Veteran USET Rider Kimberly Vinoski Wins Blenheim Petplan International Three Day Event
Gladstone, NJ-September 10, 2001-Veteran United States Equestrian Team (USET) rider, Kimberly Vinoski of Scottsville, VA won the Belheim Petplan International Three Day Event CCI ***, September 6-9 in Woodstock, England, riding Winsome Adante, owned by Linda E.A. Wachmeister. She finished the three phase competition with a score of 41.6 penalties, beating an international field of over a hundred competitors that included Great Britain's 2000 Olympic Team Silver Medalist, Pippa Funnell, and the recent 2001 Burghley CCI**** champion, Blyth Tait, and runner up, Andrew Nicholson, who finished this event in second place as well. Vinoski, who placed second at Blenheim in 1999, was clear on the cross country and stadium jumping phases to finish on her dressage score and place just ahead of Andrew Nicholson of New Zealand, who completed the competition with a total score of 42.6 penalties. Polly Stockton of Great Britain was third with 45.6 penalties.
Also competing for the U.S. was Ann Taylor, who finished in fifth place on Cracker Barrel, owned by Kaye Adams. Taylor who presently resides in Daventry, England, completed the event with 50.2 penalties. Sean Crocker of Menlo Park, CA riding Polaris, owned by Gillian Webster, finished in 40th place with a score of 89.0 penalties and Sara Kozumplik of Clifton, VA, finished 54th with 111.0 penalties aboard her As You Like It. Darren Chiacchia of Springville, NY withdrew Power Ty, owned by Carrie Greenslade, before the stadium jumping phase and Karen Reuter Niklasson of Middleburg, VA retired her Cloud Nine VII on cross-country.
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