Madden heads show jumping short list

Updated: July 14, 2004, 9:02 PM ET
Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The U.S. show jumping team for the Athens Games includes four riders without Olympic experience.

Beezie Madden, of Cazenovia, N.Y., riding Authentic; Peter Wylde, a Massachusetts native, on Fein Cera; and McLain Ward, of Brewster, N.Y., with Sapphire, were on the short list selected by the U.S. Equestrian Federation on Tuesday. The three were selected based on their finish during two weekends of trials.

Chris Kappler, of Flemington, N.J., was a discretionary choice of the selection committee with his mount, Royal Kaliber. He did not compete in the trials.

Alison Firestone, of Upperville, Va., is the first alternate with Casanova, and Lauren Hough, of Wellington, Fla., is the second alternate with Clasiko.

Hough rode in the 2000 Sydney Games four years ago.

Selectors did not use another subjective choice to choose Margie Goldstein Engle, an eight-time American Grand Prix Association Rider of the Year who was Hough's teammate on the Sydney team.

Engle, who broke a bone in her leg three months ago, rode Hidden Creek's Perin in the first round of the trials May 15 and had a faultless trip. She tore tissue in her injured leg and did not compete in the rest of the trials.

Sally Ike, the U.S. Equestrian Federation's director of show jumping activities, called the short list, "the strongest Olympic team we've had in a long time."

"I'm looking forward to at least a team medal and maybe an individual medal," she said.

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