Three-time medalist completes trials sweep

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. -- Three-time Olympic medalist Robert Dover won the freestyle segment Sunday to sweep the U.S. Olympic dressage trials.

Aboard FBW Kennedy, Dover scored 81.700 percent, bringing his total over two weekends to an overall weighted average of 78.478 percent for his four victories.

"I've never been as fortunate as to have a horse like Kennedy underneath me," he said.

Dover will be competing in his sixth Olympics. He has won three team bronze medals.

Debbie McDonald of Hailey, Idaho, on Brentina, rated No. 2 in the world, was excused from the trials because of her excellent record and her mare's need to rest a slight tendon strain.

Also earning spots on the Olympic team from the trials were Guenter Seidel of Del Mar, Calif., and Steffen Peters of Solana Beach, Calif.

Dover, Seidel and Peters were three-quarters of the Olympic bronze medal team in Atlanta in 1996.