2007 Winter Equestrian Festival Week Five Wrap-up
2007 Winter Equestrian Festival Week Five, Bainbridge Florida Classic, CSI-W/WCHR Spectacular, Presented by the Palm Beach Post, Feb. 22-Feb. 25
Wellington, FL – February 26, 2007 – The fifth week of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), the Bainbridge Florida Classic, CSI-W/WCHR Spectacular presented by the Palm Beach Post, concluded Sunday with the $75,000 Bainbridge Idle Dice Classic, CSI-W presented by the Palm Beach Post. Although the focus this week was on the hunters, jumpers still had the WEF Challenge, Sunday’s grand prix, Young Jumper divisions and the FEI World Children’s Jumper competition.
Racing to the finish and the clear round in the Idle Dice Classic was McLain Ward and his top horse Sapphire, who won over Schuyler Riley on Ilian and Mario Deslauriers with Paradigm.
The course was designed by Germany’s Olaf Petersen Jr. It had 13 numbered obstacles with 16 jumping efforts. The hardest line came at the end of the course with a triple combination of vertical-oxer-oxer (one stride to two strides) at fence 11, straight to a skinny vertical headed into the far corner of the arena. The course was set at 1.60m, and the oxers were set wide. Nine were clear through to the jump-off, while 19 had one heartbreaking rail. Only one horse retired out of the starting order of 48.
The first to return for the jump-off was Christine McCrea on Promised Land, who set out to post a fast pace and make the rest of the field challenge her. McCrea had a good time of 50.67 seconds, but had four faults at the last oxer. Next in was Orlando, ridden by Darragh Kerins for Double H Farm. He galloped with the crowd urging him on, but it was just a little too much when Orlando pulled a rail at the last jump. They finished with the fastest time in 48.56 seconds, but with four faults.
Ward and Sapphire were next to return. Ward was extremely fast in the long gallop to the triple bar, counting on Sapphire’s scope. They finished fault-free in a time of 48.63 seconds, and Sapphire showed speed that is not usually seen from her.
The one horse that everyone feared in the jump-off due to her swift jump-off times and record in this year’s WEF was Laura Chapot on Little Big Man. They started out well and very fast, but the pair had a refusal to finish with four faults in a time of 62.98 seconds.
The final challengers for Ward were two-time Chrysler Classic winners and American Invitational victors, Ilian and Schuyler Riley. Riley was chasing Ward’s time, but knew a clear round would keep her in the top ribbons. She and Ilian jumped brilliantly for a clear round in 50.28 seconds.
The FEI Children’s International Jumping Competition, CSI-CH, concluded with their final two rounds on Sunday afternoon. As the only rider with four clear rounds, Abby Westmark of Royal Palm Beach, FL, won the gold medal with her horse, Keebler.
Jumper Results – Thursday
The fifth round of the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series was the sole class in the Internationale Arena on Thursday during the Bainbridge Florida Classic, CSI-W, WCHR Spectacular presented by the Palm Beach Post. The hunters were center stage this week, but the jumpers still had a few highlights.
The first to go clear out of the seventh position in the order was Michael Morrissey on Crabamboli. Morrissey and the big, grey horse were going for the slow, clean round, and they finished in 86.05 seconds. The next to take over the lead was Margie Engle on Hidden Creek’s Wapino. They took the two stride option on course and sliced a whopping 14 seconds off of Morrissey’s time. Memphis and Caitlin Shiels would make a run for it and be clear, but their time was 81.18 seconds.
The lead changed hands in the 24th spot in the order when Todd Minikus and Houlihan Lawrence’s Olinda started with a swift gallop to the first oxer. Minikus pushed her though the one stride at fence 10 and came home clear in 70.42 seconds. Beezie Madden and her dependable mount Judgement, owned by Iron Spring Farm, made a bid from the very start, had an excellent turn to the line in front of the in-gate, but they stopped the timers just short of Minikus’ time in 70.96 seconds.
Norman Dello Joio and Glasgow were clear as well, but were well short of the leading time when they finished in 74.46 seconds. Another clean trip came from Eliza Shuford and BCO Olymp in 83.03 seconds.
Hunter Results – Thursday through Sunday
In the Bainbridge Florida Classic, CSI-W World Championship Hunter Rider Spectacular, presented by the Palm Beach Post, hunters from rated divisions showed on the grass. Division champions and reserve champions were invited to compete on Saturday night in the AHJF Hunter Spectacular of Palm Beach.
In the Regular Conformation Hunters, Popeye K and Tommy Serio continued their winning streak for yet another tricolor ribbon. Serio and his stallion have been champions of the Regular Conformation Hunter division every week so far at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Reserve champion of the Regular Conformation Hunters was presented to Good Life and Scott Stewart of Flemington, NJ.
Stewart returned for the Regular Working Hunters, sponsored by Farnam Companies, Inc., and took home the tricolor after his beautiful rides on Beyond. The reserve championship was awarded to Onassis, owned by Sarah Ward and ridden by Elizabeth Towell Boyd. In the Green Conformation Hunters, sponsored by Equestrian Properties, Stewart came away with double tricolors after he rode to the championship aboard West Point, owned by Krista Weisman. He also won the reserve championship with Molly Ohrstrom’s horse Ovation.
The Second Year Green Hunters also wrapped up today, and Indian Summer and Sandy Ferrell found themselves in the winner’s circle once again. Reserve champion in the Second Year Green Hunters was awarded to Louise Serio and Marshall, owned by Meralex Farm and Bryan Baldwin. In the First Year Green Hunters, Ovation and Stewart captured the championship for section A, with Ferrell and Corofino Gold, owned by Olivia Fialkow, following with the reserve.
The Amateur-Owner Hunters, sponsored by Kilkenny Insurance Agency, began at 8 a.m. with the Over 35 age group. Caroline Moran, who piloted Just Jack to second place in the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunter Stake, came away with championship honors. The reserve championship went to Rio Renoir and Brad Wolf of Memphis, TN.
In the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters, Rachel Geiger and Dream Date, one of three horses she rode in the division, captured tricolor honors. The reserve champion was earned by Rowlanda Blue Stephanos and her mount Double Cinco, owned by Paige and Pamela Allardice of Sagaponack, NY.
The Adult Amateur 36-50 Hunters Section A, sponsored by Carol A. Sollak PA and Illustrated Properties, awarded twin sisters Frances Briggs and Stephanie Ingram with the champion and reserve ribbons. Briggs piloted Red Carpet to the championship, and Ingram followed in her footsteps with Ocean Front for the reserve championship ribbon.
Section B of the Adult Amateur 36-50 Hunters presented Jeanine Zuckerman the championship after her great rides on Vanessa Redfern’s horse Winter Castle. Kelly Klein and Oz took home reserve champion.
In the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunters Section A, Stella Blue and Sloan Brown won the championship, and reserve champion went to Damascus and Lynley Reilly.
Alexandra Thornton and Tobasco, owned by Dunwalke LLC, earned another tricolor in the Small Junior 15 and Under Hunters for their stellar performance. Reserve champion in the Small Junior 15 and Under Hunters was awarded to Falcon and Jennifer Waxman of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
In the Large Junior 15 and Under Hunters, Nicole Bellissimo and her mount Say The Word, owned by Far Niente Equine LLC, came away with the championship. Waxman captured another reserve champion for her beautiful rides aboard Sarah Ward’s horse Onassis. Addison Phillips took home double tricolors in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters aboard Mimosa and Morocco.
Phillips then finished with her third championship ribbon for the day in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunters after solid rounds on her new mount Mirasol. Reserve champion in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunters went to Tatiana Dzavik and Sienna, owned by Hannah Goodson Cutt.
The Adult Amateur 51 and Older Hunters, sponsored by Carol A Sollak PA and Illustrated Properties, also wrapped up today in the Grand Hunter Field. In section A of the Adult Amateurs Hunters, Solitaire and Stephen Martines rode to the championship, and Marsia Holzer took home the reserve championship with Sahara.
Section B of the Adult Amateur 51 and Older Hunter division presented Sandra Epstein and Chatham Lights with the tricolor, and Margaret O’Meara received reserve champion for her rides on Sensation, owned by Woodland Way, Inc.
In Saturday night’s AHJF Hunter Classic Spectacular of Palm Beach, Tim Goguen and Safari, a 5-year-old gelding owned by Janet Read, were victorious and surprised most spectators, it having been only the third show of his life. Sandy Ferrell and Corofino Gold were second, while Liza Towell Boyd was third with Brunello.
In the Small Pony Hunters, Victoria Colvin triumphed with double tricolors for her great rides aboard Ballou and Hillcrest Silver Lining. Ballou received the championship, and Hillcrest Silver Lining, owned by Scott Stewart, took reserve champion.
In section A of the Medium Pony Hunters, Allison Toffolon and Blu Venture Rainbeau captured the division championship. Victoria Colvin and Allure, owned by Richard Prant, took home the reserve championship. Section B of the Medium Pony Hunters presented Chaconne, owned by Chansonette Farm LLC, and Lillie Keenan with the division championship. Reserve champion went to Touch Of Silver and Lulu Farish, owned by Grand Slam Farm LLC.
In the Grand Hunter Arena, Lindsay Portela and her horse Jack came away with the win in the Florida Children’s Hunter Classic. The Grand Hunter Field then hosted the Peggy Cone Memorial Adult Hunter Classic, and the blue ribbon was pinned on the bridle of Gatsby, ridden by Arriana Boardman.