Articles: Press Release
US Places Second in Spruce Meadows Nations Cup
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanna Smith (908) 234-1251, email@example.com
Gladstone, NJ-September 8, 2001-U.S. riders continued their red-hot
showing at the Spruce Meadows Masters (CSIO Spruce Meadows), where
two-time Olympic medalist Leslie Howard of Westport, CT became the
latest American success story with a victory Saturday on Nick of
Diamonds in the $70,000 BP Cup. In Saturday's main event, the U.S.
Equestrian Team (USET) squad finished a very close second among the
seven top teams competing in the Bank of Montreal Nations' Cup.
At the end of the first round in the Nations' Cup, Olympic champion
Germany led the way with 8 penalties. Switzerland was second with 11
and the USET was tied for third with the European Champion Irish team
with a score of 12. It came down to a three-way race in the second
round, with the performance of the anchor riders determining each team's
Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, the USET's lead-off rider, had 8
faults in both rounds with his Oh Star, the 2001 Rolex USET Show Jumping
champion whom he had not competed earlier in the week at Spruce Meadows.
Lauren Hough of Ocala, FL took a hard fall from Windy City, owned by
Peppercorn, Ltd., in the first round, but bravely got back on for the
second round and managed a 4-fault trip that drew cheers from the crowd
packing the stands around the International Arena.
Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, faultless in the first round with Iron
Spring Farm's Judgement, couldn't repeat in the second, where she
dropped one rail for a four-fault score. So it came down to anchor
Margie Engle of West Palm Beach, FL who needed a clean round with Hidden
Creek Farm's Hidden Creek's Perin. The pair had faulted at the water in
the first round and the water was a problem again for the big bay,
along with another fence later in the course. That 8-fault score opened
the way for the European Champion Irish team to take the top prize, as
Germany's anchor, Ludger Beerbaum, had 8 faults. Dermot Lennon,
Ireland's final rider, came through with just one knockdown, putting the
Irish at 24 faults, to 28 for the USET and 31 for Germany. Switzerland
had problems earlier in the second round and wound up fourth with 35.
Considering the caliber of the competition at Spruce Meadows, the USET's
showing was quite impressive. "We've had a heck of a show," said USET
Chef d'Equipe George Morris, who also referred to an American winning
streak in other classes.
For the Nations' Cup, he said, "On paper, we had the strongest team." He
noted that Hough's fall was "a fluke," when her horse spooked at a jump
shaped like a bicycle "but that didn't help you out. I'll hand it to
her, she toughed it out and came back."
The United States Equestrian Team is a 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 USET, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET
ONLINE at www.uset.org.
USA Equestrian, Inc.
(Formerly American Horse Shows Association)
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USA Equestrian (formerly AHSA) announced today that the U.S. show jumping
team placed second from seven nations in the Bank of Montreal Nations' Cup
at the Spruce Meadows Masters, CSIO Calgary, Canada on September 8, 2001.
The team of Margie Engle, from West Palm Beach, FL riding the 12-year-old
Westphalian gelding, Hidden Creek's Perin (Pageno x Garbe) owned by Mr.
Michael Polaski; Lauren Hough, of Ocala, FL aboard the 9-year-old Holsteiner
gelding, Windy City (Gaspari x Vorr) owned by Peppercorn Ltd.; Beezie Madden
from Casenovia, NY with the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion, Judgement
(Consul x Faletta) owned by Iron Spring Farm and Todd Minikus of
Loxahatchee, FL riding his own 10-year-old Belgian stallion, Oh Star, fought
a tight battle with the eventual winners, Ireland, and just one fence
separated them after two rounds.
Sydney Olympic veteran, Hough, showed her tenacity by bouncing back after an
unfortunate fall with Windy City in the first round [thus becoming the
discard score as only the best three scores are counted] to complete the
second round on four faults. Clear rounds were hard to come by and Beezie
Madden rode one of only four throughout the competition on Judgement during
the first round over Olympic course designer, Leopaldo Palacios' tough
course, followed by just one rail down in the second round.
Another Sydney Olympic partnership, Engle and Hidden Creek's Perin, produced
the valuable anchor rounds for the team with four and eight faults
respectively. Minikus and Oh Star were short of ring practice, having not
competed in Calgary prior to this class, and turned in two eight-fault
rounds but it was enough to protect the team's second place ahead of Germany
who had led after the first round partly due to a clear round by the
European champion, Ludger Beerbaum, and just 3 faults from his American
sister-in-law, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum.
1. Ireland - 24 faults
2. USA - 28
3. Germany - 31
4. Switzerland - 35
5. The Netherlands - 44
6. Canada - 46
7. France - did not compete in second round.
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