Saturday, August 18, 2012

2012 Olympics: Reed Kessler’s Guilty Pleasures Chocolate Addiction

Reed Kessler is only 17, but she’s No. 1 on the U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team Long List, hoping to soon hear whether she will be headed to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London as an Olympic Show Jumper.

Watch Reed talk about how she balances school and her sport, what she does for fun when she’s not riding, and her guilty pleasure when it comes to food: “I have a chocolate addiction – I have a big chocolate addiction,” Reed says.

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player 17 yr old Reed Kessler Shares Victory with legendary show jumping veteran Margie Engle in USEF National Show Jumping Championship, Lauren Fisher and Shona Rosenblum for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.: The 2012 USEF National Show Jumping Championships and Selection Trials for the U.S. Show Jumping Team for the 2012 Olympic Games concluded on Saturday evening with an exciting fourth and final round under the lights at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. It was a full house of over 7,000 spectators as veteran competitor Margie Engle and young rider Reed Kessler tied for the championship title and shared the victory gallop. The competition this week was held as both the national championship and the selection trials for this summer’s Olympic Games concurrently. For the national championship, riders scores carried over through each of the four rounds of competition and $200,000 was awarded to the top twelve competitors overall. Those standings will also help to determine the long list for the riders that will compete in the Olympic Games in London this summer. The long list will be announced on Sunday.Alan Wade of Ireland set the courses for all four rounds of competition held throughout the week and finished out with another great course tonight. Twenty competitors returned for the final round, and just three were able to clear the course without fault. The final two horse and rider combinations on course tonight were Margie Engle and Indigo and Reed Kessler and Cylana. Each came into the last round carrying cumulative scores of eight from the previous three rounds. Both pairs then had a score of four over tonight’s course to finish with twelve fault totals. The riders agreed to jump their horses no further in a jump-off and share the championship honors. In addition to her ride aboard Cylana, Kessler was the first rider to clear the course without fault tonight with her horse Mika. Kessler and Mika carried 13 faults into the final round and kept their final score at just that. The pair finished in a three-way tie for third place overall with Mario Deslauriers and Jane F. Clark’s Urico and Rich Fellers and Harry & Mollie Chapman’s Flexible. Kent Farrington and RCG Farm’s Uceko also jumped a clear round over tonight’s course and finished on an 18 fault total to earn the fourth place prize overall. Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Cortes ‘C’ were the only other pair to clear the course. Madden and Cortes ‘C’ carried 20 faults into tonight’s round and remained at that score for the overall standings. She ended up tied for the fifth place prize with Laura Kraut and Stars and Stripes’ Teirra.

2012 Olympics: Reed Kessler’s Guilty Pleasures Chocolate Addiction Rating: 4.5 Diposkan Oleh: Arm Aritn

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