Competitive flight winners announced during 2013 Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship event

Competitor’s Event winner Maury Petrehn and Festival Director Brad Walker.
Monday, September 30, 2013 - 1:05pm

The 2013 Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship events in Ascension Parish have come to a close and winners have been announced resulting from the competitive hot air balloon races. Three categories of competitors saw $25,000 in prize money awarded.

The three categories of competition were the 2013 Competitor’s event, which consisted of pilots throughout the United States competing for the title of overall winner and garnering points for national competitions; 2013 Louisiana State Championship event, which consisted of Louisiana pilots competing for the title and a guaranteed place at Nationals for the winner; and the 2013 Louisiana Lagniappe event, which consisted of pilots from across the United States competing amongst themselves without points being garnered for national competition.

The competition included judge declared goals such as gravity drops where pilots were asked to drop an item as close as they can to a target, hesitation waltz flying where pilots were asked to move from targets set close together and a Gordon Bennett Memorial drop, where pilots were asked to drop an item around the lake at Lamar-Dixon and have the distance recorded in relation to a marked target within the field.

Winners and categories are as follows:

2013 Competitor’s Event

1. Maury Petrehn, KS, 11872 points
2. Johnny Petrehn, KS, 11554 points
3. Nick Donner, KY, 11281 points
4. Chase Donner, GA, 11188 points
5. Jeff Sweet, NC, 11102 points
6. Kinnie Gibson, TX, 10801 points
7. Gary Heavin, TX, 10751 points
8. Robert Ambeau, LA, 10695 points
9. Joe Zvada, TX, 10383 points
10. Kevin Hershman, AR, 10199 points
11. Joe Heartsill, TX, 9551 points
12. Richard Sabin, TX, 9132 points
13. Sandy Graf, TX, 8692 points
14. Joe Paddie, TX, 8377 points
15. Joel Sturvevant, MO, 7959 points
16. Mark Yeakle, OH, 7606 points
17. Paul Petrehn, MI, 7480 points
18. Wayne Standefer, TX, 7228 points
19. Rick James, TX, 6432 points
20. Kenny Jay, MO, 6109 points
21. Frank Anger, MS, 5175 points
22. Shawn Krause, LA, 4280 points
23. Pat Harwell, LA, 3834 points
24. John Good, LA, 3571 points
25. Hector Corominas, FL, 3260 points

2013 Louisiana State Championship Event

1. Robert Ambeau, 5808 points
2. Karen Kent, 5797 points
3. Bob Pulaski, 5565 points
4. George Richard, 5500 points
5. David Miller, 5200 points
6. Shawn Krause, 3014 points
7. Tedmund Habetz, 2600 points
8. John Good, 2600 points
9. Leslie Jeansonne, 2400 points
10. Pat Harwell, 2200 points

2013 Louisiana Lagniappe Event

1. Wil LaPointe, OK, 5622 points
2. Karen Kent, LA, 5308 points
3. George Richard, LA, 5225 points
4. Bob Pulaski, LA, 5090 points
5. David Miller, LA, 4881 points
6. Steve Stokoe, FL, 4688 points
7. Tom Warren, FL, 4545 points
8. Ann Kirby, TX, 4524 points
9. Gary and Eileen Jones, MS, 4511 points
10. Mark Fritze, FL, 4508 points
11. Ben Drennan, FL, 4404 points
12. Ellis Calvert, AL, 4257points
13. Cyndi Joseph, TX, 4257 points
14. Jack Semler, IN, 4257 points
15. Bob Evans, TX, 4257 points
16. Chris Jones, TX, 3587 points
17. Dean Durr, MS, 3126 points
18. Tedmund Habetz, LA, 2695 points
19. Stephen Esser, PA, 2535 points
20. Tim Slattery, MS, 2535 points
21. Doug Gantt, FL, 2335 points
22. Leslie Jeansonne, LA, 2335 points
23. Mark Daniel, AL, 1665 points

For more information on the 2013 Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship, or to see photographs of the event and balloons, visit www.ascensionballooning.com or the Facebook page: Bring Hot Air Balloons to Ascension.

 

 

 

 

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