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Last Proves To Be The Best As Madison And Kent Farrington Win Ariat WEF
Challenge Cup At Winter Equestrian Festival
Photo Credit: Madison and Kent Farrington win the $25,000 Ariat WEF
Challenge Cup at Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo by Randi Muster.
Jennifer Wood for Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Mason Phelps, Jr. of Phelps Media Group, Inc. at (561)
753-3389 or at email@example.com
Wellington, FL- March 3- In the rain-soaked field of the Internationale
Arena, 60 competitors braved the elements in round six of the $25,000
Ariat WEF Challenge Cup, but it came down to the very last round for the
winners, Madison and Kent Farrington. The class, usually held in the
afternoon, was moved so that the international riders could prepare
their horses for next week's nighttime highlight, the Samsung Nations'
This week is the Cosequin Wellington Open and the Cannes Festival
International Celebration, which is a sister show to a competition in
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. The course designer this week is
Germany's Dr. Arno Gego.
Of the 60 horses in the first round, there were 13 clear rounds. Eleven
horse and rider combinations had one rail down for four faults, while
seven horses were either retired or eliminated. The course was
demanding, with two imposing combinations and two surprising water
jumps. The triple combination was the last part of the first course and
proved to be the most difficult. It was a one stride to a two stride
and the distances were set short. Fence 13b, a tall vertical of white
planks, was the bogey jump and came down more than any other jump on the
The first clear round of the night came at the ninth horse, when
Georgina Bloomberg and Riviera, owned by Gotham Enterprizes, were clean.
Three more clean rounds came in the next eight trips, as Opus Sept and
Schuyler Riley, Nadia and Bloomberg, and Allegiance and Laura Kraut
posted no faults. Cody Baird came back from a disappointing trip on her
first horse to go clear with October Farm's Poleander.
Great Britain prepared their Nations' Cup team when Ellen Whitaker rode
AK Locarno to a fault-free round. Two horses later, Ian Millar had his
first clean trip with In Style. It was 12 trips later when Timbuktu and
Peter Leone were clear. Three clear rounds in a row came after him, as
Mivenno and Leslie Howard, Quriel and Norman Dello Joio, and Promise Me
and Ian Millar qualified for the jump-off. The last two fault-free
trips came from Catch 22 and Ainsley Vince and Madison and Kent
Farrington, who were the second to last pair on course.
Georgina Bloomberg and her first horse, Riviera, were the first to
return in the jump-off. They seemed to be going for a clean, careful
ride, and were rewarded with a clear round in a time of 43.15 seconds.
Their time would hold the lead for another eight trips.
Schuyler Riley and Opus Sept, owned by South Beach Stables, rattled the
top rail at a large oxer in the jump-off, but it stayed in the jump cups
for a clear round. However, they were just off Bloomberg's pace, with a
time of 44.13 seconds. Ellen Whitaker, riding Steven Whitaker's AK
Locarno, made a quick turn after the second jump for a long gallop to
the third jump. Their time of 42.69 seconds was faster than Bloomberg,
but they had an unfortunate rail for four faults.
Bloomberg returned next in the jump-off with her second mount, Nadia,
also owned by Gotham Enterprizes. She was more confident in her second
trip, made faster turns, and beat her first time, but they also had one
knockdown in a time of 42.68 seconds. Next on course was Laura Kraut
and Allegiance, owned by Pin Oak Farm. Kraut has been fighting off
sickness all week and surprised the crowd by leaving out a stride
between the first two jumps and galloping through the jump-off. The
speed proved to be too much, however, as they pulled a rail at the fifth
jump. As they were heading to the last two jumps, Kraut had an
uncharacteristic error, causing Allegiance to crash through the fence.
They then circled and finished with eight jumping faults, seven time
faults, and a time of 59.77 seconds.
Poleander and Cody Baird took a few chances as they blazed around the
jump-off course in the fastest time thus far, 39.61 seconds. Her
go-for-broke style came at a cost, as she and Poleander had the second
to last jump down for four faults. Next to go was "Captain Canada," Ian
Millar, and In Style, owned by Sue Grange and Lothlorien Farms. Millar
executed the course flawlessly, but was just off Bloomberg's pace in a
time of 43.66 seconds.
Timbuktu, ridden by Peter Leone and owned by Emily Zand, made tight
turns in their bid to win, but had four faults in a time of 42.70. As
David Goodwin's Mivenno and Leslie Howard approached the first fence, it
was clear Howard was going for the win. They had a faster time of
41.57, but it also came with an unfortunate knockdown for four faults.
The lead changed hands when the next duo, Norman Dello Joio and Quriel,
owned by Ellie Belknap and Anthony Weight, finished the jump-off. This
was Dello Joio's first grand prix after an injury early in the year.
The crowd knew from his quick turn after fence two that Dello Joio
wanted to get back in winning form. Quriel galloped home in a time of
40.36 seconds for the current lead.
Millar returned next with his 2004 Athens Olympic horse, Promise Me. He
rode a very steady round, leaving all the jumps up in a slower time of
50.91 seconds. Fellow Canadian Ainsley Vince followed Millar with her
longtime partner, Catch 22. Vince made an excellent turn after the
second jump and flew to the finish and the lead in a time of 40.19
Vince is listed for the Canadian Nations' Cup team, and used tonight to
warm up Catch 22. "He's an older horse and doesn't need the mileage. I
didn't actually plan to go fast tonight, but it seemed to work out,"
Vince recounted. "You just do your best and hope the person behind you
isn't faster," she added.
Vince's lead would be fleeting, however, as Kent Farrington and Madison,
owned by Alexa Weeks, entered the ring. Farrington made amazing turns
in the air over the jumps, as he and Madison sprinted through the
timers. Their time of 38.74 seconds was the fastest of all rides in the
jump-off and they were the clear winners.
Farrington believes that he gained the lead between fences two and three
in the jump-off. "It was a long gallop to the next jump and I think I
made up a lot of time there," he explained. "Once I had that, I kind of
just eased off, because the rest of the course is careful." Madison
seemed unfazed with the constant downpour, and Farrington's only worry
was the combination at the end of the jump-off. "My horse tends to
build as the course goes on, so that was a really difficult double for
her at the end," he said. Farrington also added with a smile, "You had
a 50-50 shot to leave that one up and you were either going to win or
lose it there."
Madison is only nine years old, but she and Farrington have had their
share of grand prix victories. Farrington also remarked, "She's placed
in every grand prix that I've shown her in here, but this is her first
win at WEF." The mare handled the complicated course set by Dr. Gego
brilliantly, so show jumping fans can expect to see more of this
talented duo in the future.
The Acorn Hill Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge is the Friday feature,
scheduled to get underway tomorrow in the DeNemethy Ring. There will be
an additional nighttime event tomorrow, as both the Solaray Junior and
Amateur-Owner Gambler's Choice will be contested, starting at 7 p.m.
Week six's main event is Sunday's $75,000 Cosequin Florida Open Grand
Prix, a World Cup Qualifier, at 2 p.m.
Official Results- #101- $25,000 Ariat WEF Challenge Cup Series, Round
Six- March 2, 2005- Internationale Arena
1- Madison, Kent Farrington- 0/0-38.74
2- Catch 22, Ainsley Vince- 0/0-40.19
3- Quriel, Norman Dello Joio- 0/0-40.36
4- Riviera, Georgina Bloomberg- 0/0-43.15
5- In Style, Ian Millar- 0/0-43.66
6- Opus Sept, Schuyler Riley- 0/0-44.13
7- Promise Me, Ian Millar- 0/0-50.91
8- Poleander, Cody Baird- 0/4-39.61
9- Mivenno, Leslie Howard- 0/4-41.57
10- Nadia, Georgina Bloomberg- 0/4-42.68
11- RK Locarno, Ellen Whitaker- 0/4-42.69
12- Timbuktu, Peter Leone- 0/4-42.70
13- Allegiance, Laura Kraut- 0/15-59.77
14- Mozart des Hayettes, Gregory Wathelet- 4/82.67
15- VDL Oscar, Frankie Chesler- 4/82.73
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: