Wins $50,000 Samsung Nations' Cup, presented by CN, CSIO****
FL - March 12, 2004 Ive spent a bit of time in
Palm Beach over the last few years and this was the greatest event
Ive ever been involved with here, said Eric Lamaze,
36,of Schomberg, Ontario. What was so unbelievable tonight
is that everybody who came to support their country, whether they
had a great day or a bad day, they were cheering just as loud.
Indeed a standing-room only throng of 13,000 cheered for every rider
in an electric two-rounds of show jumping contested by six international
squads with the Canadian Team of Lamaze, Ainsley Vince, Harold Chopping,
and Ian Millar claiming victory in the $50,000 Samsung Nations'
Cup, presented by CN, CSIO**** tonight at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian
Club in Wellington, FL.
United States team of Beezie Madden, Laura Kraut, McLain Ward, and
Norman Dello Joio placed second. Argentina was third, Mexico and
France tied for fourth, and Ireland finished fifth.
Olympian Ian Millar who has competed in more than 90 Nations
Cups proved to be the Canadian teams hero even after he was
the drop score in the First Round. Millar rode a clean trip in the
final make-or-break round that clinched the title. Canada has not
won a Nations Cup since the 2000 Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.
Tonights winning team was a repeat of that squad, except for
Chopping taking over Jay Hayes slot. Its been
a little bit of a drought, said Millar, 57, of Halifax, Nova
Scotia. That only makes it all the sweeter. Were hungry,
completing the standard First Round Nations Cup course of
12 fences, each team was allowed to drop the score of the rider
earning the most faults. On the US team, Madden aboard Authentic
went clean, Kraut on Allegiance had four faults, Dello Joio aboard
Glasgow had four penalties, and the drop score was Wards eight-fault
ride on Sapphire, giving the US eight faults in all for the first
round. I was lucky I had a very good team, said Ward,
28 of Brewster, NY. My horse was jumping beautiful and got
a little green at the last triple and that was a little unexpected
for me. I didnt react quick enough to it. I was quite disappointed
with my individual performance.
also totaled eight faults in the first round Lamaze aboard
Tempete V/H Lindehof had four, Vince riding Catch 22 had four, Chopping
on Kathleen went clean, and Millar was the drop score with six.
French team had 12 faults with riders Henri Prudent, Yann Candele,
Eric Navet, and Yannick Patron. Mexico earned 16, with Guillermo
Williams, Simon Nizri, Ivan Rakowsky and Jose Antonio Chedraui.
Argentina also had 16, with teammates Ramiro Quintana, Max Amaya,
Eduardo Braun, and Federico Sztyrle. Ireland racked up 34, with
riders Conor Swail, Niall Grimes, Shane Carey, and Kevin Babington.
Round Two, per the format developed by Samsung and the FEI to accommodate
TV, each team sent in only three riders, selected by the team and
their chefs. As each rider tackled the course again, the scores
began to foreshadow the outcome.
Madden and Kraut on the US team had a foot in the water and added
eight more faults to tally up 16. Canadas Vince chalked up
four and Chopping again went clean, putting Canada ahead with only
12 faults. France added another eight for a total of 20. Mexico
added eight, for a total of 24. Argentina also accumulated eight
more for 24. Ireland added 16, racking up 50.
team then sent in their anchor rider to determine the final results.
Irelands Kevin Babington aboard Sydney jumped clean but had
a time fault, securing his teams last place finish with a
total of 51. Sztyrle riding Who Knows Lily went in for Argentina
and went clear, which bumped his team up to their third place finish.
Chedraui on L.G. Xallapam galloped in to the wild cheers of an entire
section of fans, and had a rail down giving Mexico a total of 28
faults. Navet had two knockdowns for eight, giving France 28, tying
with Mexico for fourth.
excitement was palpable as the last riders for the US and Canada
were set to go. To stay in contention for the win, the US needed
a clear round and Dello Joio produced it, leaving the US with 16
total faults. Millar was the last two go if he cleared the
course, Canada would win, a rail down would mean a tie and a jump-off,
two rails meant second place. Millar went clean and clinched the
Nations Cup title for Canada.
first round wasnt pristine and I had a little issue with the
Cosequin jump, said Millar. The team met to see whether it
would be Millar or Lamaze that anchored the team, and decided to
go with the senior veteran. Millar said he knew that the US would
be faster if he tied the score for a jump-off and he wanted to avoid
that situation. He credited Promise Me for his performance. I
was thrilled with his jumping. He really came back and fought the
good fight, jumped the difficult triple combination. I was very
pleased. The lights were the wild card. Funny things happened out
there with the lights.
riding the nine-year-old mare Kathleen, was the only Canadian to
post a double-clear performance. He agreed with Millar on the difficulty.
The lights were really the tricky part. You didnt want
to leave anything uncovered. I just tried to be aggressive with
her and shes a very good girl. She tries very hard, and if
anything a horse would make a mistake because they werent
sure where they were looking.
28, of Milton, Ontario, the winner of the Canadian League who will
represent her country in the upcoming World Cup Final, said it was
actually her first time ever riding her long-time partner Catch
22 under lights. I was very nervous about tonight. We were
solid both rounds. Obviously you hope for a clear round, but four
faults is still solid. I was happy with the horse.
Chef dEquipe Danny Foster said, We are developing a
nice depth in horse/rider combinations. The best horses we have
in the country right now are with the best riders an unusual
situation for us. Even beyond the Olympics were going to be
heard from a lot in the future. Were building something that
will continue to grow. Were going to have a lot of people
to choose from and it looks good for us. There were slow years lately,
waiting to rebuild, and now we feel were on a roll. This is
what we needed to get some proof to keep our confidence up.
Canada did not qualify a team for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games,
the country will be allowed to send one rider. Two phases
of the Olympics are under the lights on grass, so anybody thinking
in that direction, its an excellent prep, Millar pointed
the Americans, it wasnt lights, it was water that proved to
be the teams downfall. Two US riders earned penalties over
the water jump in the second round, which cost the US a third consecutive
win in the Nations Cup since it was first held in Wellington
the water I just under-rode it the second time, admitted Madden.
Other than that, he jumped great.
was the second round and I just didnt give it the respect
that I needed to, explained Kraut of her splash. I was
more worried about riding the rest of the course.
been here a little bit too long jumping these waters, said
Chef dEquipe Frank Chapot. The more you jump the water,
sooner or later youre going to be in it. Thats what
got us beat.
the hot seat as the anchor, and able to produce a stellar performance
that secured second place for the US, Dello Joio said the crowds
enthusiasm was a positive factor for him. It seemed like the
crowd was very educated and they were rooting for all the riders.
It was a nice feeling. It was a nice crowd.
noted that the momentum building around this CSIO is impressive.
If Stadium Jumping and Gene Mische stay committed to it, theres
just no telling where this thing could go, he said. People
could be lined up all over the place to get in. We see this at Spruce
Meadows, of course, and Torontos Royal Winter Fair, and we
see the same thing building here.
off the evening, Tom Wenham, the Mayor of Wellington stopped by
to congratulate the Canadian team. Were proud of you.
We were all up here rooting for you and were really proud
of what you did. Youre always welcome. Im proud to be
the mayor of this community and proud to have you all here.
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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
10 - 14 CSIO United States Cosequin Finale CSIO***
18 - 21 Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y
(Qualifier for Olympic SelectionTrials)
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
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 Publix and The Tampa Tribune
JUMPER CLASSIC CSI****
Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
9 -11 Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI****
11 $150,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte For the Charlotte Bobcat Cup