Articles: Press Release
United States Show Jumping Riders Off to Good Start
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2004
The U.S. Show Jumping Team got off to a very solid start today
in the first individual qualifying round at Markopoulo Equestrian
Center. All four team members are among the top tier riders as Beezie
Madden of Cazenovia, NY, and Peter Wylde, an American residing in
Maastricht, The Netherlands, had perfectly clear rounds. McLain Ward of
Brewster, NY, had just one time fault and Chris Kappler of Pittstown,
NJ, pulled one rail for four time faults. There were ten clear rounds in
"It's an incredible feeling to have such an animal," said Wylde
of his mount, a mare named Fein Cera and a veteran international horse.
He characterized the course as "difficult but not crazy difficult. . .
but for sure the volume is going to get turned up, no question."
We've been excited ever since the Trials about the team we've
got," said Beezie Madden. She observed that there were some optical
illusions on the course that were a bit tricky, but it certainly didn't
seem to bother her gelding Authentic.
This is just the beginning of the show jumping competition which
will see both the individual and team medals hotly contested between
likely leaders the U.S., Germany, The Netherlands, and France. Today's
qualifier was for the individual medal competition. On Tuesday, August
24th, the second and third qualifier rounds will take place and they
will also determine the team medals to be awarded that evening. The
individual medals will be decided on Friday evening, August 27th with
two final rounds of jumping and then the medal ceremony. Individual
riders to watch include all of the U.S. riders, Ludger Beerbaum of
Germany, Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil, Marcus Fuchs of Switzerland, Ludo
Philapaerts of Belgium, and Nick Skelton of Great Britain.
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