Articles: Press Release
U.S. Show Jumpers Stand Third Half Way Through Nations Cup
At 2002 World Equestrian Games
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain–September 19, 2002–At the conclusion of the
first round of Thursday’s Nations Cup competition in the Show Jumping World
Championship at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera,
Spain, the United States Equestrian Team (USET) is in medal position,
standing third with a score of 17.75 team faults. Individually, U.S. rider
Peter Wylde leads the standings.
Wylde, who currently resides in Maastricht, Holland, riding Fein Cera, owned
by the Fein Cera Group still has only the 1.55 penalties he carried in from
Wednesday’s opening round. Wylde negotiated the first of two clears for the
United States on Thursday morning that took the team to third place from
seventh after Wednesday.
The battle for the Gold seems to be between Sweden, who leads with a score
of 9.02, and France, who sits on 9.22. The United States is next, just
ahead of Germany with 19.69.
Thanks to the clears turned in by Wylde and Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY
on Judgement, owned by Iron Spring Farm, the U.S. is in third. Leslie
Howard of Westport, CT, riding Priobert de Kalvarie, owned by Higher Ground
Farm rode last for the U.S. team and had only one rail.
The drop score in the first round was that of Nicole Simpson of Westlake
Village, CA, who had an episode out of the Twilight Zone. Apparently, the
sound system failed and when El Campeon’s Cirka Z had a refusal at the wave
planks, Simpson did not hear a horn so she kept on jumping. The horse then
had a foot in the water and rails at both parts of the double. Then, USET
Chef d’ Equipe Frank Chapot inquired as to why there was no horn and Simpson
was allowed to re-jump the course from the point of the refusal, ending up
with 17.00 faults.
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