Articles: Press Release
McLain Ward and Pinkata de Longpre Score First Win Together in 1.50m
Classic at Tampa Bay Classic
Photo Credit: Pinkata de Longpre and McLain Ward, winners of the 1.50m
Classic at the Tampa Bay Classic. Photo (c) 2007 Randi Muster.
Jennifer Wood of
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
at (561) 753-3389 or at email@example.com
Tampa, FL - March 31, 2007 - The Tampa Bay Classic, CSI-W is the ninth
week of competition for the 2007 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), and
it continued to bring more action and excitement in the jumper ring
today. In their first 1.50m Classic together, McLain Ward and Pinkata de
Longpre went first in the jump-off and could not be beaten. Laura Kraut
and Le Prestige St Lois were second, while amateur rider Francis Tres
Roig and Acertijo were the only other double-clears for third.
Today's Robert Ellis' designed course was a stout 1.50m course of 12
obstacles that included a triple combination and a triple bar into a one
stride. There were six clear rounds that advanced to the jump-off and
eight had four faults out of the total 34 entries. "It was a pretty
stiff 1.50m today. I thought it was as difficult as the grand prix on
Thursday," Kraut said. "Bob Ellis does a great job building a course. He
made it technical and a little bit difficult, but my horse handled it so
The first clear round and the first to return for the jump-off was Ward
on Pinkata de Longpre, a 15-year-old Selle Francais gelding owned by
Ri-Arm Farm. Ward set down a very fast round with neat turns to be
double clear in a time of 40.673 seconds. "There were some very fast
horses and riders behind me," Ward acknowledged. "I thought I had to put
on some pressure. I've never done a jump-off with this horse before.
I've done some power and speeds and whatnot. I wasn't sure what to
expect, but thought I had to take shot, especially in the beginning. I
really took a shot to 15, and the horse responded beautifully."
Rodrigo Pessoa and Double H Farm's Oasis were next in, but a refusal
after a tight right-hand rollback left Pessoa circling to try again.
They finished with the four jumping and 13 time faults in 69.791 seconds
for sixth place.
Puerto Rico's Francis Tres Roig and Acertijo galloped in next. Tres Roig
made wider turns and galloped to the last oxer. Acertijo jumped
everything easily for another clear round, this time in 43.968 seconds.
Tres Roig, a 22-year-old amateur rider, and the nine-year-old Acertijo
have been together for two years. This is their first year in the open
division, and the pair rode in all of the WEF Challenge Cup classes in
"He jumped really, really well," Tres Roig said. "I was supposed to do
the WEF and grand prix this week, but I didn't ride last week, so we
came back slowly and did this. He felt fresh."
For the jump-off, Tres Roig said his plan was "just to go clean and
fast." This was his best finish in the open classes this year and he
noted, "It kind of surprised me. It's always nice to do well."
Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Lindberg des Hayettes, owned by Steven Cohen, had
a chance to beat Ward, but were foiled by a rail at the first of the one
stride. Lamaze slowed down after that and finished with four faults in a
time of 44.374 seconds.
With another new horse, Laura Kraut made her way into the ring to
challenge Ward. She and Le Prestige St Lois, owned by the Freedom Group,
sliced across the first fence to rollback to the second jump. Le
Prestige St Lois bucked in one turn and tried his hardest over fence 15.
They finished clear, but just off the pace in 42.685 seconds.
"Today was his very first 1.50m class of his life, so I'm really happy
with him," Kraut revealed. "He's a funny horse. When you ask him to go
fast, he wants to buck. You have to just suggest that he goes fast and
hope that he doesn't buck! Out on the field in Palm Beach, he got better
about it, but in the indoor he was bucking and playing. I was just
hoping I could finish double clear and maybe be in the top three."
The last to challenge was Richard Spooner on Ace. Spooner had fantastic
rollbacks and had Ward's time beat, but a rail fell at fence 15. Their
four-fault score in 40.082 seconds put them in fourth place.
Pinkata de Longpre, a 15-year-old Selle Francais gelding, is usually
shown by Mark Leone. "I've been riding him starting the second half of
Palm Beach, just getting to know him and doing the 1.45m classes. It's
his longtime partner, and he just wanted to try something new. He was
very kind to ask me to ride his horse. I was a little short on horses,
so I jumped at the opportunity."
Hillary Dobbs capped off a great week in the amateur division with a win
in the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Amateur-Owner Jumper
Classic (sponsored by Prestige) on Corlett, who is owned by The Dobbs
Group. Dobbs trains with Missy Clark and John Brennan of North Run. She
was one of ten that were clear in the first round to advance to the
Michelle Spadone and R Mable KZ were first to go in the jump-off, but
pulled two rails, and Danielle Torano and Kruimel totaled 12 faults. The
first double clear round was Christina Serio on Olympieck, who crossed
the timers in 44.787 seconds.
Whitney Goulart and Kalinero du Galete had a bead on the lead and a
better time in 42.919 seconds, but they had a rail for four faults.
Torano, on her second mount Pandoer, also had four faults. Chloe Wormser
had an unfortunate dismount at fence 15 from Modra.
Dobbs was next in and sped around the course clear in 39.434 seconds to
take over the lead. "It was a big track. I wasn't worried about the
jump-off until I got through the first round. It was complicated, but
when I was walking the course, I said to Missy, 'I really hope I can
make the jump-off today because it looks like a lot of fun.' There were
so many places where you could get a good jump and slip inside to the
next," she recalled. "Both horses are so fast. I knew if I could give
them a good ride, I could get to the jump-off and have a good time."
Alex Parrish and Kadorijke tallied 12 faults, while Francis Tres Roig
and Lady in Blue had a rail at the liverpool vertical in 39.562 seconds.
The last to challenge Dobbs was Clara Lindner on Quriel. Lindner almost
had the time and were chasing down to the last vertical, but it fell for
four faults in 40.650 seconds.
Dobbs had come away with her fourth win of the week and her first win in
a SJHOF classic. "It was such a surprise. This whole week was a shock;
I'm still in shock. I've never had one week quite like this. I was
thrilled to death with that. This is just a cap on a great week. I can't
ask for any better," she exclaimed.
The Tampa Bay Classic concludes tomorrow at 2 p.m. with the main show
jumping event, the $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, presented by Kilkenny,
which is the final World Cup qualifier for the East Coast riders.
The grand finale of the Winter Equestrian Festival is the $200,000
Budweiser American Invitational, which will be held in Raymond James
Stadium on Saturday, April 7, at 7 p.m. General admission tickets, which
range from $25 to $40 for advance purchase, are still available by
Results of Class 1001 $20,000 1.50m CLASSIC
Tampa Bay Classic
March 28 - April 1, 2007
T/A: 81.00 T/A: 57.00
1 655 PINKATA DE LONGPRE MCLAIN WARD 0.00 75.272 0.00 40.673
2 732 LE PRESTIGE ST LOIS LAURA KRAUT 0.00 75.723 0.00 42.685
3 800 ACERTIJO FRANCIS TRES ROIG 0.00 73.508 0.00 43.968
J ADALBERTO ROIG JR
4 8 ACE RICHARD SPOONER 0.00 78.889 4.00 40.082
S & B LLC CORP.
5 926 LINDBERG DES HAYETTES ERIC LAMAZE 0.00 74.848 4.00 44.374
6 426 OASIS RODRIGO PESSOA 0.00 71.440 17.00 69.791
DOUBLE H FARM
7 283 FANCY HILL JONATHON MILLAR 4.00 71.748
JEBB'S CREEK INV
8 149 CHURCH ROAD MAX AMAYA 4.00 72.238
9 72 ONLIGHT BEEZIE MADDEN 4.00 72.641
10 69 SELECT BEEZIE MADDEN 4.00 73.564
ELIZABETH BUSCH BURKE
11 669 SEA COAST CANTONA Z DANIELLE TORANO 4.00 74.355
12 733 OLYMPIA LAURA KRAUT 4.00 74.514
Results of Class 1025 SJHOF A/O JP CLASSIC HIGH II, SEC 2A
Tampa Bay Classic
March 28 - April 1, 2007
T/A: 86.00 T/A: 57.00
1 529 CORLETT HILLARY DOBBS 0.00 77.381 0.00 39.434 $3000
THE DOBBS GROUP
2 468 OLYMPIECK CHRISTINA SERIO 0.00 81.489 0.00 44.787 $2000
3 671 PANDOER DANIELLE TORANO 0.00 78.209 4.00 38.688 $1000
4 801 LADY IN BLUE FRANCIS TRES ROIG 0.00 77.161 4.00 39.562 $700
J ADALBERTO ROIG JR
5 380 QURIEL CLARA LINDNER 0.00 77.715 4.00 40.650 $600
ALL SEASONS FARM
6 155 KALINERO DU GALETE WHITNEY GOULART 0.00 81.234 4.00 42.919 $500
7 898 R MABLE KZ MICHELLE SPADONE 0.00 75.648 8.00 37.946 $475
MORGAN HILL PTNRS
8 590 KADORIJKE ALEX PARRISH 0.00 76.235 12.00 43.927 $400
9 661 KRUIMEL DANIELLE TORANO 0.00 79.609 12.00 50.864 $380
10 592 MODRA CHLOE WORMSER 0.00 74.988 elim. $315
11 525 MARENGO HILLARY DOBBS 4.00 74.588 $315
THE DOBBS GROUP
12 419 MADONNA KATHERINE MIRACLE 4.00 76.059
OVERLOOK FARM INC