Articles: Press Release
Kappler and Hough Named USET Co-Athletes of the Month for May
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Gladstone, NJ-June 4, 2003-Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ, and Lauren
Hough of Wellington, FL, have been named United States Equestrian Team
(USET) Co-Athletes of the Month for May. Kappler and Hough were
subjectively chosen for two of the four positions on the show jumping
team that will represent the United States at the 2003 Pan American
Games in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. This marks the first
time since 1990 that any places on a U.S. show jumping team competing at
a continental or world championship or Olympic Games will be held by
riders chosen subjectively.
The Pan American Games selection process, developed initially by the
Active Riders Committee and approved by the Executive Committees of both
the United States Equestrian Team and USA Equestrian (USAE), allowed
"Selectors to nominate one or two horse-and-rider combinations to the
team before the conclusion of the trials."
When Kappler and Royal Kaliber, owned by Kappler and Kathy
Kamine, won both the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational and the
American Grandprix Association Championship within an eight-day period
earlier this spring, the Selectors felt that these performances, plus
the horse's impressive record last year, made it in the Team's best
interest to have Kappler and Royal Kappler on the Pan American Games
Team. Kappler and Royal Kaliber confirmed the strength of the
Selectors' recommendation by winning the Grand Prix at Devon in Devon,
PA, at the end of May.
Competing with a broken collar bone and separated shoulder suffered in
early April at the AGA Championships in Wellington, FL, Hough and Windy
City, owned by Peppercorn Ltd., jumped clear rounds in the first two of
six selection trials in Lexington, KY. After considering her
performance at Lexington, as well as her earlier international success,
the Show Jumping Selectors voted unanimously to recommend that she be
put on the Pan Am team.
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.