JOHNSON AND FAIRCLOUGH WIN AT GLADSTONE DRIVING EVENT
GLADSTONE, NJ - September
27, 2001 - Nancy Johnson, Lisa Singer and James Fairclough won the Advanced
Driving Championships at the Gladstone Driving Event, September 21-23,
at the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Olympic Training Center on Hamilton
Farm in Gladstone, NJ.
Lisa Singer of Chadds Ford, PA won the USET Pairs Championship for the
third consecutive year and fifth time overall. With her victory,
Singer, driving horses owned by Anne (Mimi) Thorington, matched Larry
Poulin's record of five Championship titles. Singer, the only woman
driver to win the Championship, won in 1994, and again in 1997, 1999 and
2000. This year, she finished with a three phase score of 123.49
penalties. She won the dressage phase with a score of 43.40, was second
in the marathon with 76.59, and won the cones with no knockdowns and 3.50
Following Singer in the standings was Elizabeth Chesson of Bedminster,
NJ with horses owned by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Chesson. She finished
with a three phase score of 128.64 penalties. The horses Chesson
drove, Aristocrat and Bossanova were retired immediately after the competition.
Third place went to Larry Poulin of Gray, ME with horses owned by Natasha
Grigg. His three phase score was 130.13 penalties.
Nancy Johnson of Lincoln, MA drove her own horse to win the Gladstone
Singles Championship, which served as a USET selection trial for the 2002
Singles World Championship to be held in Conty, France, August 28 - September
1, 2002. She finished with a three phase score of 120.07 penalties
after winning the dressage and cones phases. Finishing second in the Advance
Single Horse competition was Canadian Kristen Brunner with 125.02 penalties,
followed by American Scott Monroe, who took third place with 126.23 penalties.
Jack Wetzel of Aiken, SC took home top honors in the Advanced Single Pony
division with 135.73 penalties, while A.J. Meyer won the Advanced Pair
Pony division with a score of 146.29.
With her victory at Gladstone in the Advanced Singles division, Nancy
Johnson sprang into the lead of the Jaguar Triple Crown of Driving presented
by Driving Essentials/Glinkowski Carriages with 226.48 points. She
leads two-time Triple Crown Champion Lisa Singer who has 227.22 points.
Canadian Kirsten Brunner stands in third with 228.97 penalty points. The
finale of the Jaguar Triple Crown occurs at the Fair Hill International
in Fair Hill, MD on October 25-28.
During opening ceremonies the combined mounted color guards from the New
Jersey State Police and the Morris County Park Police presented colors
and the Star Spangled Banner was sung by Robin Dudek, a resident of the
Matheny School and Hospital.
Once again, the Gladstone Driving Event welcomed New Jersey youngsters
for a variety of educational youth programs and the Equine Expo, hosted
by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture Equine Advisory Board. Youngsters
participated in Youth Days on both Saturday and Sunday. Those attending
learned general equine knowledge including grooming, use of tack, breeds,
horse history, and horse health care. The information was presented
by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture Equine Advisory Board and
the Gladstone Equestrian Association. Although attendance was open to
everyone, the clinics were designed to benefit those enrolled in Girl
and Boy Scouts, Pony Clubs, 4-H Clubs and Future Farmers of America (FFA)
Another special feature of the Gladstone Driving Event was an appearance
by the historic Heinz Hitch, which was stabled at Pine Meadow throughout
the event and performed driving demonstrations on Sunday. Past performances
of the Heinz Hitch include the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Fiesta
Bowl Parade and the internationally acclaimed Tournament of Roses Parade.
The Gladstone Equestrian Association, which hosts The Gladstone Driving
Event, is dedicated to promoting the sport of combined driving and equestrian
sports overall. Formed in 1985, the New Jersey non-profit corporation
sponsors clinics on driving, course design, equine health, and endurance
training to educate the public on the diversity of horse sports.
In addition, the GEA provides support to equestrian organizations such
as the United States Equestrian Team and USA Equestrian who are committed
to making America a leader in the international equestrian arena.
For more information contact the Gladstone Equestrian Association at (908)
234-0151 or visit its website at www.gladstonedriving.com.