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Olympic Individual Show Jumping Results
SYDNEY, Australia --U.S. Equestrian Team member Margie Goldstein Engle of
Wellington, Fla., finished in a tie for 10th as the Olympics closed with
the ind ividual show jumping competition.
She was the top-placed American. Lauren Hough of Ocala, Fla., at 23 the
youngest member of the U.S. squad, wound up tied for 15th, while Laura
Kraut of Oconomowac, Wis. decided not to go in the last round of the day.
All were first-time Olympians, but Engle vowed she'd be back, noting her
mount, Hidden Creek's Perin, is only in his first year of grand prix
"I'm very pleased with the way he went," she said, noting she'll keep
pointing toward the next Games because the secret of success in her sport
is "try an d try again." Engle had just one knockdown in the first round
of the competition, but dropped two rails in the second round over a
different and shorter course.
"Overall, he jumped beautifully," she said.
Hough, who rode Clasiko, was equally satisfied with her mount, who had 8
penalties in each round.
"If I can keep him, he could be something special at the big shows," said
Hough. "To me, he keeps getting better and better."
Hough, who had never ridden in a Nations' Cup before coming to the Games,
said she learned a lot here. "I think the difference between big shows
and a championship is that at a championship, you have to fight for every
step of it."
Kraut had 12 faults in her first round with Liberty, noting that the wind
howling through the showgrounds was "deafening" and something her horse
She decided not to return for the second round, feeling the horse had
done enough. Kraut believed that without the chance of the medal, it was
better to save the young mare for another day.
Meanwhile, Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil, who was the favorite to take the
gold after winning the World Championship and three straight World Cup
finals, was eliminated in the second round when his Baloubet du Rouet
refused three times at the first element of a double.
Pessoa was mystified at what happened to his mount, but he graciously
commended the winners.
"The podium today was not a surprise," he said. Gold medalist Jeroen
Dubbeldam and silver medalist Albert Voorn, both of Holland, and Khaled
Al Eid are all "solid riders, good riders," he said.