United States Wins the Show Jumping Team Gold Medal At
2003 Pan American Games
Domingo, DRAugust 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 43.39 faults.
four riders of the Gold Medal Team were: Margie Engle of Wellington,
FL, on Hidden Creeks 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.
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 Nations
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 team competition.
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.
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.
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.
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. Mexicos 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.
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.
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.
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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