USA Equestrian (formerly AHSA) announced today that Virginian, Kimberly Vinoski riding Winsome Adante won the Blenheim Three-Day Event in Oxfordshire, England, September 5-9, 2001 by retaining her overnight lead after a clear round on the cross-country with a clean performance in the show jumping phase.
A characteristically super dressage put Vinoski in second place on 41.6 penalties at that stage from the 109 starters and set her up for a perfect conclusion on her return to Blenheim. In 1999, Vinoski partnered Linda Wachtmeister's Over the Limit when they were second. Winsome Adante, an eight-year old English Thoroughbred gelding, is also owned by Linda Wachtmeister with whom Vinoski is based in Scottsville, VA. The combination are clearly on form having finished second this year at the 2001 AHSA National Eventing Championship to Karen O'Connor at Foxhall this spring.
Vinoski headed off a strong international challenge from 11 nations by beating New Zealand Olympic veteran, Andrew Nicholson and Britain's Polly Stockton into second and third place respectively.
British-based U.S. rider, Ann Taylor riding Cracker Barrel finished in 5th place on 50.2 penalties with a clean show jumping round and just a few time faults on the cross-country. Sean Crocker and Polaris completed in 40th place on 89.0 penalties from the 76 finishers and Sara Kozumplik aboard As You Like It climbed from 75th after the dressage to 54th place with 111.0 penalties. Other U.S. entries included Darren Chiacchia who withdrew Power Ty after the cross-country and British-based Karen Reuter Niklasson who retired Cloud Nine VII on the cross-country.
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 77,000 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.