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USET Announces Squad For The 2002 World Equestrian Games Endurance Squad

Gladstone, New Jersey-June 28, 2002-The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has announced the endurance squad of six riders and nine alternates, pending Executive Committee approval, that will represent the United States in the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain in September.
Named to the squad of six (in alphabetical order) are:

Heather Bergantz San Jose, California Crystals Charm
Kathy Brunjes Bethel, ME Ali Darkness
Beverly Gray Park City, UT Paladin
Valerie Kanavy Fort Valley, VA Shahdon
Cia Reis Pennsdale, PA Catch A Wave
Steve Rojek South Woodstock, VT Finally

Named as the nine alternates (ranked in order by the Selectors):

Joyce Sousa Hydesville, CA LV Integrity
Becky Harris Medina, OH Ga Tyfa Mynte
Carol Giles Prineville, OR SAR Tiki Stranger +
Meg Sleeper Frenchtown, NJ Syrocco Blair
Karen Vilander Marysville, CA NYR Crown Royal
Jan Worthington Scales Mound, Illinois Brown R Timothy
Julie Bullock, DVM Stauton, VA Tashi Ashara
Shelley Bridges Aubrey, TX Windswift Pharrah
Jazon Wonders Peteluma, California Ravi Das

The squad was named based on the candidates' past records as submitted in the nomination applications and during the Qualification Period as evaluated by the Selectors.
The United States has been a dominant force in endurance riding, having won the individual Gold Medal at every World Championship since the biennial event was first held in 1986 through 1998. Additionally, the U.S. won team Gold Medals in 1988 and 1996, as well as team Silver in 1992 and 1998.

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


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