ELLENVILLE, NY (August 1, 2001)-Michael Dorman, 44, of Jamison, Pennsylvania, riding Quriel won the $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome Stake at HITS Catskills V in Ellenville, New York, today. Dorman out-jumped a field of 15 entries, taking home $3,000 for owner Wyndmont, Inc. Dorman also placed third with Dumbo de Chapelle owned by Flora Ribeira. "Quriel loves to jump and he's a great competitor," said Dorman. "His personality is a little tricky. You have to be friends with him, then he'll help you all the way. You have to know when to challenge him and when to just be real friends with him. He's a strong personality that works beautifully once you find that balance with him."
Danny Foster of Georgetown, Ontario, Canada, designed the Table II.2.b. course in which riders who are clear in Round One stay in the ring and immediately ride a Jump-Off course. For Round One, Foster built a 12-jump course that included an oxer-vertical double at Fence No. 4, a vertical-oxer double at 10, and a liverpool at No. 11. Time Allowed was set at 90 seconds. The Jump-off course required riders to re-jump Fence Nos.1 and 2, turn left and rollback to the oxer at No.13, then turn right and loop around to a new jump, a vertical at Fence No. 14, then gallop to the 9AB double, turn right for another gallop back to the liverpool at No. 11 and finish with the oxer at No.12. Time Allowed was set at 55 seconds.
Dorman was the first rider on course with Quriel and posted the first double-clear. His Jump-Off time of 47.595 proved to be unbeatable. Jennifer Hoctor of Coral Cables, Florida, on her Narew turned in the next clear Round One, but on the Jump-Off course, she had a rail in 49.622, which put her in fourth place. Ian Millar, of Perth, Ontario, the seven-time Canadian Olympic Team Member, had the next clear Round One on Aftershock and chalked up the only other double-clear of the class, but his Jump-Off time of 49.226 relegated him to second place for owner The Point & Millar Brooke, Ltd.
U.S. Sydney Olympic Team Member Nona Garson of Lebanon, New Jersey, on New Flame jumped the next clear Round One, but followed it with an eight-fault Jump-Off in 48.376 which put her in fifth place for owner The Ridge Farm LLC. Michael Dorman returned to the ring on Dumbo de Chapelle and put in the final clear Round One but had a rail down in the Jump-Off, clocking in at 45.159, which was good enough for third place.
"It was a difficult line from Fence 3 to 4AB," said Dorman, describing Round One. "I chose to leave the stride out. I did the forward six strides. I thought the big oxer would be easier to do in a forward stride, then worry about the steady two later, then reversing it and going slow to the big oxer at 5. Fence 9AB was a vertical-oxer, and extremely tight. My horse gave me a 100% effort. He was slow and he stretched really well, so I was thrilled with him. In the Jjump-Off he was just perfect, really. He was into running and being smooth and concentrating on all the jumps."
Quriel is an eight-year-old, 16.2-hand Belgian gelding that Dorman started riding less than a year ago. "We've been bringing him along," said Dorman. "We bought him as a Preliminary horse in Europe. We're working our way up and he's starting to do the Grand Prix." Dorman recently returned from a show jumping tour in Canada where Quriel made his Grand Prix debut. "We had a great time. It was extremely difficult. There were three World Cup qualifiers up there. Quriel placed in two of the Grand Prix. They were World Cup, and they were big."
Dorman brought eight horses to HITS Catskills V and will ride Quriel and Dumbo de Chapelle in the $100,000 Nevele Grande Grand Prix on Sunday.
The $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome Stake is held every Wednesday at HITS Catskills horse shows.
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$10,000 Open Jumper Welcome Stake, August 1, 2001 HITS Catskills IV, Ellenville, New York
Course Designer: Danny Foster
Pl#/Horse/Rider/Owner/Prize Money/Rd 1 Faults/J-O Faults & Time
1/Quriel/Michael Dorman/Wyndmont Inc./$3,000/0/0/47.595
2/Aftershock/Ian Millar/The Point & Millar Brooke Ltd/$2,200/0/0/49.226
3/Dumbo de Chapelle/Michael Dorman/Flora Ribeira/$1,500/0/4/45.159
4/Narew/Jennifer Hoctor/Jennifer Hoctor/$1,000/0/4/49.622
5/New Flame/Nona Garson/the Ridge Farm LLC/$800/0/8/48.376
6/Geez Loveez/Todd Minikus/Todd Minikus Ltd/4/NA
7/Gardenio/Todd Minikus/Y Z Partners/$500/4/NA
8/Sincere/Anne Kursinski/Meralex Farm/$400/4/NA
Number of horses who competed in this class: 15
Class Prize Money: $10,000