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Another Overwhelming Performance for Authentic and Beezie Madden in $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup CSIO at Winter Equestrian Festival

Wellington, FL - March 9, 2006 – Chalk up another win for the United States at the CN Wellington Finale, CSIO-5* at the 2006 Winter Equestrian Festival. Olympic Team Gold Medalist Beezie Madden and her 2004 Athens Olympic partner Authentic set a feverish pace early on that had the rest of the starting field chasing her without success for the entire afternoon. It was another gorgeous, albeit windy day for the crowd that gathered for Round Seven of the WEF Challenge Cup series, the final leg in Wellington.

Today’s class saw forty-eight starters go to the post for the 2 p.m. start. Scoring was under FEI Table A, One Round Against the Clock, Art. 238.2.1. Steve Stephens of the United States is this week’s Internationale Arena Course Designer. Today’s course, a pleasant, galloping track, accounted for eighteen fault free rides, one rider with two time faults, and twelve riders with a single knockdown. Eleven riders had eight faults and only four had more than eight.

The early leader, Jean Claude Van Geenberghe of the Ukraine on Osta Rugs Quintus, owned by Arnold De Brabandre, clocked in with a clean round time of 71.67 seconds. Shortly afterwards, Laura Chapot and Samantha appeared to register a very fast time that might not be beaten, when she tripped the timers in 67.32 seconds. Unfortunately for Chapot, she did it at the expense of a single knockdown.

Immediately following Chapot, Beezie Madden and Authentic laid down a speed round that would not be caught the rest of the afternoon. Madden’s impressive ride had the crowd on their feet as she breezed through the timers in an amazing 63.67 seconds, a whopping 3.65 seconds faster than Chapot’s previous ride.

The thirty competitors that remained chased Madden, but to no avail. Coming closest was Germany’s Tim Hoster who finished second on Maddock, owned by Ger Poeis Horses. Hoster finished in 64.59 seconds, still 9/10ths of a second off the pace.

“He’s a naturally fast horse,” said Madden following her second WEF win with Authentic. “I think covering the ground between the fences is where he makes up so much time with a lot of speed. He was very fast from two to three, and I was able to leave a stride out to the CN jump. Some people tried that, but for most it was difficult because the distance after that was so short. He’s so adjustable that I don’t have to worry about that,” she said. “And then there was the final sweep around the water jump to the triple bar, and he was very quick across the ground there.”

“He has a lot of blood. He’s more like a thoroughbred than he is like a warmblood,” Madden said. “I like that about him. While he has a lot of blood, he’s also very adjustable and easy to rate. For me, he’s very easy to ride. He’s careful, he’s fast, he’s smart, he’s scopey, he’s everything you’re looking for.”

Madden detailed how her Olympic partner is maturing. “Last year he came out a little too anxious in the beginning of the year. He had a big year the year before with the Olympic Games, and I think that showed at the beginning,” she said. “But this year, he really came out like a veteran horse, fresh and ready to go. He’s got great concentration.”

Madden will be part of the United States’ Nations Cup team on Friday night and talked about the chances. “I think on paper we have a great chance with a great team, with McLain and Margie and with Kent Farrington coming off a great year,” she said. “I think it’s a super opportunity for Kent to be on the team. It all comes down to the day, though. Anything can happen.”

And she added, “The Canadians have a very good team and then the British team is also strong, and you can never count out the team from Ireland.”

The $75,000 Nations Cup, presented by CN, CSIO-5*, a competition that pits teams of show jumpers from multiple countries against each other in two rounds of competition, will be held on Friday night under the lights in the Internationale Arena. The 2006 Nations Cup, presented by CN marks the fifth time that the Winter Equestrian Festival will host this prestigious international event.

The richest show jumping event of the seven weeks in Wellington will take center stage on Sunday, March 12th. The $150,000 US Open Jumper Championship, presented by CN, CSIO-5* brings the WEF Wellington series to a close.

Today’s WEF Challenge Cup, Round VII and the CN Jumper Classic were both qualifying events for the FTI Rider Challenge, a rider bonus pool for $200,000 in which the riders receive points based on the number of riders in the seven Thursday and seven Sunday Grand Prix events that are part of the WEF Wellington series.

Results of Class 101 $25,000 WEF Challenge Round VII-Table A 238.2.1 – Internationale Arena - CN Wellington Finale CSIO 5* US – 3/9/06

1 1099 BEEZIE MADDEN USA AUTHENTIC 0.00 63.67 $7500

ABIGAIL S. WEXNER

2 3373 TIM HOSTER GER MADDOCK 0.00 64.59 $5500

GER POEIS HORSES

3 3124 GREGORY WATHELET UKR HYADES 0.00 65.04 $3250

ALEXANDER ONYSHCHENKO

4 2808 MARGIE ENGLE USA HIDDEN CREEK'S WAPINO 0.00 65.61 $2000

HIDDEN CREEK FARM

5 3140 PHILIPPE ROZIER FRA SENNA 0.00 66.55 $1500

MR. BAILLETT

6 3136 JEAN-CLAUDE VAN GEEN UKR OSTA RUGS TRESOR 0.00 66.57 $1250

ARNOLD DE BRABANDERE

7 2460 LESLIE HOWARD USA JEANS GLOVE DE VARNEL 0.00 66.77 $1000

BLENHEIM FARMS

8 3181 FRANCOIS MATHY BEL IVOIRE DU ROUET 0.00 67.08 $750

INGRID NORMAN

9 2579 GEORGINA BLOOMBERG USA CIM CHRISTO 0.00 69.00 $750

GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES

10 3299 TINA LUND DEN CAROLA 0.00 69.07 $500

TINA LUND

11 641 ROBIN SWEELY USA DISCOVERY 0.00 69.62 $500

ACORN HILL FARM

12 704 PABLO BARRIOS VEN WILDCAT 0.00 70.81 $500

JUAN MANUEL CARMONA

13 893 CANDICE KING USA COCO CABANA 0.00 70.94

LOUISBURG FARM

14 3135 JEAN-CLAUDE VAN GEEN UKR OSTA RUGS QUINTUS 0.00 71.67

ARNOLD DE BRABANDERE

15 3300 TINA LUND DEN ZAMIRA 0.00 72.60

TINA LUND

$25,000 CN Jumper Classic Goes to Rodrigo Pessoa and Cantate Z

In a final attempt in Wellington to get precious dollars toward the Budweiser American Invitational, fifty-two competitors gathered at the DeNemethy Ring to jump in the $25,000 CN Jumper Classic. The 1.50m course was designed by Guilherme N. Jorge of Brazil, and ran under USEF rules, Table II, Section 2.1. Time First Round.

With a dozen of the top riders competing on the International Arena field in the $25,000 WEF Challenge, CSIO later in the same afternoon, everyone was moving at a fast pace. Besides some occasional gusts of wind, the weather cooperated, offering perfect conditions for the athletes with temperatures in the low 70s.

The course proved to be fair with ten clear rounds, ten four-fault rounds, and eight combinations withdrawing or eliminated. Guilherme’s track was won by fellow Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa on his dark brown mare Cantate Z. She had a very fast time of 61.536 seconds.

Pessoa has been paired with the mare, owned by Orandi Vittorio, for 18 months. “She has been improving nicely with every class,” Pessoa said. “She had a confidence problem when I got her, so I have been very careful not to rush her training. She will have a nice vacation now and start back up outdoors in June or July.” Vittorio has owned many of Pessoa’s top horses, including Lianos, the 1998 winner of the World Championships in Rome.

Yann Candele came in a close second on Millcreek’s Marco Taere with a time of 61.812 seconds. He has been riding the 11year old gelding by Darco for six years. The partnership has been consistently winning a few grand prix events each year. “He is good in the sand and on grass,” Candele said. “I am very comfortable with this horse. He has won the grand prix at Bromont, Toronto and Ottawa. I took him to the World Cup Final in Milan, and he won a CSI class there. I looked at the Invitational standings and saw that I was about $2,000 short of qualifying, so I decided to show in this class.” Hopefully, the $5,500 check he took home today will secure his spot.

Results of Class 201 - CN Jumper Classic – USEF Table II Sec. 2.1 – DeNemethy Arena - Wellington Finale CSIO 5* US – 3/9/06

1 785 RODRIGO PESSOA CANTATE Z 0.00 61.536 $7500

ORLANDI VITTORIO

2 1900 YANN CANDELE MILLCREEK'S MARCO TAERE 0.00 61.812 $5500

MILLCREEK STABLES

3 1104 BEEZIE MADDEN JUDGEMENT 0.00 61.910 $3250

IRON SPRING FARM

4 1487 ALISON FIRESTONE SECRET LOVE 0.00 63.847 $2000

BERTRAM FIRESTONE

5 2667 DANIELLE TORANO PANDOER 0.00 64.645 $1500

JIMMY TORANO

6 966 IAN MILLAR REDEFIN 0.00 66.732 $1250

SUSAN GRANGE

7 961 JONATHON MILLAR NOBLE 1 0.00 67.198 $1000

KELLY SOLEAU

8 1188 ANNE KURSINSKI SAMARA 0.00 67.616 $750

LEATHERDALE FARMS

9 3281 EDWINA ALEXANDER TRUE ILLUSION 0.00 74.060 $750

STAL TOPS

10 2295 SCHUYLER RILEY NOTTINGHAM 0.00 74.965 $500

SOUTH BEACH STABLE

11 894 CANDICE KING CALISKAN 4.00 63.672 $500

LOUISBURG FARM

12 2660 JIMMY TORANO MARLO 4.00 64.932 $500

JIMMY TORANO

 

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