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USA Equestrian
U.S. Riders Display Preparedness For World Equestrian Games

The U.S. showed its increasing depth in the dressage discipline by topping the leader board in various tests at CDI*** Lingen (GER) held August 16-18,
2002. Guenter Seidel finished 2nd in the Grand Prix held on Friday, a qualifier for the Grand Prix Special, with a 71.36% on Nikolaus 7 (Weinberg x Elise), a 13-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Richard and Jane Brown. Sue Blinks following in 4th place with a 70.36% on the 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding Flim Flam (Wilhelm Tell x Cilia) owned by Fritz Kundrun. Three of the top 4 places in Saturday's Grand Prix, the qualifier for the Grand Prix Kür, went to U.S. riders. German based Lisa Wilcox and the 10-year-old Oldenburg stallion, Relevant 6 (Rubinstein I x Havanna), won the class with a score of 74.95% while Debbie McDonald on the 11-year-old Hanoverian mare, Brentina (Brentano II x Lieselotte), owned by Peggy Thomas, finished 2nd with a 72.08%. George Williams, who is not a World Equestrian Games contender, came in 4th with a 70.24% on the 11-year-old black mare, Rocher (Rolls Royce x Fraenzi), owned by Chuck and JoAnn Smith.

The combination of Lisa Wilcox and Relevant 6 scored an 80.32% winning the Grand Prix Kür while Debbie McDonald and Brentina tied for second place with former Olympic Gold Medallist, Isabell Werth (GER) and her new mount Anthony FRH with a 77.47%. George Williams and Rocher finished in 5th place, behind Anky van Grunsven (NED), the reigning Olympic Gold Medallist with a 74.16%.

Second place in the Grand Prix Special went to Sue Blinks on Flim Flam with a 74.44%, less than 1 percentage below the victor Lars Pedersen's (DEN) score of 75% on his mount Blue Horse Cavan (Cavalier x Danena). Guenter Seidel and Nicklaus 7 finished in third position with a 72.40%.

The naming of the team for the World Equestrian Games to be held in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, September 10 - 22, 2002 will be finalized in the near future.

USA Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As
the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.
The vision of USA Equestrian is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian federation in the world.


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