September 17, 2002 — The Canadian Show Jumping Team that
will compete at the 2002 World Equestrian Games (WEG) will be comprised
of Melissa Brown of Claremont, ON, Mac Cone of King, ON, Karen Cudmore
of Victoria, BC, and Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON. The alternate is
Mark Samuel of Toronto, ON, is the alternate rider with Darios V,
Chadburn Holdings’ 11-year-old selle francais gelding.
Brown, who recently represented Canada at the 2002 World Cup Final in
Germany, will be riding Karolus K, her 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood
gelding. Cone, Canada’s highest placed rider at the 1996 Atlanta
Olympics, is paired with CoCu, Southern Ways’ 10-year-old grey
Holsteiner mare. Cudmore was the winner of the WEG Selection Trials for
the Canadian Show Jumping with the nine-year-old Holsteiner stallion,
Conejo, owned by her husband, Blair Cudmore. 1999 Pan American Games
team bronze medallist Lamaze, making his third consecutive WEG
appearance, completes the team with Millcreek Raphael, a 12-year-old
Hannoverian gelding owned by Phil Henning’s Millcreek Stables.
“We’re really excited and looking forward to competing at the World
Equestrian Games,” said Danny Foster, chef d’equipe of the Canadian Show
Jumping Team. “We have a great team, our horses all look fantastic and
I think we stand a good chance.”
The horses and riders had an opportunity to acquaint themselves with the
conditions and atmosphere in the 22,000-seat Chapin stadium with
Tuesday’s ?Friendly’ competition. Official competition begins Wednesday
with the Speed Round, scheduled from 4?8 p.m. Nations’ Cup team
competition will take place on Thursday to decide the team medals.
Following a day of rest, the top 25 riders based on their individual
standings will compete on Saturday with the top four riders then
advancing to the Final Four Individual Final on Sunday. In an
exceptional format that tests skill and horsemanship, the four remaining
riders will ride each of the four horses over the same course.
The World Equestrian Games, which sees seven equestrian disciplines –
dressage, driving, endurance, reining, show jumping, three day eventing
and vaulting, holding their respective World Championships, are held
every four years opposite the Olympic Games.