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Schuyler Riley and Ilian Win the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup by 7/10ths of A Second

Wellington, FL – February 27, 2003 – Schuyler Riley and Ilian won the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup today over 41 other competitors. South Beach Stables owns Ilian, a bay gelding from Holland, who had 4 faults in the jump-off with a time of 37.02 seconds. Second-placed Profox with Chris Kappler also had 4 faults but a slower time of 37.73 seconds. Six horses qualified for the jump-off - 3 horses had 8 faults, and 1 horse was eliminated in the jump-off. Profox is a Rhinelander owned by Jorgen Winroth.

Margie Engle won the $2,500 1.35 m Time First Jump-off with Naram. Impressive as this pair won the same class yesterday, Wednesday. Naram is owned by Shay Whitney Griese and beat 74 horses today and was best in a field of 88 horses yesterday.

Hunter Champions completed today included 3 horses ridden by Scott Stewart: Chopard – Regular Conformation Hunter Champion with Scott Stewart riding for Alexa Weisman. Prove It was Regular Working Hunter Champion for owner Mimi Tashjian. And Grace was named Champion Second Year Green Working Hunter for owner Sarah Alvarez. A triple crown for Scott Stewart. More championships to finish tomorrow.

Green Conformation Hunters finished today with In Disguise as Champion again. He was Champion every week except the one week he didn’t show. Sachine Belle rides this beautiful bay for Ellen Toon. And Ellen is having great success with him in the 35-50 Year Old Adult Amateur Hunters. Ellen was champion in the division during the Kilkenny/ICH Internationale week.

Tickets 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.

Winter Equestrian Festival Dates:

(Each week runs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM daily)

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 Equestrian Festival

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.


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