United States Defends Title in Samsung Nations Cup
Presented by CN At
Winter Equestrian Festival
WELLINGTON, FLORIDAMarch 7, 2003The United States successfully
defended its championship in dramatic fashion in the Samsung Nations
Cup Presented by CN at the Winter Equestrian Festival.
The U.S. finished with a score of 8 faults to edge Ireland who finished
the two rounds with 9. Canada finished third with 38 faults.
After Irelands Kevin Babington rode fault-free in Irelands
final ride at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, Sydney Olympic
veteran Margie Engle of Wellington, FL entered the ring knowing
that she needed a fault-free ride on Hidden Creeks Jones to
clinch the win. One rail down would give the win to the Irish and
one time fault would force a jump-off.
I felt the pressure, the seven-time American Grandprix Association
Rider of the Year said. I could have been the bum of Wellington
That did not turn out to be the case. Exhibiting the skill and nerve
that have gained her more Grandprix wins than any rider in U.S.
history, Engle guided her 12-year-old Dutch-bred to her second clean
ride of the day to allow the U.S. to win Wellingtons Nations
Cup for the second straight year.
been with Margie many times and shes very good in pressure
situations, said U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) chef dequipe
Frank Chapot. Thats why we put her in that position,
we know shell come through.
Matching Engles double-clean performance was her Sydney Olympic
teammate Lauren Hough, also of Wellington. Riding leadoff for the
U.S. team, Hough rode double clear on Windy City, an 11-year-old
rested him this week, this was his only class, Hough said.
By the third or fourth fence of the first round, he was in
the groove and he felt just great the whole second round.
Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY scored four faults in each of the
two rounds on Conquest II and McLain Ward of Brewster, NY scored
8 and 4 faults in the two rounds on Rio.
Leading the way for Ireland, coached by Jimmy Doyle, was Darragh
Kerins who had a double clean round on Riviera. Babington, who had
the only double clean performance in the 2002 Nations Cup at Wellington,
had one time fault in the first round on Carling King before going
clean in the second round to force Engles dramatic performance.
Scoring two rounds of 4 faults for Ireland was Cian OConnor
on Green Card. Lt. David OBrien scored 8 and 7 on Libera.
All of the Irish except Babington competed on borrowed horses.
to the Winter Equestrian Festival are available by phone at 793-JUMP
or at the gate. Admission is free on Wednesdays. Children 12 &
under are free all days. Senior admission is $5 every day. Adult
admission is $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15
on Sunday. Parking is free.
Equestrian Festival Dates:
week runs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM daily)
Wellington Finale March 5 9
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic March 13
March 9, competitors move to Tampa to continue the Winter Equestrian
for Tampa Winter Equestrian Festival
week of competition runs Wed - Sun beginning at 8:00 AM)
Internationale March 13-16
Tampa Bay Classic March 19-23 CSI***/W
Tournament of Champions March 25-29 CSI**/W
American Invitational March 29 in Raymond James Stadium
for Winter Equestrian Festival at Tampa Fairgrounds are Wednesday
through Friday $5. Children under 12 years are free. Saturday and
Sunday Adult tickets are $10. Seniors and Students are $5 all days.
For schedule, directions and information visit www.stadiumjumping.com.
for the Budweiser American Invitational, March 29 at Raymond James
Stadium are available at Ticket Master (813) 287-8844 or at Stadium
Jumping (877) 909-9436.