Veterans Expected To Compete At Ox Ridge
CT May 16, 2002 The 73rd annual Ox Ridge Charity Horse
Show, held at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club in Darien CT, opens on Wednesday,
June 12 at 8:00 AM and runs through Sunday, June 16.
highlight of the Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show, the $35,000 Ox Ridge
Grand Prix, features many of the nations top horses and riders
including many Olympic veterans. Two-time Olympian Leslie Howard
of Westport, CT, is expected to be in the line-up of participants.
Howard, who won the 2000 Ox Ridge Grand Prix, recently tied for
fourth place with 2001 Ox Ridge Grand Prix winner, McLain Ward of
Brewster, NY, in the Show Jumping World Cup Final in Leipzig, Germany.
In 2001, Ward rode his mount Xtatic to the win and placed 8th with
another of his horses, Farrah, in the Ox Ridge Grand Prix.
Other Olympians expected to return include Nona Garson of Lebanon,
NJ; Anne Kursinski of Flemington, NY; Peter Leone of Greenwich,
CT; and Joe Fargis of Southampton, NJ. Kursinski recently won the
$35,000 Garden State Grand Prix on May 5 riding her 1996 Olympic
Another notable rider expected to be on hand is Chris Kappler of
Pittstown, NJ who started the 2002 season with five grand prix wins
during the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida.
Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show is one of the nations largest
and most prestigious competitions, drawing more than 1500 horses
from around the country. Exhibitors compete over classically beautiful
hunter courses and technically challenging jumper courses on the
park-like facility at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club. The Country Boutique
area offers a shopping event for the entire family. Shops include
gifts for the home, clothing, paintings, jewelry, horse furnishings,
and other unique items.
Sponsors of the 2002 Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show include Brooks
Community Newspapers, Reuters, KOOL 96.7, CL Adams, Beval LTD, Watson
Wyatt Worldwide, Scudder Private Investment Counsel, and Pharmacia
Admission from June 12-15 is $5.00 per car. Admission on Grand Prix
Sunday, June 16, is $7.00 per adult and $5.00 for Senior Citizens
and children over 5 years old. For additional information, please
call the Horse Show office at (203) 656-1745.