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2007 Winter Equestrian Festival Week Seven Wrap-up

2007 Winter Equestrian Festival Week Seven, CN Wellington Open CSIO 5* Presented by Cosequin, March 7-March 11

Wellington, FL – March 12, 2007 – Riding last in a three horse jump-off, Mario Deslauriers kept the Canadian flag flying when he and Paradigm raced to the win in the $150,000 CN U.S. Open Jumper Championship CSIO 5*, presented by Cosequin. Todd Minikus (USA) finished second with Pavarotti, while Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Coeur were third.

Today’s track offered the most difficult challenge seen so far at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). The course designer for the week of the CN Wellington Open CSIO 5*, presented by Cosequin is Jose “Pepe” Gamarra of Bolivia. The course had wide, rolling turns through 13 numbered obstacles. The open water was used, as was a triple combination and a tight time allowed of 74 seconds, which was then increased to 80 seconds after the third rider. Twelve horses had four faults, while 13 had time faults. There were nine retirements and one fall.

Todd Minikus and Pavarotti, owned by Todd Minikus Ltd, were the first to clear the opening course. They rode out of the eighth position in the order. Three horses later, Pessoa and Coeur, owned by Double H Farm, breezed through for a clear round.

Lisa Silverman (USA) and Obelix R had no jumping faults, but stopped the timers in 83.02 seconds for one time fault. Eighteen-year-old Brianne Goutal (USA) and Casar (DE) had a great effort, but they just missed joining the jump-off with four faults. Their speedy time of 76.06 seconds was good enough to hold on to fifth place.

Minikus was the first to return for the jump-off and opted for a wider turn from the first to the second jump. Pavarotti slipped in the turn to the third jump and gave a huge attempt to clear the next fence. He made the short, turning rollback from fence eight to nine and galloped home clear in a time of 47.59 seconds.

With the big horse Coeur, Pessoa made short turns, but tried to make up time down the last line by leaving out a stride. Coeur got to the fence early and just caught the front rail with his hind feet. Pessoa had the time in 46.98 seconds, but had four faults.

Deslauriers and Paradigm, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding that Deslauriers owns himself, were the final combination in the ring. Deslauriers knew he would have to be quick to catch Minikus, but careful enough to be clean. The big chestnut galloped through the turns and with the momentum over fence eight, Deslauriers chose to go around a fence in a rollback to fence nine. He sped through the last line and stopped the clock just ahead of Minikus in 47.03 seconds.

The final week of WEF in Wellington, the CN Worldwide Wellington Finale, CSI-5*, begins on Wednesday, March 14, and runs through Sunday, March 18, 2007. It is a member event of the CN Worldwide Global Champions Tour and will feature the €300,000 CN Worldwide Florida Open, now the richest show jumping event in the United States, on Saturday afternoon.

Jumper Results – Wednesday through Saturday


In Wednesday’s $5,000 Welcome Stake, McLain Ward (USA) and Summer Storm, owned by Shaine Brooks, sped to victory over the only other two clear rounds, Palona and Laura Bowery (USA) and Mazelle with Eric Flameng (BEL).

Only three riders were clear with no jumping or time faults. This week’s courses were designed by Jose “Pepe” Gamarra of Bolivia. The speed round had twelve numbered jumps with 15 jumping efforts. Eight riders had no jumping faults, but had time faults to place them lower in the final ribbons. Many riders were using today’s class as a warm-up for later classes, so there were six retirements on course.


The eighth round of the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup, the Thursday feature of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), had two Canadians in the top three, with Ian Millar and In Style taking the win and Frankie Chesler Ortiz and Picolien Zeldenrust finishing third. Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) finished second on Coeur, while McLain Ward (USA) and Larioso were fourth. These four were the only clear trips that advanced to the jump-off.

Four were clear through to the jump-off. Cara Raether (USA) and Ublesco had just one time fault to put them in fifth place, while Cian O’Connor (IRE) and Complete were the fastest four faulters for sixth place.


Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward (USA) and Summer Storm sped around Friday’s $10,000 Speed Stake CSIO for their second speed class win of the week at the CN Wellington Open CSIO 5*, presented by Cosequin. Ward finished in front of Kent Farrington (USA) and Super Girl and Lauren Hough (USA) on Rodos. With a generous time allowed of 84 seconds, there were 12 clear rounds out of 27 entries. There was one retirement and an elimination on course.

While the new pair had great success this week, Ward will most likely not show the ten-year-old Warmblood gelding again unless he is asked. Summer Storm is owned by Shaine Brooks and normally shown by rider Amy Momrow.

Nations Cup

For the second year in a row and the third time in five years, the team from Canada brought home the gold medal in the $75,000 Nations’ Cup CSIO 5*, presented by CN. Anchored by Ian Millar and led by Mario Deslauriers, Eric Lamaze and Erynn Ballard, the Canadian team romped to the win with only one total fault over two rounds. The Irish team, consisting of Conor Swail, Jonathan McCrea, Cian O’Connor and Darragh Kerins, were thrilled with their second place finish. With a tough night, the American team of Margie Engle, Lauren Hough, McLain Ward and Beezie Madden had to settle for the bronze.


The CN Wellington Open CSIO 5*, presented by Cosequin, continued Saturday with 1.50m jumper classics for both the national and international divisions of open jumpers. In the first class, the $25,000 CN Jumper Classic, Robert Kraut (USA) and Meghan Moran’s Nemo raced to the finish for the win. Markus Fuchs of St. Gallen, Switzerland and Nirmette posted their second win of the circuit, this time in the $20,000 1.50m Classic.

Fuchs attempted the course in the 17th spot in the order and was chasing the leading time of 69.94 seconds set by Jimmy Torano (USA) and Vaillant, owned by Harry R. Gill. Fuchs made quick work of the course and blazed through the timers in 68.11 seconds. Fuchs’ only challenger was Mario Deslauriers (CAN) on Available Jumpers’ Gilmore 48, who recorded a time of 69.76 seconds.

Hunter Results – Thursday through Sunday


Holly Orlando staked her claim in the Regular Working Hunter and the Second Year Green Hunter divisions, taking the tricolor in both, with Rio Renoir and Castle Rock, respectively. Orlando has been partnered with “Rio,” who is owned by Brad Wolf, for about four years, and together, they have climbed the divisions. In addition, Wolf shows Rio in the Adult Amateur Hunters. Orlando has piloted the horse to numerous championships at the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Hampton Classic, Devon and Horse Shows by the Bay.

Reserve champion in the Second Year Green division was Rainmaker and Caroline Weeden. In the Regular Conformation Hunter division, which was combined with the Green Conformation Hunter group, Chris Cawley emerged victorious, partnered with De-Lovely, who is owned by Caroline Lasersohn. The reserve championship went to Tim Goguen and Boulevard Deir, owned by Janet Read.

In Section “A” of the 3’ Pre-Green division, Scott Stewart nabbed the championship with his own Way Cool. Amanda Lyerly and Ultra Violet earned the reserve championship for owner Victoria Calantoni. The championship in Section “B” of the 3’ Pre-Green division again went to Scott Stewart and Sambalino, who is owned by Gina Day. Ken Smith took the reserve tricolor with Portofino, who is owned by Far Niente Equine.


Tim Goguen had a successful outcome in the First Year Green Hunters, bringing home another championship. With only one week remaining in Wellington, riders are starting to count their points that will go toward circuit championship. Reserve champions in the First Year Green Hunter division were Rob Bielefeld and Girl Scout.

In a new partnership, Lando and Cortwright Wetherill captured first place in Section “A” of the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search class, qualifying the pair for the R.W. ‘Ronnie’ Mutch Equitation Championship. This is only the second week that Wetherill has shown Lando, a 13-year-old Dutch gelding owned by Lauren Sturgis.


Carol Cone and her own Harmony Bay, a 15-year-old Swedish Warmblood stallion, were champions for the third week this season in the 51 & Older Adult Amateur Hunter division. Bringing home the reserve championship in the 51 & Over Adult Amateur Hunter division was Lucy Mitchell-Innes on Artistic, owned by Comfortside Farm.

In the 16-17 Small Junior Hunter division, Addison Phillips again piloted her own Mirasol to the tricolor. While Mirasol, 8, is a new ride for Phillips, the pair seems to be unbeatable to date and has earned multiple championships.


Ellen Toon capped the week off with double tricolors in the Over 35 Amateur Owner Hunter division, sponsored by Kilkenny Insurance Agency. Riding her veteran partner In Disguise, Toon piloted the horse to second and third places over fences on Saturday, and was second under saddle and first in the stake class on Sunday to win the championship.

On her second horse Invincible, Toon took the reserve championship in the same division. As a new ride for her, Toon has been working with the 7-year-old Holsteiner gelding to find consistency. In addition, her husband, James Toon, rides the horse in the First Year Green Hunter divisions.

In the 15 & Under Large Junior Hunter division, Jennifer Waxman and Saloon added another championship to their collection for the season. Jessica Springsteen and Tiziano followed with the reserve championship.

In the 36-50 Adult Amateur Hunter division, which is sponsored by Carol A. Sollak, PA and Illustrated Properties, Section “A,” the championship was awarded to Glen Senk riding Dynamic. The tricolor topped off an already good week, as Senk was promoted from executive vice president to CEO of clothing retailer Urban Outfitters Inc. The pair placed first and second over fences yesterday and took a fifth place today.


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