Tuesday, August 22, 2006

WEC: Horse's injury derails N.J. rider's hopes at worlds

BY NANCY JAFFER
For the Star-Ledger

AACHEN, Germany -- After a 100-mile ride that ended in the rain and mud, Meg Sleeper's faith in her horse and herself paid off as she completed the endurance championship at the World Equestrian Games under difficult conditions.

If only U.S. team officials had expressed the same faith in the Hunterdon County woman and her mount, America would have had a placing in the event. But they decided Sleeper should ride her home-bred Shyrocco Troilusas as an individual competitor, rather than as part of the team, after the half-Arabian gelding bruised his hoof a few days ago.

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