Articles: Press Release
Joe Fargis Wins The $75,000 Tommy Bahama Florida Open At The Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Caren Hunter (561) 793-5867
Wellington, Florida—March 5, 2002—1984 Olympic double gold
medalist Joe Fargis of Southampton, NY won the $75,000 Tommy Bahama Florida
Open presented by RV Sales of Broward during week seven of the Cosequin
Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.
“The (first round) course was long and the time allowed was
tight,” said Fargis. “There was no rest on the course. It was one of the
bigger courses here in several years.”
Fargis, riding Edgar, a 13-year-old Havoverian owned by Mary B.
Schwab and OEJI Farms, LLC of Atlanta, GA, made a remarkable recovery midway
through the 19-obstacle first round course designed by Arno Gego of Germany.
After clearing a red brick wall, Edgar stumbled and almost went down as
Fargis lost his reins and right stirrup but regained control right before
the next fence.
“The stars were together,” said Fargis. “The horse stayed under
me and it all came together. I’m 53 years old and I’m just happy to still be
here doing it.”
Eric Lamaze of Ontario, Canada aboard Rosina was the only other
rider to ride a fault-free first round to force a jump-off.
“Joe played it very smart in the jump-off,” said Lamaze, “so I
had to go for it.”
Fargis blazed through the jump-off in 56.11 seconds earning the
winner’s share of $22,500. Lamaze finished second in 57.14 seconds and eight
jumping faults. Third place went to Jimmy Torano of Ft. Lauderdale, FL
aboard Lancer 4. Torano rode without jumping penalties in the first round,
but went over the 92-second time allowed and received one time penalty.
Fargis is the Chef d’Equipe (coach) of the Argentine team
competing in the United States’ first-ever outdoor Nations’ Cup on March 8.
Other teams represented are the United States, Canada and Ireland.
The finish in the Grandprix was previewed earlier in the week
when Fargis, up on Edgar, jumped into the winner’s circle 1.74 seconds
faster than any other horse–and-rider combinations in the $25,000 Tommy
Bahama WEF Challenge Cup. The duo, one of fifteen to qualify for the
jump-off out of 60 starters, mastered the track with a clear round in 39.440
seconds. Mark Leone of Glen Rock, NJ up on his 17 year-old Holsteiner
Casino, finished second with a jump-off time of 41.10 seconds. Emily
Williams of Wellington, FL aboard Hushabye, a 13-year-old Thoroughbred Cross
owned by Cody Williams, finished just splits behind Leone in 41.48 seconds
for third place.
2000 US Equestrian Team Olympian Laura Kraut took top honors in
the $7,500 Cosequin 1.45m Time First Jump-Off. Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI
aboard Allegiance, an 8-year-old, Dutch-bred gelding owned by Pin Oak Farm
of Lake Forest, IL, was one of 8 horse-and-rider combinations to advance to
the jump-off out of a field of 92 starters. The duo finished with the
fastest jump-off time of 34.653 seconds to earn first place. Two-time
Olympic Medalist, Leslie Howard of Westport, CT aboard Kenwi, owned by Mr.
and Mrs. David Goodwin, turned in clear rounds with a jump-off time of
34.807 seconds, just behind Kraut, putting her in second place. Third place
went to Jeffrey Welles up on Penelope owned by Susanne Durst with a jump-off
time of 35.00 seconds.
The following day Kraut, on Allegiance piloted her way to
victory in the $20,000 Tommy Bahama 1.50m Classic. The pair blistered the
jump-off course to finish almost three seconds ahead of the others with a
time of 44.625 seconds. Up and coming Grand Prix rider, Georgina Bloomberg
up on Rivera placed second. Alice Debany Clero of Paris, France on
Crackerjack cleared the 9-obstacle jump-off in 48.655 seconds putting her in
2000 US Equestrian Olympic Team alternate, Todd Minikus blazed
his way into the winner’s circle in the $5,000 1.40m AmeriChoice (NAL)
Challenge. Minikus, of Loxachatchee, FL bested a field of 108 starters
aboard his mount Pandora, to clear the course with the fastest time of
57.303 seconds. McLain Ward of Brewster, NY up on Galant a 7-year-old
gelding owned by Ward and Full Cry Farm, also had a stellar performance as
the pair finished with a clear round and time of 59.011 seconds for the
second place. Ward was the 1988 AGA Rider Of The Year and is currently in
contention for the 2001/2002 AGA Rider Of The Year award which will be
decided at the AGA Championships, presented by Budwesier, in Wellington,
April 3-7. Third place went to Yann Candele of France, riding for Torrey
Pines Stables of Ontario, Canada, up on Jade. The pair finished with a time
of 60.755 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 TOMMY BAHAMA FLORIDA OPEN
Wellington, Florida –
March 3, 2002
Course Designer: Arno Gego (Germany)
Placing/Horse Rider Hometown Faults-Time Purse
1. Edgar Joe Fargis
Southampton, NY 0-0-56.11 $22,500
2. Rosina Eric Lamaze
Canada 0-0-57.14 16,500
3. Lancier Jimmy Torano Ft.
Lauderdale, FL 1 9,750
T4. Shutterfly Meredith Beerbaum Germany
T4. Royal Kaliber Chris Kappler Pittstown,
T6. Latinus Robin Sweely
Madison, VA 4
T6. Laredo Aaron Vale
Rembert, SC 4
T6. Viktor McLain Ward Brewster,
T6. Eros Anne Krursinki
Flemington, NJ 4
T6. Millcreek Chardo Yann Candele France
T6. Oh Star Todd Minikus
Loxahatchee, FL 4
T12.After Eight Christine Tribble Suffield,
T12.Rafiki Chris Kappler
Pittstown, NJ 8
T12.Hidden Creek’s Perin Margie Engle Wellington, FL
T12.Capital S Nona Garson Lebanon,
T12.Windy City Lauren Hough Wellington,