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Bent Jensen and Anne Kursinski Win the $25,000 Windsome Dressage/Jumper
At Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival
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Caren Hunter (561) 793-5867
Wellington, FLóFebruary 6, 2002óFor the tenth consecutive year, Windsome
Farm sponsored the Dressage/Jumper Spectacular at the Wellington Dressage
show, held in conjunction with the Bayer/USET Gold Coast Jumper Classic, at
the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian
In this special $25,000 class, jumper and dressage riders change places.
This year eleven teams competed. The jumper riders were required to ride
Third Level Test 3, and dressage riders were required to jump a course of
nine fences with heights not exceeding 3í 6" in a "Hit and Hurry" course in
the Grand Prix field. Bent Jensen and Anne Kursinski won for the fourth
time. They have teamed up five times, and only once missed the win, and that
year they placed second.
"Itís lots of fun," said Kursinski, a three-time Olympian who has earned
team Silver Medals in show jumping in 1988 and 1996. "I always look forward
to riding with Bent. This has become an annual event for us. Bent always
finds me a great horse to ride and I try to find him a good one. Heís such a
great rider. Heís fearless and really goes for it. Heís terrific."
Kursinksi says she uses dressage quite a bit in her show jumping rides. "I
did show dressage for many years in California while I was jumping, so itís
fun for me to do that again." Kursinksi placed fourth in the dressage phase
with a score of 65.048% on the Holsteiner stallion, Davignport. "I can put
her on any horse and she does great," said Jensen.
Jensen won the jumping phase on Beaudelair. "Itís fun, itís always fun," he
said. "This year I stopped too early again but thank God it didnít change
anything." Jensen said he only jumps once a year -- at this event, but he
trained to jump when he was a youngster in Denmark. Jensen scored 26 points
on course where every clear counted as two points and a knockdown as one
point within a 60-second time limit. "Beaudelair is a childrenís jumper that
ís won every class heís been in including this one," said Kursinksi.
The 2002 Consequin 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