and Howard Tie for Fourth in Show Jumping World Cup Final
NJMay 6, 2002McLain Ward of Brewster, NY and Leslie
Howard of Westport, CT tied for fourth place in the Show Jumping
World Cup Final in Leipzig, Germany.
Ward and Howard finished behind the new World Cup champion Otto
Becker and runner-up Ludger Beerbaum, teammates on Germanys
Gold Medal team at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, plus the third-place
finisher, three-time World Cup champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil.
Ward, riding Viktor, a 12-year-old German Warmblood gelding owned
by Ward and Harry Gill, entered Sundays final round in second
place. He carried a score of two faults into the two-round final
after placing second in the opening speed class and sixth in Fridays
jump-off class. His 12 faults in Sundays two rounds dropped
him to fourth.
Howard, riding Priobert de Kalvarie, owned by Higher Ground Farm,
entered Sundays final in 14th place. She rode the 10-year-old
Belgian gelding to the only double clear round of Sundays
Final to win that class and move into the fourth place tie with
her USET teammate.
Texel of Beverly Hills, CA and Fleur, owned by David Saperstein,
climbed from twenty-sixth place to thirteenth with only four faults
over the two rounds. USET Chef dEquipe Frank Chapot said,
Traditionally the American riders do better each day of
the World Cup competition as our horses get acclimatized to the
indoor venue. This was certainly the case for Fleur who
was disappointing the first two days but amazing in her determination
to clear the massive oxers that course designer Frank Rothenberger
presented on the final day.
Olympic veteran Lauren Hough of Ocala, FL and Windy City, owned
by Peppercorn, Ltd., had only four faults in the first round and
eight in the second to earn fourteenth spot overall.
results are available at www.uset.org
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