Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sleeper reconnoiters for USA at world championships test event

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By Nancy Jaffer/For The Star-Ledger
on August 25, 2013

Competition is a prime focus for endurance rider Meg Sleeper, but she didn't go to France last week to win; she went to scout.
The Frenchtown resident was aboard a borrowed horse, Tikis Twistyr, for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games' test event, run against the scenic background of rugged Mont Saint-Michel, verdant fields and broad beaches in Normandy. She was among 58 riders from 35 countries who toured the 129.3-kilometer course.

Unfortunately, her mount was "sort of a longshot" and wasn't at optimum fitness. She got pulled at the end of the ride (the condition of the horses is checked periodically along the route and after the finish). A ribbon wasn't the mission,though. Sleeper, a veteran of five world championships who is a candidate for the U.S. WEG team, was there to scope out the conditions.

A veterinary cardiologist at the University of Pennsylvania, Sleeper's assignment now is to write a report about what she encountered on the ride. It will be used to help prepare the U.S. squad that competes next August when everyone is going for the medals...

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