Show Jumpers Stand Third Half Way Through Nations Cup
At 2002 World Equestrian Games
de la Frontera, SpainSeptember 19, 2002At the conclusion
of the first round of Thursdays Nations Cup competition
in the Show Jumping World Championship at the 2002 World Equestrian
Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, the United States Equestrian
Team (USET) is in medal position, standing third with a score
of 17.75 team faults. Individually, U.S. rider Peter Wylde leads
who currently resides in Maastricht, Holland, riding Fein Cera,
owned by the Fein Cera Group still has only the 1.55 penalties
he carried in from Wednesdays opening round. Wylde negotiated
the first of two clears for the United States on Thursday morning
that took the team to third place from seventh after Wednesday.
battle for the Gold seems to be between Sweden, who leads with
a score of 9.02, and France, who sits on 9.22. The United States
is next, just ahead of Germany with 19.69.
to the clears turned in by Wylde and Beezie Madden of Cazenovia,
NY on Judgement, owned by Iron Spring Farm, the U.S. is in third.
Leslie Howard of Westport, CT, riding Priobert de Kalvarie, owned
by Higher Ground Farm rode last for the U.S. team and had only
drop score in the first round was that of Nicole Simpson of Westlake
Village, CA, who had an episode out of the Twilight Zone. Apparently,
the sound system failed and when El Campeons Cirka Z had
a refusal at the wave planks, Simpson did not hear a horn so she
kept on jumping. The horse then had a foot in the water and rails
at both parts of the double. Then, USET Chef d Equipe Frank
Chapot inquired as to why there was no horn and Simpson was allowed
to re-jump the course from the point of the refusal, ending up
with 17.00 faults.
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