Markus Merschformann of Germany Wins Second Round
of the Budweiser World Cup Malin Baryard of Sweden on Top Overall
Vegas, NV- April 18, 2003 Malin Baryard of Sweden riding
H&M Butterfly Flip owned by Christina Larsson was the runner-up
in the second round of Budweiser World Cup 2003 on Friday evening,
but is the overall leader going into the Final competition at
the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The 28-year-old had
a double clear, but could not beat the impressive time of Markus
Merschformann of Germany. Riding Camirez, owned by Gutsverwalltung
Berl, Merschformann won the class with a faultless performance
in the time of 31.60. Marcus Ehning of Germany on Anka finished
in third place also without fault, but a slower time of 34.04.
vastly improved over his placing of 31 in Thursdays competition.
As the first rider in the jump-off of nine, strategy was key,
but the thirty year old was only hoping to make the top three.
didnt think I would win, but I thought I would finish in
the top three, said Merschformann. Last night I thought
if I could repeat yesterdays performance, I would do it
who did not do anything differently was Baryard, who also placed
second in the first World Cup Class. The young Scandanavian had
Soren Von Ronne to thank since she was added to the roster when
he withdrew. Originally, she was not one of the 42 riders to qualify.
very happy, I had another good day, said Baryard. My
plan was to beat Rodrigo (Pessoa) so he didnt pass me on
the list. I was not surprised by my good performance because I
have such a good horse. I just want to keep it up for Sunday.
top US rider of the evening was Leslie Howard of Westport, CT,
on Priobert De Kalvarie, owned by Higher Grund Farm, who secured
the jump-off in the initial round, but had a rail in the jump-off
finishing sixth for the evening and eighth overall. Norman Dello
Joio of Wellington, FL, riding Glasgow, owned by the Glasgow Group
is the top overall American rider in fifth place.
jumping action continues through Sunday, with event highlights
the Grand Prix of Las Vegas on Saturday, culminating with the
World Cup Final on Sunday. There will be more spectacular laser
light shows and dazzling performances and a dressage demonstration
by 1999 Pan American Games double Gold Medalist Debbie McDonald.
For tickets and other information, please visit the website www.worldcuplasvegas.com
or call 702-260-8605.