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Lamaze Leads the Way Right from the Start in Round Five of
the WEF Challenge Cup at the Winter Equestrian Festival
PHOTO CREDIT: Eric Lamaze and Tempete V/H Lindehof - Photo by Randi
Diana De Rosa for Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Mason Phelps, Jr. of Phelps Media Group, Inc. at (561)
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Wellington, FL - Feb. 24, 2005 -- Eric Lamaze aboard Tempete V/H
Lindehof, owned by Ashland Stables started out in the first place
position as the first to go in the first round of the fifth round of the
$25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series, and never looked back. Sixty-one
horses negotiated the Leopoldo Palacios designed course at the Winter
Equestrian Festival during the Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters.
Tempete was one of only eight to go clear, over the 13 jump course. In
the shortened jump-off course, Tempete set the pace and his clear round
in a time of 43.36 seconds proved unbeatable.
The WEF Challenge Cup, a nine week long series of $25,000 Thursday Grand
Prix events, concludes in Tampa as part of the final week of the Winter
Equestrian Festival. The Challenge Cup is also a major money qualifier
for the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational to be held on Saturday
night, April 2, 2005, under the lights at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium.
Today's event, a CSI 3* competition was scored under FEI Article
238.2.2, Time First Jump-Off.
Knowing that Tempete would be competing in Sunday's Masters Cup Grand
Prix, a member event of the AGA Series of Show Jumping, during this
fifth week at the Winter Equestrian Festival, in Wellington, FL, Lamaze
had a plan. "I wanted to just give him a smooth round and keep the
jumps up," said Lamaze who later explained that Tempete is not a fast
horse. "My time is always beatable on that horse. He's not a speed
horse. It's about leaving the rails up."
Even though Tempete is not a speed horse he felt the course suited "a
big galloping horse" like Tempete, and the difficulty that Palacios
always builds into his courses. "He uses the design of the fences to
create a lot of problems," explained Lamaze.
Added Ken Berkley, who ultimately finished just behind Lamaze on Ratina
Z, "The course was built brilliantly, tricky, trappy, in a very fast
time and a brutal last line." That "brutal line" Berkley was talking
about was the very last line in the first course. Fence number 11 was
an oxer to a tight in and out combination 12a-b followed by another bold
oxer which completed the course. Sixteen of the horses took down 12a.
Berkley felt it had to do with the fact that the riders were galloping
boldly by the time they came to this line and "it's a tight last line,"
where the riders had to make a decision to either shorten or lengthen
their horses stride in order to get to 12a at a good distance. But that
was one of many difficult tests around the course which included three
Lamaze, who also went clear on Lorrain Z, intended to go for speed with
this mount. Tempete, "is a big horse," continued Lamaze, who felt that
it would be Lorrain Z who he was going to "take a shot with." Since
Lorrain was done for the week he knew they'd have enough downtime before
his next week of showing.
Since Lorrain Z was not only his second clear round but the second clear
round of the class, Lamaze had to quickly switch mounts before entering
the ring to try out his different faster approach to this course. As he
entered the ring announcer called him the "Quick Change Artist," and
just as quickly Lamaze moved his horse into gear to give the course a
go. Things were going well until about half way through the jump-off
course when the 5th fence came down with one more tough line to go.
That same 12a-b combination followed by a gallop to the final fence
caused more problems for Lorrain Z as they dropped the last two rails of
the course. They finished with 12 faults in a time of 41.99 seconds.
Next to enter the jump-off was Debbie Stephens on Cosequin's CEO, owned
by Centennial Farm. The problems for Debbie started early in the course
at the second fence, a high vertical. They ultimately dropped two more
rails, with one of those rails at 12a. They also totaled 12 faults in a
slower time than Lamaze of 45.82 seconds.
Ramiro Quintana entered the ring next on Hurricane I, owned by Turnabout
Farm & Sarah B. Willeman, and from the beginning you could see he was
going for broke. He too was taking tighter turns and keeping his pace
moving until he knocked down a rail at a bold oxer. Quintana rode a bit
more cautiously after that and as a result left the remaining rails up
finishing with 4 faults in a time of 43.49 seconds.
Next was Olympic veteran Peter Leone riding Timbuktu, owned by Emily
Zand, who started out with a determined fast ride but as luck would have
it they took that first jump down. It appeared that this had little
effect on Leone's approach to the course as they continued to ride
boldly around the course shaving off corners where they could. They
finished with the best time of the jump-off round of 41.44 seconds but
with 4 faults. There were still three more riders to go.
Next to enter the ring was Darrin Dlin aboard Catwalk, owned by Odyssey
Venture LL, who try as they might were unable to keep the rails up.
They finished with two rails down for 8 faults in a time of 44.09
When Ken Berkley entered the arena on his mare Ratina Z as the next to
last rider to go the audience was jumping each fence with him. Ken
negotiated his mare carefully but boldly around the course with an
obvious push down the last line because by that time he had kept all the
rails up and with one line to go he opted to be cautious but bold in an
attempt to overtake Lamaze's leading score. He almost made it but in
the end less than a second separated the two. Ratina Z finished on a
clear round but in a slightly slower time of 43.88 seconds on the
Carolyn Kelly owned horse.
With only one rider to go it was do or die for Christine Tribble on
Promised Land, owned by Candy Tribble. Her mount moved with long
determined strides over the carefully constructed technical course and
as the fences continued to stay up at the half way point Tribble picked
up her pace realizing she had a chance for the lead. She went all the
way to the end stopping the clock with the winning time but that last
fence proved to be the bogie as Promised Land touched it just enough to
knock it down.
Later Lamaze referred to Tribble's round noting, "This course wasn't
over until the end. Every jump had to be jumped including that last
Berkley was pleased with his second place finish having only started
competing Ratina Z at the grand prix level less than a year earlier in
May of 2004. And since he share's the ride with Ratina's owner
16-year-old Carolyn Kelly, who competes in the juniors - making the
change from juniors to the grand prix level is an amazing feat and
speaks well for this 10-year-old mare's talent and potential.
"She has huge scope and a big stride," noted Berkley who also admitted
that the mare is "a little difficult to ride. She is a little hot and a
little temperamental." Berkley explained that Ratina Z goes best when
you don't hurry her. "If you just ride her, the better she jumps."
Berkley did not follow his original plan in the jump-off after he had
some difficulty finding the distances he wanted early in the course. "I
was hoping to go a little faster," he said but when he realized he might
not be fast enough he added, "I had to go clean to be second and so I
stepped it up."
Earlier in the week Lamaze won the 1.45m and was second in the 1.40m and
so it was a good week for him. When asked about his successes he
commented, "You can't win here without a great horse and it needs to be
your day...you hope sooner or later you can win." For 36-year-old
Lamaze part of his victory was having a good horse, a good round, a good
week and "there is a bit of luck." And since Tempete's "next big goal,"
will be competing in the World Cup in April in Las Vegas, having a good
day here at a show like the Winter Equestrian Festival is especially
Said Berkley, "Any class you win here you've won something big." Added
Lamaze, "It always feels good to win." He further explained that to
compete at a show the caliber of the Winter Equestrian Festival, "you
have to go to Europe to compete in something like this and even there
you don't get this many horses. Here you really feel like you won
The Acorn Hill Speed Challenge is the Friday feature, scheduled to get
underway at 1 p.m. at the Internationale Arena. Week five's main event
is Sunday's $50,000Zada Enterprises, LLC Masters Cup - CSI 3*. Start
time is 2pm.
The festival, the nations largest and longest running equestrian
extravaganza, runs through March 13, 2005 at the Palm Beach Polo
Equestrian Club on Pierson Road in Wellington.
Official Results - #101 -$25,000 Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Challenge Cup
Series, Round 5, 02-24-05 - Internationale Arena
1 $7500 Tempete V/H Lindehof - Eric Lamaze - Ashland Stables -0-0/43.36
2 $5500 Ratina Z - Ken Berkley - Carolyn Kelly - 0-0/43.88
3 $3250 Timbuktu - Peter Leone - Emily Zand -0-0/41.44
4 $2000 Promised Land - Christine Tribble - Candy Tribble - 0- 4/42.78
5 $1500 Hurricane I - Ramiro Quintana - Turnabout Farm & Sarah B.
Willeman - 0-4/43.49
6 $1250 Catwalk-Darrin Dlin-Odyssey Venture LL- 0-8-44.09
7 $1000 Lorrain Z - Eric Lamaze - Ashland Stables - 0-12-41.99
8 $750 Cosequin's Ceo - Debbie Stephens - Centennial Farm -0 -12-45.82
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: