States Leads Eventing Competition After First Day of Dressage
Phase at World Equestrian Games 2002
de la Frontera, SpainSeptember 12, 2002 The United
States Equestrian Team (USET) Eventing squad is in first place
with a score of 68.40 penalties at the conclusion of the first
day of the Dressage phase held on Thursday at the 2002 World Equestrian
Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
Olympic Gold Medalist David OConnor of The Plains, VA, riding
Giltedge, owned by Jacqueline Mars, Christa Badger and Jonathan
Ireland, and John Williams of Middleburg, VA, riding his Carrick,
received the same score of 34.20 to place them in a second place
is in second place in the team standings with a score of 84.80
and the favored team of Great Britain is third with a score of
87.60. Phillip Dutton of Australia, who is riding as an individual
and not as a member of the Australian team, is in the lead individually
with a dressage score of 33.60 on House Doctor.
rode first for the US in the late morning and set a high standard,
receiving a perfect ten for one movement. He was extremely happy
with the test on his two-time Olympic mount.
feel great, said OConnor. This is the best test Giltedge
and I have ever had. He tries his heart out, hes such a
to be outdone by the 2000 Olympic Champion, John Williams rode
his test to the identical impressive score.
was my best test ever, said Williams who rode Carrick to
the Reserve Championship in this years Rolex/USET Four-Star
Championship at the Rolex/Kentucky Three-Day Event in April. He
felt great. He was a little spooky, but thats great for
him to wake him up a bit.
riders feel the cross country will be the true test. The
cross country course is very tough, said O Connor.
Its unpredictable. The instinct of the riders will
play an important role.
course is a little tough, said Williams. It is big
enough and quite technical.
Eventing dressage phase concludes on Friday and the cross country
will take place on Saturday. The final phase of eventing, show
jumping will be on Sunday.
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