Jr Rider Addison Phillips Pilots Regina V to Win Over Pros in 1.50m Jumper Classic at WEF
Wellington, FL – February 10, 2007 – In today’s jump-off for the $20,000 1.50m Jumper Classic, 16 year old Addison Phillips of New York City was the lone non-professional vying for the win. She and Regina, a nine year old Warmblood mare, scored their first major win together in the Saturday highlight at the Palm Beach Equine Clinic/Adequan Gold Coast Classic, CSI 3* presented by bluhammock music.
Today’s class was scored as a Time First Jump-off format and was designed by Aki Ylaenne (FIN). The course offered a triple combination of a one stride to one stride (oxer-vertical-oxer) as the eleventh numbered obstacle out of 12 on the course. Nine horse and rider combinations scored their first round clear to proceed to the timed jump-off, one was clear with two time faults (RMW Power Point and Jaime Guerra) and eleven had one rail.
First to return in the jump-off was Olympian Norman Dello Joio on Malcolm, owned by the Malcolm Group. A refusal at jump 13 and a rail gave them a total of eight jumping faults and three time faults in a time of 52.02 seconds. Fellow Olympian Joe Fargis and Edgar 12, owned by Mary B. Schwab, had a bead on the lead as they galloped to the final vertical, but an unlucky last rail caused a four fault score in a quick time of 41.85 seconds.
Eric Flameng (BEL) and Floriac LLC’s Mazelle were the next to take on the timers, but a rail at the plank vertical and a sliding stop into the one stride racked up faults. They finished with a total of 23 faults in 64.67 seconds.
The first double clear came from Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam on Lismacbryan Junior, owned by Spy Coast Farm LLC. Sweetnam sliced across the jumps, finishing clear in a time of 46.95 seconds.
Sweetnam’s lead would be short-lived as the next horse in the ring would rise to the top of the leaderboard. Todd Minikus and Pina Colada, owned by Kara M. Tedeschi, made good turns, and Minikus pushed to each jump. They stopped the timers in 44.21 seconds with no faults.
Irish Olympian Cian O’Connor would be next to challenge. On his own Irish Independent Echo Beach, O’Connor made great inside turns and had the time to beat Minikus, but a rail at the last jump resulted in four faults in a time of 40.24 seconds.
Phillips and Regina V were next into the ring. The talented young rider made a fantastic rollback to the plank vertical and completed the inside turn to the liverpool oxer. They cleared every jump and when the scoreboard lit up with a time of 40.83 seconds, they were named the leaders of the class.
Phillips could not rest easy, however, with two of the top riders on the circuit to follow. Canada’s Eric Lamaze and Narcotique de Muze II, owned by Ashland Stables, galloped in next. The plank jump proved to be unlucky for the pair, and another rail at the oxer of the one stride tallied up eight faults in a time of 41.83 seconds.
Olympian Laura Kraut and the Panic Partners’ Olympia were the final challengers. Once again, the plank vertical fell to the ground, and with a miscommunication at the last jump, Kraut had a total of eight faults in 42.47 seconds, which gave Phillips the win.
As Phillips ran to the Littlewood show grounds to ride another horse, her trainer Andre Dignelli of Heritage Farm explained more about Phillips, Regina and their plan.
Of Regina he said, “She’s really come along. We always knew she was really scopey and brave. It just was a little green and took a little time for us to get going. She definitely was in the shadow of Addy’s other chestnut mare, Trezebees. She’s just really coming into her own. She won the junior jumper classic last Sunday and was second the week before. So, we thought it was time for her to step up. This was her first sort of bigger outing. She seems really nice, and we’re really excited.”
Regina competed in the Seven and Eight Year Old Young Jumper classes last year, as well as a few High Junior Jumper classes. “We just took it slow and did a bunch of 1.35m, 1.40m classes. We had hopes that she would come here and step into the 1.45m, 1.50m by the end of the circuit, but here we are in the first few weeks, and she’s doing 1.50m well,” Dignelli remarked.
About his gifted student, Dignelli said, “Addison never wants to be second. What makes her so great is that she reacts. She has split second timing, which is why she’s able to do what she does. Addy’s been winning big classes since she was seven years old. It’s been exciting the whole time, from the Small Ponies to last year, when she won two grand prix [events]. The biggest job for us is making sure she has the right horses at the right time. Thankfully, we’ve been able to do that with the support of her family and Heritage Farm.”
Todd Minikus was pleased with his second place finish on a new horse for him. “This is my second week of showing her. My buddy David Raposa was her former rider and had some nice success with her. I guess he did a pretty good job of training her up for me, and it showed here these past couple of weeks,” he said with a smile.
“For that particular horse, that one turn back to the liverpool oxer was going to be very difficult, so my plan before the jump-off started was to put in a double clear in the hopes that I would get a nice ribbon,” Minikus explained. “I did take the long way around a little bit, but the rest of the class kind of self-destructed a little, so it worked in our favor.”
In this morning’s Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Lara Gay piloted three horses in a twelve horse jump-off. On Campezino, she picked up the blue ribbon, and she finished fifth on Cannonboy and eighth on Countdown. After the class she remarked with a laugh, “I’m tired. I’m really tired, but really happy.”
Of her three horses, she has ridden Campezino the longest and knows him the best. Campezino set the leading time, which she would try to catch with her two other mounts. “With Cannonboy, I tried to catch the time I had set with Campezino, but with Countdown, it was my first time doing the highs. I just got him a few weeks ago, so I really don’t have a relationship with him yet, so I was just going for a clear round,” she explained. “It’s fun to chase your own time. It’s a good self-challenge.”
“That was my goal for this season – to win one of the Hall of Fame Classics,” she added. “So, I’m really excited to have accomplished that goal. Now, I’ve set a goal to be champion at least one week here at WEF.”
Tomorrow brings the highlight of the week, the $60,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic/Adequan Wellington Cup, CSI 3* presented by bluhammock music, which kicks off at 2 p.m. to wrap up the third week of competition at the 2007 Winter Equestrian Festival.
Results of 1001 1.50M Classic - Palm Beach Equine Clinic / Adequan Gold Coast Jumper Classic - February 10, 2007
T/A: 82.00 T/A: 50.00
1 2559 REGINA V ADDISON PHILLIPS 0.00 77.141 0.00 40.832
2 1311 PINA COLADA TODD MINIKUS 0.00 79.666 0.00 44.216
KARA M. TEDESCHI
3 3639 LISMACBRYAN JUNIOR SHANE SWEETNAM 0.00 80.107 0.00 46.954
SPY COAST FARM LLC
4 3030 IRISH INDEPENDENT ECHO BE CIAN O'CONNOR 0.00 77.271 4.00 40.248
5 1467 EDGAR 12 JOE FARGIS 0.00 78.669 4.00 41.852
MARY B. SCHWAB
6 1233 NARCOTIQUE DE MUZE II ERIC LAMAZE 0.00 80.265 8.00 41.838
7 1316 OLYMPIA LAURA KRAUT 0.00 79.830 8.00 42.479
8 388 MALCOLM NORMAN DELLO JOIO 0.00 76.923 11.00 52.026
9 972 MAZELLE ERIC FLAMENG 0.00 76.578 23.00 64.671
10 3072 RMW POWER POINT JAIME GUERRA 2.00 83.094
11 737 JULIA DU BRIO PETER LEONE 4.00 74.886
12 3422 OLE MAC CONE 4.00 77.580
Rank Num Horse Name NAT R1 Faults R1 Time J/O Faults J/O Time
Results of 1025 High Amateur-Owner Jumper - Palm Beach Equine Clinic / Adequan Gold Coast Jumper Classic - February 10, 2007
T/A: 85.00 T/A: 48.00
1 1378 CAMPEZINO LARA GAY 0.00 79.997 0.00 37.629
RCG FARM LLC
2 701 SUBLIEM WHITNEY WEEKS 0.00 79.454 0.00 38.646
3 2618 KING CARA CHESKA 0.00 77.393 0.00 40.295
4 306 ATHOS MARLEY GOODMAN 0.00 78.195 0.00 40.456
5 1379 CANNONBOY LARA GAY 0.00 77.695 0.00 40.923
RCG FARM LLC
6 764 SALSA GABBY SLOME 0.00 79.489 0.00 42.333
7 1474 LINDA Z TRACEY WEINBERG 0.00 82.548 4.00 36.982
8 1385 COUNTDOWN 23 LARA GAY 0.00 80.372 4.00 42.616
RCG FARM LLC
9 302 U-2 MARLEY GOODMAN 0.00 76.411 8.00 39.584
10 407 EDASA'S LYDILLE SEAN CROOKS 0.00 74.715 8.00 40.268
11 700 MADISON ALEXA WEEKS 0.00 84.280 12.00 41.801
12 2713 QUARNAK DE LONGPRE MEGHAN MORAN 0.00 79.477 17.00 52.100
Photo Credit: Addison Phillips and Regina V, winners of the $20,000 1.50m Jumper Classic at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo © 2007 Randi Muster.
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