Wellington, FL-November 28, 2001-The FEI World Children's Jumping Finals began today at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. Sixteen of the best-placed riders on the FEI Children's International rankings list, between the ages of 12-14 qualified and began competing against 12 riders from the USA today. The nations that are represented during the four days of competition are South Africa, Brazil, Belgium, Russia, Lithuania, Japan, Columbia, France, Mexico, Argentina, and Saudi Arabia. The United States has provided the horses for all competitors. Fabio Genes from Brazil placed first in today's warm up competition aboard Good Will. Genes made it clean through the 10 obstacle course, edging Juan Giraldo from Columbia and Kisco Kid into second place. The USA came in third with Haylie Jayne from Elgin, Il riding Viva La Rose.
The interaction between children from all over the globe aboard the Yacht, Kathleen W, was most touching as they begin to build friendships before the competition begins at 2:00pm Wednesday. Stadium Jumping, Inc. will continue to entertain the children throughout their stay with a number of activities. Norman Dello Joio, Olympic Bronze Medallist and his wife Jeanie will host a pig roast at their farm on Wednesday night after the first round warm up competition. Tomorrow night they will have a disco party and dinner at the Player's restaurant in Wellington. Friday they will be going to Sea World in Orlando, FL and Saturday, Tim Gannon of Outback Steakhouse will host an Outback Bar-B-Q and Polo exhibition at his farm in Wellington. Sunday night after the final competition the entire group will visit City Place. Among the US competitors, you will find two local Wellington children, Edwin Verdung and Dottie Grubb, daughter of Olympian Tim Grubb. Dottie's trainer for the competition will be 2000 Olympian, Lauren Hough of Wellington. Showcasing this event and the competitors is imperative to the continued growth of the sport of show jumping, as these young riders are those that aspire to become their nations next Olympians. Each course, designed by Steve Stephens, will be 10-12 obstacles with fence height's up to 4' and with spreads up to 4'7".
Come watch Wed-Sun. at 2:00pm these 16 International leading children's jumper riders, ages 12-14 do battle with many of the top U.S. children's competitors. Free parking and entry to the public. For more information call: Stadium Jumping, Inc. at 561-793-5867.