Jensen and Kursinski Win $25,000 Dressage-Show Jumping Spectacular
FL -- February 1, 2003 -- Bent Jensen and Anne Kursinski won the
$25,000 Windsome Dressage-Show Jumping Spectacular today, besting
a field of 13 pairs. Teamed together for the fifth consecutive year,
Jensen, a Grand Prix dressage rider and Olympian for his native
country, Denmark, and Kursinski, a Grand Prix show jumper and US
Olympian, have logged four wins out of five starts since 1999 (they
were second in 2000).
the two-phase class, the jumpers rode a Third Level dressage test,
and the dressage riders jumped a Hit N Hurry course
with heights up to 39. The combined scores determined
the final placings. Jensen and Kursinski, who also topped their
phases individually, earned $8,000 for the victory. Jules Nyssen
and Chris Kappler were second; and Kelly Corrigan and Melissa Canton
placed third. Prize money was distributed to sixth place.
riding Jensens stallion Columbo, finished first in dressage,
earning 65.65% from FEI judges Janet Brown, Natalie Lamping, and
Jessica Ransehousen. Kappler placed second with 64.889% aboard Nyssens
Kilian; Todd Minikus was third with 64.815% riding partner Mimi
Blocks Asharhaddon; and Melissa Canton placed fourth with
64.148% on Corrigans Marsaelis.
never rode him before today. I just got on and did the test,
said Kursinski of her high-score ride on Columbo. Bent and
I have done it like that for many years. Bent and I just wing it.
Hes courageous. We have good horses so it works. She
credits her dressage expertise to the years she spent in California
training and showing with Olympian Hilda Gurney after the 1976 Olympics.
in reverse order of the dressage scores, in the jumper phase riders
earned two points for jumps cleared and one for a knockdown. The
last rider on course, Jensen, scored 26 points in 66.65 seconds
for first place, which clinched the overall win. It feels
great. Its more and more pressure every time, said Jensen.
Anne did such a great job with the dressage, so I had to ride
last and I was nervous that I might fall off or go off course and
then wed lose. Jensen rode Beudelair, the same horse
he competed on last year. Individually in the jumping phase, Heidi
Degele on El Costo d Banei scored 25 points for second. Nyssen
on Grannenfeld also scored 25 points though in a slower time, which
edged him into third; and Corrigan on Simply the Best earned 24
points for fourth.
a wonderful, wonderful event because so many people from both disciplines
come to cheer and have a good time. I think its marvelous
to mix the disciplines, said Kursinski. She has already made
a date with Jensen to compete in the event next year.
are attached. Photos available on request.
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week runs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM)
Gold Coast Classic - January 29 - February 2
Wellington Dressage January 30 February 2
Kilkenny/ICH Internationale February 5 9
Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular February 12 16
Florida Dressage Classic February 13 - 16
Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters February 19
Tommy Bahama Palm Beach Open February 26 March 2
Cosequin Wellington Finale March 5 9
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic March 13