Welles And Ursa Major Win 1.40 Meter Acorn Hill Farm Challenge, Section
Fabio Leivas De Costa Of Brazil Wins 1.40 Meter Acorn Hill Farm Challenge,
Bielefeld And C.C. Bloom Win First Year Green Hunter Championship,
Ken Smith And Noir Win First Year Green Hunter Championship, Section
FL - February 13, 2004 - With 114 horses entered in the $5,000 1.40
Meter Acorn Hill Farm Challenge Time First Round at the Winter Equestrian
Festival in Wellington, Florida, today, management split the class
into two sections, A and B.
may be Friday the 13th, but it was Jeffery Welles' lucky day aboard
Ursa Major as he clinched the win in the 1.40 Meter Acorn Hill Farm
Challenge, Section B, out-jumping a field of 58 horses. "I
tried to base my ride off of McLain's ride on LaBelle," said
Welles, 41, of Pound Ridge, NY. "He didn't leave much room
for anyone. I just had to go for it."
Ward had gone as the ninth rider in the class and posted a comet-like
time of 52.705 seconds with LaBelle owned by Sarah Willeman and
Turnabout Farm, putting himself at the head of the class. Welles
and Ursa Major, an 11-year-old, bay 17-hand, Belgian gelding owned
by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Croft, took to the field 14 rides later and
edged Ward into second place when he zapped the course in 51.425
seconds. Welles maintained his lead as 35 more riders tried to catch
him, but with no success. Chris Pratt going 54th in the order riding
Ishan for owner Sue Grange placed third with a time of 52.907.
left out one more stride than McLain did in the last line,"
said Welles. "His time looked unbeatable because his horse
is so fast. After watching him go, I knew I couldn't hold anything
Leivas De Costa Of Brazil Wins 1.40 Meter Acorn Hill Farm Challenge,
In earlier competition in the Internationale Arena, Fabio Leivas
De Costa of Brazil riding his own Tijuana Domar won Section A, besting
a field of 56 horses.
horses went clean, but it took a dozen trips over the test designed
by Frank Rothenberger before Cara Cheska on her November Rain logged
the first clear in 61.572 seconds. Cheska ended up in sixth place.
Then it was rider after rider besting the previous leader's time.
Knocking Cheska out of the lead was Joe Fargis aboard Maria Bonita
for owner Mary B. Schwab who blazed the course of 13-efforts in
57.891. Fargis stayed at the top against the next 18 contenders,
but ended up fourth. Anne Kursinski snatched the lead from Fargis
with her time of 57.195 aboard Faldo for Robin Hill Farm, clocking
in at 57.195, but Kursinski finished in third place. Kim Barone
just barely edged Kursinski out of the lead with her time of 57.184
aboard her own Kid Rock. Barone's lead was short-lived and she ended
up second as De Costa took over the course four rides later and
was more than a second faster aboard Tijuana Domar, rocketing around
the course in 55.959. The time was unbeatable for the next 13 horses,
and De Costa claimed his victory.
Bielefeld And C.C. Bloom Win First Year Green Hunter Championship,
In earlier competition today in the Grand Hunter Field, Rob Bielefeld,
39, of Ithaca, New York, and Wellington, Florida, riding C.C. Bloom
for owner Samantha Hallman won the First Year Green Hunter Championship,
Section A. The duo competed in four over fences classes held over
two days and chalked up one win, two third-place ribbons, and a
fourth place ribbon. They did not compete in the Under Saddle class,
but still accumulated enough points to claim the Championship. Heather
Caristo rode Indian Summer for Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Caristo and earned
the Section A Reserve.
C.C. Bloom is an eight-year-old, 16.1-hand chestnut Dutch mare by
the French Olympic Team stallion Joue de Pomme. Hallman imported
her from Joey Norick two years ago. Bielefeld and C.C. Bloom are
commencing their second season together. "She's a good jumper,"
stated Bielefeld. "Her consistency really paid off. She always
tries hard but the first day she just gave that extra effort. She
jumped so high over all the jumps and stayed in the air."
horses competed in Section A yesterday and 42 competed today. Competition
in the division was tough, Bielefeld acknowledged. "Ten years
ago First Year horses used to make a few errors and be okay because
they were First Year horses and green," he said. "But
nowadays there's no room for error. You have to be right on. The
horse has to be right on. If you don't get above a score of 80,
you're not getting a ribbon. It's very, very competitive this year."
Hallman, 25, of Manhattan and Long Island, New York, and Wellington,
agreed, "There's a lot of them and there's a lot of really
good ones too. There really aren't any weak ones out there."
Hallman also rides the mare and will compete in the Adult Amateurs
on her, starting tomorrow. "I was so thrilled with her win,
but now the pressure is on me. I have to do it tomorrow. It's so
much pressure when the pro does well and then you have to step up
pointed out that the Hallmans' newly built 18-stall barn on seven
acres in Grand Prix Village was also a factor in the Championship.
"The new facility has helped the horse's performance. It has
probably the biggest paddocks in a 10-mile radius. The horses are
very, very happy and calm there. That's so important. It's helped
all the Hallmans' horses."
Hallman brought five horses to Wellington and her sister Bridget
Hallman also brought five. They moved in to the new facility, called
Merrylegs South, just one month ago. "If the horses are happy
they're going to perform well for you," said Hallman. "I
very much believe in keeping the horses happy. We really tried to
make it a place for horses. It was about horses first."
South was named not only after the pony in Black Beauty, but also
as a tribute to Hallman's grandfather. "He bought Merrylegs
Farm on Long Island in the 1950s. We took the original design of
that barn and duplicated it with some changes to make it more functional
really something to see. It's a special place," added Bielefeld.
Smith And Noir Win First Year Green Hunter Championship, Section
Later in the day, Ken Smith of Wellington, Florida, riding Noir
for owner Mrs. Quentin Alexander won the First Year Green Hunter
Championship, Section B. Thirty-nine horses competed in two over
fences in this section of the division yesterday, and 42 contested
the final three classes today, including an Under Saddle class and
two jumping classes. Tim Goguen riding George for Janet Read was
designer in the Grand Hunter Field this week is Philip DeVita.
For complete results, 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 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 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