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McLain Ward Blows the Field Away in $5,000 Welcome Stake at Wellington Open

Wellington, FL – March 7, 2007 – The international division of show jumping had their first class today in the Internationale Arena at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Center. Today marked the beginning of the seventh week of competition in the 2007 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). The CN Wellington Open CSIO 5*, presented by Cosequin, is the host week of the Nations’ Cup competition, which will be held under the lights on Friday evening, March 9, 2007. In today’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).

The Welcome Stake is the first class of the “international division” this week. Before today, open jumpers must have declared themselves for either the international division of classes or the national division. The international division of classes include today’s class, the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series Round 7, the $10,000 Speed Stake, the $75,000 FEI Nations Cup presented by CN, the $20,000 1.50m Classic and the $150,000 CN US Open Jumper Championship CSIO presented by Cosequin. The WEF Challenge Cup will be the qualifier for Sunday’s grand prix.

Today’s class saw 55 entries, but only three were clear with no jumping or time faults. This week’s courses are 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. “It was a big enough course. It was a little bigger than I expected, actually,” Ward revealed. “I think with the condition of the footing, horses are really struggling. It’s very difficult to turn on the footing right now.”

Riding out of the 16th place in the order, McLain Ward and Summer Storm hit a quick pace and never slowed up. Despite a few rubs, Summer Storm left all the jumps up and crossed the timers in a fantastic time of 70.16 seconds.

The next challenger to Ward was Eric Flameng and Mazelle, owned by Floriac LLC, who rode out of the 34th spot on the list. Flameng took an outside turn where Ward had gone inside of a jump. Mazelle jumped clean, but was a good nine seconds behind in 79.84 seconds.

The vast majority of the rest of the class did not make an effort to catch Ward’s time, especially if they had an early rail. The last rider to make a bid was Laura Bowery on Joseph Dimenna’s Palona, who went 56th in the order. Bowery was quick and clean, but they finished in a time of 77.57 seconds.

Ward, who showed Summer Storm a few weeks ago, was very pleased with the win, but was not surprised that most riders chose to go slow. “It is the welcome class and more of a warm-up,” he noted. “It was a nice win. I tried to go pretty neat and on it. As I went, I got a little faster. I had a couple lucky rubs, but we’ll take them.”

Ward explained how he got the ride on Summer Storm, “I showed this horse a few weeks ago to help Amy (Momrow, Summer Storm’s usual rider) a little bit with the horse. They were kind enough to lend me the horse this week because I was a little short of horses.”

It was a good fit for Ward, who needed a “speed horse” for the competition. “He’s a little bit of an aggressive horse, so I tried not to slow him down too much. I kind of just let him go on his natural rhythm. Certainly, as we got into the course, he kind of made a bid, and I kind of let that allow us to be fast. He’s a naturally fast horse,” he explained. “He’s a nice, wonderful horse. It’s very nice that they let me use him.”

Owner Shaine Brooks purchased Summer Storm, a ten-year-old Warmblood gelding, five years ago. Rider Amy Momrow took up the reins three years ago. “Shaine started him as a young horse. He came to us as a little bit of a trouble horse,” Momrow said. “We worked our way up the ranks with him. We’ve had some great moments and some bumps in the road. This is another great moment today.”

Both Momrow and Brooks were eager to have Ward ride the big, chestnut horse. “McLain’s helped us out with the horse. He handled the ride today and rode him fabulously for the win. Summer Storm is a naturally fast horse, so it helped. We thought he could be competitive today,” Momrow pointed out.

Brooks added with a smile, “I didn’t think anybody was going to beat him. He was just pedal to the metal the whole time. McLain always goes for it, so why not?”

Ward plans to show Summer Storm again on Friday afternoon in the Speed Stake class. He will show Sapphire in the Nations’ Cup and the Sunday grand prix, while Larioso will compete in the WEF Challenge Cup and the 1.50m Classic.

Veteran rider and Olympic gold medalist Joe Fargis (USA) added two more wins to already impressive 2007 season today. In the first class of the day, the 1.45m Jumpers, Fargis and the venerable Edgar 12 raced to the win in 62.862 seconds over the second place finishers, Darvin Garbo and Henrik Gundersen (DEN). Darvin Garbo posted a time of 65.280 seconds and looked healthy after their slip and fall in the World Cup qualifier grand prix in Jacksonville this past January.

After the first class, Fargis beamed, “He’s just a great horse. I have complete faith in him to do the right thing, and he was perfect.”

In the second section of the 1.40m Jumpers, Fargis and 17-year-old Diams III posted yet another victory in a speed class. The pair darted around the course and stopped the timers in 57.451 seconds to edge out Molly Ashe (USA) on Concerto, who finished in 59.158 seconds. “What can I say?” Fargis expressed. “Today was my lucky day. Diams is a very fast horse when she’s on, and today she was right on the money.”

In the first section of the 1.40m class, the incredibly fast pair of Leslie Howard (USA) and Youp stood in the winner’s circle after 65 entries were unable to catch their clear time of 56.730 seconds. The next closest competitor was Darlene Sandlin (USA) on Holiday, who had a time of 58.148 seconds.

The CN Wellington Open CSIO 5*, presented by Cosequin, continues tomorrow with jumper action in four rings. The Internationale Arena will host the national jumpers in a 1.45m class, while the international division will show in the WEF Challenge Cup Round 7, slated to start at 1 p.m.



Results of Class 101 Welcome Stake CSIO* FEI Table A, Art 238.2.1

CN Wellington Open CSIO 5* - March 7, 2007

T/A: 80.00

1 124 SUMMER STORM MCLAIN WARD USA 0.00 70.16

SHAINE BROOKS

2 2001 PALONA LAURA BOWERY USA 0.00 77.57

JOSEPH DIMENNA

3 2698 MAZELLE ERIC FLAMENG BEL 0.00 79.84

FLORIAC LLC

4 2287 ANTHEM LAURA KRAUT USA 1.00 80.02

SUMMIT SYNDICATE

5 2269 COULETTO K. JAMES KATHERINE MIRACLE USA 1.00 82.10

OVERLOOK FARM INC.

6 1668 AS DI VILLAGANA PATO MUENTE ARG 1.00 82.17

SAN JOSE STABLES

7 1533 CINCINATTI KID SCHUYLER RILEY USA 2.00 84.65

SOUTH BEACH STABLE

8 1957 INTEGRITY BEEZIE MADDEN USA 2.00 85.02

ABIGAIL S. WEXNER

9 2169 CIM CHRISTO GEORGINA BLOOMBERG USA 3.00 88.17

GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES

10 429 RODOS LAUREN HOUGH USA 4.00 72.12

VICTORIA D'AGOSTINO

11 655 BEQUIA YANN CANDELE FRA 4.00 72.48

SUSAN GRANGE

12 632 REDEFIN IAN MILLAR CAN 4.00 74.74

SUSAN GRANGE

13 224 TIBOR PABLO BARRIOS VEN 4.00 75.97

ANNA LISA SMITH

14 2117 SUPER GIRL KENT FARRINGTON USA 4.00 76.62

COMFORTSIDE FARM

15 2763 GOLDEX JACKSON REED STEPHEN GBR 4.00 77.06

MRS. P TORDOFF

Num Horse Name NAT Faults Time

Results of Class 1002 $8,000 1.45m Time First Round, II, Sec 1 -CN Wellington Open CSIO 5* - March 7, 2007

T/A: 79.00

1 923 EDGAR 12 JOE FARGIS 0.00 62.862

MARY B. SCHWAB

2 3451 DARVIN GARBO HENRIK S. GUNDERSEN 0.00 65.280

HENRIK S. GUNDERSEN

3 1507 CARNIVALE KIMBERLY PRINCE 0.00 65.767

OVERLOOK FARM INC.

4 1660 BB SEG VIDA MULHER LIBERI ALEXANDRE GADELHA 0.00 67.159

THERESA TOURINHO

5 1951 HETOILE PLATIERE BEEZIE MADDEN 0.00 67.309

ATHLONE PARTNERS

6 2289 RIA 56 AIMEE ARON 0.00 68.545

JANICE COOK ARON

7 2697 GRAF LANDO MEGHAN MORAN 0.00 74.938

MEGHAN MORAN

8 1117 CALLAWAY 4 DEBBIE STEPHENS 0.00 74.965

CENTENNIAL FARM

9 442 ESKADEUR MICHAEL MELLER 0.00 78.146

VANESSA FOOTE

10 3432 LE PRESTIGE ST LOIS LAURA KRAUT 4.00 66.608

FREEDOM GROUP

11 3066 CANDALETTO 4 KEVIN BABINGTON 4.00 66.751

KINDLE HILL FARM

12 634 NOBLE 1 JONATHON MILLAR 4.00 66.864

KELLY SOLEAU

13 3347 SWEET LEONIE LAUREN HAYES 4.00 68.487

HORSES NORTH

14 650 ROMANOV JONATHON MILLAR 4.00 71.118

MILLAR BROOKE FARM

15 1036 LOREAL DES FORETS ISABELLE LAPIERRE 4.00 71.352

LA CHAUDIERE

um Horse Name NAT Faults Time

Results of Class 1004A $6,000 1.40m Time First Round, II, Sec 1 - CN Wellington Open CSIO 5* - March 7, 2007

T/A: 72.00

1 2547 YOUP LESLIE HOWARD 0.00 56.730 $1850

S'BLIEFT GROUP

2 2631 HOLIDAY DARLENE SANDLIN 0.00 58.148 $1200

DARLENE SANDLIN

3 116 VALFEE DES HAZALLES RAMIRO QUINTANA 0.00 58.168 $635

KAREN POLLE

4 1470 SHERRY B MARIE HECART 0.00 61.116 $400

ASHLAND STABLES

5 2286 MISS INDEPENDENT LAURA KRAUT 0.00 61.549 $325

MISS INDEPEND. GRP

6 2175 STAR APPLE GEORGINA BLOOMBERG 0.00 64.493 $275

GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES

7 3037 FORMIDABLE 18 ROMAIN MARTEAU 0.00 65.678 $275

ROMAIN MARTEAU

8 880 VALENTINO JONATHAN MCCREA 0.00 67.908 $250

CANDY TRIBBLE

9 2507 PARAMOUNT JAMES NORTH 0.00 70.496 $250

JAMES NORTH

10 2282 ST LAURENT NICK SKELTON 4.00 57.845 $180

KRS GROUP

11 3159 NAMUR 47 LAURA KRAUT 4.00 58.314 $180

NICK SKELTON

12 2514 COUNTDOWN 23 JULIANA STARBUCK 4.00 58.911 $180

RCG FARM LLC

13 2431 ELTONN TODD MINIKUS 4.00 59.818

TRACEY L. TOPPING

14 2160 RUPERT CANDICE KING 4.00 60.220

SKARA GLEN STABLE

15 783 JASON DU BOELE HOLLY MITTEN 4.00 61.108

KATHERINE STEENBERG

k Num Horse Name NAT Faults Time

Results of Class 1004B $6,000 1.40m Time First Round, II, Sec 1 - CN Wellington Open CSIO 5* - March 7, 2007

T/A: 69.00

1 924 DIAMS III JOE FARGIS 0.00 57.451 $1850

MARY B. SCHWAB

2 2471 CONCERTO MOLLY ASHE 0.00 59.158 $1200

JANE F. CLARK

3 606 GAEL FORCE JULIE WELLES 0.00 59.273 $635

MISSY CLARK

4 2526 RAIMOND W LESLIE HOWARD 0.00 61.039 $400

PETER HOWARD

5 1106 PARADIGM ERYNN BALLARD 0.00 61.468 $325

ASTA TOROKVIE

6 2391 POURQUOI ALISON ROBITAILLE 0.00 62.174 $275

BERTRAM FIRESTONE

7 1618 CUERVO NERO JEFFERY WELLES 0.00 62.931 $275

FRED CROFT

8 764 ULYSSES VAN DE KREKEBEKE LACY MARRONE 0.00 63.294 $250

EQUI SPORT LLC

9 856 COKIO VITZ MAURO ATZERI 0.00 63.512 $250

GREGORY W. GINGERY

10 1767 GUSTEL II ELIZA SHUFORD 0.00 63.573 $180

ELIZA SHUFORD

11 460 CORINA LESLIE HOWARD 0.00 64.102 $180

BEYAERT FARM INC

12 2073 SYDNEY RAMIRO QUINTANA 0.00 64.365 $180

KATHRYN QUIRK

13 3561 VICTORIA DE ZELLIK KEEAN WHITE 0.00 64.560

GREENER PASTURES

14 2665 SIR RAMIRO QUINTANA 0.00 64.948

JIMMY TORANO

15 2459 SANTA TERESITA GENTLE R EDUARDO SALAS HERRER 0.00 65.563

SANTA TERESITA

Photo Credit: McLain Ward (USA) and Summer Storm, winners of the $5,000 Welcome Stake at the CN Wellington Open CSIO 5*, presented by Cosequin. Photo © 2007 Peter Llewellyn/PMG Pictures.

 

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