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Closing Day Features Invitational Classics at CN Winter Equestrian Festival

WELLINGTON, Fla., April 6 - The 12-week CN Winter Equestrian Festival, presented by Zimmerman Advertising, came to a close on Sunday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

The day featured four jumper invitational classics, presented by Zimmerman Advertising, offering a total of $100,000 in prize money. In the $30,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Invitational Classic, Whitney Weeks of Southport, Conn., and Subliem topped the six horse jump-off, turning in a blistering fast time of 35.79 seconds. Natalie Johnson, 21, of Greenwich, Conn., posted a time of 37.36 seconds to take second riding her bay gelding, Tokade de Kalvarie. Ali Wolff had the fastest jump-off time, 34.09, but a rail down with her partner, Hertel Landman, left her in third place.

"There weren't that many people in it, but you qualified based on the prize money you won this circuit so everyone in it was very competitive," noted Weeks, 20, a student at Boston University. "I went second-last in the jump-off, and it was really nice to be able to watch the person in the ring on the big screen outside in the warm-up area. I train with Joe Fargis and he was very helpful today. We made a good plan for the jump-off that ended up working really well."

Weeks had been riding Subliem, her 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, for the past three seasons and said, "She's very bossy and she's a fighter. She has all the qualities that make her competitive in the ring."

As she has done all season, Clementine Goutal, 17, continued to dominate the Junior Jumper division, winning and taking third place in the $30,000 Junior Jumper Invitational Classic. Riding Rastella, Goutal was the fastest of the 10 jump-off challengers, turning in a time of 33.71 seconds. The New York City native also took third place with Kelline Fonroy, stopping the clock at 36.79 seconds. Breaking up Goutal's run of good fortune was Alexandra Thornton whose time of 35.04 seconds was good enough for second place. Thornton, 14, was riding Naomi, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare purchased last year during the Winter Equestrian Festival from Canadian Olympian Mario Deslauriers.

"She showed up to the ring and was wild as usual, but even more so," said Goutal of the 18-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare she has been leasing from Emily Woods and Halifax Farm for the past three years. "She'd had two weeks off and just did one class on Friday, so she was really fresh and was jumping really well. She had the perfect temperament."

Goutal, who trains with Olympic Bronze medalist Norman Dello Joio, attends the Professional Children's School in New York City and plans to continue her studies at Brown University in the fall. In addition to winning the $30,000 Junior Jumper Invitational Classic, Goutal was also named the overall Junior Jumper Circuit Champion with Rastella.

In the $20,000 Children's Invitational Classic, Wilton Porter was one of only two riders to advance to the jump-off over the course set by FEI 'O' course designer David Ballard of Canada. When Fiammetta Varoli had a fall in the jump-off with Sarnita V, victory went to Porter and Benvolio, owned by Sleepy Ranch LLC, who jumped clear in the jump-off, incurring only one time fault.

In the $20,000 Adult Amateur Jumper Invitational, a total of ten horse-rider combinations advanced to the jump-off. With a clear jump-off round in a time of 32.21 seconds, Stephanie Verville secured victory with her horse, Manuella. Barbara Rochford finished as the runner-up riding Conto with a time of 32.63 seconds while Alissa Kinsey and Grisset turned in a time of 33.07 seconds for third place.

Throughout the 2008 CN Winter Equestrian Festival, presented by Zimmerman Advertising, a total of 25,756 entries competed at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, compared to 18,665 in 2007. The 2008 CN Winter Equestrian Festival, presented by Zimmerman Advertising, attracted the best horses and riders from around the world to Wellington, Fla., and offered more than $5 million in prize money. For more information, please visit http://www.equestriansport.com.

Results - $30,000 Amateur Owner Jumper Invitational

1 5114 SUBLIEM WHITNEY WEEKS 0.00 78.085 0.00 35.794

WHITNEY WEEKS

2 3529 TOKADE DE KALVARIE NATALIE JOHNSON 0.00 84.959 0.00 37.364

NATALIE JOHNSON

3 2063 HERTEL LANDMAN ALI WOLFF 0.00 76.929 4.00 34.096

BLACKLICK BEND FARM

4 156 PIA CHARLIE JACOBS 0.00 80.037 4.00 35.748

DEERIDGE FARM

5 7119 SR DOCTRO BLYTHE MASTERS 0.00 80.536 4.00 35.954

BLYTHE MASTERS

6 1273 LOUISIANA SLOANE COLES 0.00 80.436 8.00 37.487

JULIE COLES

7 3070 LARONE TRACY WEINBERG 2.00 87.448

TRACY WEINBERG

8 3807 CANTALOO 2 LAUREN TISBO 4.00 76.384

TEQUESTRIAN FARMS LLC

9 5378 IDEFIX 99 LAUREN TISBO 4.00 77.397

TEQUESTRIAN FARMS LLC

10 2065 RESIDENZ ALI WOLFF 4.00 77.851

BLACKLICK BEND FARM



Results - $30,000 Junior Jumper Invitational Classic

1 1463 RASTELLA CLEMENTINE GOUTAL 0.00 78.034 0.00 33.791

HALIFAX FARM

2 2432 NAOMI ALEXANDRA THORNTON 0.00 77.785 0.00 35.046

DUNWALKE LLC

3 1462 KELLINE FONROY CLEMENTINE GOUTAL 0.00 81.906 0.00 36.794

CLOVERLEAF FARM

4 7309 JAMISON KIMMIY MCCCORMACK 0.00 78.274 4.00 33.642

ATHLONE PARTNERS MISSY CL

5 3376 LOLA JULIANNA FISCHER 0.00 79.348 4.00 34.922

JULIANNA FISCHER

6 3354 HADDON HOUSE CARLSON CATHERINE PASMORE 0.00 82.316 4.00 37.652

BERKLEY STABLES

7 3028 HETOILE PLATIERE KIMBERLY MCCORMACK 0.00 79.123 4.00 38.513

ATHLONE PARTNERS/MISSY CL

8 5036 SHAKIRA JENNIFER WAXMAN 0.00 81.172 8.00 34.070

JENNIFER WAXMAN

9 3027 FELIX DES NOUES ALEXANDRA BIEDERMAN 0.00 79.237 8.00 34.779

MISSY CLARK & NORTH RUN

10 3124 LIBERTY LADY CHRISTINA KELLY 0.00 80.388 12.00 36.757

BARBARA KELLY

11 1521 VENUS TR FRANCESCA BOLFO 4.00 78.102

FRANCESCA BOLFO



Results - $20,000 Children's Jumper Invitational Classic

1 2249 BENVOLIO WILTON PORTER 0.00 62.741 1.00 40.419

SLEEPY P RANCH LLC

2 1336 SARNITA V FIAMMETTA VAROLI 0.00 60.448 elim.

FIAMMETTA VAROLI

3 103 GALLANT DE SAINTHO ANNASTELLE COHEN 4.00 64.651

ALEXANDRA LOLAVAR

4 641 SILVER TOUCH LIZA FINSNESS 4.00 66.749

ESPERANZA

5 1397 LUCY IN THE SKY DANI PARADYSZ 4.00 68.822

PARADYSZ FARM

6 5620 MILA MARIA MACEDA 8.00 57.235

MARIA MACEDA

7 1425 CARETINO CAITLIN ZIEGLER 13.00 74.129

CAITLIN ZIEGLER & ARTISA

8 664 POQUITO JESSICA CHANEY 20.00 81.288

JESSICA CHANEY

9 2501 UP STREAM LYDIA ULRICH 22.00 83.988

UP THE CREEK FARM

10 1565 PRIVATE RESERVE JACQUELINE SHEARER 25.00 82.811

JACQUELINE SHEARER



Results - $20,000 Adult Jumper Invitational Classic

1 6750 MANUELLA STEPHANIE VERVILLE 0.00 62.184 0.00 32.211

STEPHANIE VERVILLE

2 1143 CONTO BARBARA ROCHFORD 0.00 62.266 0.00 32.636

BARBARA ROCHFORD

3 5434 GRISSET ALISSA KINSEY 0.00 65.344 0.00 33.076

ALISSA KINSEY

4 271 TURBO JEANINE ZUKERMAN 0.00 64.257 0.00 33.385

COLIN CASH

5 3923 UPPER REGISTER CAITLIN LIGHTHOUSE 0.00 64.230 0.00 33.488

CAITLIN LIGHTHOUSE

6 1629 H S COUNTRY BOY SHARON SCHMIDT 0.00 62.512 0.00 33.934

SHARON SCHMIDT

7 1684 LORDICA LEA ALLEN 0.00 65.317 0.00 34.075

LEA ALLEN

8 5296 FOREVER LOLA MARCELO SUAREZ 0.00 68.782 0.00 35.616

MARCELO SUAREZ

9 3449 HURLEVANT KRISTEN FUGERE 0.00 63.077 4.00 32.076

DAVID TONNESON

10 399 ROSEY ELEANOR BRIGHT 0.00 64.658 4.00 34.783

ELEANOR BRIGHT

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PHOTO: "Clementine Goutal and Rastella won the $30,000 Junior Jumper Invitational Classic on the final day of the CN Winter Equestrian Festival, presented by Zimmerman Advertising."

 

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