Welles And Equinox Win $10,000 Chesapeake Petroleum National
Speed Stake At 120th National Horse Show
FL November 30, 2003 Jeffery Welles, 41, of Pound
Ridge, NY, riding Equinox for owner Elizabeth Saunders won the $10,000
Chesapeake Petroleum National Speed Stake on Saturday, November
29, at the 120th National Horse Show in Wellington, FL. The show
runs from November 26-30 at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club
show grounds, highlighted by the $100,000 AGA Championship on Sunday,
and Dressage at the National, November 28-30.
bested a class of 20 entries in the Internationale Arena over a
course designed by Jose Gamarra. He described the 11-effort track
as a nice galloping course with a few turns and a few options.
One oxer by the ingate that was a little bigger caught a few horses.
The time allowed was 76 seconds, and Equinox blazed around the course
clean in the unbeatable time of 51.290. It was a very fast
class, said Welles. The other entries that really tried
to go fast ended up with some mistakes at the end. The horses got
a little flat and had rails. My horse really kept his focus all
the way through and jumped a really nice round. The horse went great
and Im very happy with him.
competition was a faults converted class, which meant that jumping
faults were converted into seconds. In that way you really
had to go for broke knowing that everybody was really going to be
taking a shot, Welles explained. My horse jumped great.
I had seen McLain [Ward] go and he had a fence down, which left
the door open a little bit for the rest of us. He was on a really
fast horse [La Belle] that won yesterday.
of Brewster, NY, and La Belle owned by Turnabout Farm, won the $25,000
Chesapeake Petroleum National Speed Classic on Friday, November
28, but in Saturdays stakes class, though Ward stopped the
clocks in fastest time, the knockdown added four seconds to his
time for a finish of 54.926 and second place.
is a nine-year-old Dutch gelding that Welles has been bringing up
through the jumper ranks for the past year. Owner Elizabeth Saunders
had shown him in the amateur division and gave Welles the ride when
she entered college. Welles started Equinox in the Meter 50 classes
where he won twice then moved up to Grand Prixes during the summer.
Hes basically for sale, said Welles. In
the meantime Im going to get him into some bigger Grand Prix
classes down here this winter in Florida.
addition to the competitions on Saturday, youngsters at The National
Horse Show enjoyed a Childrens Fair on the Great Lawn, which
included rides, clowns, face painting, and an exhibition by Mexican
charro Gerardo Diaz. Spectators also enjoyed exhibitions by Frieze
Frame Friesians, which included Andalusians performing trick riding,
a Pas de Deux, and an eight-stallion quadrille of Friesians.
complete results visit www.nhs.org or www.stadiumjumping.com
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