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William Lowry and Polygraaf Get First Tampa Equestrian Festival Win in $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup, CSI 3*
Photo Credit: William Lowry and Polygraaf, winners of the
$30,000 WEF Challenge Cup, CSI 3* at the Tampa Bay Classic. Photo (C) 2008
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Tampa, FL - March 27, 2008 -
William Lowry of North Scituate,
RI, and his horse Polygraaf sped
to the win today for their first victory at the Tampa Equestrian Festival. This
week is the Tampa Bay Classic, CSI 3*-W, and Lowry was victorious in the
$30,000 WEF Challenge Cup, CSI 3* over Margie Engle and Hidden Creek's Pamina L
and McLain Ward with Quo Vadis.
Jose "Pepe" Gamarra set today's track that included 13
numbered obstacles, a triple combination, and a difficult triple bar to plank
vertical double combination. There were 41 entries in the class, and 9 were
clear to move on to the jump-off. Todd Minikus just missed qualifying his
second horse for the jump-off when he and Presidente finished in a time of
84.48 seconds, just over the 84 second time allowed for one time fault. Lowry
and his second horse, Rio Corde, were the fastest four-faulters in the first
round to finish in 11th place.
The first to come back for the jump-off was Eduardo Salas
Herrera (MEX) on RMW Estina. They pulled two rails in the shortened course and
had a time of 38.83 seconds. They finished with seventh place.
Jonathan Asselin (CAN) and Rayan Chiara were slightly faster
in 38.05 seconds, but they pulled a rail at the first jump for four faults and
eventually received fifth place. Michael Morrissey and Scaraberas were another
eight-fault combination with a time of 43.04 seconds for eighth place, while
Christine McCrea and Promised Land were sixth with one rail and a time of 38.52
After McCrea was Lowry and Polygraaf, a 10-year-old
Westphalen gelding. Lowry pushed the huge horse for speed in the turns, sliced
across jumps, and then waited to the final careful vertical on the rail. He
finished as the first clear round in 35.22 seconds.
After the class, Lowry explained how he rode the jump-off
course. "I was fast from 1 to 3; he covered so much ground. He made a pretty
good turn back to the skinny jump and did the five (strides) down that line. I
really sliced into the in and out, I thought. I was maybe a hair slow to the
last jump. I was steadying there. I just went as fast as I could and rode the
turns the best that I could to see what happened," he said.
Next in was Margie Engle on Hidden Creek's Pamina L, winners
of this past Sunday's grand prix. Engle was very quick with Pamina L, but spent
more time in the air over the jumps. She finished with a clear round, but was
just off the winning pace in 35.54 seconds.
McLain Ward and his speed horse Quo Vadis were the next
contenders. Ward was very fast through the turns and actually finished with a
faster time than Lowry (34.11 seconds), but a rail down at fence 6b dashed his
chance at a blue ribbon.
The last horse in the jump-off was Chambacunero, ridden by
Manuel Torres (MEX). They had a refusal and a rail with a time of 45.40 seconds
to finish in ninth place.
This was Lowry's first win in Tampa, but it was his and Polygraaf's
third grand prix win this year. They also won the Leading Rider Bonus at the Jacksonville horse show
series. This winter, Lowry chose to compete in Jacksonville
and Gulfport, MS, instead of at the Winter Equestrian
Festival. This put him behind in the standings to qualify for the $200,000
Budweiser American Invitational, which was a goal of his for this year.
Lowry said today's win "feels great," and he hopes his win
today will put him closer to qualifying for the Tampa Equestrian Festival's
grand finale. In the jump-off, Lowry saw that there were no clear rounds before
him, but he did not want to rely on the slow, clear round for the win. "I knew
who was behind me. Margie's always fast, McLain's always fast. I figured I had
to go for it a bit and see what happened. There was no point in going double
clear and getting beat. I wanted to win," he said.
Lowry gave credit to Polygraaf, a horse that he has ridden
for five years. "He's a really good horse. He's faster than what people think,"
he noted. "For a big horse, he's got so much blood. He's got a huge stride."
As Polygraaf leaped in the air during the awards
presentation, the crowd clapped for the winner. Lowry smiled as he called
Polygraaf "a handful," but he knows that his talented horse has helped him to
get one step closer to the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational.
Today's grand prix was one of three remaining qualifiers for
the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, held at Raymond James Stadium at
7 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. The qualifying events left are:
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.
$30,000 WEF Challenge Cup, CSI 3*
1. Polygraaf, William Lowry, Winsor Show Sales: 0/0/35.22
2. Hidden Creek's Pamina L, Margie Engle, Hidden Creek Farm:
3. Quo Vadis, McLain Ward, McLain Ward: 0/4/34.11
Todd Minikus, Houlihan Lawrence: 0/4/35.45
5. Rayan Chiara, Jonathan Asselin, Attache Stables:
6. Promised Land, Christine McCrea, Candy Tribble: 0/4/38.52
7. RMW Estina, Eduardo Salas Herrera, Rocky Mtn. Warmbloods:
8. Scaraberas, Michael Morrissey, Eugene R. Mische:
9. Chambacunero, Manuel Torres, Ana Maria Codena: 0/8/45.40
10. Presidente, Todd Minikus, Sleepy P Ranch: 1/84.48
11. Rio Corde, William Lowry,
Winsor Farm Sales: 4/71.86
12. Larioso, McLain Ward, McLain Ward: 4/75.88
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