David OConnor Takes Eventing Lead On First Day
at Fair Hill International
HILL, MDOctober 24, 2002Sydney Olympic Gold Medalist
David OConnor of The Plains, VA holds the lead half-way through
the dressage phase of the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Fall Eventing
Championship at the Fair Hill International.
took the lead in Thursdays opening round when he received
a score of 37.01 penalties on his Gold Medal mount, Custom Made,
a 17-year-old Thoroughbred owned by Xandarius LLC. OConnor
has announced that this years Fair Hill International is Custom
Mades final competition and OConnor is hoping that he
can repeat the dramatic farewell appearance of one of his earlier
successful mounts, Wilton Fair, whom OConnor rode to the Fair
Hill Championship in the horses final appearance in 1993.
would be great to have the same thing happen with Custom Made, but
weve got a lot to do before that happens, said OConnor
who won last years USET Fall Championship at Fair Hill on
The Native. We gave it a lot of thought before deciding to
compete him here, but we thought it would be a real nice way to
end his three-day career.
second is Vicki Baker of Rougemont, NC who scored 41.40 on Reggae
Mon, a 14-year-old Thoroughbred owned by the Baker Family. Baker
rode third in the morning and took an early lead in the competition.
was so excited after my score was announced, Baker said. My
horse wasnt real happy when I got on him at 7:30 this morning,
but he has a great work ethic and he sure did everything I could
have asked of him.
student, William S. Coleman III of Gordonsville, VA, is third after
receiving a score of 41.80 penalties on Second Hope, a 10-year-old
Thoroughbred cross owned by Tivoli Farm. William is just an
incredible rider, OConnor said of Coleman who won the
individual Gold Medal at the 2001 North American Young Riders Championships.
Its no surprise to see him do this well.
eventing championship continues with the second half of the dressage
phase on Friday, followed by the cross country phase on Saturday
and the concluding stadium jumping phase on Sunday.
This years Fair Hill International has 78 eventing entries,
with riders representing Australia, Belgium, Canada, Pakistan, The
Netherlands, and the United States.
Hills driving competition begins Friday with the dressage
phase. The driving competitions are highlighted by the USA National
Single Horse Championship and the final legs of both the FEI North
American Driving Challenge and the Triple Crown of Combined Driving,
presented by Driving Essentials/Glinkowski Carriages. Driving competition
will continue with the cones competition on Saturday and will then
culminate the marathon on Sunday.
Shops, fine and casual dining, dog agility competition and entertainment
add to the fun, making the Fair Hill International a family-friendly
fall outing with something for everyone.
thanks go to the Fair Hill International sponsors - American Home
& Hardware, Artesian Water Company, Bit of Britain, Cosequin
/ Nutramax Labs, County Banking & Trust Company, Dansko, First
Union National Bank, General Mills, Inc., Glenmede Trust, Intervet,
Nowpac, Inc., 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 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday through
Sunday. Tickets are $10 a day on Thursday and Friday and $12 a day
on Saturday and Sunday, or $35 for all four days. Children under
12 are admitted free.
more information about Fair Hill International, please call (410)
398-2111 or visit www.fairhillinternational.com.