Dello Joio And Quriel Win $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series - Round
Caroline Moran And Saint Nick Win A-O Working Hunter Over 35 Championship,
Louise Otten And Just Looking Win A-O Working Hunter Over 35 Championship,
FL - February 20, 2004 - Norman Dello Joio of Wellington, Florida,
won the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series - Round IV, CSI*** for
the Barry Louise Lane Memorial Trophy today, riding Quriel for owner
Eleanor Belknap. While the hunters have taken over the Internationale
Arena this week at the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington,
the Grand Prix normally held on Thursday moved to the DeNemethy
Arena. Mehves Trak designed the courses for both fields.
field of 32 riders took the 16-element test, a Time First Jump-Off
where the fastest clear wins. Chris Kappler aboard Korina owned
by Pro Jump led off, setting the pace with his clear round in 70.77,
but he finished in second place. Dello Joio went 12th in the order
and tripped the timers in 69.77. The rest of the field chased his
time but though two more riders posted clean trips - Leslie Howard
aboard her Edelf Bauchetiere (72.95) and Roberto Teran riding his
Flubber Cocoy (79.47) - Dello Joio could not be caught.
time held up so that was nice," said Dello Joio. "The
difficulty was that you had to go fast all the way around over a
big course of fences and it was fairly intricate. There were five
or six problems along the way that were major problems. We answered
all those questions and kept everything prompt, and it was good
is a nine-year-old, French-bred Belgian that Dello Joio has been
riding for two years. "He's naturally a pretty fast horse and
everything came up the way I wanted it to, so it wasn't like we
were racing around," Dello Joio said. "Everything was
very economical and came up easily."
Joio noted that he watched Chris Kappler go and took his cue off
that ride. "He had a great round. Watching him I thought he
was going to be hard to beat and I didn't want to do anything radical
but I just wanted to beat him by an inch, and that's basically all
in a different venue did change the flavor of the event. "This
class has its own nature because it's a little bit more like an
indoor type event," explained Dello Joio. "Everything
is off a tight turn and it's in the DeNemthy not out in the big
field, so it was more of a turning, handy kind of a course than
a big galloping course."
Dello Joio noted that his plan for Quriel is, "To keep winning
and to keep going. He's a very nice horse. He's a very useful horse
for me. He's good at speed, jump-offs, grand prix, and he's been
a real pleasure to have. He's always a threat pretty much every
class. He won the Zada Grand Prix last year. He's just been a great
Moran And Saint Nick Win A-O Working Hunter Over 35 Championship,
It was a clean sweep for Caroline Moran and St. Nick in the Amateur-Owner
Working Hunter Over 35, Section A. Over two days of competition,
the duo won all four jumping classes and the hack, clinching the
Championship. Moran, 37, of North Salem, NY, and Wellington, FL,
has owned the 15-year-old, 16-hand, gray Dutch stallion for five
years. Her trainer is Scott Williamson, who has been her coach for
best thing about my horse is he's gotten old and smart," said
Moran. "He's gotten much more relaxed. It takes half the work
that it did before to get to the ring. He's always been in a groove
but now it seems like he's comfortable with it and is very level-headed
about everything." Moran was especially pleased at how St.
Nick handled the Internationale Arena compared to their performance
in the Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular in 1999 - their first show
together. "He had shown in there as a jumper and so the head
was up and he thought he was back in the jumper ring, but now he's
just taken a deep breath five years later and knows what he's doing."
Championship was especially sweet for this 'rookie' in the Over
35 division. "This is my first year as an 'Older' - it's tough!"
said Moran. "It's not any easier when you move up because there's
a lot of good riders and a lot of good horses in this division.
This is the first year they've had to split them because there are
over 50 in the class. There's a lot of experience in this ring."
Moran said it was an extra special win because her mother had come
down from Pennsylvania to watch her compete this week.
called St. Nick's overall performance in the division "spectacular"
though she admitted that. "He has a tendency sometimes to get
a little cranky and get some attitude but that's just the stallion
in him. I do breed him quite a bit." Though she is an amateur,
Moran rides full time, also shows in the jumpers, and operates her
Goshen Hill Farm. Moran plans to cut back on her stallion's show
schedule for the remainder of the year. "He's going to have
an easy year this year. He's already qualified for Devon and Harrisburg
because he was champion there last year. I talked about retirement
but if he keeps going the way he is, then he'll show a little bit
next year, but that horse doesn't owe me anything. I'm not going
to show him forever."
her own performance, Moran laughed, "It's very weird to have
a clean sweep. I'm very excited. I don't think I've ever done that
before. I'm ready to retire after that!" Moran and St. Nick
will compete in the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation Hunter Classic
Spectacular on Saturday night though Moran admits that St. Nick
has not performed well under lights in the past. "But since
my mother's here I'm going to do it. He might be older and wiser
this year - it will be interesting, we'll see!"
Schubert riding her Max Q earned the Reserve A-O Working Hunter
Over 35, Section A.
Otten And Just Looking Win A-O Working Hunter Over 35 Championship,
Louise Otten of Wayzata, Minnesota, riding Just Looking for her
Alpine Farms won the Amateur-Owner Working Hunter Over 35 Championship,
Section B. Competing in five classes over two days, the placed first
in the hack, and over fences earned first, fourth, and two fifth
place ribbons to clinch the top spot.
Otten was pleased with her horse's performance. "He went really
well. He had a couple of really tiny mistakes, except for the round
where he was first - he was really good then. He was shaking his
head with the earplugs yesterday but other than that he jumped beautifully
in all four rounds," she said, and added with a laugh, "But
every little teeny thing counts in the hunters."
Looking, whose barn name is 'Jessie', is a 10-year-old Thoroughbred
that Otten has ridden for five years. She showed him previously
in the Pre-Green, Adults, and First Years in Florida and in the
Amateurs in the Midwest last year. "This is my first year of
showing in this division and definitely my first time of showing
him out there," she said, indicating the Internationale Arena.
"I was pretty nervous. It's a real different thing to go out
there. It's wide open and the horses don't show out there the rest
of the time. We're used to riding now in rings although I'm old
enough to have ridden in outside courses, and I did." Otten
is a grandmother of four and has been riding since she was four
years old. She intends to compete in the American Hunter-Jumper
Foundation Hunter Classic Spectacular on Saturday night. "I
will try it. That will be pretty scary."
credited her staff for her championship today. "You and the
horse are just such a small part of getting to the ring. We have
a groom and trainers that are really good." In Florida, Otten
trains with Timmy Kees, Chris Cawley, and Leslie Howard. "They're
all from Connecticut but I've been meeting them down here for years
and years." In Minnesota, Otten formerly trained with Debbie
Kemp. "Debbie Kemp found this horse and did most of the training
with me. She's here watching, but doesn't train now due to illness.
This last year I've been training him pretty much on my own."
says she rides frequently but she's got a lot more on her plate
in the horse world. She owns Alpine Farms, a 60-horse hunter/jumper
boarding and training stable in Minnesota with four trainers on
staff. Plus, she owns half of a store called Shorty's Loft that
sells jewelry, clothing, home accessories, and artwork at horse
shows. Her partner Nancy Sherman is currently keeping shop at the
Indio Desert Circuit in California. Otten also manages two A-rated
shows each year at her Alpine Farms. "I am a busy little gramma!"
Moran and In Return earned the Reserve A-O Working Hunter Over 35,
Otten and Caroline Moran as champions of the A and B sections each
receive the Kilkenny Agency Perpetual Trophy for their victories.
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