First to Return in the Jump Off and First in the
Class: Penelope and Jeffrey Welles
FL March 6, 2003 Steve Stephens from the United States
and Mehves Trak of Turkey are designers of the courses in the Internationale
Arena at the Winter Equestrian Festival this week. Todays
$25,000 Ariat WEF Challenge Cup was a difficult course for the 42
horses that attempted it. Ten horses had clear rounds and came back
to compete on a shortened course and of those ten, only 4 had clean
trips in the jump-off. Penelope, with Jeffrey Welles riding was
the quickest in a time of 37.73 seconds. Penelope and Jeffrey were
the first to return for the jump-off and set a good pace, which
no one could beat. Susanne Durst owns Penelope. Second was Viktor
with McLain Ward riding for owners Harry Gill and McLain Ward. In
third place was Capital S with Nona Garson riding for the Kamine
Engle had a 1-2 punch in the $5,000 1.4 m NAL Americhoice Challenge.
Margie won riding Hidden Creeks Alvaretto and was second on
Hidden Creeks Charley Brown. Twelve horses were entered in
this speed challenge and Margie is known for always going
for broke in a speed class. Sundance Kid with Laura Chapot
riding for the Sundance Group was third.
North American League (NAL) runs season-long series in six hunter
and jumper divisions Childrens Hunter, Childrens
Jumper, Adult Hunter, Adult Jumper, Pony Jumper, and Open Jumper
Speed. Each series culminates with a championship final at the Pennsylvania
National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, in October. Riders need not
be members of the NAL to compete in any qualifying classes, but
only current members earn points toward year-end finals. For more
information and a list of qualifying competitions for 2003, please
visit the Ryegate Show Services website at www.Ryegate.com.
Stewart again finished with many hunter champions including Prove
It in the Regular Working Hunter Division. Music Street in the 3
& 4 Year-Old Pre Green Division and Chopard in the Regular Conformation
Sunset won a Pre Green Division with Peggy Gehman riding for owner
Geoff Teal. In the Green Conformation Hunter Division, Randolph
was Champion with Cookie Beck riding for Lisa Cudahy.
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.