McLain Ward Aboard Quickstar II Z Claim Victory In
$20,000 1.50-Meter Classic
Carpenter Wins Amateur-Owner High Championship
FL - February 7, 2004 - McLain Ward took yet another victory lap
in the Internationale Arena at the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival
in Wellington, Florida, today, for his win in the $20,000 1.50 Meter
Classic riding Quickstar II Z.
Hunter Harrison of Double H Farm was at the ingate to congratulate
his rider. "It's going wonderful," said Harrison. "We've
got good horses and a great jockey. It's always thrilling watching
him ride, as fine as he rides. He makes no mistakes, and he makes
no errors. You just hope the horse is good because if the horse
goes good, then he's going clean." Harrison is pleased with
the way the season is going, noting that Ward aboard his horses
has already logged five major wins at this year's WEF. "We're
thrilled. We've got three world-class mares and a fourth seven-year-old
that's coming along, so it's pretty exciting."
today's class, Ward bested a field of 43 starters and was the fastest
of four double-clear performances. Eight horses qualified for the
Jump-Off. Megan Lamaze was the first clean setting the pace at 45.197
aboard Elfee, but she ended up fourth. Germany's Markus Beerbaum
riding Le Mans 8 for Hyperion Farm laid down a blistering time of
40.034, but finished in second place. France's Eric Navet riding
Mr. Acobat for Turtle Lane Farm took a shot at Beerbaum, but was
one-tenth of a second off the pace and finished third. Ward was
last to go in the tiebreaker and clocked in clean in a blazing 39.640
seconds for the win.
got a great team together and the results are showing the teamwork,"
said Ward, 28, of Brewster, NY. "That mare's a real trier.
She gives you so much in heart. I just went as fast as I could."
Ward said he did not attack the jump-off course with a plan to shave
time off the leader. "She's a very fast horse. I wasn't really
that concerned about beating the time. I was more concerned about
beating the time and leaving the jumps up. I felt if I could just
leave the jumps up I could be fast enough." He said he did
not watch Beerbaum's trip. "I knew I had a very fast horse
and I just believed I could ride my round and hope that it was fast
earlier competition in the Internationale Arena, Abby Carpenter,
18, of Greenwich, CT, riding Augustus won the $10,000 Adequan Amateur-Owner
Jumper Classic High, clinching the Adequan Amateur-Owner Jumper
Championship. This is Carpenter's first season in the Amateurs.
Of the three classes offered in the division held over three days,
Carpenter competed in two of them and won both, giving her enough
points to not only claim the top honors but the Reserve as well.
On Thursday, February 5, riding Rosanne Van De Withoeve, Carpenter
won the $2,500 Adequan Amateur-Owner Jumper High, Time First Jump-Off.
Carpenter trains with John Madden and Frank Madden. She purchased
both Belgian-bred warmbloods on a European shopping trip two years
ago. Augustus is a nine-year old gelding and Rosanne Van De Withoeve
is a 10-year-old mare - both by the same sire, Major Delacour.
today's $10,000 Adequan A-O Jumper Classic High, Carpenter bested
44 entries. Nineteen horses were clear over Round One and qualified
for the Jump-Off. Carpenter was the second rider on course and posted
the first clear in 40.598 seconds, which held up to the end of the
tiebreaker. "I always do better when I go early because then
I can set the pace rather than chasing," said Carpenter. "When
I chase I tend to get too worried about not going fast enough and
it causes me to have rails. John [Madden] said to really get on
the gas in between." Course designer Olaf Peterson built the
courses in the Internationale Arena this week, and Carpenter noted
that the earlier tracks were more technical. "In comparison
it was more big jumps, wide oxers, a lot of single jumps and a lot
of options in the lines, so it was a nice galloping course. The
time allowed became a factor for some."
win was not the first for the 16.2-hand gray Augustus. "He's
been a great horse. He's been a champion in a lot of places,"
said Carpenter. "Last year in Florida it just all of a sudden
sort of clicked. There's no way really to explain it other than
it just started to work out and ever since then we're real comfortable
with each other. We know him inside out, everything that he needs
to do before he shows. But he's a real easy horse, he's real fast,
he's real quick in the air."
is a senior in high school and resides in Florida during season,
keeping up with studies via a tutor. She plans to attend college
and major in Animal Science. "All the schools I have applied
to have riding programs. I definitely want to keep riding during
the Champion and Reserve ribbons today felt "great," Carpenter
said. "I'm having a great Florida so far, so I'm really excited.
I've got a good group of horses and good trainers."
full results of today's classes, visit www.stadiumjumping.com
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 561-793-5867.
WEF SCHEDULE OF COMPETITIONS
February 4 - 8 Bayer/USET Gold Coast Jumper Classic CSI***
February 5 - 8 Wellington Dressage (Qualifier for Olympic Selection
February 11 - 15 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale CSI***
February 18 - 22 Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular CSI-W/Y CSI-Ch
February 19 - 22 Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic
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 CDI***/Y
(Qualifier for Olympic Selection Trials)
March 24 - 28 Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian Center)
March 30 - April 3 Tournament of Champions CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian
April 3 Budweiser American Invitational (Raymond James Stadium)
2004 MILLION DOLLAR GRAND PRIX SERIES
February 8 $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup, CSI***
February 15 $50,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup, CSI***
February 22 $60,000 Idle Dice Classic, presented by Palm Beach Post,
February 29 $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup, CSI***
March 7 $75,000 CN Wellington Open presented by Estates of Wellington
March 12 $50,000 Samsung Nations' Cup, presented by CN, CSIO****
March 14 $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship, CSIO****
March 28 $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, presented by Kilkenny/ICH,
April 3 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The