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USA Equestrian
U.S. Wins Five Medals In Final Weekend Of WEG

Peter Wylde and the 11-year-old Holsteiner mare, Fein Cera (Landadel x Cera, by Cor de la Bryere), became the first U.S. participants to win a medal in jumping at the World Equestrian Games when they took the Bronze Medal with 12 total faults accumulated in the individual competition held Sunday, September 22, in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

The top four riders of the jumping competition came back on Sunday to go head-to-head for the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals. The riders switched mounts until each rider had ridden all four horses. Wylde's Fein Cera topped the other horses, receiving only 3 total faults in the four rounds of competition. Lennon Dermott of Ireland ended the day with 4 faults to take the Gold Medal and Navet Eric of France had 8 faults for the Silver Medal.

In the debut of Reining at the World Equestrian Games, it came as no surprise that the U.S. team brought home the Gold Medal with a total score of 657.5. The team was made up of Tom McCutcheon riding George Shifrin's Conquistador Whiz (Quarter Horse: Topsail Whiz x Sugarita Chex, by Bueno Chex), Scott McCutcheon riding the Inwhizable Partners owned, Inwhizable (Quarter Horse: Topsail Whiz x Angels Rosie, by Mr Gold), Shawn Flarida riding Mike Harper's San Jo Freckles (Quarter Horse: San Jo Lena - Colonel Lil Pistol, by Colonel Freckles), and Craig Schmersal riding Tidal Wave Jack (Quarter Horse: Hollywood Macho Jac x Tidal Mist Cody, by Lance Cody) owned by the BS Syndicate. Canada won the Silver Medal with a score of 650 and Italy took the Bronze Medal with a total of 646.

The surprise of the Reining competition came when Flarida and San Jo Freckles bested teammate Tom McCutcheon and Conquistador Whiz with a score of 221.5 to take the Gold Medal. McCutcheon scored 219, leaving him in a tie with Canada's Shawna Sapergia. A run-off was held to determine the Silver and Bronze Medals and McCutcheon came out on top with a score of 219 to take the Silver. Sapergia's run was worth 216.5, sending the Bronze Medal to Canada.

The U.S. Driving Team of James Fairclough, S. Tucker Johnson, and Chester Weber, went clean in the cones phase of the driving competition to end with a total score of 286.52 penalties, giving them the Silver Medal. This is the best finish for a U.S. Four-In-Hand team at a World Championship competition. The Gold Medal went to The Netherlands with an accumulative score of 275.01 and the Bronze went to Germany with 291.54.

Fairclough's team included Baccarate (Dutch Warmblood), Calemera (Swedish Warmblood: Falleur x Cara Mia), Charmeur (Swedish Warmblood: Falleur x Charisma), Cooper (German Warmblood: Coronat x Hanka), Crabat (Swedish Warmblood: Magritte x Camilla) and Markurel (Swedish Warmblood: Maraton x
Excella). Johnson's team was made up of Aberdann (Hannoverian: Acapulco x Suna), Arivano (Holsteiner: Anthony's Dream xx x Jeja), Black Magic 13 (Oldenburg: Lortzing x Alpha), Circuit Hero (Holsteiner: Caletto I x Rena), Espry (Hessen: Einsatz LDB x Harmonie) and Guido 9. Weber's team included Adrian W (Dutch Warmblood: Adaarts x Nicolientje), Jamaica (Dutch Warmblood: Cambridge Cole x Welkom), Maximo W (Holsteiner: Alcatraz x Radona), Rolex W (Dutch Warmblood: Larix x Dorena), Palle (Danish Warmblood) and Goofy (Dutch Warmblood).

The United States ended with 8 medals overall, second only to Germany who finished with 9.

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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