Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hunterdon rider is highest placed American at World Endurance Championship

NJ.com - Full Article

August 27 2012
By Lillian Shupe/Hunterdon County Democrat

NEWMARKET, UNITED KINGDOM — Margaret “Meg” Sleeper, who was a last-minute substitution, was the highest placed American at the Longines FEI World Endurance Championship on Saturday, Aug. 25.

The day started out pleasant at Euston Park, but throughout the day the weather deteriorated into heavy downpours and severe thunderstorms. Due to the extreme weather, officials had to call the race off for the safety of the horses and riders. In an unusual finish to an endurance race, several riders were placed based on the position they were in at the time that the race was called, but the majority of the riders finished the sixth and final loop.

Sleeper finished 11th but since she was riding as an individual, her score did not count toward the team score. The team finished fourth.

Sleeper and Syrocco Reveille had a ride time of 07:49:11, averaging 20.46 kph...

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