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Johnson Goes Two-for-Two and Wins $20,000 1.50m Classic on Kadena R and
Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic on Reddy Teddy
PHOTO CREDIT: Paige Johnson and Kadena R win the $20,000 1.50m Classic.
Photo by Randi Muster.
Diana De Rosa for Phelps Media Group, Inc.
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Wellington, FL - February 26, 2005-Paige Johnson sped across the finish
line with her 10-year-old mare Kadena R with a clear go in 38.880
seconds to win the $20,000 1.50m Classic. This was her second win of
the day, having also finished first in the $10,000 High Amateur-Owner
Jumper Classic on Reddy Teddy. The 1.50m was the featured event on
Saturday afternoon at the 2005 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington,
Florida. This was a Table II Sec 2a, Time First Jump-Off class.
The scopey mare bested a field of 44 competitors to boldly take the
class, despite the muddy conditions which were the result of
intermittent rain throughout the day.
"What you see is what you get," commented Johnson, her excitement
showing in the speed of her conversation. She was very proud of her
mare. "You get a really honest, wonderful feeling in the air. She has
a great mindset and does not have a mare attitude."
Ten riders were able to negotiate Venezuelan Leopoldo Palacios-Jugo's
first round fault free, while many of the 34 remaining riders had faults
throughout the course.
"It was a nice course," said Johnson about the first round. "It asked
you to do a lot of things. It was inviting, but difficult. Leopoldo is
a great technical course designer. I just rode my best."
Palacios' first course consisted of 13 jumps, with a double and triple
combination. Fence number three had simulated water underneath it.
"Those two round waters, they look at it," commented Leopoldo. The
first combination was 4A-B followed by a turn to 5, which was a wide
natural plank set on flat cups in front. This fence had the most rails
down of any other single fence on the course.
"It was a very careful jump," explained Johnson. "After the turn to
this fence, the first thing you see is the tent. The plank always comes
down very easily."
The next part of the course that caused even more problems was fence
number 10A-B-C. This triple combination had rails dropping at every
part of it and it was the demise of most of the riders who didn't make
it to the jump-off.
"The first two verticals were easy, but the oxer going out was wide,"
explained Johnson. "You started out on that jump having to ride careful
and then having to stretch out across the wide oxer in order to get over
it. That required a lot of scope."
Palacios agreed with Johnson. "The distance (in the triple) is steady
for the vertical and then opens up at the end."
Scope was certainly something that Kadena R has, as she cleared the
jumps with room to spare; so much that it seemed she might have lost
time in the air. But at 17.3 hands, it wasn't a problem. "Her stride
is long and she's a big horse," explained Johnson, who finished the
first round in a time of 81.088 seconds, more than six seconds under the
88 second time allowed.
"In the first round, she overjumps," commented Johnson. "My main goal
is to have faith, ride her aggressively and give her a forward and
First to come back of the 10 horses in the jump-off was Eric Hasbrouck
aboard Lavaletta. They set the pace with a bold ride, cutting the
corners where they could. Their clear round in a time of 42.90 seconds
put the pressure on the nine remaining riders. It took three more
riders before Johnson negotiated the second clear round. In between,
Rodney, ridden by McLain Ward, put in a bold ride with a faster time
than Lavaletta (41.262), but with a rail down at the first part of a
double combination. Ultimately, it put them fifth. Latinus and Robin
Sweeley could not find a good distance to the second fence on the
jump-off course and ended up with a refusalk. They rejumped the fence,
but then knocked down the next jump, the plank fence. They ended up in
last place in the jump-off (11/59.436). Next was Emily Williams on
Abracadabra, who finished with 4 faults in 51.239 seconds.
Next to go was Johnson, who really set the pace and their clear time of
38.880 was going to be hard to match. While it proved easy for Kadena
R, going into the round Johnson was most concerned about the combination
back to the plank jump. "It was an awkward turn but it ended up working
out perfectly," she commented. "She listened to everything." Johnson
knew there were some good riders still to go and although she had a good
shot at the win, she knew it wasn't over yet.
Next to enter the ring was Eric Lamaze on Hickstead. They rode
aggressively and brilliantly around the course, almost appearing faster
than Johnson, but Madena's long stride can be very deceiving. Hickstead
stopped the clocks in 40.699 seconds and finished second.
Eric Flameng aboard Mazelle went in bold, but at the planks they took
both the front and back part of the fence down. They finished seventh
with 4 faults in a time of 42.998 seconds. Next was Judy Garofalo on
Harlem de Mescam. They went for broke and finished with the second
fastest time (39.566) but just managed to take down the rail at 4A for 4
There were just two more to go. Both Neuville ridden by McLain Ward (8
faults) and Trezebees ridden by Addison Phillips (4 faults) sped around
the course but rails down meant the victory went to Johnson.
After the course, Johnson admitted that she knew her ride was fast, "but
I didn't know if it would hold up." When that last rider went over the
course and she knew the victory was hers, she admitted, "I couldn't be
happier. It was a really good day!"
Johnson's dad, Bob Johnson is a big supporter of his daughter and of
horse sports. He is a majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats
organization. The organization's signature fundraising event is the
Charlotte Jumper Classic. The second annual event will take place April
8-10 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
This was the fourth 1.50m at WEF. Poleander and Cody Baird won the
first Classic on January 29. In Week 2 it was Milona, ridden by Laura
Kraut, who earned the first place ribbon. In Week 3, Yann Candele rode
Tyra to the win. Week 4 was focused on hunters and no 1.50m class was
Grand Prix Sunday features a full day of action in eight rings at the
nation's largest and longest running equestrian sporting event. Action
starts in the Internationale Arena at 8:00 a.m. and features classes for
Junior and Amateur-Owner Jumpers and the $10,000 Senior Jumper Classic.
Show jumping's main event gets underway at 2:00 p.m. The fifth of seven
weeks in Wellington concludes with Sunday's $75,000 Zada Enterprises,
LLC Masters Cup - CSI 3*, a member event of the AGA Series of Show
Jumping, kicking off at 2pm.
Official Results #1001 $20,000 1.50m Classic Table II, Sec 2a - 2-26-05
- Internationale Arena
1 - Kadena R, Paige Johnson -0-0/38.880
2 - Hickstead, Eric Lamaze - 0-0/40.699
3 - Lavaletta, Eric Hasbrouck - 0-0/42.900
4 - Harlem de Mescam, Judy Garofalo - 0-4/39.566
5 - Rodney, McLain Ward - 0-4/41.262
6 - Trezebees, Addison Phillips - 0-4/41.875
7 - Mazelle, Eric Flameng - 0-4/42.998
8 - Abracadabra, Emily Williams 0-4/51.239
9 - Neuville, McLain Ward - 0-8/40.260
10 - Latinus, Robin Sweely - 0-11/59.436
11- Ostara, Aimee Aron - 4-77.353
12 - Antigua RG, Laura Kraut - 4-80.384
Official Results - #1025H $10,000 High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic -
Table II 2b - 2-26-05 - Internationale Arena
1 - Reddy Teddy, Paige Johnson -0-0/39.783
2 - Lumina 2, Georgina Bloomberg -0-0/40.739
3 - Zizou, Nathalie Mathers - 0-0/42.381
4 - Capitano, Danielle Torano - 0-0/42.385
5 - La Movida, Georgina Bloomberg - 0-4/38.412
6 - Isabella, David Tromp - 0-4/39.662
7 - Obelix R, Lisa Silverman - 0-4/41.418
8 - Madonna, Katherine Miracle - 0-17/52.253
9 - Flubber Cocoy, Lisa Silverman - 1-80.591
10 - Modra, Cara Cheska - 2-81.049
11 - Riane, Alexa Weeks - 4-75.70
12 - Action, Georgina Bloomberg - 4-77.351
Addison Phillips Wins High Juniors on Saturday at WEF
Addison Phillips rode Rastella to a clear round in a time of 40.172
seconds in the High Junior Jumpers at the Internationale Arena on
Saturday, February 26 at the Winter Equestrian Festival. On Cantus
Anuberth II, she finished sixth.
Thirty competitors started in the Table II2b jump-off class. Five horse
and rider combinations produced double clear rounds from the eight who
went clear over the first round.
Phillips and Rastella were first to go in the jump-off and went for
broke setting a time that proved impossible to catch. Just behind
Phillips with a clear go in 41.473 seconds was Aimee Aron aboard
Heaudine. This was the first time this combination competed in the
Internationale Arena. In third was Onira, ridden by Brianne Goutal, to
a time of 41.504.
Official Results - #1059H $4725 High Junior Jumpers - Table II 2b -
2-26-05 - Internationale Arena
1 - Rastella, Addison Phillips -0-0/40.172
2 - Heaudine, Aimee Aron -0-0/41.473
3 - Onira, Brianne Goutal - 0-0/41.504
4 - Jerremy, Natalie Johnson - 0-0/44.390
5 - Top Secret, Elizabeth Hayes - 0-0/45.839
6 - Cantus Anuberth II, Addison Phillips - 0-4/40.304
7 - Rhythm & Blues, Natalie Johnson - 0-4/44.675
8 - Eventual, Jack Hardin Towell, Jr. - 0-8/46.127
9 - Lavaro, Natalie Johnson - 0-12/44.509
10 - River, Blythe Marano - 0-12/44.801
11 - Blast, Carolyn Kelly - 2-79.734
12 - Libidou, Jessica Speiser - 4-73.453
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: