Articles: Press Release
Vinoski Wins Blenheim Three-Day Event
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For Immediate Release
September 10, 2001
USA Equestrian (formerly AHSA) announced today that Virginian, Kimberly
Vinoski riding Winsome Adante won the Blenheim Three-Day Event in
Oxfordshire, England, September 5-9, 2001 by retaining her overnight lead
after a clear round on the cross-country with a clean performance in the
show jumping phase.
A characteristically super dressage put Vinoski in second place on 41.6
penalties at that stage from the 109 starters and set her up for a perfect
conclusion on her return to Blenheim. In 1999, Vinoski partnered Linda
Wachtmeister's Over the Limit when they were second. Winsome Adante, an
eight-year old English Thoroughbred gelding, is also owned by Linda
Wachtmeister with whom Vinoski is based in Scottsville, VA. The combination
are clearly on form having finished second this year at the 2001 AHSA
National Eventing Championship to Karen O'Connor at Foxhall this spring.
Vinoski headed off a strong international challenge from 11 nations by
beating New Zealand Olympic veteran, Andrew Nicholson and Britain's Polly
Stockton into second and third place respectively.
British-based U.S. rider, Ann Taylor riding Cracker Barrel finished in 5th
place on 50.2 penalties with a clean show jumping round and just a few time
faults on the cross-country. Sean Crocker and Polaris completed in 40th
place on 89.0 penalties from the 76 finishers and Sara Kozumplik aboard As
You Like It climbed from 75th after the dressage to 54th place with 111.0
penalties. Other U.S. entries included Darren Chiacchia who withdrew Power
Ty after the cross-country and British-based Karen Reuter Niklasson who
retired Cloud Nine VII on the cross-country.
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Gladstone, NJ-September 10, 2001-Veteran United States Equestrian Team
(USET) rider, Kimberly Vinoski of Scottsville, VA won the Belheim Petplan
International Three Day Event CCI ***, September 6-9 in Woodstock, England,
riding Winsome Adante, owned by Linda E.A. Wachmeister. She finished the
three phase competition with a score of 41.6 penalties, beating an
international field of over a hundred competitors that included Great
Britain's 2000 Olympic Team Silver Medalist, Pippa Funnell, and the recent
2001 Burghley CCI**** champion, Blyth Tait, and runner up, Andrew
Nicholson, who finished this event in second place as well.
Vinoski, who placed second at Blenheim in 1999, was clear on the cross
country and stadium jumping phases to finish on her dressage score and place
just ahead of Andrew Nicholson of New Zealand, who completed the competition
with a total score of 42.6 penalties. Polly Stockton of Great Britain was
third with 45.6 penalties.
Also competing for the U.S. was Ann Taylor, who finished in fifth place on
Cracker Barrel, owned by Kaye Adams. Taylor who presently resides in
Daventry, England, completed the event with 50.2 penalties. Sean Crocker of
Menlo Park, CA riding Polaris, owned by Gillian Webster, finished in 40th
place with a score of 89.0 penalties and Sara Kozumplik of Clifton, VA,
finished 54th with 111.0 penalties aboard her As You Like It. Darren
Chiacchia of Springville, NY withdrew Power Ty, owned by Carrie Greenslade,
before the stadium jumping phase and Karen Reuter Niklasson of Middleburg,
VA retired her Cloud Nine VII on cross-country.
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