Sleeper gets quite a jolt in Malaysia

A night ride through the Malaysian jungle during monsoon season sounds more like an Indiana Jones adventure than the World Endurance Championships — especially after it became a harrowing cliffhanger for U.S. team member Meg Sleeper of Kingwood Township.

Sleeper, who returned last week from the competition, was riding her homebred Arabian Syrocco Reveille beside another U.S. competitor, Jan Worthington, on Nov. 9 when a bolt of lightning struck the ground by their horses, sending sparks flying as a clap of thunder followed. Worthington’s mount, ironically named Golden Lightning, smacked into Reveille as both spooked horses galloped off the trail and into the jungle.

Sleeper’s first thought?

“We’re dead.”…

…”It’s taken me a little while to look at it this way, but we probably were really lucky not to have had a really catastrophic event,” said Sleeper, who is pointing toward the next championships at the 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, which should offer kinder conditions. She’s very excited about her 8-year-old bay, who handled her first foreign trip well….

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Date: 11-22-2008