Articles: Press Release
First to Return in the Jump Off and First in the Class: Penelope and Jeffrey Welles
Mason Phelps, Jr. or Beverly Lake Wilkes at (561) 753-3389 or at
Wellington, FL – March 6, 2003 – Steve Stephens from the United States
and Mehves Trak of Turkey are designers of the courses in the
Internationale Arena at the Winter Equestrian Festival this week.
Today’s $25,000 Ariat WEF Challenge Cup was a difficult course for the
42 horses that attempted it. Ten horses had clear rounds and came back
to compete on a shortened course and of those ten, only 4 had clean
trips in the jump-off. Penelope, with Jeffrey Welles riding was the
quickest in a time of 37.73 seconds. Penelope and Jeffrey were the
first to return for the jump-off and set a good pace, which no one could
beat. Susanne Durst owns Penelope. Second was Viktor with McLain Ward
riding for owners Harry Gill and McLain Ward. In third place was
Capital S with Nona Garson riding for the Kamine Family.
Margie Engle had a 1-2 punch in the $5,000 1.4 m NAL Americhoice
Challenge. Margie won riding Hidden Creek’s Alvaretto and was second
on Hidden Creek’s Charley Brown. Twelve horses were entered in this
speed challenge and Margie is known for “always going for broke” in a
speed class. Sundance Kid with Laura Chapot riding for the Sundance
Group was third.
The North American League (NAL) runs season-long series in six hunter
and jumper divisions – Children’s Hunter, Children’s Jumper, Adult
Hunter, Adult Jumper, Pony Jumper, and Open Jumper Speed. Each series
culminates with a championship final at the Pennsylvania National Horse
Show in Harrisburg, PA, in October. Riders need not be members of the
NAL to compete in any qualifying classes, but only current members earn
points toward year-end finals. For more information and a list of
qualifying competitions for 2003, please visit the Ryegate Show Services
website at www.Ryegate.com.
Scott Stewart again finished with many hunter champions including Prove
It in the Regular Working Hunter Division. Music Street in the 3 & 4
Year-Old Pre Green Division and Chopard in the Regular Conformation
Hadfield’s Sunset won a Pre Green Division with Peggy Gehman riding for
owner Geoff Teal. In the Green Conformation Hunter Division, Randolph
was Champion with Cookie Beck riding for Lisa Cudahy.
Photos are available upon request. All results
are posted at
Winter Equestrian Festival Dates:
(Each week runs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM)
Tommy Bahama Palm Beach Open – February 26 – March 2
Cosequin Wellington Finale – March 5 – 9
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic – March 13 – 16
After March 9, competitors move to Tampa to continue the Winter
Dates for Tampa Winter Equestrian Festival
(Each week of competition runs Wed - Sun beginning at 8:00 AM)
Suncoast Internationale March 13-16
Tampa Bay Classic March 19-23 CSI***/W
Tournament of Champions March 25-29 CSI**/W
Budweiser American Invitational March 29 in Raymond James Stadium
Tickets for Winter Equestrian Festival at Tampa Fairgrounds are
Wednesday through Friday $5. Children under 12 years are free.
Saturday and Sunday Adult tickets are $10. Seniors and Students are $5
all days. For schedule, directions and information visit
Tickets for the Budweiser American Invitational, March 29 at Raymond
James Stadium are available at Ticket Master (813) 287-8844 or at
Stadium Jumping (877) 909-9436.