States Wins Dressage Silver Medal at World Equestrian
de la Frontera, SpainSeptember 12, 2002The United
States won the Silver Medal in the Team Dressage competition,
at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
on Thursday with a combined score of 5527. Germany won the Gold
Medal scoring 5642 and the home team of Spain won the bronze,
much to the crowds delight, with a score of 5403.
U.S. squad consisted of Debbie McDonald of Hailey, ID on Brentina,
owned by Perry & Peggy Thomas; Lisa Wilcox of Thousand Oaks,
CA riding Relevant, owned by Gundula Vorwerk and Dr. Claus Crone-Munzebrock;
Susan Blinks of Wellington, FL, riding Flim Flam owned by Fritz
Kundrun and Dressage Sponsor Corporation and Guenter Seidel of
Del Mar, CA on Nikolaus 7, owned by Dick and Jane Brown.
marks the best finish for a United States dressage team in any
World Championship or Olympic Games. United States Equestrian
Team (USET) Chef dEquipe Jessica Ransehousen felt it was
worth the wait.
a fulfillment of a huge wonderful dream, said Ransehousen.
Weve fought and fought for years to get what weve
gotten here today. Thankfully we have had an organization like
the United States Equestrian Team to help us become better and
enable us to get the job done.
four riders on the squad credited the USETs decision to
hire Klaus Balkenhol as coach in 2001 as part of the reason for
the improved performance.
makes us feel confident, said Blinks. We are a close
knit team and everyone of us is now in a stronger place.
top 25 riders move on to the next round of individual competition,
the Grand Prix Special, that takes place on Friday. The US has
three in the top ten and all four in the top 25. Debbie McDonald
currently stands third individually, Lisa Wilcox is in fifth and
Susan Blinks is in seventh and Guenter Seidel is in thirteenth.
The top 15 from the Grand Prix Special qualify to ride in the
Freestyle competition on Sunday which determines the individual
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