Chiacchia Wins USET Three Star Spring Championship at
NJApril 22, 2003As the top finishing U.S. rider at
the fourth annual Foxhall Cup, Darren Chiacchia won the 2003 U.S.
Equestrian Team (USET) Three Star Spring Championship on April
17-20 at Foxhall Farm near Atlanta.
of Ocala, FL, and Windfall, the black Trakhener stallion owned
by Dr. Timothy Holekamp, actually finished second overall to Australian
rider Phillip Dutton and Nova Top. Chiacchia, who was in second
place after the dressage phase of competition, picked up 5.2 time
faults on the cross-country phase to sit third as he went into
the jumping phase on Sunday. Chiacchia picked up eight jumping
and three time faults in jumping, putting him just behind Dutton,
the two-time Olympic team Gold Medalist who had moved up after
placing 11th in dressage.
favorite Nathalie Bouckaert of Chatsworth, GA, daughter of Belgium
Olympic team rider Carl Bouckaert, and her horse Westfarthing
placed second in the USET Championship and third overall in the
Foxhall Cup after leading following both the dressage and cross-country
phases. She and her bay English Thoroughbred gelding picked up
a heart-breaking 16 jumping and three time faults during the final
son of another Olympic rider, Bruce Buck Davidson
Jr. of Unionville, PA, finished third in the championship and
fourth overall aboard Twist and Shout, a gray Thoroughbred-cross
gelding. They had moved up from 21st place after dressage.
fourth in the championship and fifth overall was Jessica Heidemann
of Bellingham, WA, riding French Twist. Corinne Ashton of Boxboro,
MA, and Dobbin were fifth in the championship and sixth overall.
than 90 horses competed in the 2003 Foxhall Cup CCI***. The championship
helps determine who will ride for the United States in the 2003
Pan American Championship that will be held in October at the
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