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U.S. Triumphant In Nations Cup

The United States Jumping Team won the 2002 $225,000 BMO Financial Group Nations' Cup held Saturday, September 7, 2002 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The U.S. Team, made up of Alison Firestone riding Casanova (Cortez x Alpenkicka), Schuyler Riley riding Ilian (Zuidhorn - Amara, by Elan xx), Laura Kraut riding Anthem (Dutchboy - Ecvalan, by Triton) and Margie Goldstein-Engle riding Hidden Creek's Perin (Pageno - Garbe, by Gotthard), finished the two rounds of the Nations' Cup Competition with 20 combined faults and a combined time of 503.96 seconds, handily defeating the second place German team who ended with 32 faults and a time of 518.09. Firestone and Goldstein-Engle lead their team with faultless rides in the second round of competition.

A Nations' Cup Class is held over two rounds with each team consisting of four riders. The three best scores of each round are calculated to determine the winner.

Results are as follows:
1. United States 20/503.96
2. Germany 32/518.09
3. Switzerland 35/520.23
4. Belgium 39/518.92
5. Canada 57/513.56
6. The Netherlands 68/503.06

USA Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As
the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.
The vision of USA Equestrian is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian federation in the world.


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