSIO 5* - March 8, 2007
T/A: 72.00 T/A: 38.00
1 2636 RULANDA CAROLYN KELLY 0.00 71.837 0.00 28.575 $2375
LULU EQUESTRN ENT
2 3652 RUFUS RODRIGO PESSOA 0.00 69.419 0.00 32.729 $1350
DOUBLE H FARM
3 1458 LINDBERG DES HAYETTES ERIC LAMAZE 0.00 69.204 0.00 33.377 $800
4 1438 QUICK STUDY LAUREN HOUGH 0.00 69.854 0.00 33.656 $650
5 3378 LENNOX LEWIS 2 LESLIE HOWARD 0.00 66.196 4.00 31.683 $550
6 2410 IMPULSIVE SCOTT LENKART 0.00 66.095 4.00 32.959 $450
BENNETT SPORT HORSES
7 2459 SANTA TERESITA GENTLE R EDUARDO SALAS HERRER 0.00 69.245 4.00
8 2694 NEMO ROBERT KRAUT 0.00 69.468 4.00 34.097 $350
9 1481 PRESTINE ERIC LAMAZE 4.00 35.839 4.00 35.839 $300
10 1335 CANDIDE PETER LEONE 0.00 71.274 5.00 42.945 $275
11 1342 JULIA DU BRIO PETER LEONE 0.00 70.141 8.00 31.505 $250
12 3066 CANDALETTO 4 KEVIN BABINGTON 0.00 69.724 8.00 34.855 $250
KINDLE HILL FARM
13 1853 SAMARA ANNE KURSINSKI 0.00 69.977 12.00 37.683
14 2286 MISS INDEPENDENT LAURA KRAUT 0.00 67.648 21.00 50.135
MISS INDEPEND. GRP
15 3432 LE PRESTIGE ST LOIS LAURA KRAUT 1.00 72.053