$75,000 Tommy Bahama Florida Open Highlights Week
Six of Winter Equestrian Festival
FLMarch 5, 2003 Thirty-six horses competed in the $75,000
Tommy Bahama Florida Open, the highlight of week six at the Winter
Equestrian Festival. This important competition was a qualifier
for the Budweiser World Cup Final which will be held this April
in Las Vegas, NV.
horses qualified to return for the jump-off on the course designed
by Prof. Arno Gego of Germany. Meredith Beerbaum, a rider representing
Germany, won the class in the fastest time, with Shutterfly, owned
by Hyperion Farm.
horses had clean jump-off rounds. McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, placed
second on Onyx 66, owned by Harry Gill and McLain Ward. Third place
went to Candice King of Wellington, FL, riding Caliskan for Louisburg
Farm LLC. Norman Dello Joio also of Wellington, FL, and Quriel,
owned by Belknap & Weight, came in fourth. Dello Joio and Quriel
had won the previous weeks $75,000 Zada Enterprises Wellington
Masters Grand Prix.
$20,000 1.5 m Classic was the featured class in the Internationale
Arena on March 1 and consisted of a large field of 55 competitors.
Eighteen went clear in the first round and came back in the jump-off
to race against the clock. Ward rode his Galant clear in a time
of 33.459 seconds to win the class. Markus Beerbaum of Germany,
and Royal Discovery, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone,
came in a close second. They were third to return in the jump-off
and produced a clear round in a fast time of 34.191 seconds; their
lead held throughout the class until Ward beat their time. Canadian
Eric Lamaze and Millcreeks Raphael were third.
same day, Tani Zeidler Anderson performed a one-two punch in the
$15,000 High Amateur-Owner Jumpers. She rode Illusion to the win
and Van Holland to second place.
and Jashar beat a field of 84 competitors to win the $5,000 NAL
Americhoice Challenge on February 28. Jashar, owned by Double H
Farm, glided around the course in 60.046 seconds. Peter Leone of
Greenwich, CT, and Rastella, owned by Halifax Farm, was second with
a time of 60.949 seconds. Meredith Beerbaum and Donnerlitchen were
more than 2 seconds slower than Jashar for a third-place finish.
On February 27, Schuyler Riley of Wellington, FL, and Ilian, owned
by South Beach Stables, won the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup over a
field of 41 competitors. Riley had 4 faults in the jump-off with
a time of 37.02 seconds. Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ, and Profox,
owned by Jorgen Winroth, also had 4 faults but a slower time of
37.73 seconds for a second-place finish.
That same day, Engle won the $2,500 1.35 m Time First Jump-off with
Naram, owned by Shay Whitney Griese, over a field of 74 horses.
The pair won the same class over a field of 88 horses just one day
prior. Engle also won the 1.40 m Class with Nobility, owned by Robert
Scott Stewart rode three horses to Hunter Championships: Chopard
Regular Conformation Hunter Champion with Stewart riding
for Alexa Weisman. Prove It was Regular Working Hunter Champion
for owner Mimi Tashjian. And Grace was named Champion Second Year
Green Working Hunter for owner Sarah Alvarez.
Sachine Belle rode In Disguise to the Championship in the Green
Conformation Hunters. He was Champion every week at Wellington except
the one week he didnt show. Ellen Toon had great success with
In Disguise in the 35-50 Year Old Adult Amateur Hunters. Toon was
champion in the division during the Kilkenny/ICH Internationale
The Young Jumpers 5-Year-Old Class was won by Lauren Bass and All
Right. The $1,500 Young Jumper 6-Year-Old Class was won by Kent
Farrington and Riane. Jeffrey Welles of Newtown, CT, was second
riding Roberto Coins Appassionata, owned by Triton Ventures.
The Cosequin Wellington Finale, March 59, the Winter Equestrian
Festival moves to Tampa and The Bob Thomas Equestrian Center for
3 weeks of competition from March 13 - 29. On Saturday, March 29,
the Festival will come to an exciting conclusion with the 31st annual
$200,000 Budweiser American Invitational at the Raymond James Stadium
where presentations will also be made to the Festivals division
On April 2, the jumper horses and riders will return to Wellington
and The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club for 5 days of competition
sponsored by The American Grandprix Association.
to the Winter Equestrian Festival at Wellington is free every Wednesday,
and children under 12 are always admitted free. Adult admission
is $5.00 on Thursdays and Fridays, $10.00 on Saturdays, and $15.00
on Sundays. Senior citizens are $5.00 every Thursday through Sunday.
All adults who attend the Festival any Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday
will receive a coupon entitling them to a two-for-one admission
on that weekend.
Equestrian Festival Dates:
week runs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM daily)
Wellington Finale March 5 9
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic March 13
March 9, competitors move to Tampa to continue the Winter Equestrian
for Tampa Winter Equestrian Festival
week of competition runs Wed - Sun beginning at 8:00 AM)
Internationale March 13-16
Tampa Bay Classic March 19-23 CSI***/W
Tournament of Champions March 25-29 CSI**/W
American Invitational March 29 in Raymond James Stadium
for Winter Equestrian Festival at Tampa Fairgrounds are Wednesday
through Friday $5. Children under 12 years are free. Saturday and
Sunday Adult tickets are $10. Seniors and Students are $5 all days.
For schedule, directions and information visit www.stadiumjumping.com.
for the Budweiser American Invitational, March 29 at Raymond James
Stadium are available at Ticket Master (813) 287-8844 or at Stadium
Jumping (877) 909-9436.