SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-September 27, 2000-Christine Traurig of Carlsbad, CA, the final rider in the Sydney Olympic team dressage competition, rode Etienne, a 12-year-old, Westphalian gelding owned by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Haas, to his best score ever and gave the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) its third consecutive Olympic team Bronze Medal.
Needing a score of 1729 points (69.16%) to move the USET ahead of Denmark for the Bronze, Traurig, riding in her first Olympics, was cool and calm and rode her talented yet inexperienced horse to the ride of his life.
"I asked my teammates not to tell me what score I needed," she said afterwards. "I think it's best not to know and to just try to ride the best test you can. I am so proud of my horse and what he has done and I am thankful to Mr. and Mrs. Haas for giving me this moment which is the dream of a lifetime."