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Cara Raether and Pedro Out Race Bloomberg and Fernandez for Victory in
Amateur Owner Jumpers. France's Rozier Takes 1.45m at the 2005 Winter
PHOTO CREDIT: Pedro and Cara Raether win in Amateur Owner Jumpers at
Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo by Randi Muster.
Kenneth Kraus for Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Mason Phelps, Jr. of Phelps Media Group, Inc. at (561)
753-3389 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellington, Fl - March 3 - Thirty-three top Amateur Owner jumpers took
the field in the early Thursday morning feature at the 2005 Winter
Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in
Wellington. When the results were finalized and the cards were marked,
it was Cara Raether racing to victory on Pedro, one of the newest
additions to her string of horses.
The Cosequin Wellington Open is the title of the sixth of seven weeks of
show jumping action at the nation's largest and longest running
equestrian series. Following next week's CSIO United States-CN Finale,
the equestrian community will pull up stakes in Wellington and move to
Florida's west coast for two weeks of action in Tampa at the Bob Thomas
Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds. The festival's grand
finale is the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational at Raymond James
Stadium at 7 P.M. on Saturday, April 2, 2005.
The Amateur Owner Jumpers were just the beginning of what promises to be
one of the busiest Thursdays in the history of the Winter Equestrian
Festival with close to 90 entries expected to go to the post in the
$25,000 WEF Challenge Cup, Round Six, at 7 P.M. in the Internationale
Arena. The WEF Challenge Cup will be the first opportunity for many of
the international show jumping stars, here from around the world for
next week's Samsung Nations Cup, to jump under the lights and on the
grass in Wellington.
Today's class was scored under Table II sec 2(b), Time First Jump-Off.
This week's Internationale Ring Course Designer is Germany's Dr. Arno
Of the 33 starters, 11 produced first round clears and five of those
horse and rider combinations went on to be double clear. Thirteen riders
came home with four faults while ten had eight or more faults.
One of this year's most successful riders, the red hot Cara Raether,
qualified all three of her horses for the tiebreaking jump-off against
the clock. She would face stiff competition from Georgina Bloomberg, who
advanced with both of her mounts and Federico Fernandez, also with two
for the speed round.
Raether had knockdowns with her first two mounts and faced a clean round
challenge from Georgina Bloomberg, who led the class with Action, owned
by the Gotham Enterprises. Bloomberg was atop the leader board with no
faults and a time of 34.056 seconds.
Raether's final chance came aboard the Trelawny Farm's Pedro, one of
newest additions to her talented stable of jumpers. Raether blistered
the jump-off course, knocking almost two seconds off of Bloomberg's top
time. Raether flashed across the finish line in 32.075 seconds to take
Bloomberg had one final shot at Raether. With La Movida, another mount
owned by the Gotham Enterprises, she fell just short of the mark,
breaking the beams in 33.484 seconds, 1.409 seconds off the pace.
Having more than one shot at the top prize was an obvious benefit for
Raether. "Georgina went before me on Action and I know that horse is
always very, very fast," Raether accounted. "I had gone before Georgina
with my other horse, early in the jump-off, and was three or four
seconds slower than Georgina, so I knew I really had to pick up the pace
with Pedro. And Georgina still had another one to go after me, so I knew
I had to be fast. But Pedro is such a fast horse that I ended up making
up all that time and coming home with the win," she said.
It appears that Pedro will fit in nicely with Raether's speedy style of
riding. "He's a horse I bought this past summer in Spain and down here
is the first time I've really gotten a chance to show him," she said.
"Today was the first day that I actually turned him loose, let him go
fast and tried to win. And we did win! The Amateur Owner division is the
perfect spot for him to start. It's a great division, with great
competition and we jump out on the big field," she added.
Raether knew that the competition and the courses this week would be
some of the toughest yet, with Course Designer, Dr. Arno Gego setting
the tests. "It was a tough course because it was Arno (Gego)," Raether
laughed. "This was the first time we had the water jump all season and
it was the opening class of the week. Plus it wasn't a great approach
and there was no rail, so that got to a lot of people today. It was
typical Arno; tough, very technical with options for adding or leaving
out and while it wasn't crazy big, it was certainly hard enough," she
The Amateur Owner Jumpers take center stage again on Saturday morning in
the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur Owner Jumper Classic at 8
Official Results - #1028 - High Amateur Owner Jumpers, Table II 2(b) -
03-03-05 - Internationale Arena
1 - Pedro, Cara Raether - 0-0/32.075
2 - La Movida, Georgina Bloomberg -0-0/33.484
3 - Action, Georgina Bloomberg -0-0/34.056
4 - Garibaldy, Federico Fernandez -0-0/36.242
5 - Kenay, Federico Fernandez -0-0/39.535
6 - Quarnak De Longpre, Meghan Moran - 0-4/36.983
7 - Hippie De Blagni, Cara Raether - 0-4/38.777
8 - Zizou, Nathalie Mathers - 0-4/40.336
9 - Campezino, Lara Gay - 0-8/37.574
10 - Quilano De Kalvarie, Cara Raether - 0-8/38.562
11 - Roche Bobois Cobra, Aurora Rangel De Alba - 0-12/38.555
12 - Ronan, Alexa Weeks - 4-65.076
France's Philipe Rozier Tops a Field of 71 to Win 1.45m on Thursday
Philip Rozier, a two time Olympian from the French Equestrian Team,
expected to compete in the Samsung Nations Cup on Friday, March 11th,
tuned up with a victory on Thursday afternoon at the Winter Equestrian
Rozier, aboard Senna, posted a double clear round and crossed the finish
line in a time 29.497 seconds for the victory. Lisa Jacquin aboard the
Flintwood Farm's Kassidy finished off the pace by 0.172 seconds to
finish in second place. Jacquin stopped the timers in 29.669 seconds.
Brianne Goutal and Onira from the Cloverleaf Farm, finished third in
29.826 seconds. Enzo La Mulotier, owned by Caroline Lloyd and ridden by
Federico Sztyrle, had the fastest jump-off time but pulled one rail in
the tiebreaker. Sztyrle, who finished in seventh place, came home in
27.389 seconds but with four faults.
Sixteen of the 71 starters were clear over the first round course but
only 6 managed to produce double clear rides.
Official Results - #1002 1.45m - Table II, Sec 2(b) - 03-03-05 -
1 - Senna, Philippe Rozier - 0-0/29.497
2 - Kassidy, Lisa Jacquin -0-0/29.669
3 - Onira, Brianne Goutal - 0-0/29.826
4 - Mr President, Niall Grimes - 0-0/30.131
5 - Classic H, Carsten Jaeger - 0-0/32.258
6 - Roxanne, Eric Flameng -0-0/32.440
7 - Enzo La Mulotier, Federico Sztyrle - 0-4/27.389
8 - Uno, Ainsley Vince 0-4/28.990
9 - Pamina, Juliana Starbuck - 0-4/30.216
10 - Rio Corde, William Lowry - 0-4/30.266
11 - Panama, Margie Engle - 0-4/30.734
12 - Tinka Lady, Eric Lamaze -0-4/40.589
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: