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Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club


WELLINGTON, FLORIDA -- February 11, 2001 - Jeffrey Welles of Pound Ridge, NY rode the 9-year-old Holsteiner, Riviera, to victory in the $75,000 Kilkenny Internationale Cup Sunday at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. It was Welles' first grand prix victory of the season and he earned $22,500.The 38-year-old Welles, who was the first rider to go, bested a field of 45 entries by turning in the fastest double-clear rounds, including a jump-off time of 42.422 seconds.

Chris Kappler of Pittstown, New Jersey was the only other rider to finish with double-clear rounds, finishing second in 44.322 seconds, almost two seconds behind Welles. The difficult first round saw 20 starters knock down at least one of the planks at jump 6 and 14 more receive faults on at least one leg of the triple jump finale.

"The course was extremely tough," said Welles, "perhaps a little too tough. The triple was tough (because) there were big efforts before that so the horses were tired. He's (Arno Gego of Germany) a wonderful course designer & I'm not complaining because my horse did it." The spectators were treated to eight starters in the jump-off despite only five going clear in the first round.

"After the thrill of going clean, I realized there was a chance someone with faults in the first round could beat me," Welles said. "That put a damper on things for a little while."

The Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival, which continues through March 11, will feature the $75,000 Ford Idle Dice Classic on Sunday at 2 p.m.


$75,000 Kilkenny-Redland Internationale Cup - February 11, 2001
Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival - Wellington, Florida

Place / Horse / Rider / Home / Score / Purse
1. Riviera / Jeffrey Welles/ Pound Ridge, NY / 0-0-42.42 / $22,500
2. Royal Kaliber / Chris Kappler / Pittstown, NJ / 0-0-44.32 / $16,500
3. Millcreek Raphael / Eric Lamaze / Ontario, Canada/ 3-0-42.39 / $9,750
4. Rosina / Eric Lamaze/ Ontario, Canada/ 4-0-43.78 / $6,000
5. Legato / Peter Leone/ Greenwich, CT/ 0-8-40.523 / $4,500
6. Lady Weingard / Markus Beerbaum / Germany / 0-8-42.61/ $3,750
7. Samoens / Kimberly Frey / Stoneville, NC/ 4-8-43.24 / $3,000
8. Modra/Barbara Bancroft/Pittsburgh, PA/0-12-47.08/$2,250

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