Time World Endurance Champion, Valerie Kanavy, Wins USET
75-Mile Ride At The Bayer/USET Festival Of Champions,
Presented by State LIne Tack
New JerseyJune 26, 2002 Two time Endurance World Champion
Valerie Kanavy of Ft. Valley, VA won the 75-Mile United States
Equestrian Team (USET) Endurance Championship Ride and FEI/Emirates
Endurance World Masters Series Ride, riding Hott Property, owned
by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai, UAE, with a
ride time of 9 hours 14 minutes and 31 seconds.
Sleeper of Frenchtown, NJ was just ten minutes behind on her mare
Syrocco Blair in a ride time of 9 hours 24 minutes and 30 seconds.
Yvette Vinton of Ontario, Canada, riding EH Malachi nosed out
Cia Reis on Coeur-D-Wave by one second to come in third with a
ride time of 9 hours 47 minutes and 31 seconds.
was hard, said Kanavy. The last loop was long, 18
miles, but my horse did an outstanding job. Its such beautiful
country here and the landowners are so kind. Some of them even
let us ride into their yard! I couldnt believe it.
is no stranger to the winners circle at the USET. She won
the 50-mile USET Championship in 2001.
were 20 starters in the competition and 11 completed, which is
impressive considering the high temperatures. USET Endurance Director
Mary Lutz credits the trail.
of the riders commented that the trail was very technical and
challenging, which may have slowed them down, said Lutz.
There were no metabolic problems and more than half the
field finished, which is great.
coveted Best Condition award went to fourth place finisher Coeur-D-Wave,
owned and ridden by Cia Reis of Pennsdale, PA.
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