Articles: Press Release
Wrap Up For Winter Equestrian Festival Week 4, February 18-22
Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular CSI-W/Y CSI-Ch
Mason Phelps, Jr. of Phelps Media Group, Inc. at 561.753.3389 or at
WELLINGTON, FL - February 23, 2004 - The fourth week of the 32nd Winter
Equestrian Festival entitled Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular CSI-W/Y
CSI-Ch was held February 18 through February 22 at the Palm Beach Polo
Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida. Mehves Trak of Germany was the
course designer in the Internationale and DeNemethy Arenas.
The Winter Equestrian Festival continues in Wellington through March 21,
and then the action moves to Tampa for two weeks at the Bob Thomas
Equestrian Center, and caps off with the Budweiser American Invitational
on April 3 at the Raymond James Stadium. Total prize money for the 2004
WEF is three-million-dollars. Produced by founder Eugene R. Mische and
Stadium Jumping, Inc., the Winter Equestrian Festival is the largest and
longest consecutively running equestrian sporting event in the world.
Markus Beerbaum And Royal Discovery Win $60,000 Idle Dice Classic
It was standing room only around the Internationale Arena for the finale
of the week on Sunday, February 22, when Markus Beerbaum, 33, of
Thedirghausan, Germany, rode Royal Discovery owned by Mr. and Mrs.
Bertram Firestone to the win in the $60,000 Idle Dice Classic presented
by the Palm Beach Post, CSI-W. The class was a qualifying competition
for the FEI World Cup Final that will be held April 21-24, 2004, in
Milan, Italy. Beerbaum was the fastest of three double-clear
performances. Chris Kappler of Pittstown, New Jersey, placed second
riding Royal Kaliber. Leopold Van Asten of The Netherlands earned third
place aboard VDL Groep Fleche Rouge.
A field of 36 riders took the test over the Round One track that saw
four riders retire on course. Four riders went clean and moved on to the
Jump-Off. Molly Ashe of Wellington, Florida, led off with Resolute owned
by Rosewood Glen Ltd., but had a refusal at the double, and chalked up
eight faults in 47.18 seconds. Van Asten was next to go and set the pace
with a clear trip in 40.29. Kappler and Royal Kaliber edged them out of
the top spot with their time of 38.44. Going last in the tiebreaker,
Beerbaum blistered the short course in 35.78 for the win. Beerbaum
acknowledged that the jump-off order worked in his favor. "Yes, that's
always an advantage. You know what you have to do to beat the winning
time. I had a chance to watch Chris at the gate and Alison Firestone was
watching for me the whole jump-off. She told me where I could cut
corners. Down the first line I did one less [stride than Kappler] and
then I was ahead all the way around actually." Beerbaum even managed to
pull off a double rub, rocking both elements of the combination, and
admitted he was lucky today. "Yes, definitely, but to win you need luck
Highlights Thursday Through Sunday
Scott Stewart And Chopard Win Regular Conformation Hunter Championship
The World Champion Hunter Rider Spectacular Week kicked off on
Wednesday, February 18 with the first rounds of competition for the
championships. On Thursday, February 19, Championships were awarded in
five divisions. Scott Stewart, 39, of Flemington, NJ, and Wellington,
FL, riding Chopard for owner Krista Weisman, won the Regular
Conformation Hunter Championship after competing in five classes over
two days, starting out with two victories in over fences classes. "He
was wonderful yesterday out in the field when all the other horses were
being a little fresh because of the weather," said Stewart. In
Thursday's competition in the first of two over fences classes Chopard
placed tenth. "He didn't have a great first round," Stewart admitted,
"But then the second round was really good so he ended up second."
Stewart and Chopard placed fifth in the Under Saddle class to clinch the
Championship. "But it was close," Stewart pointed out. "We were only
champion by a point."
Addison Phillips riding her own Tinsel Town earned the Reserve Regular
Jimmy Torano And Rising Sun Win Reg. First Yr. Green Working Hunter Ch,
Also on Thursday, Jimmy Torano, 38, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, rode
Rising Sun for owner Kendall Bate to the First Year Green Working Hunter
Championship, Section A. Geoff Teall, 43, of Wellington, Florida, trains
Rising Sun and also coaches the horse's owner, Kendall, who is a junior
rider. "That's one of the nicest horses I've ever had," said Teall.
"That's the sweetest, trying-est, kindest horse. Every day he tries to
do whatever you want. That's so rare." Rising Sun is a seven-year-old,
chestnut, Dutch gelding by Kojak that Teall imported two years ago from
Jan Broek in Holland. In two days' of competition, Rising Sun competed
in four over fences classes and placed first, second, third and fourth.
Teall decided not to contest the hack, figuring they had enough points
to secure the championship. "We gambled and won for a change," he
Morgan Thomas riding MVP for owner Kimberly Wang earned the Reserve
First Year Green Working Hunter, Section A.
Sandy Ferrell riding Indian Summer for Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Caristo won
the First Year Green Working Hunter Championship, Section B.
Tammy Provost riding Tommy Bahama for owner Laurie B. Stevens was named
Reserve First Year Green Working Hunter, Section B.
Ken Smith And Carmen Win Regular Working Hunter Championship
Another champion on Thursday was Ken Smith, 36, of Wellington, Florida,
who rode Carmen for owner Millridge LLC, to the Regular Working Hunter
Championship. Carmen is a 10-year-old, 15.3-hand, bay Oldenburg mare.
The duo competed in four over fences classes and one Under Saddle class
over two days. "She had the best round of her life yesterday until the
last jump," said Smith. "She just touched the back rail and had the last
jump down unfortunately. She jumped so high and so nice, she just made a
little bit of an error at the last jump. It was too bad." That error
put them out of the ribbons, but Carmen rallied in the Internationale
Arena and won her second class. In the Under Saddle, Carmen and Smith
placed third. "There was a lot of pressure to have two solid rounds over
jumps today," Smith noted. "She went really nice." Carmen scored 89 in
the first class and placed second, and then scored a 90 in the second
round and won the class. "Luckily today she was really on her game,"
said Smith. "
Sandy Ferrell riding Fiddlers Bridge for owner Stephanie Riggio earned
the Reserve Regular Working Hunter.
Norman Dello Joio And Quriel Win $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series -
Round IV, CSI***
Highlighting Friday's competition, February 20, Norman Dello Joio of
Wellington, Florida, won the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series - Round
IV, CSI*** riding Quriel for owner Eleanor Belknap. A field of 32 riders
took the 16-element test, a Time First Jump-Off where the fastest clear
wins. Chris Kappler aboard Korina owned by Pro Jump led off, setting the
pace with his clear round in 70.77, but he finished in second place.
Dello Joio went 12th in the order and tripped the timers in 69.77. The
rest of the field chased his time but though two more riders posted
clean trips - Leslie Howard aboard her Edelf Bauchetiere (72.95) and
Roberto Teran riding his Flubber Cocoy (79.47) - Dello Joio could not be
caught. "The difficulty was that you had to go fast all the way around
over a big course of fences and it was fairly intricate," explained
Dello Joio. "There were five or six problems along the way that were
major problems. We answered all those questions and kept everything
prompt, and it was good enough." Quriel is a nine-year-old, French-bred
Belgian that Dello Joio has been riding for two years.
Caroline Moran And Saint Nick Win A-O Working Hunter Over 35
Also on Friday, Caroline Moran and St. Nick earned the Amateur-Owner
Working Hunter Over 35, Championship Section A. Over two days of
competition, the duo won all four jumping classes and the hack. Moran,
37, of North Salem, NY, and Wellington, FL, has owned the 15-year-old,
16-hand, gray Dutch stallion for five years. Her trainer is Scott
Williamson, who has been her coach for 12 years. "The best thing about
my horse is he's gotten old and smart," said Moran. "He's gotten much
more relaxed. It takes half the work that it did before to get to the
ring. He's always been in a groove but now it seems like he's
comfortable with it and is very level-headed about everything." The
Championship was especially sweet for this division 'rookie'. "This is
my first year as an 'Older' - it's tough!" said Moran. "It's not any
easier when you move up because there's a lot of good riders and a lot
of good horses in this division. This is the first year they've had to
split them because there are over 50 in the class. There's a lot of
experience in this ring." Regarding her performance, Moran laughed,
"It's very weird to have a clean sweep. I'm very excited. I don't think
I've ever done that before. I'm ready to retire after that!"
Jackie Schubert riding her Max Q earned the Reserve A-O Working Hunter
Over 35, Section A.
Louise Otten And Just Looking Win A-O Working Hunter Over 35
Louise Otten of Wayzata, Minnesota, riding Just Looking for her Alpine
Farms won the Amateur-Owner Working Hunter Over 35 Championship, Section
B on Friday, February 20. Competing in five classes over two days, they
placed first in the hack, and over fences earned first, fourth, and two
fifth place ribbons. Overall, Otten was pleased with her horse's
performance. "He went really well. He had a couple of really tiny
mistakes, except for the round where he was first - he was really good
then. He was shaking his head with the earplugs yesterday but other than
that he jumped beautifully in all four rounds," she said, and added with
a laugh, "But every little teeny thing counts in the hunters." Just
Looking, whose barn name is 'Jessie', is a 10-year-old Thoroughbred that
Otten has ridden for five years. "This is my first year of showing in
this division and definitely my first time of showing him out there,"
she said, indicating the Internationale Arena. "We're used to riding now
in rings although I'm old enough to have ridden in outside courses, and
I did." Otten is a grandmother of four. In Florida, Otten trains with
Timmy Kees, Chris Cawley, and Leslie Howard. In Minnesota, Otten
formerly trained with Debbie Kemp.
Caroline Moran and In Return earned the Reserve A-O Working Hunter Over
35, Section B.
Clementine Goutal And Amethyst Win FEI Children's World Jumping
Highlighting competition on Saturday, February 21, Clementine Goutal,
13, of New York City, NY, rode two horses in the FEI Children's World
Jumping Competition 1 and placed first with Amethyst and second with
Lightfeet. Cloverleaf Farm owns both horses. The competition is open to
riders age 12 to 14 and is part of the qualifying events for the FEI
World Jumping Final, which will be held in California later this year.
In the DeNemethy Arena, 21 horses took the first round 12-fence test.
Goutal went clear with both of her horses - clocking in at 70.24 with
Amethyst and 71.78 with Lightfeet. The next round was a speed course.
With time allowed at 57 seconds, Clementine blazed around the 10-effort
course in 39.74 with Amethyst to take the win, and 41.88 aboard
Lightfeet for second place. "It was really fun. It was exciting," she
said. Amethyst is a 10-year-old, 16-hand, dark bay Dutch gelding and
Lightfeet is a 12-year-old, 16-hand, bay Hanoverian mare. "Lightfeet is
hyper and I'm really hyper," said Clementine. "She looks around a
little bit, but she would never stop and she rarely spooks." Of her
winning mount, Amethyst, she said, "I don't know if our personalities
fit - it's like an opposites thing. He's very concentrated. If he were a
person he'd be something like a trapeze artist because he tries really
hard and he sets his mind on what he wants to do. If I could have any
horses, it would be them." Clementine trains at Beacon Hill in Colts
Neck, New Jersey, with Frank and Stacia Madden, Max Amaya, Krista
Freundlich, and Kelley Fielder.
Jeffery Welles And Roberto Coins Appassionata Win Young Jumper - 7 Year
In competition in the Internationale Arena prior to the finale Grand
Prix event on Sunday, February 22, Jeffery Welles of Pound Ridge, NY,
riding Roberto Coins Appassionata won the Young Jumper - 7 Year Olds,
besting a field of 44 horses. Over the 12-Fence Round One, 15 horses
went clear and qualified for the Jump-Off. Welles was the fastest of
seven double-clear performances, clocking in at 31.207 seconds. Debbie
Stephens placed second with Melinga owned by ADBF Inc., tripping the
timers at 31.863. Kent Farrington aboard Riane for owner Kristen Bates
was third with a time of 32.319. "The jumps are suited to the horses'
age and go along with the horses' mileage and experience," explained
Welles. "It's a nice division for the horses to graduate to and not
have to compete in the Meter-30/Meter-35 divisions with the masses. It's
nice for the horses and for the people in this country to start to
follow the breeding and be more aware of the breeding on these young
horses. To see all the seven-year-olds together makes it more
interesting." Welles and his Triton Ventures farm own the German-bred
gelding by Concerto and Roberto Coin, a jeweler, sponsors him. Welles
found Appassionata two years ago with agent Javier Salvadore and foresaw
a future Grand Prix mount. "He's just so athletic and has such a good
temperament. He's very careful, and has a great technique with jumping.
He's really simple to ride. A great animal."
For complete results, visit www.stadiumjumping.com
2004 WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL TICKET INFORMATION
Show days for the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival are Wednesday through
Sunday. Gates open at 8:00 am. Ticket Prices: Wednesdays are free to
everyone; Children 12 and under are admitted free every day; Young
Adults 13 to 18 and Seniors are $5 on Thursday through Sunday; Adults
are $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15 on Sunday. The
Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is located on Pierson Road off South
Shore Boulevard. For additional information, visit
www.stadiumjumping.com or call
2004 WEF SCHEDULE OF COMPETITIONS
February 25 - 29 PDP Capital Wellington Masters CSI***
March 3 - 7 CN Wellington Open CSI-W
March 10 - 14 CSIO United States Cosequin Finale CSIO***
March 18 - 21 Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic
(Qualifier for Olympic Selection
March 24 - 28 Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W (Bob Thomas
March 30 - April 3 Tournament of Champions CSI-W (Bob Thomas
April 3 Budweiser American Invitational
(Raymond James Stadium)
WEF 2004 MILLION DOLLAR GRAND PRIX SERIES
February 29 $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup, CSI***
March 7 $75,000 CN Wellington Open presented by Estates of
Wellington Green, CDI-W
March 12 $50,000 Samsung Nations' Cup, presented by CN,
March 14 $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship,
March 28 $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, presented by
April 3 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational,
presented by The Tampa Tribune