Articles: Press Release
Dressage Competition Highlights Second Week of Winter Equestrian Festival
Mason Phelps, Jr. or Beverly Lake Wilkes at (561) 753-3389 or at
Wellington, FL—February 3, 2003— Dressage competition
highlighted the second week of the 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival
(WEF), the Wellington Dressage Classic, January 30- February 2. Over
9,000 people gathered at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club over the
course of the weekend to watch the competition unfold in dressage as
well as in show jumping.
The primary focus of the week’s dressage competitions was
the series of USET Qualifiers, most notably the qualifiers for the Pan
American Games Selection Trials to be held at the Bayer/USET Festival of
Champions, presented by State Line Tack, at the USET Olympic Training
Center in Gladstone, NJ.
The Pan American Games are contested at the Intermediaire
level and the USET Intermediaire Championship will serve as the
Selection Trials. In the first of the Pan Am qualifiers at the
Wellington Dressage Classic, the USET Prix St. Georges, Jan Brons rode
Josien to victory with a score of 69.083%. Placing second was George
Williams on Marnix with 68.333%.
Brons and Josien returned to the winner’s circle when they
also won the USET Intermediaire I class, scoring 70.000%. Tara Stegen
placed second with a 68.333% on New Tango and Williams and Marnix were
third with a 67.417%.
Williams and Rocher earned the blue ribbon in the USET Grand
Prix “A” with a score of 73.889%. Finishing behind Williams in the
class was 1999 Pan American Games Team Gold Medalist Lynda Alicki and
Impressario with a score of 65.625%.
Later in the weekend, Williams and Rocher found themselves
back in the winner’s circle, this time winning the USET Grand Prix
Special with the high score of 73.400%. In second place with a score of
68.933% was Brons riding Fernando. Alicki and Impressario took third
with a score of 64.733%.
The Grand Prix classes at Wellington were qualifiers for the
USET Grand Prix Championship, also to be held at the Bayer/USET Festival
of Champions, presented by State Line Tack, in Gladstone, NJ.
Judy Garofolo of Dover Plains, NY, and Oliver III, owned by
Higher Ground Farm, won the feature event of the weekend in the show
jumping ring, the $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup. Only four of the
starting field of 35 horse-and-rider combinations went clear in the
first round to qualify for the jump-off. First to go in the jump-off,
Garofolo laid down a clear round in a time of 40.21 seconds, which held
as the fastest time of the day. The first week’s Grand Prix winner,
Lauren Hough, rode Clasiko to a second place finish with a clean
jump-off round in a time of 42.55 seconds.
Earlier in the weekend, Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, and
Authentic, owned by John Madden Sales and Elizabeth B. Burke, topped the
large field of 89 horses to take first place in the $5,000 AmeriChoice
NAL Speed Challenge. Madden crossed through the timers three seconds
faster than second place finisher Jeffery Welles and Armani and four
seconds faster than third place finisher, McLain Ward and Couletto.
The weekend also offered a bit of fun by unifying dressage
and show jumping athletes in one class, the $25,000 Windsome
Dressage-Show Jumping Spectacular. Bent Jensen, a Grand Prix dressage
rider and Olympian for his native country Denmark, and Anne Kursinski, a
U.S. Grand Prix and Olympic show jumping rider, teamed together to best
a field of 13 pairs. The class was run in two phases where the jumper
riders rode a Third Level dressage test and the dressage riders jumped a
Hit ‘N’ Hurry course with fence heights up to 3’9. The riders’ combined
scores determined the final placing.
Admission to the Winter Equestrian Festival at Wellington is free every
Wednesday, and children 12 and under are always admitted free. Adult
admission is $5.00 on Thursdays and Fridays, $10.00 on Saturdays, and
$15.00 on Sundays. Senior citizens are $5.00 every Thursday through
Sunday. All adults who attend the Festival any Wednesday, Thursday, or
Friday will receive a coupon entitling them to a two-for-one admission
on that weekend.
For more information on the Winter Equestrian Festival and all its
exciting events and activities, please call Stadium Jumping, Inc. in
Wellington at (561) 793-JUMP or visit
Photos Available Upon Request
Winter Equestrian Festival Dates:
(Each week runs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM daily)
Kilkenny/ICH Internationale – February 5 – 9
Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular – February 12 – 16
Florida Dressage Classic –February 13 - 16
Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters – February 19 – 23
Tommy Bahama Palm Beach Open – February 26 – March 2
Cosequin Wellington Finale – March 5 – 9
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic – March 13 – 16