Articles: Press Release
Cara Raether and News Make Headlines in $25,000 Challenge Cup at Winter
PHOTO CREDIT: News and Cara Raether Win $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup
Series, Round 4. Photo by Randi Muster
Mason Phelps, Jr. of Phelps Media Group, Inc. at (561)
753-3389 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellington, FL - February 18 - 35 competitors turned out for the fourth
round of the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup CSI 3* at the 2005 Winter
Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in
Wellington, Florida. This week's show is the Lincoln Florida
Classic/WCHR Huner Spectacular.
The WEF Challenge Cup is a nine week long series of $25,000 Grand Prix
events that conclude in Tampa as part of the final week of the Winter
Equestrian Festival. The series is also a major money qualifier for the
grand finale of the Winter Equestrian Festival, the $200,000 Budweiser
American Invitational. The Invitational will be held on Saturday night,
April 2, 2005, under the lights at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium.
Guilherme Noguiera Jorge of Campinas, Brazil, is the course designer
this week. The Challenge Cup classes alternate between jump-off classes
and first round speed events. Scoring for today's class was under FEI
Table A. One Round Against the Clock. Art. 238.2.1 or "Fastest Clear
The hunters, spotlighted this week at the Winter Equestrian Festival,
are competing in the Internationale Arena. Today's WEF Challenge Round
4 was held in the adjacent DeNemethy Arena.
Laura Kraut, already a Grand Prix winner three times this circuit, made
a bid to make it four with a clean round and a time of 66.94 seconds.
Aboard Joyous owned by the Summit Partners, Kraut rode out of the second
spot in the jumping order.
Following Kraut, nine entries challenged, and while a couple had the
time, none could produce the clean round to go with their fast times.
Three riders, in fact, had the time to win but had a single rail down.
The exacting course saw only seven clear rides on the day. Twelve horse
and rider combinations had four faults and another six had eight faults.
Ten duos accumulated 12 or more jumping penalties.
In the 12th spot, Languster, owned by Ryan Automotive and ridden by Nona
Garson, produced the second clear ride of the day but came home well
short of Kraut's target time in 70.57 seconds.
Today's Challenge Cup headlines came from the 14th spot in the jumping
order and were made by Cara Raether and News, owned by the Trelawny
Farms. Raether piloted her chestnut gelding around the twisting and
turning course in a new top time of 65.91 seconds to take over the
number one spot. Raether's only challenge after that came from Little
Big Man, owned and ridden by Laura Chapot, as the second last to go in
the class. Chapot finished short of the mark however, in 67.87 seconds,
winding up third.
Today's win was the biggest of the 25 year old Raether's career. "This
is my biggest win for sure. I won with News in Culpepper, Virginia and
in Lexington, Kentucky, but for sure today was the biggest and the
nicest," she said, smiling.
Raether noted that getting a chance to watch Kraut go earlier was a big
help. "I watched Laura Kraut go first and I know she's fast and I knew
her horse is similar to mine, so I watched her plan," Raether explained.
"I know that News is very fast and I had a chance to catch her. I just
had to be sure to slow it down to the double combination that was
causing all of the problems today and then work my plan and hope for the
best," she said.
Raether also acknowledged the change of venue. "You're in a much smaller
space in the DeNemethy Arena," she said. "So really, the only place you
can be faster is in the turns. In the Internationale Arena you
definitely can leave out some strides here and there. The big ring
favors the big, long striding horses, so this really favored me today,"
Raether admitted. "My horse doesn't have that biggest stride but can
make the really tight turns."
The partnership with her mount News is beginning to develop into
something special. "I've been with him four years. I know him very
well," Raether related. "He's a ten year old that I purchased as a six
year old. He's really come on strong since last year in Europe, where he
won a lot of the speed classes. That's why I chose the 'speed' WEF
Challenge Cups as my classes."
For Raether, being healthy is something she's really cherishing right
now. "For sure. I was injured twice during the 2003 season. I had
reconstructive shoulder surgery and then I broke my humerus (long bone
of the arm)," noted Raether. "The shoulder was a bit of an ongoing
situation that they finally insisted I fix and just as I was coming back
from that surgery, a horse in France flipped over on me and I broke my
arm. Each injury kept me out of the saddle for three months, so I pretty
much missed the entire 2003 show season," she said. "It took almost all
of last year to get back to where I was before the injuries."
Today's win moves Raether into contention for one of the coveted spots
in the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, the season ending
finale, at Raymond James Stadium, in April.
Official Results - #101 $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series, Round 4, CSI
3* -2-18-05-DeNemethy Arena
1 - News, Cara Raether - 0/65.91
2 - Joyous, Laura Kraut - 0/66.94
3 - Little Big Man, Laura Chapot - 0/67.87
4 - Languster, Nona Garson - 0/70.57
5 - Tarco, Candice King - 0/71.73
6 - Going Bananas, Ragan Roberts - 0/74.05
7 - Canaille, Margie Engle - 0/75.14
8 - Faldo, Anne Kursinski - 4/63/75
9 - Conquest II, Beezie Madden - 4/64.57
10 - Lorenzo, Anne Kursinski - 4/64.99
11 - Nadia, Georgina Bloomberg - 4/66.11
12 - Quarco V'T Merelsnest - 4/67.85
2005 Winter Equestrian Festival Fast Facts
EVENT: Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida
WHAT: Seven-week hunter/jumper and 3-week dressage horse show circuit
Stadium Jumping, Inc.
WHERE: Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club,
14440 Pierson Rd., Wellington, Florida 33414
WHEN: Wednesday through Sunday 2005 Show Dates:
Feb 9-13: Kilkenny/ICH Internationale, CSI 3*, 'AA'
Feb 16-20: Lincoln Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular, CSI-W/Y/Ch,
Feb 17-20: Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic
Feb 23-27: Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters, CSI 3*,
March 2-6: Cosequin Wellington Open, CSI-W, 'AA'
March 9-13: CN Finale, CSIO-US 4*, 'AA'
March 17-20: Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic, CDI
HOURS: Wednesday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: General Admission Tickets are available at the gate.
Wednesday: Admission is free. *Children 12 &Under Free
Thursday and Friday: Adults- $5.00, Seniors (65)/Children 13
& Over- $5.00
Saturday: Adults- $10.00, Seniors (65)/Children 13 & Over-
Sunday: Adults- $15.00, Seniors (65)/Children 13 & Over-
Weekly General Admission Pass- $30.00
Seasonal General Admission Pass- $125.00
VIP SEATING: Box Seats Tickets may be purchased at the gate. (Limited
Location: Internationale Arena
Thursday and Friday: $15.00
Seasonal Reserved Box Seats- $250.00 per seat
VIP Tables in The Jockey Club (located at the International Arena) are
available for purchase through Phelps Media Group, Inc. Please call
PARKING: Parking is free Wednesday through Sunday
DIRECTIONS: Approaching the show grounds from the Florida Turnpike, take
Exit #93, Lake Worth Blvd., and travel west, crossing over 441. Travel
five miles to South Shore Blvd., turn right on South Shore and proceed
one mile to Pierson Road, then turn left at the light. Spectator
Entrance is first left, on Equestrian Road. Approaching the show grounds
from Interstate I-95, take Exit 49. Travel west on Forest Hill Blvd. 11
miles to South Shore Blvd. Turn left on South Shore and follow to
Pierson Road. Turn right at the light on Pierson. Spectator Entrance is
first left - Equestrian Road.
THE FACILITY: The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is the home of the
Winter Equestrian Festival and the site of the first outdoor Nations Cup
held in the United States. The competition areas include the 400' x 400'
grass Internationale Arena, which is surrounded by bermed seating,
chalets, and VIP areas; plus the Bertalan DeNemethy Arena and Grand
Hunter Field, both with all weather footing. Amenities include The
Jockey Club VIP area.
PRIZE MONEY: Over $3 Million in total prize money, including:
* $1 Million Grand Prix Series
* $450,000 1.50 M-1.30M Jumper Series
* $300,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Series
* $100,000 Senior Jumper Series
* $395,000 USEF 'AA' Hunter Section Series
* $200,000 Junior Jumper Series
* $168,000 Adult Amateur Jumper Series
* $32,000 Children's Jumper Series
* $9,500 Pony Jumper Series
* Sunday, Feb 13, 2:00 p.m.: $50,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale
Cup, CSI 3*
* Saturday, Feb 19, 7:00 p.m.: AHJF Hunter Spectacular of Palm
* Sunday, Feb 20, 9:00 a.m.: $10,000 WEF Individual Young Rider
Team and Individual Competition, CSI/Y Final
* Sunday, Feb 20, 2:00 p.m.: $60,000 Lincoln Idle Dice Classic
presented by Palm Beach Post, CSI-W
* Friday, Feb 25, 7:00 p.m.: $15,000 Solaray Junior Jumper
* Sunday, Feb 27, 2:00 p.m.: $75,000 Zada Enterprises, LLC
Masters Cup, CSI 3*
* Friday, March 4, 7:00 p.m.: $15,000 Solaray Amateur-Owner
Jumper Gambler's Choice
* Sunday, March 6, 2:00 p.m.: $75,000 Cosequin Florida Open
Grand Prix, CSI-W
* Friday, March 11, 7:00 p.m.: $50,000 Samsung Nations Cup CSIO
4* presented by CN
* Sunday, March 13, 2:00 p.m.: $100,000 US Open Jumper
Championship CSIO 4* presented by CN
FOOD: A diverse menu of food and beverages is available at the vendor
courtyard and at vendors around the Internationale Arena, and are open
during show hours.
SHOPPING: The vendor courtyard and individual booths around the
Internationale Arena both offer equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry,
and home furnishings.
ECONOMIC IMPACT: The Winter Equestrian Festival, produced by Eugene R.
Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc., is the largest and longest
consecutively running sporting event in the world. It is also the
largest equestrian event and major contributor to Palm Beach County's
$553+ million equestrian industry. (Courtesy of Palm Beach County
Equestrian Commission, Inc.)
PALM BEACH POLO EQUESTRIAN CLUB: 14440 Pierson Rd., Wellington, FL,
33414; Tel: 561-793-JUMP; Fax: 561-753-7727; Website:
STADIUM JUMPING, INC.: Corporate Office- 1301 Sixth Ave West, Suite 406,
Bradenton, FL, 34205; Tel: 941-744-5465; Fax: 941-744-0874; Website: