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Three United States Dressage Riders in Top Ten Following Grand Prix Special at 2002 World Equestrian Games
Debbie McDonald in Medal Position Entering Sunday’s Individual Final

Jerez de la Frontera, Spain – September 13, 2002 – Three U.S. Dressage riders are in the top ten following the Grand Prix Special at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

Two U.S. riders are in medal contention going into Sunday’s culminating Freestyle: Debbie McDonald of Hailey, ID on Brentina, owned by Perry & Peggy Thomas, and Lisa Wilcox of Thousand Oaks, CA, riding Relevant, owned by Gundula Vorwerk and D. Claus Crone-Munzebrock. A medal by either rider would be the first World Championship medal ever by a U.S. Dressage rider!

McDonald nearly won the Special, placing second with a score of 76.120%. She currently sits in third place overall with a combined score of 150.76. Wilcox is close behind with a Grand Prix Special score of 75.680 and an overall score of 149.880. Susan Blinks of Wellington, FL, riding Flim Flam, owned by Fritz Kundrun and Dressage Sponsor Corporation, remains in seventh with a Special score of 73.240 and an overall score of 145.480. Guenter Seidel of Del Mar, CA on Nikolaus 7, owned by Dick and Jane Brown, is in fourteenth place with a Grand Prix Special score of 69.600 and an overall score of 139.440.

The crowd was on its feet for the hometown girl, however, Beatriz Ferrer-Salat of Spain and Beauvalais, who won the Grand Prix Special and now stands second overall after receiving an incredible score of 77.000 for a combined score 151.560. Nadine Capellmann of Germany barely held on to her overall lead with a combined score of 153.840. Capellmann and Farbenfroh had a few costly mistakes and finished third in the Grand Prix Special with a score of 75.880.

McDonald came very close to winning the Special, but had a costly bobble in the first extended trot. Still, she was happy with her test.

“I am not sure what happened,” said McDonald. “I think she grabbed a shoe and tripped, other than that I am very excited about the rest of the test. Brentina stayed focused and was with me the entire test.

“I think it would be an incredible feeling to win a medal,” said McDonald. “My mom passed away last year and it was her dream to be here. If that were to happen, it would be as if mom was watching and I made her proud, but it’s anybody’s game. It would be great to have two U.S. riders on the stand!”

McDonald was referring to Lisa Wilcox, who also has a chance to win a medal. Currently in fourth place, she could possibly move up with an outstanding freestyle. Wilcox had a problem with a pirouette in the Special and was still upset after the test.

“I am really disgusted with myself,” she said. “Relevant was brilliant and was everything I expected, if not more. We have a really beautiful Freestyle though, so we’ll see.”

The Dressage Freestyle or Kur that determines the individual medals takes place on Sunday evening.

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