Wins $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship, Presented
To Close Winter Equestrian Festivals Stay in
States Defends Title in Samsung Nations Cup, Presented by
FLMarch 10, 2003 Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, and
Judgement won the $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship,
Presented by CN, March 9 at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington,
of a field of 30 horse-and-rider combinations, only two qualified
to return for the jump-off. Madden and Judgement, owned by Iron
Spring Farm, returned first and had a clean round with a good pace.
Anne Kursinski of Flemington, NJ, with her 1996 Atlanta Olympic
mount Eros, owned by The Eros Group, returned second and made good
time but had the last jump down to score 4 faults. Todd Minikus
and Gardenio, owned by the YZ Partners, came in third with 1 time
fault in the first round.
United States successfully defended its title in dramatic fashion
by winning the Samsung Nations Cup, Presented by CN on March
The U.S. finished with a score of 8 faults to edge Ireland who finished
the two rounds with 9 faults. Canada came in third with 38 faults.
After Irelands Kevin Babington rode fault-free in Irelands
final ride at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, Sydney Olympic
veteran Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, entered the ring knowing
that she needed a clean ride on Hidden Creeks Jones to clinch
the win. One rail down would give the win to the Irish team and
one time fault would force a jump-off.
I felt the pressure, the seven-time American Grandprix Association
Rider of the Year said. I could have been the bum of Wellington
That did not turn out to be the case. Exhibiting the skill and nerve
that have gained her more Grandprix wins than any rider in U.S.
history, Engle guided her 12-year-old Dutch-bred to her second clear
round of the day giving the U.S. the win in Wellingtons Nations
Cup for the second straight year.
been with Margie many times and shes very good in pressure
situations, said U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) chef dequipe
Frank Chapot. Thats why we put her in that position,
we know shell come through.
Matching Engles double-clean performance was her Sydney Olympic
teammate Lauren Hough, also of Wellington. Riding leadoff for the
U.S. team, Hough rode double clear on Windy City, an 11-year-old
rested him this week, this was his only class, Hough said.
By the third or fourth fence of the first round, he was in
the groove and he felt just great the whole second round.
Madden scored 4 faults in each of the two rounds on Conquest II
and McLain Ward of Brewster, NY scored 8 and 4 faults in the two
rounds on Rio.
on March 7, Ashley Baker and Dollar DAmour won the $15,000
High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, a Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper
Classic Series class. Tani Zeidler Anderson and Illusion, who currently
lead the Hall of Fame Series Amateur-Owner standings, finished second.
Bob Kraut aboard his Caviar were third.
Aimee Aron won the High Junior Jumper class with Kinloch Enterprises
Cora Fina. Michael Morrissey and Carrera were second.
Laura Chapot won the 1.35 m Speed Class with Sprite, while Jan Marie
Milani, riding her Bob, won the Adult Amateur Jumpers, 18-35 yrs.
qualified riders competed in the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Classic
on March 8. A score judged in the warm-up area was added to the
score of each round. After the first course, 10 riders were asked
to return and submit their own written course of 8 10 jumps
and then execute it. One rider was disqualified when she submitted
and jumped a course consisting of 11 obstacles.
the second round, four riders were asked to return to the ring.
At this time, only 8 points separated the top four riders -- Whitney
Roper, Courtney McKay, Maggie McAlary and Sloan Coles.
were asked to switch horses with no outside assistance and then
remain in the ring. Coles and McAlary switched horses, and McKay
switched with Roper. Next, they were asked to jump the first 8 jumps
of the original course.
the end, Roper maintained the top position and took home the Championship.
McKay took second place, Coles finished third, and McAlary was fourth.
$20,000 1.5 m Classic saw 65 entries attempt the course with temperatures
in the 90s. Eleven returned for the jump-off, including May, a Swedish
Warmblood mare ridden for Pasmore Stables by Laura Kraut. The pair
sailed over the course in a smooth, fast time of 38.992 seconds
and took the lead, which they held until the last horse in the jump-off.
Ward and Couletto K James were last to go in the jump-off, but proved
to be the best with a time of 37.571 seconds. Ward also took third
place with Hurricane, owned by Sarah B. Willeman and Turnabout Farm.
Ward also won the $10,000 Cosequin 1.5 m Classic with Sasha, owned
by Ward and Harry R. Gill. Kraut came in second again riding Joyce
8, owned by Summit Partners.
Winter Equestrian Festival moves to Tampa to the fairgrounds for
three more weeks of competition to culminate with the Budweiser
American Invitational on March 29 in Raymond James Stadium.
results are posted at www.stadiumjumping.com.
Equestrian Festival Dates:
week runs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM)
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to the Winter Equestrian Festival are available by phone at 793-JUMP
or at the gate. Admission is free on Wednesdays. Children 12 &
under are free all days. Senior admission is $5 every day. Adult
admission is $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15
on Sunday. Parking is free.
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.