Articles: Press Release
Eric Lamaze Wins $75,000 Kilkenny
Internationale Cup at Cosequin Winter Equstrian Festival
Bauman (508) 698-6810
Caren Hunter (561) 793-5867
Wellington, Florida—February 12, 2002—Canadian Equestrian Team
veteran Eric Lamaze won the $75,000 Kilkenny Internationale Cup, presented
by Insurance Corporation of Hanover, aboard his 12-year-old Hanoverian
gelding Millcreek Raphael during week three of the Cosequin Winter
Equestrian Festival. It was the second grand prix victory of the season for
the 33-year-old who hails from Ontario, Canada.
“I felt good warming up before the class,” said Lamaze. “He was
loose and jumping free. That always gives the rider a good feeling.”
Only four of 44 entries advanced to the eight-obstacle jump-off
course designed by Sydney Olympic course designer, Leopaldo Palacious-Jugo
of Venezuela. Lamaze, turning in fastest clear round in the jump off,
finished in 53.33 seconds, earning the winner’s share of $22,500. Meredith
Michaels Beerbaum of Germany, the only other rider to finish with
double-clear rounds, placed second in 56.75 seconds. She earned $16,500.
The finish in the Grandprix was previewed earlier in the week
when Lamaze, up on Millcreek Raphael, blazed his way to victory in the in
the $25,000 Kilkenny Challenge Cup. Lamaze bested a field of 67 starters,
turning a clean ride and fastest time in the jump-off of 43.24 seconds.
Germany’s Meredith Michaels Beerbaum finished second that time too as she
crossed the finished line with a time of 45.22 seconds. Alice Debany Clero
of Paris, France finished in third place just splits behind Beerbaum in
45.29 seconds after turning in the first clear round in the jump-off.
Opening day of the Kilkenny International was highlighted by a
win by 2000 US Olympian Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI who edged her way into
victory aboard the bay gelding, Allegience in the $7,500 Cosequin 1.45m
Jumper Class. Only 18 of the initial 96 horse-and-rider combinations managed
clear rounds. Kraut and Allegience cleared the jump-off in a mere 40.527
seconds, edging out Olympic Team Gold Medalist Leslie Howard of Westport,
CT. Less than one second slotted Howard in second place with a penalty-free
time of 41.109 seconds. Third place went to Olympic Gold Medalist, Joe
Fargis after turning in 42.188 seconds.
The AmeriChoice North American League (NAL) Open Speed
Competition was highlighted by a win by Francie Steinwedell-Carvin.
Steinwedell-Cavin bested a field of 102 starters aboard the12-year-old
Oldenburg, Graceland with a clean, fast ride of 64.125 seconds. Only 24
horse-and-rider combinations emerged clean to advance to the jump-off.
Alison Firestone of Upperville, VA up on Futile Ardente finished just behind
Steinwedell-Carvin turning in the second fastest time of 64.257 seconds. Joe
Popely aboard Merifield’s Star Struck, who had a clear round and time of
64.342 seconds, took the third place slot.
Ramiro Quintana of Argentina jumped into the winner’s circle
aboard the Danish gelding, Lacost in the $10,000 Kilkenny 1.50M Classic. The
duo, one of only 9 horse-and-rider combinations of 64 starters to ride
clear, raced through the 16-obstacle course with in a time of 76.509 seconds
to secure first place. Georgina Bloomberg of New York City had a clear round
and time of 77.796 seconds. Third place went to Aaron Vale of Camden, SC who
finished with a fault-free round and time of 78.095 seconds.
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
$75,000 KILKENNY INTERNATIONALE CUP
Wellington, Florida – February 10, 2002
Course Designer: Leopoldo Plalacious-Jugo (Venezuela)
- Millcreek Raphael Eric Lamaze Ontario, Canada 0-0-53.33 $22,500
- Shutterfly Meredith Beerbaum Germany 0-0-56.75 16,500
- Viktor McLain Ward Brewster, NY 0-4-47.44 9,750
- H’Ertel Marilyn Little Frederick, MD 0-4-48.07 6,000
- Conawara Kimberly Frey Stoneville, NC 1 4,500
- Jamison Shelia Burke Katonah, NY 2 3,750
- Korina Chris Kappler Pittstown, NJ 4 3,000
- Perle Laura Steffee Lake Worth, FL 4 2,250
- Lancelot Z Joe Fargis Southampton, NY 4 2,250