Markus Beerbaum And Royal Discovery Win $60,000 Idle
Welles And Roberto Coins Appassionata Win Young Jumper - 7 Year
FL February 22, 2004 Markus Beerbaum, 33, of Thedirghausan,
Germany, rode Royal Discovery owned by Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone
to the win in the $60,000 Idle Dice Classic presented by the Palm
Beach Post, CSI-W today at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington,
Florida. The class was a qualifying competition for the FEI World
Cup Final that will be held April 21-24, 2004, in Milan, Italy.
Beerbaum was the fastest of three double-clear performances. Chris
Kappler of Pittstown, New Jersey, placed second riding Royal Kaliber.
Leopold Van Asten of The Netherlands earned third place aboard VDL
Groep Fleche Rouge. Mehves Trak of Germany designed the course.
field of 36 riders took the test over the Round One track that saw
four riders retire on course. The track was the biggest of the four
Grand Prix courses contested so far this season at WEF according
to Beerbaum who has vied for the win in each unsuccessfully until
today. He singled out the most difficult element of Round One as
the triple combination at Fence No. 9 because of its position on
the far side of the ring on the rail near the crowd and that it
rode differently from most of the riders assessments during
the course walk. We thought it was kind of a nice distance
but it wasnt really. The distance to it was a little short.
People got stuck at A and then B was too far away. Indeed
21 riders failed to jump it clear. Four riders went clean and moved
on to the Jump-Off.
Ashe of Wellington, Florida, led off with Resolute owned by Rosewood
Glen Ltd., but had a refusal at the double, and chalked up eight
faults in 47.18 seconds. Van Asten was next to go and set the pace
with a clear trip in 40.29. Kappler and Royal Kaliber edged them
out of the top spot with their time of 38.44. Going last in the
tiebreaker, Beerbaum blistered the short course in 35.78 for the
win. Prize money for first place was $18,000.
acknowledged that the jump-off order worked in his favor. Yes,
thats always an advantage. You know what you have to do to
beat the winning time. I had a chance to watch Chris at the gate
and Alison Firestone was watching for me the whole jump-off. She
told me where I could cut corners. Down the first line I did one
less [stride than Kappler] and then I was ahead all the way around
actually. Beerbaum even managed to pull off a double rub,
rocking both elements of the combination, and admitted he was lucky
today. Yes, definitely, but to win you need luck these days.
Beerbaum has six horses in Florida for his American owners and will
compete for two more weeks here, and then return to Germany to help
wife Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum prepare for the Olympics. Beerbaum
said he is not a contender for Athens.
the jump-off, Kappler said that he went all out with the 12-year-old
Dutch stallion Royal Kaliber owned by Kathy Kamine and was not saving
him for another agenda. I certainly dont like losing.
No, when Im in it with him [Beerbaum], hes a live entry.
I always try to go for it, for sure. Kappler explained that
he tried to get an angle from the first fence to the second in seven
strides, but ended up doing eight, and then was slow to the third
fence on the short course, but he praised his mount, He was
much better after that. He was brilliant today. Kappler earned
$12,000 for second place and points in the World Cup Standings.
Of seven qualifiers, todays class marked the third for the
East Coast League.
five countries represented today USA, Germany, Argentina,
Australia, and The Netherlands it was a preview of international
competition to come and an introduction to a rider new to the Florida
circuit the reigning Dutch Champion for the outdoor season
in Europe, 27-year-old Leopold Van Asten. With VDL Groep as his
sponsor, this rider made his debut in the Internationale Arena last
week aboard VDL Groep Spiga. Todays class was only his fourth
round on VDL Groep Fleche Rouge owned by Stoeterij Duyselshof, an
11-year-old Selle Francais mare by Papillon Rouge that hes
had the ride on since December. I showed her for the first
time last week. I did three rounds and it felt very good and thats
why I competed her today. Today went great again. Van Asten
said the mare, formerly ridden by Samantha McIntosh, is his Olympic
prospect. Van Asten earned $6,000 for todays performance.
three-time Team Gold Medalist at the World Championships, Beerbaum
has won the Idle Dice Classic before he also rode Royal Discovery
to the win in 2002. Royal Discovery is a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood
gelding that competed in the Sydney Olympics with New Zealander
Samantha McIntosh who now rides for Bulgaria. It was almost a déjà
vu result for Kappler too, who placed second behind Beerbaum in
2002. Yes, he beat me two years ago in the same class. I was
second with Rafiki, said a smiling Kappler. His brother
beat me in Aachen. And Beerbaum jovially rejoined, He
beat me many times too!
Welles And Roberto Coins Appassionata Win Young Jumper - 7 Year
earlier competition in the Internationale Arena today, Jeffery Welles
of Pound Ridge, NY, riding Roberto Coins Appassionata won the Young
Jumper - 7 Year Olds, besting a field of 44 horses. Over the 12-Fence
Round One, 15 horses went clear and qualified for the Jump-Off.
Welles was the fastest of seven double-clear performances, clocking
in at 31.207 seconds over the tiebreaker course. Debbie Stephens
placed second with Melinga owned by ADBF Inc., tripping the timers
at 31.863. Kent Farrington aboard Riane for owner Kristen Bates
was third with a time of 32.319.
jumps are suited to the horses age and go along with the horses
mileage and experience. Theyre not huge fences, explained
Welles. Its a nice division for the horses to graduate
to and not have to compete in the Meter-30/Meter-35 divisions with
the masses. Its nice for the horses and for the people in
this country to start to follow the breeding and be more aware of
the breeding on these young horses. To see all the seven-year-olds
together makes it more interesting.
and his Triton Ventures farm own todays winner a German-bred
by Concerto that Welles imported as a five-year-old. Roberto Coin,
a jeweler, sponsors Appassionata, hence the horses name.
the Jump-off, Welles said he shaved time by leaving out a stride
from fence 2 to 3. You could do either a very direct seven
to the 3, or a little slower eight strides, and I did seven. I left
out a stride there that I didnt see most people do. Hes
a quick horse. Hes got a quick stride. I was just as direct
and fluid as I could be. I tried to be direct to the last double
because it was a long way from the skinny jump down to the last
double combination, so I just let him gallop along there.
also won this class last year aboard Octavius, a horse that he now
competes in the 1.40 and 1.45 meter classes. He plans to move Roberto
Coins Appassionata up as well and plans a future for him as a Grand
Prix horse. Welles found the horse with agent Javier Salvadore and
foresaw a good competitor. Hes just so athletic and
has such a good temperament. Hes very careful, and has a great
technique with jumping. Hes really simple to ride. A great
this mornings $5,000 WEF Individual Young Rider CSI/Y in the
Internationale Arena, Abigail Carpenter 18, of Greenwich, CT, riding
her own Rosanne Van De Withoeve took the win.
the DeNemethy Arena, Daniel Bluman riding Turko owned by Steven
Bluman won the FEI Childrens World Jumping Competition 2 Overall.
Clementine Goutal riding Amethyst placed second and aboard Lightfeet
placed third. Both horses are owned by Cloverleaf Farm.
complete results, visit www.stadiumjumping.com
WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL TICKET INFORMATION
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
25 - 29 PDP Capital Wellington Masters CSI***
3 - 7 CN Wellington Open CSI-W
10 - 14 CSIO United States Cosequin Finale CSIO***
18 - 21 Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y
(Qualifier for Olympic Selection Trials)
24 - 28 Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian Center)
30 - April 3 Tournament of Champions CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian
3 Budweiser American Invitational (Raymond James Stadium)
2004 MILLION DOLLAR GRAND PRIX SERIES
29 $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup, CSI***
7 $75,000 CN Wellington Open presented by Estates of Wellington
12 $50,000 Samsung Nations Cup, presented by CN, CSIO****
14 $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship, CSIO****
28 $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, presented by Kilkenny/ICH, CSI-W
3 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The Tampa