Peter Leone and Wayfarer in the $25,000 Grand Prix of Princeton April 26, 2013
photo credit: Charles Fox, Philadelphia Inquirer
Leone and Select take Grand Prix of Devon
Peter Leone rode Select to the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon championship Thursday in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.
"This show has one of the most exciting, electric grand prix in the country, and it's an educated crowd," said Leone.
Nine horses from a starting field of 21 qualified for the timed jump-off, and the first four to go in the jump-off knocked down rails. Margie Engle rode Hidden Creek's Campella to a clean round and finished second in 38.244 seconds. Andre Thieme finished just behind Engle in 38.446 seconds to take third place.
When Leone entered the ring, he knew the times he had to beat. "I knew I would have to take a couple of chances to beat Margie," Leone said. He did just enough, and finished in 37.681 seconds to win. "It's been a good 10 years since I've had a 1.60-meter horse," said Leone, who was a member of the silver-medal team in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. "It feels so good to have a partner that wants to win."
Leone acquired Select last winter. "His character is fantastic," he said. "That's why I could bring him along so quickly. "When someday I stop riding in grand prix, I'll be able to say I won the Grand Prix of Devon."
Leone makes right moves to win with Select
Peter Leone rode one of his newest and best horses, Select, to victory in the $7,500 Open Jumper class during the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Only two horses qualified for he timed jump-off, and Leone, going second, had the advantage of seeing the round of his opponent, Ragan Roberts, on Quipit L.F. Roberts went clean in 37.015 seconds, so Leone knew exactly what he had to do. "That class was a chess game," Leone said. "No poker involved. There was no bluffing, no guesswork, he explained. I had watched Ragan very carefully. I left out a stride on one line, and coming to the last fence, the scoreboard was directly in front of me, so I knew I could hold up and had time to add a stride." His strategy paid off when he shaved almost half a second off the leading time, breaking the timers at 36.532 seconds.
"Select is like riding an equitation horse over 1.60-meter fences- a lovely ride, very brave and classical. He's like the Geico horse," he quipped. "So easy a caveman could ride him."
Peter Leone Shines in Return to $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational
Tampa, Florida - April 10, 2010- Under the bright lights of a night class, Peter Leone returned to the $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational for the first time in ten years. His patience was rewarded with a second place finish aboard Select, a 10 year-old KWPN gelding owned by Ger Poels Horses and Lionshare Farm. Leone piloted his mount around an impressive track in Tampas famous Raymond James Stadium, home of the 2009 Super Bowl.
Steve Stephens, the long-time course designer for the this prestigious event, came up with a track that yielded only three clear rounds from a starting field of twenty-five. He employed three double combinations including a tough oxer to oxer affair, and the final double, three jumps further down the road at #9ab, was constructed of Liverpool oxer to Liverpool vertical.
Leone and Select showed no signs that this was only their fourth grand prix together. Riding late in the order, Leone and his mount easily navigated the course, producing the last of the three clear first rounds. However, he would have to wait for his shot at the win as the jump-off was delayed when the nearby Yankees game ended with a huge fireworks display. Unphased by the commotion, Leone and Select gave a valiant effort and broke the times just half a second behind the class winner. Im thrilled with this horse, Leone said after the class. He has huge scope and gives 100% all of the time.
photo credit: Randi Muster, Mustphoto Inc.
Peter Leone and Select win $25,000 Goldcoast @ WEF.
photo credit: to ESI Photography
Nerval de la Batia and Peter Leone win $40,000 National Standard Grand Prix for owners The Beaupre Group.
Sequoyah Farms Utopia and Peter Leone
- 2nd in the $25,000 Ted Grant Welcome Stake
- 2nd in the $50,000 Junior Essex Troop Grand Prix
Garden State Horse Show April 29 May 3, 2009
Peter Leone on Sequoyah Farms Utopia - photo by Reflections Photography Inc.
Nerval de la Batia and Peter Leone
- 1st in the $25,000 Princeton Grand Prix
- 1st in the $15,000 Grace Hill Farm GP
- 2nd in $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix
Candide and Peter Leone
- 1st in the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix
Galop de Beaumont and Cassie Herman
- 2nd in the $5,000 Princeton Welcome Stake
- 5th in the $20,000 Nicolock Speed Challenge at the Hampton Classic
- 7th in the $12,000 Fidelity Speed Derby
Brother Bear and Susan Strecker
- 2nd in the $1,000 Low Jr/Am Jumper Stake at Princeton
- 3rd in the $2,000 Low Jr/Am at Fidelity
- 2nd in the $2,500 Low Jr/Am at Fidelity
Peter Pan and Matti Fischer
- Reserve Champion in the Amateur Owner Hunter division at Fairfield
As You Wish and Matti Fischer
- Champion in the Amateur Owner Hunter division at Fairfield
Ironwood's Prestige and Ximena Mendoza
- Reserve Champion in the Walk-Trot at her first horse show at Stepping Stone
- On moving up to the Short Stirrup with a 2nd and 3rd place at Fairfield
Mr. Knightly and Isabella Russekoff
- Reserve Champion in the Short Stirrup at Stepping Stone
- Reserve Champion in the Short Stirrup at Fairfield