Articles: Press Release
Two Time World Endurance Champion, Valerie Kanavy,
Wins Sooner Trailer/ USET 50 Mile Endurance Ride at the BAYER/USET Festival
of Champions, Presented by State Line Tack
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810,
Joanna Smith, (908) 234-1251,
Gladstone, New Jersey—June 27, 2001— Two time Endurance World
Champion Valerie Kanavy of Ft. Valley, VA won the 50 Mile Sooner
Trailer/USET Endurance Ride onboard last year’s winning horse, Bear Cat O’
Reilly, with a ride time of 5 hours 8 minutes and 24 seconds. Bearcat O’
Reilly, owned by Kanavy, was ridden by Kristin Snook last year to win the
Following Kanavy in the standings was Jennifer Fisher of Titusville, NJ with
a time of 6 hours 3 minutes and 46 seconds. Third place went to David
Augustine of Frenchtown, NJ riding Syrocco Blair, owned by his wife Meg
Sleeper, DVM, in a time of 6 hours 52 minutes and 17 seconds.
In a close finish for the 80 Mile Endurance championship, Sue Greenall of W.
Windsor, VT beat Wendy Bejarano of W. Windsor, VT by five seconds. Greenall
finished the course in a ride time of 12 hours 35 minutes and 53 seconds
with her own horse Aleser. Bejarano riding her horse Bie Kin finished in 12
hours 35 minutes and 58 seconds. Third place went to Darolyn Butler-Dial of
Humble, TX on her horse DJB Bab Razzmatazz.
Ride times were slower than expected due to more than 4 inches of rain.
However because of the cooler temperatures all of the horses finished in
The U.S. is the dominant world power in Endurance riding. A U.S. rider has
won the Individual Gold Medal at every Endurance World Championship from
1986, when the first event was held, through 1998. The list of riders are
Cassandra Schuler of Petaluma, CA (1986), Becky Hart of San Jose, CA (1988,
1990, 1992), Valarie Kanavy of Fort Valley, VA (1994), Danielle Kanavy of
Fort Valley, VA (1996) and Valarie Kanavy again in (1998).
The United States Equestrian Team is the non-profit organization that
selects, trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible
standard to represent our country in major international competition,
including the Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish this
the USET seeks out and nurtures the development of talented athletes -
riders, drivers and horses - and provides the support and guidance they need
to help them attain their fullest potential. For more information on the
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