Articles: Press Release
Charlie Jayne and Thomas Edison Stay Fast and Clear for Opening Win in
$25,000 Charlotte Welcome Stake
Thomas Edison and Charlie Jayne won the opening class, the $25,000 Charlotte
Welcome Stake, at the 2009 Charlotte Jumper Classic, CSI 5*. Sean Crooks and
Cincinatti La Silla won the $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed
class. Photo © 2009 Jennifer Wood/PMG.
Jennifer Wood of
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
at (561) 753-3389 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
- April 10, 2009 - The Charlotte
Jumper Classic, CSI 5* opened up competition this evening with two classes for
the top jumpers in the nation. This week's show is held at the Time Warner
Cable Arena, home of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, in Uptown Charlotte, NC. Charlie
Jayne of Elgin, IL, rode Thomas Edison to victory in the
$25,000 Charlotte Welcome Stake, while Sean Crooks of Snohomish, WA, piloted
Cincinatti La Silla through a speedy course for the win in the $10,000
The highlight classes for this year's Charlotte Jumper
Classic are the $25,000 Puissance class on Saturday evening and the $450,000
Grand Prix of Charlotte on Sunday, April 12, at 3 p.m.
The $25,000 Charlotte Welcome Stake drew 23 competitors, who
rode over a course designed by 2008 Olympic Games course designer Steve
Stephens of Palmetto, FL. Nine of those 23 were clear in the first round to
advance to the jump-off. There were five riders with just four faults in the
Opening up the jump-off was fan favorite and double gold
medalist Beezie Madden on Crème Brule. A rail down at jump 9 left them with
four faults in a time of 30.14 seconds. They finished in fifth place.
Next in was Jayne on Thomas Edison, a 10-year-old American
Thoroughbred gelding. Jayne was careful through the beginning of the jump-off
as Thomas Edison cleared everything with cat-like precision. Heading to the
last two jumps, he picked up the pace, made an inside turn, and galloped to the
final jump. They stopped the clock in 28.64 seconds with a clear round to set
the lead that would not be broken.
"In the jump off, I wanted to be smooth in the beginning.
Then for the second half of the course after I cleared the double and if I
still felt like he was jumping well, (I wanted to) take a little bit of a shot
at the liverpool and then just hold him straight to the last jump."
Jayne admitted, "I did not expect my time to hold up. Henri
Kovac's horse has been jumping so well all circuit and Goldika barely ever has
a rail over this height, so I thought I would be in the top three and I was
happy with that."
Karen Cudmore (CAN) and Southern Pride had trouble at two
jumps and Cudmore opted to circle. Those two circles counted as refusals, and
she was eliminated.
Brianne Goutal and Ralvesther noted a clear round in the
jump-off, but their time of 32.34 seconds was not quite fast enough to catch
Jayne's time. They would eventually finish in third place. The next scheduled
to return was Chris Kappler on VDL Oranta. He opted to not compete in the
jump-off and save his horse.
Jenna Thompson and Zeke had trouble with the careful plank vertical at jump 4
and pulled the top rail down. Their time of 31.17 seconds with four faults gave
them sixth place in the class.
North Carolinian Katherine Miracle had trouble on the
jump-off course, accumulating 12 faults and a time of 30.19 seconds. They
finished in seventh place.
Next in was 18-year-old Henri Kovacs of Hungary. The
young rider and Sassicaia 11 were very quick throughout the course, but an
added stride in the line to the double combination may have accounted for their
slightly slower time. They just missed beating Jayne with a clear round in
The final duo in the ring was the highly competitive McLain
Ward on Goldika 559. The little bay mare was very fast, but they caught the
back rail at jump 9 for four faults. They finished in 29.62 seconds for fourth
This was only Thomas Edison's second time competing indoors,
so Jayne was very pleased with his victory tonight. Jayne feels that his
horse's natural adjustability made it easy for him to compete in the arena. He
added, "I think that he is crafty enough, and he is very light on his feet."
Jayne has competed at the Charlotte Jumper Classic three
times- once as a junior rider, and twice in the International Open Jumper
division. He has won a class every time in Charlotte, and he was very happy to continue
his success this year.
The first class of the opening session was the $10,000
Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class. The first pair into the ring was
Cincinatti La Silla and Sean Crooks. Their deceptively fast pace and
carefulness gave them the early lead, and they held onto it throughout the 15
other competitors in the class. Finishing second was Francis Tres Roig of Puerto Rico on Lady in Blue, who was also clear in 51.94
Crooks, a 21-year-old rider from Washington State,
has been training with Olympic medalist Norman Dello Joio for three years. He
and his seven-year-old Holsteiner mare, Cincinatti La Silla, have only been
together for five months. He said of her, "She goes like a hunter, (but) she
has a lot of blood. She is fast, careful, scopey, and she has a big stride; she
is everything that you could want in a horse. I am lucky to have her."
This was Crooks first win with this horse, and he said, "I
am happy that I have started doing well on her." This is Crooks' first time
showing in Charlotte
and he smiled, "I love it so far."
Competition continues tomorrow, April 11, with the opening
class at 1:30 p.m. the International Open Jumpers will start things out with
their speed class, immediately followed by the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers'
accumulator class. The evening session will begin when doors re-open at 6 p.m. The
first class, the International Open Jumper accumulator class, starts at 7 p.m.
It is followed by the $25,000 Puissance class, sure to be one of the most
exciting classes of the weekend. It is a high jump competition over a wall and
is one of only two Puissance classes held in North America.
For more information on the Charlotte Jumper Classic, please
$25,000 Charlotte Welcome Stake
1 109 CHARLIE JAYNE
THOMAS EDISON ALEX R. JAYNE USA
0.00 54.88 0.00
2 136 HENRI
KOVACS SASSICAIA 11 PLAIN
BAY FARM HUN 0.00
57.84 0.00 29.65
3 54 BRIANNE
GOUTAL RALVESTHER CLOVERLEAF FARM USA 0.00 53.81 0.00
4 63 MCLAIN WARD
GOLDIKA 559 MCLAIN WARD USA
0.00 54.34 4.00
5 131 BEEZIE MADDEN CREME BRULE
ABIGAIL S. WEXNER USA 0.00 59.11
6 47 JENNA THOMPSON ZEKE
JENNA THOMPSON CAN 0.00
57.23 4.00 31.17
7 69 KATHERINE MIRACLE COULETTO K. JAMES KATHERINE MIRACLE USA
0.00 56.86 12.00
8 137 KAREN
CUDMORE SOUTHERN PRIDE BLAIR CUDMORE
CAN 0.00 57.77
9 CHRIS KAPPLER VDL
ORANTA M&K ORANTA LLC USA
0.00 57.80 DNS
10 128 JEANNE HOBBS NIGHT AND
DAY JEANNE HOBBES USA
11 76 TODD
MINIKUS ALASKA CALLIE SEAMAN
12 65 MARLEY GOODMAN ATHOS
MARLEY GOODMAN USA
$10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Speed Class
1 119 SEAN
CROOKS CINCINATTI LA SILLA GLEN YOUELL 0.00 51.25
2 116 FRANCIS TRES
ROIG LADY IN BLUE J ADALBERTO ROIG JR
3 43 PAIGE
JOHNSON LA MARTINEE SALAMANDER FARM 0.00 54.08
4 107 TAYLOR LAND
CANAILLE TAYLOR LAND 0.00 54.10
5 67 MARLEY
GOODMAN U-2 MARLEY GOODMAN 0.00 56.90
6 46 LISA
SILVERMAN ARDECHE VAN DEZELM LISA SILVERMAN 1.00 57.87
7 37 ALEXA WEEKS
MADISON ALEXA WEEKS
8 38 WHITNEY
WEEKS SUBLIEM WHITNEY WEEKS
9 40 MICHAEL
MURPHY KATINA 12 MICHAEL MURPHY 4.00
10 68 KATHERINE
MIRACLE MISS LIBERTY 7 KATHERINE MIRACLE 4.00 1.00 59.05
11 135 REED
KESSLER ICE D'ANCOEUR REED KESSLER
4.00 2.00 64.09
12 49 JENNA THOMPSON ZARETTI
JENNA THOMPSON 8.00 1.00