Articles: Press Release
Two Time World Endurance Champion, Valerie
Kanavy, Wins USET 75-Mile Ride at the BAYER/USET Festival of Champions,
Presented by State Line Tack
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gladstone, New Jersey—June 26, 2002— Two time Endurance World Champion
Valerie Kanavy of Ft. Valley, VA won the 75-Mile United States Equestrian
Team (USET) Endurance Championship Ride and FEI/Emirates Endurance World
Masters Series Ride, riding Hott Property, owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai, UAE, with a ride time of 9 hours 14 minutes and
Meg Sleeper of Frenchtown, NJ was just ten minutes behind on her mare
Syrocco Blair in a ride time of 9 hours 24 minutes and 30 seconds. Yvette
Vinton of Ontario, Canada, riding EH Malachi nosed out Cia Reis on
Coeur-D-Wave by one second to come in third with a ride time of 9 hours 47
minutes and 31 seconds.
“It was hard,” said Kanavy. “The last loop was long, 18 miles, but my horse
did an outstanding job. It’s such beautiful country here and the landowners
are so kind. Some of them even let us ride into their yard! I couldn’t
Kanavy is no stranger to the winner’s circle at the USET. She won the
50-mile USET Championship in 2001.
There were 20 starters in the competition and 11 completed, which is
impressive considering the high temperatures. USET Endurance Director Mary
Lutz credits the trail.
“Several of the riders commented that the trail was very technical and
challenging, which may have slowed them down,” said Lutz. “There were no
metabolic problems and more than half the field finished, which is great.”
The coveted Best Condition award went to fourth place finisher Coeur-D-Wave,
owned and ridden by Cia Reis of Pennsdale, PA.
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.