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Margie Engle and Hidden Creek's Calippo 12 Score NAL Speed Win at Tampa Equestrian Festival
Photo Credit: Hidden Creek's Calippo 12 and Margie Engle won
the NAL 1.40m Jumper class at the first week of the Tampa Equestrian Festival.
Photo (C) 2008 Jennifer Wood/PMG.
Jennifer Wood of
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FL - March 21, 2008 - The open jumpers competed today in the North American
League (NAL) 1.40m speed class, and Margie Engle on Hidden Creek's Calippo 12
were the quickest pair around the course. They came away with the win over
Tigger and Molly Ashe Cawley. This is the Suncoast Internationale week, the
first of three competitions held for the Tampa Equestrian Festival at the Bob Thomas
Engle sped easily around the course designed by Michel
Vaillancourt of Canada.
She was the third rider to go in the class, chasing the leading time of 61.801
seconds set by Molly Ashe Cawley and Concerto. Engle and Calippo made the
inside turns and were quick, stopping the timers in 59.524 seconds with no
This is Engle's third season with Hidden Creek's Calippo 12,
a horse known for its speed around the course. In today's class, Engle wanted
to be efficient but was not pressing the grey gelding too much.
"I wanted to go medium and do the turns," Engle
acknowledged. "I wanted to see between my two mounts who would be comfortable
in the ring to go on Sunday."
Engle said that Calippo is "such a trier." She added, "He'll
try no matter what. He's a naturally fast horse anyway. It doesn't really faze
him if I do go fast. He can go a couple notches faster (than today). I figured
I might as well take him and give it a shot."
The North American League (NAL) runs season-long series in
six hunter-jumper divisions - Children's Hunter, Children's Jumper, Adult
Hunter, Adult Jumper, Pony Jumper and Open Jumper Speed. Each series
culminates with a championship final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in
Harrisburg, PA in October. Riders need not be
members of the NAL to compete in any qualifying classes, but only current
members earn points toward year-end finals. For more information, a list
of qualifying competitions and results, please see the Ryegate Show Services
website at www.Ryegate.com.
Tomorrow's jumper action consists of classes for the
junior/amateur-owner and children's/adult jumpers. The highlight of the Tampa
Equestrian Festival is the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented
by The Tampa Tribune and Sweetbay Supermarket. The $200,000 Budweiser American
Invitational will be held on Saturday, April 5, at 7 pm. at the Raymond James
Stadium in downtown Tampa.
The remaining qualifying events for the $200,000 Budweiser
American Invitational are:
March 23: $75,000 Bob Thomas Grand Prix of Florida at week
one of the Tampa Equestrian Festival
March 27: $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup at
week two of the Tampa Equestrian Festival
March 30: $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier & the Just World Grand Prix of
Tampa CSI 3* W at week two of the Tampa Equestrian Festival
April 2: $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup, CSI at week three of the Tampa Equestrian
Tickets for the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational are
still available. Advance ticket prices are $25 in the white section, $35 in the
blue section, and $40 in the red section. An Advance Family 4-pack is available
for $70 in the white section and $125 in the blue section (Prices higher day of
show: $30, $40, $45, $85, $140). Group prices for 20 or more people are
available with advance purchase only. They are $17 each in the white section
and $30 each in the blue section. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster
813-287-8844, 727-898-2100 or ticketmaster.com.
For more information on the Tampa Equestrian Festival and
the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, please visit www.stadiumjumping.com.
Final Results: NAL
1. Hidden Creek's Calippo 12, Margie Engle, Hidden Creek
2. Tigger, Molly Ashe Cawley, Jane F. Clark: 0/61.683
3. Concerto, Molly Ashe Cawley, Jane F. Clark: 0/61.801
4. Hidden Creek's Pamina L, Margie Engle, Hidden Creek Farm:
5. Jolie Dame du Marais, Leslie Howard, Cody Auer: 4/54.924
6. Ultimo van ter Moude, Todd Minikus, Todd Minikus:
7. Solaman, Kelley Robinson, Cimarron
8. Romy, Todd Minikus, Diamond Group: 12/69.675
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