U.S Drivers Sweep Top Three Dressage Places at 2008 FEI World Championship for Drivers with Disabilities CPEAI 4*
RELEASE: June 26, 2008
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Joanie Morris
Lexington, KY - The U.S. trio of drivers arrived in Greven, Germany for the 2008 FEI World Championship for Drivers with Disabilities CPEAI 4* and put the world on notice after the dressage phase.
Meghan Benge of Aiken, SC drove her borrowed pony Jack to a score of 41.2 with a brilliant performance. The pony was leased from England and his owner was on hand to help groom.
“I think Mary is still is shock,” said Boots Wright who is serving as U.S. Assistant Chef d’Equipe and Assistant Coach. “I think it was the best test we’ve ever seen her drive.”
Not to be outdone, Diane Kastama made her long trip from Temecula, CA worth the miles with her Welsh Cob Jasper. The pair finished second on a score of 43.0.
“Diane produced a very good test this morning,” said Wright.
Just behind Kastama, with another British lessee was Mary Gray. The Newton, New Hampshire driver drove Rannock to a score of 43.3.
“All the girls were over the moon,” said Wright. “Megan and Mary both have only driven their ponies three times. Both the owners came from England to help groom.”
Southern Pines sisters (and driving champions) Randy and Keady Caldwell are serving as the official Coach and Chef d’Equipe respectively. The three drivers have the day off on Friday as the Four-in-Hands take to the dressage ring. This competition serves as an observation trial for the World Championships for the German Team.
The Marathon for all divisions will be Saturday, June 28, and Benge will be the first driver on course.
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