Articles: Press Release
Sue Blinks Leads the USET World Equestrian Games Dressage Selection
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810,
Jamie Saults (908) 234-1251
Gladstone, NJ-June 1, 2002-Sue Blinks is the leader of the
United States Equestrian Team (USET) World Equestrian Games (WEG)
Dressage Selection Trials after the first day of competition at the USET
Headquarters and Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ. Blinks and
Flim Flam, owned by Fritz Kundrun and Dressage Sponsor Corporation, won
the Grand Prix class with a score of 1798 and 71.920% to edge out
Guenter Seidel and Nikolaus 7, owned by Dick and Jane Brown, for second
with 1761 and 70.440%. Third place went to Christine Traurig with
Etienne, owned by Kelly Trierweiler with a score of 1711 and 68.440%.
Blinks was 11th in the order out of 13, but the wait seemed
to benefit the pair.
"I am really, really pleased with our test," said Blinks. "He was
totally with me in the ring, more than ever." It's a remarkable thing,
he knows his job and still likes his job."
The Trials, which also serve as the 2002 USET Grand Prix Championship,
continues on Sunday, June 2nd and concludes the following weekend. The
first day of competition consisted of a Grand Prix to count for 30% of
riders' overall selection trial and Grand Prix Championship scores. On
June 2 the Grand Prix Special is scheduled and will count for 25%.
There will be a second Grand Prix on June 8, again to count for 30%.
The final competition, on June 9, will be the Grand Prix Freestyle,
which will count for the remaining 15% of riders' scores.
Lisa Wilcox, on Relevant, who qualified for the Selection
Trials with an average score of 73.145% currently lives and trains in
Germany, has elected not to come to the trials and has chosen to qualify
at events in Europe, consistent with the selection procedures.
Following the trials, up to six horse-and-rider combinations will then
travel to Europe for further selection trials to determine the final
team for the WEG. The final team will consist of four riders and one
For more information about the WEG Dressage Selection Trials or on the
USET, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.
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.