US Olympic Equestrian Jumping Gold Medal Team Honored
WEST PALM BEACH, FL, Feb. 6-
The 2004 US Olympic Equestrian Show Jumping gold medal team has been awarded the Sports Hall of Fame inuagural President's Award.
Donald P. Dufresne, President of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and Institute announced the award Thursday. The awards banquet will be held March 9 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
The four team members and the horses on which they won gold are: Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, N.Y. on Authentic, McLain Ward of Brewster, N.Y. on Sapphire, Chris Kapler of Pittstown, N.J. on Royal Kaliber and Peter Wylde of Maastricht, Netherlands and Fein Cera.
"This is truly something for all of equestrian sport in our country to celebrate," said U.S. Equestrian Federation President David J. O'Connor. "This is not merely a victory for the U.S. Show Jumping Team from Athens. This is a victory for each and every one of us who loves horse sport. These four athletes and their four equally incredible horses made us all proud at the 2004 Olympic Games. They represented our country well, and we're thrilled that they'll now have the opportunity to wear the gold medals they've worked so hard for."
All four of the 2004 gold medal team members are at the CN Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and are seeking a berth on this year's Olympic team.
The five team selection trials will be held at PBIEC in Wellington on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 PM, Sunday, March 2 at 1 PM, Wednesday, March 5 at 7 PM, Thursday, March 6 at 7 PM and Sunday March 9 at 1 PM.
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The 2008 CN Winter Equestrian Festival attracts the best horses and riders from around the world to Wellington and offers more than $5 million in prize money. For more information, visit www.equestriansport.com