Articles: Press Release
Leading Riders All Set to Compete at the Ox Ridge Charity Horse
Janice Halpern (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Darien, CT- 4, 2001- Ashe and Leslie Howard head an
impressive list of show jumping riders entered to compete in the 72nd Ox
Ridge Charity Horse, June 11 - at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club, Darien, CT.
Ashe of Wellington, FL, won last week's prestigious $50,000 Grand Prix of
Devon with her mount Kroon Gravin. In March, the pair defeated a field of 30
of the nation's best horses and riders, including all four riders from the
2000 U.S. Olympic team, to win the 29th annual $200,000 Budweiser American
Invitational in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. They also won the $75,000
Grandprix of Tampa six days earlier, which allowed Ashe to be one of 10
riders who represented the United States in the Show Jumping World Cup Final
in Gothenburg, Sweden where she finished eighth out of 45 riders.
Ashe will face stiff competition at Ox Ridge from local favorite "Leaping
Leslie" Howard of Westport, CT, the defending champion of the Ox Ridge
Charity Horse Show's $35,000 Grand Prix. Howard, a member of the USET
squads that won the team Gold Medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles
and the team Silver Medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, also
represented the U.S. at the Show Jumping World Cup Final in Gothenburg,
Sweden. Riding her 2000 Ox Ridge Grand Prix champion Priobert de Kalvarie,
Howard tied for 6th place out of 45 of the world's best show jumpers.
Howard has continued her winning ways recently with a victory in the Empire
State Grand Prix at the Old Salem Farm Horse Show. Howard and Nick of
Diamonds posted two fault-free rounds and a jump-off time of 36.956 seconds
to take the top prize in the ten-horse jump-off.
Howard, currently ranked 7th on the United States Equestrian Team computer
ranking list, plans to seek her third consecutive win in the prestigious
$35,000 Ox Ridge Grand Prix on Sunday, June 17. Also planning to compete is
Jeffrey Welles of Newtown, CT, who posted wins at both the $50,000 Budweiser
Grand Prix of Lake Placid and the Saturday $25,000 Hampton Classic Grand
Prix last season. They'll be joined by Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ, who
finished second in this year's $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational,
just two tenths of a second behind Ashe.
Other leading riders expected to compete at Ox Ridge are Laura Bowery of
Southampton, NY, McLain Ward and Andre Dignelli of Bedford, NY, Debbie
Dolan-Sweeney of Oyster Bay, NY, Mark Leone of Franklin Lakes, NJ, Peter
Leone of Greenwich, CT and Gabriella Salick of Thousand Oaks, CA.
In all, more than 1500 horses and riders, including Olympic veterans and
rising stars, will compete in events for all ages before thousands of
The Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show will also highlight top amateur
hunter riders who will vie for the winner's share in the Reuters
Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic. Miller's Harness Company will honor
the best equitation rider in the prestigious Ox Ridge Equitation Classic.
Watson Wyatt Worldwide will sponsor the Small Junior Hunter Division, while
Action Trailer Sales provides the awards in the Large Junior Hunter
Division. Scudder Private Investment Counsel is sponsoring the Small Pony
Hunter Division along with Best Child Rider on a horse and Equitation 15-17
flat. As a prelude to the big jumper classes, Howard Johnson of Darien will
sponsor the Pony Hunter Classic, where tomorrow's grand prix champions are
learning the ropes.
Before the most experienced riders take to the ring in the $35,000 Ox Ridge
Grand Prix on Sunday, June 17, the youngest riders will participate in the
6th Annual Ox Ridge Leadline Class, sponsored by Beval Ltd. Usually under
age 6, these tiny riders take the stage to show off for the judges and their
families in this fun and popular class.
In addition to exciting equestrian action, the Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show
includes the "Hunt for Hope" gala and auction as well as a luncheon and
fashion show that support the Center For Hope in Darien. The Grand Prix
Floral Jump Contest, sponsored by American Airlines "Coach With More
Class," extends the competitive spirit to area florists and nurseries which
show off their creativity as they decorate the jumps in time for the Grand
Prix. The Ox Ridge Boutique Garden offers a unique shopping experience,
featuring fine collectibles, garden/outdoor decor and country sundries.
The prestige of this top rated show continues to draw new and returning
sponsors including Brooks Community Newspapers, C.L. Adams Company, Reuters
and American Airlines- Coach with More Class, which has again signed on to
be the Official Airline of the Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show.
For more information, please call the Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show at (203)