Gladstone, New JerseyOctober 29, 2001United States Equestrian Team (USET) riders Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI; Margie Goldstein-Engle of West Palm Beach, FL; Beezie Patton Madden of Cazenovia, NY; and McLain Ward of Brewster, NY excelled at CSIO Washington, October 23 28, winning three classes and finishing second to the Irish team in the Samsung Nations Cup.
Kraut started off by winning the $25,000 Presidents Cup Qualifier on board Anthem, owned by Summit Syndicates, beating an international field of 32 competitors.
Ward, riding his horse Aachat 6, won the $25,000 Cosequin Puissance on Saturday evening, clearing a wall of 71. However, Ward was unsuccessful in his bid to break the puissance record of 771/2 set by Anthony DAmbrosio in 1983. Ward and his 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood edged ahead of a field of eight horses and riders competing from Canada, Ireland, Mexico, and the USA in four attempts at the Cosequin Puissance wall. The Cosequin Puissance wall began at a height of 510 and ended with Wards sole successful winning jump of 71.
Kraut and Madden won the $12,000 International-Open Jumper Fancy Dress Rotating Pair Relay. Kraut and Madden, dressed as the native American and cowboy from the Village People, finished with 4 faults and a time of 52.34 for a total of 56.34.
In the Samsung Nations Cup, the USET squad of riders finished second behind Ireland who finished with 4 faults, while the U.S. team had 8 faults. Third place went to Mexico with 22 faults. Engle rode Hidden Creeks Jones, owned by Hidden Creek Farm; Kraut rode Anthem, owned by Summit Syndicates; Madden rode Judgement, owned by Iron Spring Farm; and Ward rode Rio, owned by Ward and Harry R. Gill. Frank Chapot served at Chef dEquipe.
Another veteran USET rider, Aaron Vale of Camden, SC, won the $100,000 Presidents Cup Grand Prix. Vale, who recently rode on 2001 USET European tour that won seven classes at CSIO Drammen, Norway, including the Samsung Nations' Cup, was clear with Nonix Le Parc, owned by Millstream, and had the fastest time of 31.420 seconds. Canadian rider, Jill Henselwood, riding Toys R Us, was second with a clear round and a time of 32.620 seconds in the jump-off. Third place went to Lynne Little of Frederick, MD riding Comtessa X, owned by Raylyn Farms and Mitchell Sayare, with a time of 34.510 seconds.
Kraut and veteran
USET rider Leslie Howard of Westport, CT tied for the International Open
Jumper Leading Rider award and the International Open Jumper Team award
was given to the United States.
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