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[RC] WEC: USA - Suzzie Hayes to Captian US Team - John Teeter

Horsewoman pulls out of endurance race in Dubai 
By DARYL GADBOW of the Missoulian 

Ovando rancher Suzanne Hayes and her horse Quincy have had to withdraw
from the United States equestrian team preparing for the World
Endurance Championship race in Dubai of the United Arab Emirates on
Jan. 27.

Hayes and Quincy, whose official name is Tezero's Gold, went into
training with the U.S. team in Florida ranked among the squad's top
six horse/rider teams that qualify for the world championships. But
Quincy had developed some lameness while training there.

"As I suspected some weeks ago, around the first of January," Hayes
wrote Wednesday in an e-mail to the Missoulian, "Quincy was just not
improving to the point that I was happy and comfortable with, so I
withdrew him from the traveling team consideration. This horse was an
amazing animal, and while he had worked his way to very near the top
of all the horses selected, I did not want to take up a spot on the
USA team, and not feel that we could contribute in a big way."  It was
an extremely emotional decision for her and the team, Hayes said.

"Every single member of the USA team and staff had tears in their eyes
and disappointment on their faces," she said.

But Hayes' hard work and perseverance paid off when the team members
named her team captain during the world championships.

More: http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2005/01/14/news/mtregional/news06.txt


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