States Riders Finish Just Out of Medals in Individual
Dressage Competition at 2002 World Equestrian Games
de la Frontera, Spain September 15, 2002 Despite
a flawless performance in the Freestyle competition by Debbie
McDonald of Hailey, ID and Brentina, owned by Perry & Peggy
Thomas, the U.S. is without an Individual Dressage Medal at the
2002 World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
and Brentina finished fourth by the slimmest of margins with a
score of 233.460 (82.700).
Wilcox of Thousand Oaks, CA, riding Relevant, owned by Gundula
Vorwerk and Dr. Claus Crone-Munzebrock were right behind them
in fifth place with a score of 232.530 (82.650). Susan Blinks
of Wellington, FL riding Flim Flam, owned by owned by Fritz Kundrun
and Dressage Sponsor Corporation came in eleventh with 219.855
Capellmann of Germany and Farbenfroh won the Gold Medal with a
score of 237.515 (83.675). The hometown favorite Beatriz Ferrer-Salat
of Spain on Beauvalais captured the Silver scoring 234.385 (82.825)
and the Bronze was won by Ulla Salzgeber of Germany riding Rusty,
receiving 233.535 (83.775).
dismounting, McDonald gave her mare a big hug and then hugged
her husband, Bob. Although disappointed, Debbie was philosophical
about her fate.
still am happy, said McDonald. I cant ask more
of my horse. I cant go home feeling bad because we accomplished
more than I ever imagined. I am ecstatic, we received over 80%
was just as pleased about her ride and about the entire experience
at the WEG.
was also happy about my test, said Wilcox. We are
just getting started so there is no reason to be depressed. This
result is exactly what we planned on before we came here, we just
got excited in the middle. This was an historical horse show and
we have to move on from here.
enjoyed her time at the WEG, but not in the Freestyle. Flim Flam
had a rough go of it under the lights.
Flam was really afraid of the cameras, said Blinks. I
thought it would help us, but he is not a horse that deals well
with some things, and he got stage fright. I really enjoyed it
here, though and winning the Silver team Medal was unbelievable.
World Equestrian Games continue with the Endurance competition.
The United States Equestrian Team (USET) will be represented by
both individual and team competitors.
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