Wellington Equus Medal Draws Huge Crowds Dignelli Big Winner!
FL February 17 Andre Dignelli showed when the pressure
is on he can perform! Crowned Champion of the Equus Medal,
he rode beautifully in a class full of the most talented riders
in the nation and the world. All riders had to have represented
the United States in a Nations Cup, Pan Am Games or Olympic caliber
competition. There were riders from Texas, California, Germany and
Paris, France to name a few who traveled to be in this class.
spectators were elbow-to-elbow and very enthusiastic and well informed.
George Morris enlightened the audience by critiquing each ride from
the announcers booth after each performance. Everyone enjoyed
watching these professional Grand Prix riders attempt an equitation
class. Many had not performed in equitation in a number of years,
but all proved they still had stuff to make it to the top.
riders were asked to return in the final work off - top call was
McLain Ward followed by Todd Minikus, Andre Dignelli, and Patty
Stovel. In the ring, they were asked to exchange horses and perform
a final test (a shortened course) in reverse order of the their
standings. Andre Dignelli was clearly the winner after the test.
McLain was second, Patty placed third and Todd finished in fourth
place. All results are below.
winner, Andre Dignelli not only received $8,000 in prize money but
a custom bridle, a saddle, and a set of tack room drapes. The top
three finishers received medals and specially donated gifts. Each
of the final finishers received a wool cooler and flowers, and each
of their grooms received a gift bag as well.
Wellington Equus Medal Results
by Wellington Equestrian Alliance
Andre Dignelli of Wellington, Florida
Patricia Griffith trainer
McLain Ward of Brewster, New York
Missy Clark trainer
Place: Patty Stovel of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia
Patty Stovel trainer
Place: Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, Florida
Ted Weise trainer
Place: Laura Bowery of Wellington, Florida
Geogg Teall & Andre Dignelli trainers
Place: Anne Kursinski of Frenchtown, New Jersey
Sue Ashe trainer
Place: Leslie Howard of Westport, Connecticut\
Tim Kees & Peter Pletcher trainers
Place: Debbie Stephens of Palmetto, Florida
Jeff Wirthman trainer
All results are posted at www.stadiumjumping.com.
to the Winter Equestrian Festival are available by phone at 793-JUMP
or at the gate. Admission is free on Wednesdays. Children 12 &
under are free all days. Senior admission is $5 every day. Adult
admission is $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15
on Sunday. Parking is free.
Equestrian Festival Dates:
week runs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM)
Classic/WCHR Spectacular February 12 16
Florida Dressage Classic February 13 - 16
Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters February 19
Tommy Bahama Palm Beach Open February 26 March 2
Cosequin Wellington Finale March 5 9
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic March 13