Articles: Horse News
Dancer, Wrigley-Miller and Yoder in Fifth Place at Their First FEI World
Pair Driving Championship;
Yoder Drives to Sixth in Dressage
Joe Yoder at the 2011 FEI World Driving Pair Championship.
Photo: Marie de Ronde.
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August 26, 2011
From the USEF Communications Department
Lexington, KY - At the 2011 FEI World Pair Driving Championship in Conty,
France, American Joe Yoder drove to sixth place Friday in the dressage and
the American team - all three drivers making their International
Championship debut - sits in fifth place heading into Saturday's marathon.
Led by Chef d'Equipe Chester Weber and Coach Michael Freund, the U.S. is
being represented by Yoder, the 2011 USEF National Pair Driving Champion,
and Katherin Dancer and Misdee Wrigley-Miller. The trio drove at Reisenbeck
CAI in July and earned valuable international experience as they represent
their country this week.
Thursday morning marked the beginning of the dressage competition phase and
it was Wrigley-Miller drawn as the first and only U.S. competitor on opening
day. Wrigley-Miller is in the top half of the pack of 69 drivers, in 20th
place on a score of 52.86.
The pressure then passed to Dancer and Yoder on Friday. Dancer is in 34th
individually with a score of 58.88. Yoder's impressive sixth-place mark of
44.03 means the team sits in fifth with 96.9 penalties. Germany leads with
84.1 over Switzerland, The Netherlands, and France. The top two scores from
each phase count for the Team Classification.
Individually, German Driver Carola Deiner leads with a score of 35.58.
"It was extremely muddy and we had to work through it," Yoder said of his
dressage test. "It was a good test and the horses were good, but it was
quite muddy throughout the test. It is a lot more work when it is like that,
a lot more rein handling to keep the horses more supple and more
forward. You do lose some impulsion in the mud, it is more difficult for the
horses. I am quite pleased with how the horses went, and I'm pleased with
the score I received."
Yoder, 30, who began to make a name for himself in 2010 driving a
four-in-hand, recently relocated from his Montana home to Aiken, SC, where
he drives for Jack Wetzel.
The U.S. Drivers will now turn their focus to Saturday's marathon.
"The marathon is tight and open in the hazards, there are multiple routes to
take," Yoder said, adding that the course shouldn't get any muddier as
Friday the sun is expected to come out. "If you want tight you can take
tight lines, but overall the marathon looks fairly decent. It is a tough,
tight course but it looks doable."
Follow the U.S. Driving Team on the event website:
http://www.avscompetition.com. Complete results are available at:
and check www.USEFNetwork.com for photos, videos, reports, and information
about the U.S. drivers throughout the week.
Read the latest World Driving Pair Championship blog entry from guest
contributor James Mather Miller
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