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Eric Lamaze and Hickstead Charge to the Win in $50,000 Charlotte Welcome Stake, CSI
Photo Credit: Hickstead and Eric Lamaze (CAN),
the $50,000 Charlotte Welcome Stake, CSI at the Charlotte Jumper Classic. Photo
(C) 2008 Jennifer Wood/PMG.
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Charlotte, NC - April 11,
2008 - It was a very exciting
opening class for the 2008 Charlotte Jumper Classic, which was held at the Time
Warner Cable Arena in Uptown Charlotte. The show runs through Sunday, April 13,
and hosts the $500,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte on Sunday at 3 p.m. Canada's Eric Lamaze and Hickstead raced to tonight's
$50,000 Charlotte Welcome Stake, CSI victory over Pavarotti and Todd Minikus
and Chris Kappler with VDL Oranta.
Tonight's class was the opening competition for the
international jumpers. There were 40 entries in the class, and 10 of those were
clear in the first round to advance to the jump-off. There 12 with just four
faults in the first round, and there were two eliminations and two retirements
The first to return for the jump-off was tonight's opening
rider in the class, Chris Kappler of New
Jersey on VDL Oranta. They started the jump-off in
style with a quick, smooth round. They finished with no faults in a time of
34.71 seconds, which would hold the lead for quite a few rides and would
eventually end up in third place.
Ian Millar and In Style were next in the ring. They were on their way to taking
the lead, but with a fast gallop to the final oxer, they pulled a rail at the
last jump. They finished with four faults in 31.67 seconds and fifth place.
Richard Spooner of California
piloted Cristallo in the jump-off and had a good start, but a miscommunication
at fence 6 caused a refusal for four faults. They circled and jumped fence 6
and had a rail down. They ended their course with eight jumping faults and 12
time faults for a total of 20 in 47.64 seconds.
Riding Marlo, Danielle Torano of Florida was the next to tackle the course.
Their quick pace through the course had them going for the win, but that was
dashed when a rail fell at jump 9. Their final score of four faults in 35.35
seconds would give them eighth place at the conclusion of the class.
Next in was the Grand Prix of Charlotte's inaugural winner
Beezie Madden, certainly one of the favorites to win on her top mount Authentic.
They were very fast from the first to second jump, but at the third jump,
Authentic rubbed the top rail and it fell. They stopped the timers in a speedy
time of 33.57 seconds, but the four faults left them in seventh place.
Kate Levy and her mount Vent du Nord were next in. Their fast pace to the
second jump on course left a pole on the ground for four faults. They finished
in 36.02 seconds, just over the 36 second time allowed, which added one time
fault onto their score. They finished in ninth place.
Erynn Ballard of Canada and her horse Robin van
Roosendael were the next to challenge. The huge horse had no trouble with the
jumps and kept them all up, but their slower time of 37.05 seconds caused two
time faults, which gave them fourth place at the end of the class.
Next in was Eric Lamaze, a fellow Canadian, on his highly
successful mount Hickstead. Lamaze made a very neat turn
from the one stride at fence 7 in a right-hand rollback to fence 8. Hickstead
looked perfectly on form, and as Lamaze made the turn back to the final oxer,
he increased Hickstead's speed to a full gallop. They flew over the final jump
and Hickstead cleared it with ease, stopping the timers in 33.32 seconds to
take the lead.
William Simpson and Carlsson vom Dach were next in the ring. They had another
fast time of 33.50 seconds, but a rail at fence 7a would cause four faults and
give them sixth place.
The final rider in the ring was Todd Minikus of Florida on Pavarotti. He
and the little chestnut bounded around the course and were just off the winning
pace in 34.05 seconds with no faults, which put them into second place.
It was a great welcoming class for the top show jumpers in North America. Lamaze was very happy with his victory
tonight, especially considering that he and Hickstead have not shown indoors
for "a very long time." Lamaze originally planned to compete with a different
horse, but since Hickstead did not end up showing at the American Invitational
in Florida last week, he decided to bring his
best horse to Charlotte.
"This wasn't part of his plan," Lamaze acknowledged. "I was
going to use another horse, and he was going to wait until Europe
(this summer). He looks to be on form for Sunday."
Lamaze said that it is always challenging to compete in a
small, indoor ring after showing so long in large outdoor fields. "I rode here
last year, and I know what to expect," he commented. "The fences come
He went on to say, "The event is great, and we love coming
You have great riders and great horses (here).The level of competition this
year is very high."
The opening class of the night was the $15,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner
Jumper speed class. There were 30 in the class, and the winner was the very
first rider on course. Catie Boone of Kentucky
and her horse Naleida were very fast and clear in 47.46 seconds to take the
Tomorrow is the Kids and Family Day at the Charlotte Jumper
Classic, and doors open at 12:00 noon. Competition continues tomorrow with the
opening class at 1:30 p.m. The evening session will begin when doors re-open at
6 p.m. The Budweiser Clydesdales and Saddlebred horses will both give
demonstrations in the afternoon and evening sessions.
For more information on the Charlotte Jumper Classic, please
$50,000 Charlotte Welcome Stake, CSI
1. HICKSTEAD, ERIC LAMAZE: 0 faults/0 faults/33.32 seconds
TORREY PINES STABLE
2. PAVAROTTI, TODD MINIKUS: 0/0/34.05
3. VDL ORANTA, CHRIS KAPPLER: 0/0/34.71
K ORANTA LLC.
4. ROBIN VAN ROOSENDAEL, ERYNN BALLARD: 0/2/37.05
LOOKING BACK FARM
5. IN STYLE, IAN MILLAR: 0/4/31.67
6. CARLSSON VOM DACH, WILL SIMPSON: 0/4/33.50
EL CAMPEON FARMS
7. AUTHENTIC, BEEZIE MADDEN:
ABIGAIL S. WEXNER
8. MARLO, DANIELLE TORANO: 0/4/35.35
9. VENT DU NORD, KATE LEVY: 0/5/36.02
10. CRISTALLO, RICHARD SPOONER: 0/20/47.64
SHOW JUMPING SYN.
11. PARADIGM, MARIO
12. QUICK STUDY, LAUREN HOUGH: 4/56.64
$15,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class
1. Naleida, Catie Boone: 0 faults/47.46 seconds
2. Marengo, Hillary Dobbs: 0/49.70
3. Subliem, Whitney Weeks: 0/51.65
4. La Martinee, Paige Johnson: 0/52.28
Emily George: 0/52.87
6. Pilot, Amelia McArdle: 0/54.89
7. Zorro's Precision MBA, Callie Bass: 0/54.93
8. Rulanda, Carolyn Kelly: 4/48.19
9. Haddon House Carlson, Catherine Pasmore: 4/51.50
10. H&M Oberon, Ali Wolff:
11. Lady in Blue, Francis Tres Roig: 4/54.16
12. Blast Off, Carolyn Curcio: 4/55.14
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