Show Jumper Peter Wylde is Fourth Following Round One
at World Equestrian Games 2002
States Team in Seventh Place
de la Frontera, SpainSeptember 18, 2002 U.S. show
jumper Peter Wylde is in fourth place at the conclusion of the
first round for the Team and Individual placings in the Show Jumping
World Championships at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez de
la Frontera, Spain.
who currently reside in Maastricht, Holland, riding Fein Cera,
owned by the Fein Cera Group has only 1.55 penalties entering
Thursdays two-round competition that serves as the Team
final. Less than one fault separates the top three riders. Sydney
Olympic team Silver Medalist Markus Fuchs of Switzerland had the
fastest clear round to take the top spot in Wednesdays speed
class. Eric Levallois of France claimed second with a score of
.16 and 1992 Barcelona Olympic Champion Ludger Beerbaum of Germany
finished third with .50.
The United States squad is currently seventh in the team standings,
but is less than two rails from medal position with a combined
score of 13.75. France leads the way with a total score of 4.22,
Germany is in second with 7.69 and Sweden is third on 9.02.
first it looked like the United States had luck on its side. Peter
Wylde and Fein Cera had a textbook round with only time against
them going third in the line-up and first for the U.S. Wylde was
such a great feeling, said Wylde. I love this horse!
She went as good as I expected and the fact that my score held
up confirmed my feelings.
the luck started to fade. Nicole Simpson of Westlake Village,
CA, riding El Campeons Cirka Z, owned by El Campeon Farm,
went next but had a rail that was converted to five time penalties
in the speed class format and ended up in thirty first place with
a converted score of 5.45.
had an unlucky rail at the last jump, said Simpson. I
thought he went really well and then he nicked the last one at
seemed to get worse instead of better. Beezie Madden of Cazenovia,
NY went third for the U.S. on Judgement, owned by Iron Spring
Farm. Madden had two rails and placed forty-seventh with a converted
score of 6.75.
spooked a little at the last minute, said Madden. I
think it had to do with all the colorful material underneath.
U.S. final rider, two-time Olympic veteran Leslie Howard of Westport,
CT, riding Priobert de Kalvarie, owned by Higher Ground Farm,
had the unluckiest round of all. The pair barely left the ground
going into the first part of the triple combination, so Howard
was forced to pull out and start the fence over giving them the
most time penalties of the squad and placing them in fifty-ninth
individually with a converted score of 8.75 which was the U.S.s
hesitated for a slight second because of the way the sun made
a shadow on the fence, said Howard. I dont think
he knew it was a triple.
Equestrian Team (USET) Chef dEquipe Frank Chapot is optimistic
about the U.S.s chances for a team medal.
think we can dig our way out, said Chapot. Two of
our strongest horses messed up today and hopefully they will go
Nations Cup class that determines the team medal and also
serves as the next two rounds of the individual competition takes
place on Thursday.
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