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New Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals

Dyanna Rucco Emerges as Victor in Charles Owen Adult Medal Finals
Massachusetts Rider Tops a Field of 53 at Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals

WORCESTER, MA (September 17, 2003)The Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals commenced today at its new indoor venue, Worcesters Centrum Centre in Worcester, Massachusetts. Riders from all parts of the country have traveled to Worcester to compete over the next five days for the blue ribbon in 11 hunter divisions, 6 jumper divisions, the HBO Junior Medal Finals, and the Charles Owen Childrens and Adult Medal Finals.

On the first day of competition, Dyanna Rucco of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, emerged as the victor from a class of 53 entries in the Charles Owen Adult Medal Finals. Rucco was presented with a grand prize of a Charles Owen helmet and a Charles Owen cooler. Rucco trains with Katie Sykes at Acres Wild Farm, Plainville, Massachusetts. Her mount for the competition, Equity, is owned by Chuck Mayer of Boston.

After the first round of competition, a tie for twelfth place resulted in a total of 13 riders being called back for a second trip in the ring. Erin Doyle of Kensington, New Hampshire, was sitting in the top spot at the beginning of round two, but a command performance by Dyanna Rucco clinched the national championship award. Ruccos final score was 85.01, almost a three-point lead over Doyle with a second place score of 82.09. Alyssa Korotkin of Larchmont, New York, finished in third place with a score of 81.92.

Charles Owen, founded in London, England in 1911, is a leading manufacturer of ASTM/SEI certified riding helmets. The company offers the ultimate helmet for the safety conscious rider, with standards that not only meet U.S. requirements, but also pass rigorous British and European criteria. Charles Owen helmets are available in a range of such well-known styles as the Hampton, John Whitaker, and the Showjumper.

In other competition, Danielle Dill of Hornell, New York, captured first place in the $2,500 Adult Amateur Jumper on her mount Callaway. Frank Graham Jr. of Elmhurst, New York, came a close second on his mount Manny Too, and Zara Davies of Annville, Pennsylvania, finished in third place aboard Waiting For Godot.

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Thursdays competition at the Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals will include:

7 AM 5:30 PM (approximately)

$1,000 Green Working Hunter Under Saddle

$1,000 Pre-Green Hunter Under Saddle

$1,000 Green Conformation Hunter Under Saddle

$5,000 Pre-Green Hunter Stake

Pre-Green Hunter Championship Presentation Sponsored by Stillwell-Hansen, Inc. & Four Winds Farm

- $5,000 Green Working Hunter Stake

- Green Hunter Championship Presentation

$4,000 Green Conformation Hunter Stake

- Green Conformation Hunter Championship Presentation Sponsored by SBS Farm

$5,000 Regular Working Hunter Stake

- Regular Working Hunter Championship Presentation

- Grand Hunter Champion Presentation

- Leading Hunter Rider Award Presented by Corona Lexol

6:00 PM 10:00 PM (approximately)

$7,500 Adult Jumper Classic, Time First Jump-Off

Charles Owen Childrens Medal Finals


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