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USA Equestrian
Leslie Howard To Compete In The Top Ten Final In Geneva

Leslie Howard of Westport, CT, will be competing in the Top Ten Final at CSI-W Geneva, Switzerland, December 12 - 15, 2002, rated as the best indoor show of the season. This year is the second edition of the Top Ten Final, open to the best 10 riders of the FEI/Gandini World Jumping Rankings. The Final will take place on Saturday evening where five nations will be represented. Leslie Howard, currently ranked in 11th position on the FEI/Gandini World Jumping Rankings, moved into 10th position for this class after a higher ranked rider notified the FEI of his non-participation.
Howard will be the only lady rider and the only overseas rider competing in the Final.

The participating field is confirmed as follows:
1. Ludger Beerbaum (GER)
2. Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA)
3. Markus Fuchs (SUI)
4. Marcus Ehning (GER)
5. Otto Becker (GER)
6. Jos Lansink (BEL)
7. Lars Nieberg (GER)
8. Ludo Philippaerts (BEL)
9. Toni Hassmann (GER)
10. Leslie Howard (USA)

First reserve is Sydney Olympic champion Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED).

In addition to the Jumping World Cup class, the Geneva Organizing Committee has decided to include in it's program this year, a leg of the Driving World Cup which will be held on Sunday, December 15th. U.S. driver, Chester Weber, currently ranked in 5th position on the Standings for the Indoor World Cup Season 2002/2003, will be competing there with his Four-in-Hand. For more information or to view the results please visit the website

USA Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As
the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.
The vision of USA Equestrian is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian federation in the world.


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