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Hillary Dobbs and Marlo Master $35,000 Welcome Stake at the Tampa
Photo Credit: Hillary Dobbs and Marlo had the fastest double clear effort
to win the $35,000 Welcome Stake at the Tampa Equestrian Festival. Photo
© Randi Muster.
Rebecca Walton for
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at (561) 753-3389 or at email@example.com
Tampa, FL - March 26, 2009 - It was a bright and sunny day at the Tampa
Equestrian Festival, held at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center located on the
Florida State Fairgrounds, marking the second day of the Tampa Bay
Classic. Today fifty-eight riders competed in the $35,000 Welcome Stake in
the Covered Arena. Seven riders were able to complete clear rounds and
advance to the jump-off, but it was Hillary Dobbs and Marlo who completed
the fastest double clear round of the day and took home the blue ribbon.
"This is a really important, special win for me today," smiled Dobbs after
her victory lap. "Marlo is my newest horse and we had a period where we were
getting to know each other this circuit. Today's win solidifies that we're
making great strides and getting to know each other better. I'm really happy
with the way she went; she was unbelievable today and I couldn't be happier
Today's jump-off course was designed by Pierre Jolicoeur and included nine
jumping efforts. Riders began over a bending line from fence three, a large
oxer, to fence four, a difficult vertical plank, followed by fence ten which
was a skinny vertical. Riders then continued to fence 11, a large oxer, and
then to the vertical-to-vertical double combination, 12ab, followed by a
tight turn to fence nine, a large oxer. Finally riders raced home over fence
number one, a very wide yellow and black oxer.
Lauren Hough was the first to qualify for the jump-off after completing a
clear first-round aboard Naomi 152. The pair took down the rail coming out
of the double combination at fence 12b and stopped the clock at 39.660,
earning the sixth place award. Leslie Howard entered the ring next with
Lennox Lewis II. The duo faulted at fence 11 and stopped the clock in 40.840
seconds to finish in seventh place behind Hough.
Michael Morrissey and Crelido were the first combination to complete a
double clear round during today's jump-off. Morrissey and Crelido were fast
and accurate, cutting the turns in all the right places to set the pace at
39.530 seconds. Their fast time garnered the second place ribbon. Play On
and Beezie Madden also completed a fault-free jump-off round, but their time
of 43.620 would earn them the fourth place position. Next to compete was
Keean White of Canada aboard Celena Z. White and Celena Z also pulled down
the rail at fence 11, but slipped through the timers in 38.750 seconds to be
the fastest of the four-faulters and take home the pink ribbon.
Hillary Dobbs and Marlo were second to last to compete in today's jump-off
but they were prepared to win. Dobbs took off towards the first fence,
leaving strides out and cutting turns where she could. The duo left all the
fences standing and raced through the finish line in 38.920 seconds, passing
Morrissey and garnering the win. Leslie Howard challenged Dobb's lead with
her second mount, Raimond W. She also went double clear, but her time of
41.950 seconds would not be enough to pass Dobbs and the pair earned the
third place prize.
"I thought today's jumps were especially large for the first big class in an
indoor all season; I thought they were big and wide," explained
Dobbs. "During the first round I really trusted Marlo because she has such a
big stride and she's so athletic. I protected the front pole with her and
really just trusted her to do the rest and she was really remarkable today.
Dobbs hopes her luck will continue later this week during the $75,000 Grand
Prix of Tampa, the final FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI-W for the Rolex FEI
World Cup Finals in Las Vegas. Dobbs is currently tied for fifth place with
her other mount, Quincy B, and hopes another good placing will move her up
in the standings.
Dobbs is very excited to be at the Tampa Equestrian Festival. "This is a
great horse show," she said. "It's a great opportunity to get indoors after
being in an outdoor ring all year. It prepares you for the other indoor
events coming up, whether it is Charlotte or World Cup Finals. This is a
great preparatory horse show, not just to qualify, but to get experience
indoors before going somewhere else."
The second week of the Tampa Equestrian Festival, the Tampa Bay Classic,
will continue through Sunday, March 29, and will conclude with the $75,000
Grand Prix of Tampa, which will be held at noon in the Covered Arena. The
Tampa Equestrian Festival will come to a close following week three, the
Tournament of Champions, on Saturday, April 4, at Raymond James Stadium. The
final event will be the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, one of the
most prestigious show jumping events in the nation.
For more information please visit www.stadiumjumping.com.
$35000 Tampa Bay Classic Welcome Stake, CSI 2*
Back Horse Rider JF1 TF1 AF1 Time 1 JF2 TF2 AF2 Time 2
1 501 MARLO HILLARY DOBBS 0 0 0 10.000 0 0 0 38.92
2 393 CRELIDO MICHAEL MORRISSEY 0 0 0 3.000 0 0 0 39.530
3 308 RAIMOND W LESLIE HOWARD 0 0 0 11.000 0 0 0 41.950
4 229 PLAY ON BEEZIE MADDEN 0 0 0 5.000 0 0 0 43.620
5 278 CELENA Z KEEAN WHITE 0 0 0 8.000 4 0 4 38.750
6 246 NAOMI 152 LAUREN HOUGH 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 39.660
7 306 LENNOX LEWIS II LESLIE HOWARD 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 40.840
8 372 LAMALUSHI CLARA LINDNER 0 0 0 12.000 40 0 40 0.000
9 228 VDL ORANTA CHRIS KAPPLER 0 0 0 12.000 40 0 40 0.000
10 257 AS DI VILLAGANA LAURA LINBACK 0 0 0 12.000 40 0 40 0.000
11 224 LORD G CARA RAETHER 0 0 0 12.000 40 0 40 0.000
12 375 CORONA REBECCA JOHANSON HOFMANN 4 0 4 76.160
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