Madden and Authentic Take the $15,000 Pasmore Cup; Farrington Wins Atlas Fence Speed at the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament
RELEASE: November 8, 2007
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Mary Jo Madden
The first night of international jumping at the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament saw wins from Beezie Madden and the red-hot Kent Farrington. Madden took first in the $15,000 Pasmore Stables Horseman's Cup and Farrington won the $5,000 Atlas Fence Speed Challenge.
Madden's win started off the night. Making the time allowed on the Leopoldo Palacios-designed course proved to be a challenge for several riders. In the end, 10 riders accumulated time faults. Michael Whitaker from Great Britain riding the stallion Insul Tech Mozart des Hayettes was the first clear round. Six riders later, McLain Ward on his mare, Phillipa, also went clear. After the first 11 horses there was an intermission, and Geir Gulliksen of Norway opened the action for the evening phase. One time fault kept Gulliksen on his mount L'Espoir from returning for the jump off. Next to go on course was Piet Raijmakers riding his World Equestrian Games mount, Van Schindel's Curtis. This pair made it look easy and became the third combination in the jump-off. They were immediately followed by "Leaping" Leslie Howard riding Raimond W. This pair also had a clean round within the time allowed.
Five rounds later, the hometown favorite Beezie Madden riding her superstar Olympic mount, Authentic, put in a fast and clean round to make it back for the jump-off. Other clear rounds were put in by Hidden Creek's Wapino ridden by Margie Engle, and Anne Kursinski on Roxanna 112. Cara Raether, a successful young international rider, on her horse Ublesco became the last pair to make the cut for the jump off. In all, eight riders were qualified for the jump-off round, with Kursinski electing not to bring her mare back for the tie-breaker.
The jump-off got started with Whitaker. His round was clear and careful, but Mozart bucked to show his displeasure after tapping a rail, which cost them some time. Next to go was McLain Ward attempting to beat Whitaker's 31.55 target. Ward's ride was quick and efficient, but a slightly wide turn after 7B cost them time, but still allowed them to best Whitaker with a 27.53 time. Raijmaker was next to go with the experienced Van Schindel's Curtis, but a quick knockdown put them out of contention. Madden and Authentic were next to go and their smooth turns and rollbacks shaved time and put them in the lead with 26.72. Engle was in next with the very fast Wapino, but the pair had a rail. The final rider to go was Raether with Ublesco, a powerful jumper but not as naturally fast as either Madden's Authentic or Ward's Phillipa. Raether and Ublesco managed a time of 29.50 which earning them third place.
In Atlas Fence Speed action, 31 riders took on a course scored on time, and in which each dropped rail converted to four seconds added on the clock. From the start of the competition, the riders seemed determined to accumulate points to secure a spot as one of the seven riders to compete in Sunday's Animal Planet Sport Horse Cup.
One of the hottest rider's on the North American circuit, Kent Farrington, won the class in speedy 43.27 with his mare Nerina. Olympian McLain Ward had held the lead on his experienced speed horse, Quo Vadis, until Farrington knocked him into second. Rounding out the top placings were Todd Minikus on his gelding Ultimo van ter Moude followed by Madden in fourth on her up and coming mare Onlight. Ken Berkley and his speedy gray mare Parlay took home fifth place.
Full results and standings for the Animal Planet Sporthorse Cup are available on the Syracuse Invitational website at www.SyracuseInvitational.com
Each fall the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament welcomes the top-ranked equestrians from across the U.S. and the world to downtown Syracuse to compete at the War Memorial Arena in the Oncenter Complex. Beginning October 31 and running through November 4, the 2007 event featured a