Articles: Press Release
U.S. Endurance Team Ready to Ride at 2005 FEI World Endurance
U.S. Endurance Team at first inspection
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United Arab Emirates - The four horse and rider teams and two individual
teams riding for the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) at the
2005 FEI World Endurance Championship (WEC) have passed the fitness
inspection-now it's a waiting game as each rests up for an early morning
start on January 27.
The four riders named to the U.S. squad: Carol Giles of Prineville, OR;
Beverly Gray, of Park City, UT; Michele Roush, DVM, of French Corral, CA
and Dennis Summers of Gifford, WA, and the two individual competitors:
Becky Harris of Median, OH and Carolyn Hock of Riverside, CA, will start
at the newly built Dubai International Endurance City in Dubai, UAE,
early Thursday morning. From there, they'll embark on their 100 mile
journey through the desert. Unseasonably cool weather is predicted, with
the possibility of a rain shower during the day; the potential effects
of both on the riders, horses and the sandy desert footing could make
for a very interesting race.
The UAE tends to set a blistering pace at events in the desert, which
has been part of the reason that the United States has been out of the
medals for the last two World Championships. But this year, U.S. Chef d'
Equipe Art Priesz, Jr. feels things might be different.
"In the past, the horses have not shown as well as they should," said
Priesz. "We have been developing a team strategy that involves using
what has been successful with France, the UAE and the U.S. Eventers. We
are incorporating the team strategy of the French, the improved methods
of hydration from the UAE and we are using the national team strategy
for team selection similar to that of the U.S. Eventers. I think the
chances for a medal are very good."
The French and UAE are among the favorites this year, due to their Gold
Medal winning performances in 2002 along with Australia. The team from
down under has medaled the last two World Championships, including
winning the Team Gold in 2000.
A record number of competitors are expected to start the competition
-178 riders from 41 nations, prompting the Guinness Book of World
Records organization to be on hand to verify the WEC as the largest
single equestrian event of its kind in history. The current record
holder is the 1998 WEC that featured 162 riders from 37 nations.
The WEC kicked off with a beautiful Opening Ceremony on Tuesday evening,
complete with members of the UAE cavalry bearing the flags from the
participating nations. The Royal families of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and
neighboring countries were present including HRH Sheikh Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum, the driving force behind the entire Endurance
movement in the UAE.
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