By Marty Bauman, U.S. Equestrian Team
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-September 17, 2000-Karen O'Connor of The Plains, VA rode Prince Panache, owned by Jacqueline Mars, to the third best score of the dressage phase of the Olympic three-day event team competition to move the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) up to third place entering Monday's cross country.
O'Connor received a score of 32.60 on "Nash", a 16-year-old, British Thoroughbred gelding, to give the USET a team score of 125.40 at the conclusion of dressage. Two-time defending Olympic champion Australia leads with a score of 112.60 and Great Britain is second with 115.20. France is fourth with 140.20 and the reigning World Champion team from New Zealand is fifth with 143.60.