Articles: Press Release
USET Stands Third After First Day of Team Dressage
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-September 26, 2000-Robert Dover of Flemington, NJ and Sue
Blinks of Wellington, FL led the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) to third place
at the end of the first of two days of the Olympic team dressage
Dover rode first for the USET and he received a score of 67.12% (1678
points) from the five-judge panel for his ride on Ranier, a 9-year-old,
Oldenburg gelding owned by Jane Clark. Blinks was the final rider of the day
and she scored 69.00% (1725 points) on Flim Flam, a 13-year-old, Hanoverian
gelding owned by Fritz Kundrun and the Dressage Sponsor Corporation.
Their score combined to place the USET third with a total of 3403 points,
trailing only perennial powers Germany (3765) and The Netherlands (3661).
Individually, Blinks stands sixth and Dover is ninth. Germany's Isabell
Werth leads with 76.32% (1908 points) on Gigolo. Anky Van Grunsven of The
Netherlands is second with 75.00% (1875 points) on Bonfire and Alexandra
Simons de Ridder of Germany is third with 74.28% (1857 points) on Chacomo.
"Both of our riders performed very well here today," said USET chef d'equipe
Jessica Ransehousen, a three-time USET Olympic veteran. "Robert's horse is
still green at this level and Sue's is more experienced, but I think both
riders got the most of their horses today."
Dover, competing in his fifth consecutive Olympic Games, felt that his horse
performed as well as he could have hoped. "For where he is in his career, he
was fabulous," the Chicago native said. "This was his first time in a big
arena like this and I think he was a little tight. Overall, though, I
couldn't have asked for more and I think he got our team off to a very good
Blinks, who won the USET dressage championship on Flim Flam last May, was
very pleased with her long-time partner. "He always comes up big when it's
most important," she said. "I was quite fortunate to have help from Steffen
Peters and Jane Savoie in addition to all that Jessica does, and I think we
were well prepared. I didn't watch any rides today except Robert's as I
wanted to be as focused as I could. I was happy with his general energy
level and his extensions felt great. I would have to say that I'm very happy
with my horse."
The second half of the team competition is Wednesday. Riding for the USET
will be Guenter Seidel of Del Mar, CA at 1:00 pm local time on Foltaire, a
13-year-old, Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Dick and Jane Brown; and
Christine Traurig of Carlsbad, CA who will ride at 3:15 pm local time on
Etienne, a 12-year-old, Westphalian gelding owned by Mr. and Mrs. Robert