Saturday’s early morning feature at the 2005 Winter Equestrian Festival had a distinct international flavor to it as riders from Germany, Belgium, Great Britain and Canada placed first through fourth in the $10,000 1.50m Classic." /> Saturday’s early morning feature at the 2005 Winter Equestrian Festival had a distinct international flavor to it as riders from Germany, Belgium, Great Britain and Canada placed first through fourth in the $10,000 1.50m Classic." /> Saturday’s early morning feature at the 2005 Winter Equestrian Festival had a distinct international flavor to it as riders from Germany, Belgium, Great Britain and Canada placed first through fourth in the $10,000 1.50m Classic.">
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Germany’s Markus Beerbaum and Le Mans 8 Race to 1.50m Classic CSIO Win at Winter Equestrian Festival

Germany’s Markus Beerbaum with Le Mans 8. Photo by Randi Munster

Saturday’s early morning feature at the 2005 Winter Equestrian Festival had a distinct international flavor to it as riders from Germany, Belgium, Great Britain and Canada placed first through fourth in the $10,000 1.50m Classic. The CSIO United States – CN Finale, the final week of competition in Wellington, has brought together riders from across the globe to the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida. Following the South Florida run, which wraps up on Sunday afternoon, competitors move to Tampa, Florida, for two weeks of action at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds. The grand finale to this year’s Winter Equestrian Festival is the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational on Saturday night, April 2, at Raymond James Stadium.

Following a night of international excitement and a win for the Irish Equestrian Team on Friday night at the Samsung Nations Cup, riders from Europe continued their domination on Saturday morning.

The $10,000 1.50m Classic, CSIO was scored under FEI Article 238.2.2, Time First Jump Off.  The Internationale Arena Course Designer is Jose “Pepe” Gamarra.

Twenty-four starters took to the field on Saturday morning. Only three were able to negotiate the first round course without penalties. Three riders were clear with time faults. Seven riders had a knockdown, some with time penalties as well. Eleven competitors had eight faults or more.

In the three horse jump-off against the clock, Markus Beerbaum, aboard the Hyperion Farm’s Le Mans 8, returned first.  Racing around the tiebreaker, Beerbaum left the early morning crowd breathless, with a clean round in a fast dash of 36.22 seconds. 

Obacia JPP, ridden by Gilbert De Roock of Belgium, also produced a faultless jump-off effort but was off the Beerbaum pace by 2.42 seconds, tripping the timers in 38.64.

Michael Whitaker of Great Britain on Lexicon, owned by the Beverly Hills Equestrian Center, pulled a rail for four faults and crossed the finish line in 38.58 seconds to finish third.

Beerbaum explained today’s strategy. I was early to go, but I tried my best to quick and clean and I was. I felt he was really on today, and he was, so I took quite a bit of risks in the jump-off and it worked out well.”

According to Beerbaum, Le Mans 8 is a rising international show jumping star. “He’s exceptional and really tries his best. He definitely can jump big jumps,” Beerbaum noted.   “He’s ten years old already, but he didn’t start showing until he was eight, so he’s basically still green. I think Florida has been really good for him, he’s come along and now when I take him back to Europe, he’s ready to play with the big boys.”

Beerbaum enjoys the yearly trip from Germany to the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida. “I do a lot,” he said. “I’m very fortunate to have a great supporter in the Firestones. They make it so nice for me to come here and I really enjoy coming here to support Alison. It’s a great friendship and it’s a great team, too.”

Official Results – Class #105 -$10,000 1.50m Classic CSIO – FEI 238.2.2 – 03-12-05 – Internationale Arena

1 – Le Mans 8, Markus Beerbaum (GER) – 0-0/36.22
2 – Obacia JPP, Gilbert De Roock (BEL) – 0-0/38.64
3 – Lexicon, Michael Whitaker (BGR) -0-4/38.58
4 – Lorrain Z, Eric Lamaze (CAN) -1-77.30
5 – Caulcalis, Joe Fargis (USA) – 1-77.55
6 – Kenay, Federico Fernendez (MEX) – 2-83.71
7 – Now or Never, Vicky Young (GBR) – 4-74.42
8 – Tyra, Yann Candele (FRA) -4-74.50
9 – Two Mills Showtime, Robert Maguire -4-75.89
10 – Garibaldy, Federico Fernandez (MEX) – 4-76.61
11 – Cybella, Mac Cone (CAN) – 5-77.62
12 – Glenn CH, Candice King (USA) – 5-77.85

 

Jaime Guerra of Mexico and Madeleine Win by Fractions Over McLain Ward and Galant in 1.40m CSIO Speed

In the second International class of the afternoon, the 1.40m CSIO, the format was FEI Art. 239. Table C. Faults Converted Into Seconds.

Jaime Guerra of Mexico, riding Saul Moreno’s Madeleine posted a wire to wire victory.  

Competing first in the class, Guerra made all of the cuts, found all of the rights spots and never took back. He flew across the finish line in 55.69 seconds, a time that would hold up through 27 competitors.

McLain Ward and Galant tried to make it two for two this week but fell just fractions short of Guerra’s top time. Ward’s final time was 56.52 seconds, off the pace by 0.83 seconds. Philipe Rozier of France took home the yellow ribbon and third place honors with Ideal de Roy, an entry owned by Mr. P. Deroy. Rozier caught the clock in 57.41 seconds.

Laura Chapot and Sprite failed again in their bid for their thirty first win together in speed competitions at the Winter Equestrian Festival. The dynamic duo demolished Guerra’s time by over two full seconds but had the very first fence down. Under the Table C format, a knockdown adds four seconds on to the time at the finish, so Chapot’s original time of 53.46 seconds was bumped up to 57.46 seconds. Chapot and Sprite wound up fourth.

“It was a nice ride for me today,” said Guerra, “because every turn I made, I saw my distance.  It’s easy when you find the distance and when you see the rights spots. Plus, this mare is a little hot, so that’s helpful as long as it’s under control. I think the course today invited you to gallop right after the turn after fence number one,” Guerra acknowledged. “A couple of times, like after the Swedish oxer, it called for a seven steady strides and I did six and another time on the course too, I left out a stride.”

Madeleine is a fairly new ride for Guerra. “I rode her just one time in Mexico and then they sent her here the second week, so I really have only been with her a few, maybe five weeks with her, so I’m still getting to know her,” he said.

Guerra enjoyed being the first in the ring. “I tried to go very fast. Sometimes it’s a big advantage to go first and go fast,” Guerra explained.  “Then sometimes the riders after you try and catch you and they become nervous and make the mistake. Laura Chapot beat my time but had the unlucky rail so sometimes you just go as fast as you can and hope it stands up all the way through.”

Sunday’s main event is the $100,000 US Open Jumper Championship presented by CN CSIO 4* at 2pm in the Internationale Arena. 

Official Results - #106 – $5000 1.40m FEI Art 239 Table C – 03-12-05 – Internationale Arena

1 – Madeleine, Jaime Guerra (MEX) – 55.69
2 – Galant, McLain Ward (USA) – 56.52
3 – Ideal De Roy, Philipe Rozier – 57.41
4 – Sprite, Laura Chapot (USA) – 57.46
5 – Ole, Mac Cone (CAN) – 58.17
6 – Merva Des Hayettes, Gregory Wathelet (BEL) – 58.45
7 – Logines, Maryline Vorpe (SWI) – 60.28
8 – Labelle, Ramiro Quintana (ARG) – 60.51
9 – Olympus, Cara Raether (USA) – 60.65
10 – Sampson, Kate Levy (USA) – 60.91
11 – Perfekt, Candice King (USA) – 62.45
12 – AK Kanselier, Ellen Whitaker (GBR) – 63.10

 

 

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