Articles: Press Release
United States Equestrian Team Leads After First Round of Show Jumping
at 2003 Pan American Games
Individually, U.S. Riders Stand Second, Third, Fifth and Ninth
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Jamie Saults, (646) 552-1352 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SANTO Domingo, DR-August 13, 2003- The United States Equestrian Team
(USET) had an outstanding first day of Show Jumping competition,
capturing the lead at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican
Republic, with all four riders placing in the top ten. The US squad
finished the Individual Qualifier, whose scores carry into Thursday's
Nations' Cup, without knocking down a single rail. The U.S. finished
with a team score of 1.66 faults based on converted penalties in the
speed class format. Mexico is in second with 6.87 faults and Argentina
is third with a score of 13.57.
Michelle Navarro of Peru won the Individual Qualifier,
negotiating the course without fault in a time of 78.12 seconds on Osho.
Second place went to the USET's Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, who went
clear in a slightly slower time of 78.56 with a carryover score of .22
faults, riding Hidden Creek's Perin, owned by Hidden Creek Farm.
Another U.S. rider, Lauren Hough, also from Wellington, finished third
on Windy City, owned by Peppercorn Ltd, with a clear round in a time of
78.68 and a score of .28 penalties. The remaining two U.S. competitors
were also impressive, with both placing in the top ten. Beezie Madden
of Cazenovia, NY, was fifth on Conquest II, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Patton, in a time of 80.44 with 1.16 faults; and Chris Kappler of
Pittstown, NJ, ended up ninth on Royal Kaliber, owned by Kappler and
Kathy Kamine, with 2.40 penalties in a time of 82.91.
Hough was the first rider to go for the United States and set the tone
for the day by going clear. "I like going first," said Hough. "You
just try to do your best and have a good start and hope it carries
through. I had one jump, the rollback to fence ten where my horse
looked at the cameraman and took an extra stride, but my horse tried
extra hard and was able to leave the rails up. He is an amazing animal
and really came through for me today."
Engle was the last to go for the U.S. squad, but credits her second
place finish to her teammates. "Going last was great," said Engle. "I
was in the catbird seat because all of my teammates were so great. They
really took the pressure off me. My horse was a little fresh at the
beginning because I don't think I warmed him up enough, but he settled
down and finished great. It's hard to know in the heat how fresh to
leave him because we have such a long way to go."
USET Chef d' Equipe Frank Chapot was not surprised with the first place
standing of the U.S team. "There were no surprises today, especially
with our team," said Chapot. "They were all professional and did just
what they were supposed to do."
The results from the Individual Qualifier are carried forward to
Thursday's Nations' Cup and count in determining the team medals. The
U.S., along with the other eight nations competing, are all looking to
qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The gold
and silver team medalists will earn a spot in Athens, while the country
with the best score counting all four team member performances will also
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.