Articles: Press Release
USET Wins Samsung Nations Cup, Presented By Canadian National
At Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810, email@example.com
Gladstone, NJ- March 8, 2002 - The United States Equestrian Team (USET)
show jumping squad of Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, Lauren Hough of
Ocala, FL, Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI and McLain Ward of Brewster, NY
won the $50,000 Samsung Nations' Cup, presented by Canadian National,
the first outdoor Nations' Cup ever held in the U.S.
The USET finished the two-round competition with 16 faults to top
Canada's score of 29. Ireland was third with 32 faults and Argentina was
fourth with 33.
The USET win at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club during the Cosequin
Winter Equestrian Festival, moved the U.S. into a tie for fourth place
in Samsung Nations Cup Series standings after 8 of 20 events determining
which eight countries qualify to compete in the FEI's 2002 Samsung
Nations' Cup World Final in Donaueschingen, Germany in August. The top
six countries in the standings receive automatic invitations. Belgium
currently leads with 20 points, followed by Germany with 18, Ireland
with 12 and the U.S. and Switzerland with 11.
Hough, riding Clasiko, owned by the Clasiko Group, scored four faults in
the first round and then rode clean in the second. Kraut scored eight in
each round on Anthem, owned by the Summit Syndicate. Ward rode Viktor,
owned by Full Cry Farm, to a clean first round and then scored four
faults in the second round. Engle, riding Hidden Creek's Perin, owned by
Hidden Creek Farm, rode a clean first round and then set out the second
round as the U.S. win was already secured.
"This was an important win for us," said USET Chef d'Equipe Frank
Chapot, the six-time Olympic rider who rode on an FEI record 46 winning
Nations' Cup teams. "Anytime you represent your country you feel
pressure to win, but we really wanted this one since it was the first
time it's been held."
Riding for Argentina were Martin Mallo, Guillermo Obligado, Ramiro
Quintana and Federico Sztyrle. Three-time U.S. Olympic medalist Joe
Fargis of Southampton, NY was Chef d'Equipe.
Canada was represented by Eric Lamaze, Karen Cudmore, Lauren Hayes and
Mark Samuel. Pierre Jolicoeur was Chef d'Equipe.
Riding for Ireland was Kevin Babington, Damian Gardner, Darragh Kearins
and Cian O'Connor. John Leadingham was Chef d'Equipe.
Wellington is only the fifth U.S. location for a Nations' Cup since the
first Nations' Cup was held in London, England in 1909. The first
Nations' Cup in the U.S. was at the National Horse Show in New York in
1911. The National Horse Show continued to host Nations' Cups through
1998, missing only the years 1914-1924 and 1942-1945. Other U.S. cities
to host Nations' Cups are Boston (1929-1932), Harrisburg (1948-1963,
1965-1966, 1969-1972) and Washington D.C. (1973-present).
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.