Attend Marathon Day Of The Laurels At Landhope International
Combined Driving Event
Grove, PASeptember 6, 2003 Thousands of spectators were
on hand at the Laurels at Landhope Combined Driving Event to watch
the exciting Marathon phase at Landhope Farm in West Grove, PA,
drivers and horses from the United States and Canada negotiated
a challenging course designed by World Championship course designer
Harry Buurman of the Netherlands. The obstacles looked and sounded
pleasant with names like Loch Laurel, Gaebel Steeplechase and Garnet
Garden, but they presented a true test with tight turns, water,
hills and bridges that affected the standings for some, but most
were able to keep their lead.
Merriam of Newfane, VT, almost lost his lead in the Advanced Single
Horse Division finishing third in the Marathon, but was able to
stay on top by just .29 of a penalty with an overall score of 100.07.
Scott Monroe of Sharon, CT is a close second with 100.36. Merriam
was pleased with the course and the day.
course was awesome, said Merriam. We all had fun with
it. Its fantastic to compete here because all of the drivers
here are top notch. I want to thank the Laurels for putting on such
a great event.
other Advanced Divisions, Chester Weber of Ocala, FL maintained
his overall lead in the Advanced Multiple Horse Division winning
the marathon and receiving a score of 124.17 penalties. In the Advanced
Pair Horses, Eleanor Gallagher of Southern Pines, NC took over the
lead even with a second place marathon run scoring 137.10 overall.
Tracey Morgan of Beallsville, MD easily maintained the top spot
in Advanced Pair Pony with 117.74 and in the Advanced Single Pony
Division, Jack Wetzel of Aiken, SC finished seventh in the marathon,
but stayed first overall with 113.09 penalties.
the Preliminary Divisions, almost all of the drivers maintained
their lead. Scott Adcox of Mendenhall, PA, stayed on top in the
Preliminary Single Horse A Division with a second place
marathon and a combined score of 92.94 penalties. Rochelle Temple
of Powhatan, VA, leads the B Division scoring 107.57
overall and a third place marathon finish. Ellen Epstein of Newtown,
PA also stayed in first in the Preliminary Pair Horse Division with
113.90 and a runner-up placing in the marathon. The leader once
again of the Preliminary Single Pony A Division is Suzy
Stafford of Bear, DE with a fourth in the marathon and an overall
score of 94.30. The B Division is also unchanged with
Leslie Grieve of Southern Pines, NC maintaining the lead and finishing
second in the marathon with a combined score of 104.95 penalties.
The only change in the Preliminary Division was the leader of the
Preliminary Pair Pony. Joan McGurren won the marathon and took over
the top spot with an overall score of 102.77. Claire Reid in the
Preliminary Multiple Pony scored 163.21.
Laurels culminates on Sunday with the Cones phase where the drivers
and horses present a beautiful picture as they negotiate a pattern
scattered with traffic cones. Penalties come easy and a win is on
the line, so tension is high, but extremely enjoyable to watch.
of the titles that the competitors will be vying for at the Laurels
is the prestigious Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) North
American Top Driver Award. Additionally, drivers have the opportunity
to win the 2003 USA Equestrian Pony Championships, the Martin Auctioneer/Kuhnle
Carriage North American Single Horse Challenge, the FEI North American
Single Driving Challenge and the Laurels serves as a United States
Equestrian Team (USET) Selection Trial for World Championship teams.
Laurels is great way for the entire family to spend a Sunday with
entertaining events such as the AKC Tail Blazers Fall Dog
Agility Trials, performances by the Barbone Street Jazz Band and
fabulous boutique shopping.
Laurels at Landhope Autumn Celebration benefits the Brandywine Conservancy,
the Cheshire Hunt Conservancy, the Large Animal Protection Society
and the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center. Located on
Wood View Road in West Grove only one-mile from Rt. 1 and Rt. 41
this family event has free admission with parking fees of $10 per
car per day.
further information and results, please visit the website at www.laurelscde.org.