Scott Stewart And Chopard Win Regular Conformation Hunter Championship
Jimmy Torano And Rising Sun Win Reg. First Yr. Green Working Hunter
Ch., Section A
Sandy Ferrell And Indian Summer Win Reg. First Yr. Green Working Hunter
Ch., Section B
Ken Smith And Carmen Win Regular Working Hunter Championship
FL - February 19, 2004 - The fourth week of the 32nd Winter Equestrian
Festival in Wellington, Florida, showcases hunter horses and riders
for five days, February 18-22, in the Florida Classic/World Champion
Hunter Rider Spectacular. The highlight of the week is the annual
American Hunter-Jumper Foundation Hunter Classic Spectacular of
Palm Beach featured under the lights in the Internationale Arena
from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Saturday, February 21 at the Palm Beach
Polo Equestrian Club. The finale to the week is a Grand Prix show
jumping event on Sunday, February 22, starting at 1:00 pm - the
$60,000 Idle Dice Classic, presented by Palm Beach Post, a Preliminary
Competition for the World Cup Final. Hunter competition kicked off
on Wednesday, February 18 with the first rounds of competition for
the Championships in First Year Green, Second Year Green, Green
Conformation, Regular Conformation, and Regular Working Hunters.
Stewart And Chopard Win Regular Conformation Hunter Championship
Scott Stewart, 39, of Flemington, NJ, and Wellington, FL, riding
Chopard for owner Krista Weisman, won the Regular Conformation Hunter
Championship after competing in five classes over two days, starting
out with two victories in over fences classes. "He was wonderful
yesterday out in the field when all the other horses were being
a little fresh because of the weather," said Stewart, noting
the chilly, breezy conditions that did not prevail in today's windless
and sunny competition. "He went great and he won both yesterday
with good scores."
in the first of two over fences classes Chopard placed tenth. "He
didn't have a great first round," Stewart admitted, "But
then the second round was really good so he ended up second."
Stewart and Chopard placed fifth in the Under Saddle class to clinch
the Championship. "But it was close," Stewart pointed
out. "We were only champion by a point. He was good so hopefully
he'll be good for Saturday night."
chalked up this Championship win to Chopard's performance over fences.
"Yesterday he went super. He was perfect. He's the best out
there. He's a great horse." Stewart has been riding the nine-year-old
Bavarian gelding for three years.
Phillips riding her own Tinsel Town earned the Reserve Regular Conformation
Torano And Rising Sun Win Reg. First Yr. Green Working Hunter Ch,
Sandy Ferrell And Indian Summer Win Reg. First Yr. Green Working
Hunter Ch, Section B
Jimmy Torano, 38, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, rode Rising Sun for
owner Kendall Bate to the First Year Green Working Hunter Championship,
Section A. Sandy Ferrell riding Indian Summer for Mr. and Mrs. Ralph
Caristo won the First Year Green Working Hunter Championship, Section
Teall, 43, of Wellington, Florida, trains Rising Sun and also coaches
the horse's owner, Kendall, who is a junior rider.
one of the nicest horses I've ever had," said Teall. "That's
the sweetest, trying-est, kindest horse. Every day he tries to do
whatever you want. That's so rare."
Sun is a seven-year-old, chestnut, Dutch gelding by Kojak that Teall
imported two years ago from Jan Broek in Holland. Last year Rising
Sun showed at WEF as a Pre-Green horse and won that division. Jimmy
Torano took over the ride and started out the first week of this
year's WEF as First Year Green Champion. Rising Sun is stabled and
in training at Teall's Montoga Inc. barn. "I ride him and prepare
him and teach my junior rider Kendall Bate," explained Teall,
and added with a laugh, "Then Jimmy swoops in and gets all
the blue ribbons!"
two days' of competition, Rising Sun competed in four over fences
classes and placed first, second, third and fourth. Teall decided
not to contest the hack, figuring they had enough points to secure
the championship. "We gambled and won for a change," he
grinned. Teall calls Rising Sun "a real unusual combination.
He's a beautiful horse. He has a beautiful gallop and he's an outstanding
jumper. That's what you see when you watch him, but his best feature
is that he has a great brain. I can't say enough good things about
him." Rising Sun will compete in First Year classes and also
campaign in the small junior hunters with his owner. "It's
Kendall's last junior year," explained Teall. "Then he'll
be sold at the end of the year."
Thomas riding MVP for owner Kimberly Wang earned the Reserve First
Year Green Working Hunter, Section A.
Provost riding Tommy Bahama for owner Laurie B. Stevens was named
Reserve First Year Green Working Hunter, Section B.
Smith And Carmen Win Regular Working Hunter Championship
For the second week in a row, Ken Smith, 36, of Wellington, Florida,
rode Carmen for owner Millridge LLC, to the Regular Working Hunter
Championship. Carmen is a 10-year-old, 15.3-hand, bay Oldenburg
mare that Smith has had the ride on since October 2003. The duo
competed in four over fences classes and one Under Saddle class
over two days. "She had the best round of her life yesterday
until the last jump," said Smith. "She just touched the
back rail and had the last jump down unfortunately. She jumped so
high and so nice, she just made a little bit of an error at the
last jump. It was too bad." That error put them out of the
ribbons, but Carmen rallied in the Internationale Arena and won
her second class yesterday with an 89 average.
for the Regular Working started with Under Saddle today, and Carmen
and Smith placed third. "There was a lot of pressure to have
two solid rounds over jumps today," Smith noted. "She
went really nice." Carmen scored 89 in the first class and
placed second, and then scored a 90 in the second round and won
the class. "Luckily today she was really on her game,"
said Smith. "She went really even and smooth and jumped great.
She was really, really consistent." Smith is looking forward
to competing in the AHJF Hunter Classic Spectacular on Saturday
Ferrell riding Fiddlers Bridge for owner Stephanie Riggio earned
the Reserve Regular Working Hunter.
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 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 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