Kanavy Named USET Athlete of the Month for March 2002
New JerseyApril 2, 2002Valerie Kanavy of Fort Valley,
VA was named the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Athlete
of the Month for March following her success at the Endurance
World Cup, held on March 21 in the desert of Dubai/Abu Dhabi in
the United Arab Emirates.
UAE Racing and Equestrian Federation invited horses and riders
from around the world to compete in this first-ever Endurance
World Cup. Kanavy, the 1994 and 1998 World Champion, finished
seventh and was the only foreign rider to finish in the top ten,
with all the others coming from the UAE. The host country had
50 entries in the race and the next highest placing foreign rider
after Kanavy finished 13th.
was pleased with Bearcat OReilly, said Kanavy of her
chestnut gelding, winner of the 2000 and 2001 USET Endurance Championships.
We led that home field in the early stages, but, with the
hot, windy conditions in the desert, I decided not to push him
too hard. To finish seventh out of 130 entries, and know that
hes in great shape for the rest of the season, is a wonderful
accomplishment, she added.
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