Articles: Press Release
Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui Rise to the Occasion for Victory in $25,000
Chesapeake Benefit Cup for a Just World/WEF Challenge Cup Round 8
Photo Credit: Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui, winners of the $25,000
Chesapeake Benefit Cup for a Just World/WEF Challenge Cup Round 8. Photo - 2007 Peter Llewellyn/PMG Pictures.
Jennifer Wood of
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
at (561) 753-3389 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellington, FL - March 15, 2007 - In a 17 horse jump-off, it was Kent
Farrington (USA) and Up Chiqui who finally caught Laura Kraut (USA) and Miss
Independent for first place in the $25,000 Chesapeake Benefit Cup for a Just
World/WEF Challenge Cup Round 8 at the CN Worldwide Wellington Finale, CSI-5*.
This week's course designer, Guilherme Jorge of Brazil, set an inviting
track that took the footing into account. There were 62 entries in the class
and 17 saw their way clear to the jump-off. Twenty-three riders had four
faults, while Katherine Miracle and Couletto K James had just one time
fault. There was just one retirement and one elimination.
Farrington thought "there would be 12 clean," both he and Kraut felt
that more in the jump-off was better than having too much course for the horses today. "I thought it was a good plan. I commend him as a course builder,"
Kraut mentioned. "There's nothing wrong with having a few extra clear and
not having it be so difficult, than the horses really having to try hard because they've been worried on this ground."Farrington added, "This is a qualifier for Sunday too, so I think it was a really fair course. There weren't any big disasters."
After the class started, horse show management and the course designer made
the decision to change the jump-off course. The 17 riders in the jump-off were allowed to walk the new jump-off course after the first round.
Kraut and Miss Independent, owned by the Miss Independent Group, were the
trailblazers in the first round. They returned for the speed course and set
down a clear round in a time of 33.82 seconds. It was a trip that would hold
up until the second to last rider. Kraut made a great slice over the first
fence and madeneat turns on a quick pace. When asked what it felt like to go
first, Kraut laughed, "That was a bit daunting. First of all, you don't know
how the footing is going to hold, and then you're looking at 16 speed demons
coming behind you, so you really don't know what to do. I thought I would
ride as fast I could and see how the footing was. I figured I would finish
sixth or seventh if I had a good round."
Gilbert de Roock (NED) and Stephex Stables' Kira III were a bit slower and
had fences 17 and 5b down for eight faults in 37.63 seconds. Ireland's Cian
O'Connor put the pressure on Kraut with a clear round, but was just off the
pace in 35.78 seconds with Complete, owned by Castlemartin Stud and Stephen O'Connor. Yann Candele (FRA) and Mustique, owned by Sue Grange and Lothlorien, were another to fall short of Kraut???s time by finishing in 35.22 seconds with a clear round.
Canadian Eric Lamaze and Hickstead, owned by Torrey Pines Stable and Ashland
Stables, gave a valiant try to catch Kraut and galloped flat out to the last
oxer, but they were still unable to best her time. They stopped the timers
in 34.12 seconds.
Nick Skelton (GBR) on John and Lisa Hales??? Russel brought down rails at both jumps in the one stride, as well as the last jump, to finish with 12 faults in 34.44 seconds. Keean White (CAN) and Vienna Rouge, owned by Angelstone Farms and Linda Ratcliffe, left two on the floor for eight faults in 37.19 seconds. Margie Engle (USA) on Hidden Creek???s Quervo Gold was another eight fault finisher in 34.58 seconds. Robert Kraut (USA) and Platinum Performance For Life, ownedby Pollyrich Farms, had just one rail at fence 15 for four faults in 35.04 seconds. Aimee Aron (USA) and Ostara had two unfortunate refusals at fence 17 for elimination in the second round.
William Lowry (USA) and Winsor Farm Sales??? Polygraaf opted for a slower, clear round. The big bay covered the ground easily and finished in 36.49 seconds. On her own BCO Olymp, Eliza Shuford (USA) had a rail at the rollback to fence 16and finished slower in 39.09 seconds. Georgina Bloomberg and Gotham Enterprizes' Curius had a light rail for four faults at fence 15 and galloped
through the timers in 36.77 seconds. Riding for the Netherlands, Wiljan
Laarakaers and Flexpower Campari, owned by Laarakaers and Raymond Knoops,
left two on the ground through the one stride for eight faults in 37.11
As the second to last horse in the class, Farrington knew his rangy
chestnut, Up Chiqui, had the ability for victory today. Up Chiqui is owned
by Alex Boone, Richard Bass and James McNerny. He was extremely quick from
the first to secondfence, but Up Chiqui tripped and made a huge effort to
clear fence 17. "He slipped really bad one stride away. That horse has such
a big heart; he'll never give up," Farrington said. "He fought his way
out of it. That was pretty ugly. I was a little worried, but he took good
care of me."
Farrington kept an efficient pace and when he landed from the one stride, he
pushed Up Chiqui to the last oxer while the crowd whistled. When he looked
up, he saw a time of 33.61 seconds, which put him into the lead by 2/10ths
of a second. "I thought it would be pretty close," Farrington recalled. He's
really fast by himself. In the last line, I knew he could do the nine
[strides] if he jumped out of the combination well. He jumped out pretty strong, so I took a shot at it and let him do it."
Kim Prince (USA) chose not to return for the jump-off on Marlou, opting to
save her horse for the big class on Saturday. As the last to go, Ian Millar (CAN) and Redefin made a bid for the win, but finished off the pace in 35.22 seconds with a clear round. In an interesting twist, Redefin is another horse owned by Sue Grange and Lothlorien and tied with the exact same time as her other horse, Mustique.
Today was Miss Independent's return to the victory gallop and Kraut
remarked, "She feels great. I jumped her at the National Horse Show, and then I started her back too early. I should have given her more time. I backed off and this is her first big week back. I was happy with her."
Farrington was all smiles when he spoke of his ten-year-old
gelding. "He's been trying to win a class all circuit, and I sort of
messed up the jump-off a couple of times. He was trying his guts out
today,??? he asserted. "He just started doing the big grand prix this
year. He started right out of the gates doing the Sunday grand prix this
year. He handled it pretty well, so I just kept putting him in. He continues
to rise to the occasion."
The top 50 in today's class qualify for the main event in Wellington on
Saturday, the $300,000 CN Worldwide Florida Open Grand Prix, CSI-5*. The
class begins with 50 entries at noon, and the top 15 will return for a
at 3:30 p.m.
Show jumping action continues tomorrow in the Internationale Arena with the
Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at 8 a.m.,
followed by the Medium Tour Speed Stake CSI and the Acorn Hill 1.40m Speed Challenge.
Results of 103 WEF Challenge Cup Round VIII
CN Worldwide Wellington Finale CSI 5*
March 14th - 18, 2007
T/A: 80.00 T/A: 44.00
1 2111 UP CHIQUI KENT FARRINGTON 0.00 76.60 0.00 33.61
2 2286 MISS INDEPENDENT LAURA KRAUT 0.00 73.99 0.00 33.82
MISS INDEPEND. GRP
3 1468 HICKSTEAD ERIC LAMAZE 0.00 73.53 0.00 34.12
TORREY PINES STBLE
T4 632 REDEFIN IAN MILLAR 0.00 74.19 0.00 35.22
T4 654 MUSTIQUE YANN CANDELE 0.00 75.13 0.00 35.22
6 3155 COMPLETE CIAN O'CONNOR 0.00 76.10 0.00 35.78
7 231 POLYGRAAF WILLIAM LOWRY 0.00 79.81 0.00 36.49
WINSOR FARM SALES
8 2692 PLATINUM PERFORMANCE FOR ROBERT KRAUT 0.00 77.06 4.00 35.04
9 2174 CURIUS GEORGINA BLOOMBERG 0.00 76.76 4.00 36.77
10 1771 B.C.O. OLYMP ELIZA SHUFORD 0.00 76.76 4.00 39.09
11 2240 HIDDEN CREEK'S QUERVO GOL MARGIE ENGLE 0.00 78.20 8.00 34.58
HIDDEN CREEK FARM
12 2755 FLEXPOWER CAMPARI WILJAN LAARAKAERS 0.00 79.27 8.00 37.11
13 1576 VIENNA ROUGE KEEAN WHITE 0.00 76.26 8.00 37.19
14 2752 KIRA III GILBERT DE ROOCK 0.00 78.51 8.00 37.63
15 3161 RUSSEL NICK SKELTON 0.00 73.91 12.00 34.44
16 2294 OSTARA AIMEE ARON 0.00 79.10 elim.