Articles: Press Release
The United States Wins the Show Jumping Team Gold Medal
At 2003 Pan American Games
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Jamie Saults, (646) 522-1352 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Santo Domingo, DR-August 14, 2003- The United States will be sending a
Show Jumping team to the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece as
a result of winning the Team Gold Medal at the Pan American Games in
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with a score of 13.66 penalties. The
team from Mexico won the Silver Medal and a trip to Athens finishing
with a score of 21.87. The Bronze went to Brazil with a final score of
The four riders of the Gold Medal Team were: Margie Engle of Wellington,
FL, on Hidden Creek's Perin, owned by Hidden Creek Farm; Lauren Hough
also of Wellington, aboard Windy City, owned by Peppercorn Ltd; Chris
Kappler of Pittstown, NJ, riding Royal Kaliber, owned by Kappler and
Kathy Kamine and Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, on Conquest II, owned
by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Patton.
At first glance, it looked like the gold medal was within easy reach for
the United States since they lead right from the start, winning the
first Individual qualifier and the first round of the Nation's Cup with
a score of 1.66 penalties. However, Team Mexico was only a couple of
rails behind with a score of 15.87 going into the final round of the
To add further drama to the situation, the skies opened up and forced
the organizing committee to stop the event just before Santiago Lambre
of Mexico was to enter the arena. Lambre only incurred one time fault
and closed the gap on the U.S. Team. Lauren Hough was the next to go and
had a bit of bad luck when her horse lost a shoe as well as incurring
eight faults. Hough took it in stride.
"After the rain stopped, I was the second to go," said Hough. "My horse
lost a shoe on the third fence and jumped the rest of the round clean,
which was amazing."
The rain stopped in time for Federico Fernandez the second rider for
Mexico who received one time fault, but Beezie Madden, the second U.S.
rider, had one rail down for four faults.
For the third rotation of riders, the thirty minute scheduled break was
shortened to five due to the threat of rain, leaving riders scrambling
to get ready. Mexico's Antonio Chedraui had only one rail down and meant
that the U.S. had had only one rail in hand when Engle entered the ring.
Unfortunately, she had two rails down and for the first time, the U.S.
the gold medal looked like it might turn silver.
The final rider for Mexico, Gerardo Tazzer, came to the aid of the U.S.
when he had three rails down and gave the U.S. the gold medal. Chris
Kappler, the final rider for the U.S., followed Tazzer with a fault free
for the second double clear of the day. Kappler finished second in the
individual standings with a score of 2.40 penalties, but credits his
teammates for the success of the day.
"It was a super day," said Kappler. "The goal was to qualify for the
Olympics and win the team gold and thanks to everyone on the team we
accomplished that goal."
Show Jumping resumes on Saturday with the Individual medal competition.
Leading the standings is Mark Watring of Puerto Rico who scored the only
other double clear of the day ending up with a score of .83 penalties.
Beezie Madden is third with 5.16.
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