Sound Start for Team USA at the FEI World Pair Driving Championships in Hungary

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Lexington, KY—The 12 horses of the four American competitors at the FEI World Pair Driving Championship in Kecskemet, Hungary, passed the horse inspection this morning without problems.  The horses of [#25166 override="Keady Cadwell, Miranda Cadwell, Larry Poulin and Lisa Singer" title="Keady Cadwell, Miranda Cadwell, Larry Poulin and Lisa Singer"] were presented to the veterinarians and judges. Chef d’equipe Ed Young, team trainer Koos de Ronde from The Netherlands and team veterinarian Meg Mullin complete the team. Poulin is celebrating a milestone in Kecskemet, as he will represent the U.S. at a World Pair Driving Championship for the 10th and last time in his career as he plans to retire from driving competiton after this event to devote more time to his riding dressage career. All three of Poulin's horses brought to Hungary compete at the FEI level in dressage.

After Gladstone in 1993 and Warka in 2007, Keady Cadwell is again on the team in Hungary. Her younger sister, Miranda, has swapped her pony pair she successfully competed with at the FEI World Pony Driving Championships in Greven-Bockholt, Germany, last week for a horse pair to compete in her first FEI World Pair Driving Championship. Miranda will compete as an individual for the U.S. in Kecskemet.

Seventy-one drivers from 21 nations will compete in the championship. Eighteen nations’ teams will battle for the team medals. Kecskemet, 56 miles from the capital city, Budapest, hosted three FEI World Championships before (the 1978 and 2004 FEI World Four-in-Hand Championships and the 1999 World Pair Championship).

Reigning World Pair Champion Vilmos Lazar, who also won the Gold medal in 1999 in Kecskemet and 2001 in Riesenbeck, will be part of the Hungarian team that defends its Silver medal.  The 2007 Silver Individual medalist Sebastian Warneck made a large contribution to the German Team Gold in 2007 and will also be part of the team again in Kecskemet.  Hungary’s Karoly Hodi won the Bronze Individual medal two years ago, but will not be present in Kecskemet this year.

Austria’s Christian Iseli, who was also responsible for the course at the FEI World Pair Driving Championship in Svettl in 1991 and Poznan 1995, the 2004 FEI World Four-in-Hand Championship in Kecskemet and the FEI World Single Driving Championships 2006 and 2008, is once again responsible for the course design in Kecskemet.

The jury is chaired by Diana Brownlie from Great Britain and is completed by Peter Bonhof from The Netherlands, Dr. Klaus Christ from Germany, Marsoe Larose from Canada and Jozsef Borka from Hungary.

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Official Website for FEI World Pair Driving Championship in Kecskemet, Hungary
Photos from the FEI World Pair Driving Championship in Kecskemet, Hungary