Top Gun Aaron Vale Aiming For National Horse Show
Grand Prix Wins
FL October 28, 2003 I couldnt wait to
get there last year and this year theyve added another class
worth $100,000 so were doubly excited to come to Wellington,
said Aaron Vale, of Camden, South Carolina, who currently holds
the record for the most Grand Prix wins in a single year. So far
in 2003, Vale has won 16 Grand Prix classes and hes aiming
to add two more wins to his streak at the upcoming National Horse
Show Outdoor Championships in Wellington, FL.
for November 26-30 at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club show grounds,
the National Horse Show features two $100,000 Grand Prix classes
the National Horse Show Jumper Championship CSI-W presented
by Lexus on Friday, November 28; and the Chesapeake Petroleum AGA
Championship CSI, the final event of the American Grand Prix Association
Series of Show Jumping, on Sunday, November 30.
competed at the first National Horse Show held at the outdoor venue
in Wellington last year and racked up several good ribbons, including
a win in the $25,000 Welcome Stake aboard his Nonix Le Parc. This
year, Vales Florida-bound string includes his latest star
performer, Picasso. Vale imported the 11-year-old German gelding
in January and has been taking victory laps with him ever since.
Picasso won the $150,000 Grand Prix at Upperville, VA; the $100,000
USGPL Grand Prix Final at Culpeper, VA; and the $100,000 Presidents
Cup at the Washington International Horse Show in Washington, DC.
intends to compete Picasso in both $100,000 classes at the National
Horse Show. Hell have nearly four weeks off before then
so hopefully hell be plenty fresh and be able to handle two
big classes when were down there, Vale said. Town Creek
Investments owns Picasso.
qualify for the $100,000 NHS Jumper Championship, riders will compete
in The Palm Beach Post National Welcome Qualifying Stake CSI on
Wednesday, November 26. The qualifier is a $25,000 class; the show
also offers a $25,000 National Speed Stake on Friday, November 28,
and a $10,000 Speed Stake on Saturday, November 29. Its
great that they can offer that kind of prize money for us,
said Vale, who not only believes hes got the horse for the
Grand Prixes, but also for the two speed classes. Ive
got Nonix Le Parc whos been successful in some Grand Prixes
the last few years, and My Fair Lady. Shes a young horse,
but naturally shes a little bit of a quick horse, so hopefully
well have some contenders for those other classes. My
Fair Lady, an eight-year-old mare owned by Alison Register recently
won the $25,000 International Open Jumper class at Washington.
has competed at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club show grounds
during the Winter Equestrian Festival as well as the National Horse
Show and is enthusiastic about the venue. The ring last year
the grass was perfectly green, it looked super. And its
kind of nice to get down there with 400 or 500 horses rather than
3,500 horses. You really get to enjoy the horses and its a
great ring to ride in, so I think its a great way to finish
off the year. I cant wait to get there.
age 12 and under are always free. General admission seating for
adults, Wednesday through Saturday (on Friday, there will be separate
day and evening tickets), will be $10/each, with Sunday priced at
$15/each; children over the age of 12 and seniors (65 and older)
will be $7/each. Diamond Horse Shoe Club and box seating information
and reservations can be obtained by calling (800) 237-8924 or the
Special Events office at (561) 753-3389.