Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters Highlights Week
Five of Winter Equestrian Festival
FLFebruary 24, 2003 The Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington
Masters took over the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington,
FL, February 19-23. The event, which marked the fifth week of the
2003 Winter Equestrian Festival, brought more warm weather and hot
competition. The week culminated in an exciting grand prix win for
Olympic veteran Norman Dello Joio of Wellington, FL.
Joio and Quriel, owned by Belknap & Weight, bested a starting
field of 36 horse-and-rider combinations to win the weeks
featured event, the $75,000 Zada Enterprises Wellington Masters
Cup. Six horses went clear in the first round to earn the right
to ride over the shortened jump-off course.
the end, it was Dello Joio and Quriel, who crossed through the timers
the fastest. The pair edged out the second place finisher by the
slimmest of margins. Sydney Olympian Laura Kraut and Anthem, owned
by the Summit Syndicate, stopped the timers only one one-hundredth
of a second slower then Dello Joio to earn second place. Finishing
in third place was Canadian Karen Cudmore, aboard Blair Cudmores
Candele and Millcreeks Marco Taere bested the field of 47
horse-and-rider combinations to win the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup.
Only six horses out of the start list jumped clear in the first
round to qualify for the jump-off. Four horses turned in clear performances
in the jump-off, and Candele was the fastest by 1.38 seconds. Megan
Lamaze rode Chardo to second place and Markus Beerbaum rode Royal
Discovery to a third place finish.
Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, found herself in the winners
circle again at the Winter Equestrian Festival when she won the
$20,000 1.5m Classic, a time-first jump-off class. Aboard Authentic,
Madden was the quickest of 11 competitors in the jump-off round
and was one of only three to jump the jump-off course clear.
Howard of Fairfield, CT, took top honors in the NAL Americhoice
Challenge. Aboard Youp, Howard turned in a faultless round with
the fastest time, beating out the huge field of 86 entries. 17 horses
produced clear rounds over a course designed by Olaf Petersen of
Germany, but Howard and Youp were the fastest of the group. The
pair edged out Joe Fargis and Diams III, owned by Mary B. Schwab
and O.E. J.I Farm, by just eight-tenths of a second.
Coluccio, of Middleburg, VA, rode Alex Carls White Russian
to the win in the $15,000 BET On Jazz Junior Jumper Classic. This
win marked the second time Coluccio was in the spotlight during
the course of the week. He also won the $2,500 High Junior Jumper
Time First Jump-Off aboard McLain Wards Romeo.
Wilson and So What, owned by Trelawny Farm Inc., topped 53 entries
in the $15,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Amateur-Owner Jumper
Classic. The pair also finished the weekend as Champion of the High
hunter divisions also provided thrilling competition during this
week in Florida. Miracle, owned by Christy Russo, and ridden by
Ken Smith was Champion in the Regular Working Hunter division. After
competing last year in the Second Year Green Working Hunter Division,
this marked only Miracles second competition in the four foot
Stewart piloted Grace, owned by Sarah Alvarez, to the Championship
in the Second Year Green Working Hunters. The Reserve Champion ribbon
went to Nairobi, owned by Kimberly Wang Unlimited. Nairobi was ridden
by Morgan Thomas.
the pony hunter divisions, Far From Home, owned by Olympic Dreams
LLC, and ridden by Alexandra Arute, was Small Pony Working Hunter
Champion. The Medium Pony Working Hunter Champion award went to
Lucky Too with Alexandra Skiffington riding for Rachael Herkowitz.
Morrissey, who has proven to be a dominant force in the equitation
division this winter, earned two more wins. Morrissey, trained by
Missy Clark, beat 66 entries to win the Washington International
Equitation Class. He also topped 65 entries in Section B of the
BET/USET Show Jumping Talent Search class and took home second place
in the ASPCA Maclay class.
to the Winter Equestrian Festival at Wellington is free every Wednesday,
and children under 12 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.
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 www.stadiumjumping.com.
Equestrian Festival Dates:
week runs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM daily)
Bahama Palm Beach Open February 26 March 2
Cosequin Wellington Finale March 5 9
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic March 13
March 9, competitors move to Tampa to continue the Winter Equestrian
for Tampa Winter Equestrian Festival
week of competition runs Wed - Sun beginning at 8:00 AM)
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
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 www.stadiumjumping.com.
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.