Olympic and World Championship Veterans
Expected to Compete at Fair Hill International
Hill, MDOctober 15, 2002Olympic veterans and World Champion
equestrians are expected to compete at the 14th annual Fair Hill
International Festival in the Country, October 24-27, in Fair Hill,
2002 Fair Hill International will host the final legs of both the
Triple Crown of Driving and the FEI North American Driving Challenge
in addition to three other prestigious equestrian championships
the USET Three Star Fall Eventing Championship, the USA Equestrian
Single Horse Driving Championship, and the United States Eventing
Association (USEA) East Coast Championships.
Hill International CCI***
from his Eventing team Gold Medal at the 2002 World Equestrian Games
(WEG) in Spain, David OConnor is once again planning to compete
in the Fair Hill International CCI***. The individual Gold Medalist
at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, OConnor is the defending champion
in the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Three Star Eventing
Fall Championship held at Fair Hill, having won the championship
WEG Gold Medal teammates John Williams and Kim Vinoski-Severson
have also submitted their entries to compete at Fair Hill. Williams
placed fourth individually at WEG and finished eighth in Fair Hills
USET Eventing Championship last year. Vinoski-Severson finished
in sixth place individually at WEG and posted a fourth place finish
in the USET Eventing Championship in 2000.
OConnor, a two-time Olympic medalist (team Bronze in Sydney
in 2000 and team Silver in Atlanta in 1996), is also planning to
compete at the Fair Hill International. She has competed on two
USET squads at the World Equestrian Games in 1994 and 1998, winning
the team Bronze Medal in Rome in 1998. OConnor took second
place in the USET Three Star Eventing Fall Championship in 1999,
finishing just behind her husband David.
2002 WEG riders entered to compete at Fair Hill include Darren Chiacchia,
who placed ninth in the Fair Hill International CCI*** in 2000,
and Gina Miles, who finished in 17th place at Fair Hill in 2001.
Phillip Dutton has submitted his entry to compete at the Fair Hill
International. In addition to having competed at both the 1998 and
2002 World Equestrian Games, Dutton is a two-time Olympic team Gold
Medalist (1996 and 2000). He won Fair Hills USET Eventing
Championship in 2000 and then took second place behind David OConnor
in last years Championship.
Olympic team Bronze Medalist Linden Wiesman is also entered to compete
as is 2001 North American Young Riders Championships (NAYRC)
individual Gold Medalist William S. Coleman, III.
Buck Davidson, Jr., also a former NAYRC medalist (team
Silver and individual Bronze in 1997 and team Silver Medal in 1994)
and a member of the short list for the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, is
also planning to compete in this years Fair Hill International
drivers are also expected to compete at this years Fair Hill
International. An individual Bronze Medalist at the 2002 World Singles
Championship in France, the first individual medal ever won by an
American in a World Driving Championship, Fred Merriam has submitted
his entry to compete at Fair Hill.
planning to compete is Merriams World Singles Championship
teammate Nancy Johnson, the 2001 Fair Hill Advanced Singles champion
and last years winner of the Triple Crown of Driving, presented
by Driving Essentials, Inc./Glinkowski Carriages, which culminates
at Fair Hill.
Poulin, the only U.S. driver to win the USET Pairs Championship
five times, is planning to compete at Fair Hill. In addition, local
favorite Kim Stover of Smyrna, DE, has submitted her entry to compete.
In 1999, Stover won the Triple Crown after she took first place
in Fair Hills Advanced Singles Championship.
set to compete at the Fair Hill International are Chester Weber,
winner of a team Silver Medal at the 2002 World Equestrian Games,
the first medal ever won by U.S. drivers in a World Four-In-Hand
Championship, and Lisa Singer, last years Fair Hill Advanced
Pairs champion and a two-time Triple Crown champion.
for this year, the Fair Hill International has added Marylands
first 100-mile endurance ride, the USET Endurance 100-mile Championship,
to its roster of prestigious competitions. The race, to be held
October 19, has attracted many high-caliber riders, including 1994
and 1998 World Endurance Champion Valerie Kanavy.
for the Whole Family
addition to exciting equestrian competition, spectators will also
be able to enjoy a variety of shops and eateries and browse vendor
booths selling tack, jewelry, artwork, pet supplies, apparel and
fine gifts. Fine dining and casual snacks including Maryland crab
cakes will be available.
Fair Hill International will also include dog agility trials and
miniature horse performances. A MASH unit provided by the New Bolton
Center will perform surgery on injured stuffed animalsplus
provide caps, masks and booties for kids! Friends from the Winterthur
booth will offer quick crafts for children, and the Chesapeake Foundation
booth will provide information on environmental concerns.
Fair Hill International would not be such a magnificent event without
the generous support and funding that it receives from numerous
sponsors. Fair Hill would like to thank American Home & Hardware,
Artesian Water Company, Bit of Britain, Cosequin / Nutramax Labs,
County Banking & Trust Company, County Lines, Dansko, First
Union National Bank, General Mills, Inc., Glenmede Trust, Intervet,
Nowpac, Inc., Practical Horseman, Scudder Financial Services, Sentman
Distributors, Southern States/Agway, The National Bank of Rising
Sun, Thornhill Enterprises, Thoroughbred Charities of America, Ltd.
or shine, gates are open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday through
Sunday, October 24-27. Tickets for all four days are $35 or $10
per day on Thursday and Friday and $12 per day on Saturday and Sunday.
Children under 12 are admitted free.
more information about Fair Hill International, please call (410)
398-2111 or visit www.fairhillinternational.com.