Goldstein-Engle Wins $150,000 Budweiser AGA Championship At
Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival
FLApril 7, 2002U.S. Olympic veteran Margie Goldstein-Engle
of Wellington, FL captured top honors in the $150,000 Budweiser
American Grandprix Association Show Jumping Championship, presented
by Jaguar/Land Rover, during the last week at the Cosequin Winter
Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. It was
her 108th career Grand Prix victory.
out-dueled seven others in the jump-off, finishing two clear rounds
with no jumping faults but with two time faults over the course,
designed by Jose M. Gamarra of Bolivia. Engle, a seven-time AGA
Rider of the Year, earned $45,000 for the win aboard her 2000 Sydney
Olympic mount, Hidden Creek's Perin, a 12-year-old Westphalian bay
was almost too conservative (in the jump-off)," said Engle,
who also won this class in 1996 aboard Hidden Creek's Laurel. "My
strategy was to go clean and try not to go too slow. I was almost
a little too careful."
champion Schuyler Riley of Wellington, FL finished second with four
faults aboard Ilian, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood. She earned $33,000.
No one has won back-to-back titles in the AGA Championship since
Michael Matz accomplished the feat in 1991 and 1992.
had four faults in the first round and knew she had to go clear
in the jump-off.
is naturally pretty fast," said the 30-year-old Riley. "It
was a blast to ride fast in the jump-off. I know that on any given
day, Margie is one of the favorites to win no matter what horse
she's riding. This is a fantastic feeling."
Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, the 2001 USA Equestrian of the Year,
placed third aboard Oh Star, an 11-year-old Belgian-bred stallion
for the second consecutive year. He had four faults and a time of
46.470 to earn $19,500. Richard Spooner of Glendale, CA, aboard
Robinson, finished fourth with six faults. He earned $12,000. Only
30 riders were invited to compete in the event.
Olympic Medalist, Leslie Howard of Westport, CT rode her mount Kenwi
to victory in the $10,000 Jaguar AGA Speed Championship. Howard
rode a clear round over the 10-obstacle course, designed by Jose
Gamarra, in just 50.191 seconds, breaking the earlier pace of 51.584
set by Todd Minikus. Minikus turned in the first clear ride aboard
his mount, October Hill's Ravina and held the first place position
until Howard entered the arena 15 horses later. Howard never lost
her 1st place position, but two horses later, Jeffery Welles entered
the arena aboard Equinox and pushed Minikus into third place after
turning in a fault-free performance and a faster time of 50.250.
There was only one other fault-free performance out of the original
starting field of 27 competitors. Olympic team Silver Medalist Peter
Leone and Rastella took home a fourth place finish after crossing
the timers in 52.776 seconds.
Simpson of Westlake Village, CA, rode El Campeon Ado Annie to victory
in the $10,000 Jaguar AGA Championship Welcome Stake. Simpson was
one of only 3 double-clear rides out of a starting field of 18.
He turned in a penalty-free jumping effort in 35.484 seconds, three
full seconds ahead of Peter Leone and Lataro who crossed the timers
in 38.495 seconds for a second place finish. Third place was awarded
to McLain Ward and Rio, after posting double clear rounds and the
third fastest time of 39.561 seconds in the jump-off.
Paige Rassas and Kairos took top honors in the $2,500 Land Rover
1.45 m Jumper. Rassas and the 10-year-old Dutch-bred bay gelding,
Kairos, were one of 50 initial horse-and-rider combinations, and
one of only 9 to have a fault-free first round performance. They
rode the jump-off course clear and crossed the timers in 39.640
seconds for first place. Finishing their clear round in the jump-off
but just splits shy of Rassas and Kairos was Canadian Ainsley Vance
and her 11-year-old chestnut gelding, Catch 22, with their time
of 39.901 seconds for second place. Robin Sweely of Madison, VA
and her mount, Carling Clover, an 8-year-old Irish bay stallion,
the third of only four pairs to jump double-clear rounds, had a
finishing time of 40.389 seconds to finish in third place.
Ward rode Sasha to victory in the Land Rover 1.40m jumper competition.
Ward bested the starting field of 60, turning in double-clear rounds
and the fastest time of 30.866 seconds. Second place went to Laura
Bowery of Hampton Bay, NY, who cleared the jump-off track in 32.74
seconds aboard Gandini Sky Boy, followed by Michael Dorman of Jamison,
PA, who finished in 32.83 seconds up on Enzo La Mulotiere, for a
third place ribbon.
more information on the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival and
all the exciting events and activities, please call Stadium Jumping,
Inc. at (813) 253-2782 or in Wellington at (561) 793-JUMP or visit