Articles: Press Release
Beerbaum Captures $75,000 Jaguar/Land Rover Idle Dice Classic Grand Prix at
Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival
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Caren Hunter (561) 793-5867
Wellington, FL—February 18, 2002—Markus Beerbaum of Germany won his first
grand prix of the season, the $75,000 Jaguar/Land Rover Idle Dice Classic
Grand Prix at the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach Polo
Beerbaum, aboard Royal Discovery, an 11-year-old Dutch warmblood, earned
$22,500 for the victory.
Beerbaum was one of seven entries to advance to the jump-off round after
going penalty-free over the first-round course designed by Jose M. “Pepe”
Gamarra of La Paz, Bolivia. In the jump-off, he cleared the eight obstacles
in 38.06 seconds to claim the win. Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ, riding
Rafiki, a 12-year-old Trakehner, finished second with a clear jump-off round
in 40.78 seconds. Kappler, who won a grand prix two weeks ago aboard Royal
Kaliber, also finished second in this event last year aboard Royal Kaliber.
He earned $16,500 for his second-place finish.
“Chris’s horse is not the fastest, but he was actually quicker than I
thought he would be,” said Beerbaum. “I thought somebody else, like Lauren
Hough, could beat me.”
Hough, a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, placed third, knocking down
the final fence, and finishing in 39.16 seconds. Hough, who lives in
Wellington, earned $9,750.
Royal Discovery is owned by Bert and Diana Firestone of Wellington and was
ridden by their daughter, Alison, until last year when Beerbaum took over.
Alison Firestone is based at Beerbaum’s farm in Germany while competing in
“Alison has a lot of great horses and they (Mr. and Mrs. Firestone) were
very generous with Royal Discovery,” Beerbaum said.
Kappler, who went second in the jump-off, knew he had to go clean to put
pressure on the other riders.
“He’s a bigger, slower horse and he went really well for me,” Kappler said,
“but I knew I had fast horses behind me.”
2000 Sydney Olympic Team veteran Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI and her
mount, Anthem, an 11-year-old Dutch-bred bay gelding owned by Summit
Syndicate, jumped into the winner's circle in the $25,000 Jaguar/Land Rover
WEF Challenge Cup - CSI-A. The pair, one of 50 horse-and-rider combinations
in the class, blistered the track designed by Jose “Pepe” Gamarra to finish
with a fault-free round and time of 66.07 seconds. Second place went to
U.S. Equestrian Team veteran Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, aboard the
12-year-old brown Oldenburg gelding, Playboy, owned by YZ Partners of
Wellington, FL. They completed their fault-free round just splits behind
Kraut and Anthem with a time of 66.89 seconds. Jimmy Torano of Ft.
Lauderdale, FL and Aguila, a 10 year-old Dutch-bred bay gelding, owned by
Sir Ruly, Inc. of Key Biscayne, FL, were third after they finished their
fault-free jump-off round with a time of 68.74 seconds.
Adam Prudent won the FEI Children’s World Jumping Competition on Bellone D’
Ideale, owned by Colleen Haas. Prudent was in second-place behind Katrina
Johnson of Harwood, MD on her mount Slow Ride after Saturday’s competition,
but he came back strong in Sunday’s second round to secure the win. Prudent
is the son of French Equestrian Team veteran Henri Prudent and U.S.
Equestrian Team veteran Katie Monahan Prudent. Johnson ended up in seventh
place after the second round of competition.
The 2002 Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival offers 3 million in total
prizes during an eleven-week series, which runs in Wellington, FL (January
23-March 10) and Tampa, FL (March 13-March 31). The Festival hosts the
$200,000 Budweiser American Invitational at the Raymond James Stadium in
Tampa on Saturday evening, March 30. The series then returns to Wellington
for the culminating event-the American Grandprix Association Championship -