And Kursinski Win $25,000 Windsome Dressage/Show Jumping Spectacular
FL - February 7, 2004 - Olympians Bent Jensen and Anne Kursinski
won the $25,000 Windsome Dressage/Show Jumping Spectacular today
at the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. This
is the sixth year for the duo to claim victory in this popular crowd-pleaser
that features teams of two competing in two phases - the show jumpers
ride a Third Level Test 3 and the dressage riders jump a Hit 'N'
Hurry course with fences up to 3'6". Kursinski placed third
in the dressage phase, while Jensen won the jumping phase. Their
total points proved to be sufficient to top the field of 11 teams.
in the dressage phase was Maryal Barnett at H; Joan Macartney at
C; and Lorraine MacDonald at B. Olaf Petersen was the course designer.
winner of the dressage phase, Alexandra Putnam riding Levin, scored
66.519%, which gave her team 12 points and the lead going into Phase
2. She was partnered with Christopher Hickey who rode Quo Vadis
in the jumping phase. Hickey scored 14 points in 67.05 seconds for
10th place and 2 points. With a total of 14 points, the duo finished
in a two-way tie for fifth place with the team of Jules Nyssen and
riding Mitchell, a 10-year-old Fourth Level Dutch warmblood gelding
owned by John Zopatti, scored 65.33% in the dressage phase for third
place and 9 points. Her partner Bent Jensen riding Splendid, a 13-year-old
Thoroughbred owned by Stephanie McCarron (McCarron is a new assistant
at Kursinski's Market Street and the daughter of jockey Chris McCarron.)
put in a stellar jumping performance scoring 20 points in 56.144
seconds, to win the phase, adding 12 points to his team's score.
The total for the duo was s 21 points overall, giving them the win.
didn't feel just right in the dressage," said Kursinski. "The
horse was a little spooky and maybe I could have ridden him better,
so Bent made a wonderful comeback. The horse we put him on is a
little New Zealand Thoroughbred that Bent's never ridden before.
The last couple of years he's always ridden the same horse, Eros.
He did great because he shortened his reins and shortened his stirrups,
got into two-point and really just let him go. He made it all up."
was just as supportive of his partner. "Her dressage was good
enough," Jensen said. "He was a little more difficult
horse this year. She did very well."
enthusiastic crowd of fans at the Internationale Arena cheered on
the riders in the jumping phase, adding to the fun of the competition
- especially the 'go-for-broke' style many of the competitors exhibited.
The riders went in reverse order of their partner's dressage score,
putting Jensen third to last in the ring, with the title resting
on his performance. Jensen said, "There's always the pressure
at the end of the class." But he did enjoy the crowd's highly
vocal participation. "That's fun. I know a lot of people who
live up north who pick this weekend to come down just to watch this.
They have a really good time."
also enjoyed the fans' participation. "We get such a great
crowd every year. It's really, really terrific."
and Kursinski have developed an unplanned strategy for their winning
streak - they never practice for the event. "I got on this
horse for the first time today," said Jensen. "We have
done that every time and every time we say, next year we need to
practice, but Anne was so busy that we couldn't do it."
concurred, "Every year I say I'm going to practice and I feel
like I should have practiced. One of the girls at my barn said,
Anne you never practice - don't change anything!"
the dynamic duo be back next year? "Yes, we have a standing
date!" said Kursinski, and Jensen seconded her statement.
for the event is determined as follows: In Phase I and 2, the best-placed
competitor receives one point more than the number of participants
in Phase I. The second placed competitor receives two points less
than the winner, and the third placed competitor receives three
points less than the winner - and so on down the line. In the jumping
phase the rider is awarded two points for an obstacle correctly
jumped and one point for an obstacle knocked down. The winner of
the phase is the rider who at the end of the fixed time acquired
the greatest number of points in the fastest time. Team placings
were determined by adding the points from Phase I to their teammate's
points in Phase 2. The team with the highest number of points was
named the winner.
WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL TICKET INFORMATION
Show days for the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival are Wednesday
through Sunday. Gates open at 8:00 am. Ticket Prices: Wednesdays
are free to everyone; Children 12 and under are admitted free every
day; Young Adults 13 to 18 and Seniors are $5 on Thursday through
Sunday; Adults are $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and
$15 on Sunday. The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is located on
Pierson Road off South Shore Boulevard. For additional information,
visit www.stadiumjumping.com or call 561-793-5867.
WEF SCHEDULE OF COMPETITIONS
February 4 - 8 Bayer/USET Foundation Gold Coast Jumper Classic CSI***
February 5 - 8 Wellington Dressage (Qualifier for Olympic Selection
February 11 - 15 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale CSI***
February 18 - 22 Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular CSI-W/Y CSI-Ch
February 19 - 22 Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic
February 25 - 29 PDP Capital Wellington Masters CSI***
March 3 - 7 CN Wellington Open CSI-W
March 10 - 14 CSIO United States Cosequin Finale CSIO***
March 18 - 21 Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y
(Qualifier for Olympic Selection Trials)
March 24 - 28 Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian Center)
March 30 - April 3 Tournament of Champions CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian
April 3 Budweiser American Invitational (Raymond James Stadium)
WEF MILLION DOLLAR GRAND PRIX SERIES
February 8 $50,000 Bayer/USET Foundation Wellington Cup, CSI***
February 15 $50,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup, CSI***
February 22 $60,000 Idle Dice Classic, presented by Palm Beach Post,
February 29 $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup, CSI***
March 7 $75,000 CN Wellington Open presented by Estates of Wellington
March 12 $50,000 Samsung Nations' Cup, presented by CN, CSIO****
March 14 $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship, CSIO****
March 28 $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, presented by Kilkenny/ICH,
April 3 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, presented by The