2000 U.S. Nationals of Style &
Friday, June 9
Monday = Clouds. Two rounds of accuracy.
Tuesday = Rain. No jumping.
Wednesday = Wind. One round of style.
Thursday = Fog. Three rounds of style.
Friday = CLEAR BLUE & 72!
They fired up accuracy at
7:30 this morning and proceeded to pound the tuffet into submission
for most of the day, which was interrupted only for a couple of
hours by high winds and a bit of rain in the afternoon.
By the end
of this Friday, we've completed seven rounds of accuracy and all but
a few jumps of style. It's still too early to declare a winner in
any event. Despite the bout of rough weather, I would have to say
that it has been a very successful and *SUPERBLY* run nationals ,
and the U.S. should be fielding a very strong team at the world
There have been many fine individual performances this week,
but one that stands out in my mind is Shawn Callahand. Shawn managed
to sustain the only injury of the meet (so far) by spraining an
ankle on a bail of hay after a style jump yesterday. Today, he shot
accuracy on his "other" foot and is in the running to win
either style, accuracy, or combined. Cheryl Stearns is putting in
yet another strong show, and there are many other S&A veterans I
wish I had time to talk about. A really great group of competitors
here this week.
It all wraps up tomorrow by 1630 with the banquet
several hours later. Look for the final wrap-up in the next issue of