Articles: Press Release
Schuyler Riley and Ilian Win
$300,000 AGA Championship Presented by Budweiser
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810
Caren Hunter (561) 793-5867
WELLINGTON, FL—April 10, 2001—Schuyler Riley of Wellington, FL, captured top
honors in the $300,000 AGA Championship Presented By Budweiser, the richest
single event in U.S. show jumping history, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian
Club in Wellington, FL.
Riley out-dueled seven others in the jump-off, finishing with the only
double-clear round aboard Ilian, an 11-year-old Dutch-bred bay gelding. The
29-year-old earned $90,000 for first place and, in a six-day span in the
sport's two richest shows, took home $116,000.
"Ilian is a superstar horse," said Riley after her eighth major grand prix
victory. "He's quite sensitive, with a lot of character. When we're on, he's
a real threat out there."
Jeffrey Welles of Pound Ridge, NY, aboard Riviera, finished second with four
faults and a time of 47.059 seconds over the nine-obstacle jump-off course.
Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, riding Oh Star, placed third with four
faults and a time of 47.590 seconds. Seven-time AGA Rider of the Year Margie
Engle of Wellington, aboard Hidden Creek's Laurel, finished fourth, with
four faults in 50.45 seconds. All three knocked down the next-to-last
Defending champion Alison Firestone of Upperville, VA, on Royal Future,
finished eighth, failing to become the third rider to win consecutive AGA
In other action during the AGA National Jumper Championship Horse Show held
at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, the final show of the 2001 Cosequin
Winter Equestrian Festival, French Equestrian Team veteran Henri Prudent
defeated his wife, Katie, to claim the $10,000 Open Speed AGA Championship
with Bellone D'Ideale.
At the Intermediate level, Aaron Vale of Rembert, SC rode Gepardieux to
victory in the $5,000 Preliminary AGA Championship. He also proceeded to
capture the $10,000 Intermediate AGA Championship aboard Alliance.
In the Amateur-Owner division, Maureen Brennan won the $10,000 High
Amateur-Owner AGA Championship with Mr. Higgins; Ashley Latsha won the
$10,000 Medium Amateur-Owner AGA Championship riding Isabelle; and Monnie
Gilder won the $10,000 Low Amateur-Owner Jumper AGA Championship aboard
In the Junior Jumper division, Jennifer Hannan rode Twist of Fate to win the
$10,000 High Junior Jumper AGA Championship, while Maggie Jayne rode Kinda
Blue to win the $10,000 Low Junior Jumper AGA Championship.
The Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival offered $3 million in total prizes
during a ten-week series which ran in Wellington, FL (January 24 - March 18)
and Tampa, FL (March 21- March 31). Following the $200,000 Budweiser
American Invitational, the series returned to Wellington for the culminating
event—the American Grandprix Association Championship, April 4-8.
$300,000 AGA Championship Presented By Budweiser
Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, Wellington, Florida – April 8, 2001
Course Designer: Jose "Pepe" Gamarra, Bolivia
|1.|| IlianSchuyler Riley||Wellington, FL||0-0-49.634||$90,000|
|2.|| Riviera||Jeffrey Welles||Pound Ridge, NY||0-4-47.059||$66,000|
|3.|| Oh Star||Todd Minikus||Loxahatchee, FL||0-4-47.590||$39,000|
|4.|| Hidden Creek's Laurel||Margie Engle||Wellington, FL||0-4-50.450||$24,000|
|5.|| Royal Kaliber||Chris Kappler||Pittstown, NJ||0-4-50.557||$18,000|
|6.|| Rosina||Eric Lamaze||Canada||0-5-52.526||$15,000|
|7.|| Concetto||Meredith Beerbaum||Germany||0-8-50.108||$12,000|
|8.|| Royal Future||Alison Firestone||Upperville, VA||0-10-53.118||$9,000|
|9.|| Robinson||Richard Spooner||Burbank, CA||4||$9,000|
|10.|| Conawara||Kimberly Frey||Hume, VA||4||$6,000|
|11.|| Innocence||Beezie Madden||Cazenovia, NY||4||$6,000|
|12.|| Casanova||Donald Cheska||Cedarburg, WI||4||$6,000|