Fair Hill International Completes Record-Breaking Weekend
Fair Hill, MDOctober 29, 2002 A record crowd of over
18,000 spectators turned out at the 2002 Fair Hill International
in Fair Hill, MD, to enjoy the excitement of world-class equestrian
competition that featured the United States Equestrian Team (USET)
Eventing Three-Star Fall Championship, the USA National Single Horse
Driving 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.
weekend proved memorable for Sydney Olympic Gold Medalist David
OConnor of The Plains, VA, who made his last appearance with
his long-time partner, Custom Made, owned by Xandarius LLC. OConnor
and Custom Made topped a starting field of seventy-eight eventing
riders that included riders from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Pakistan,
The Netherlands, and the United States, winning the Fair Hill Internationals
CCI*** and the USET Eventing Three-Star Fall Championship.
the final day of competition, OConnors 4 fault performance
in the show jumping phase gave him an overall score of 48.61 penalties
to earn him the USET Championship title for the second consecutive
year and sixth time overall (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001).
was really an amazing weekend for me, said OConnor who
won the Championship last year on The Native. Its been
a storybook career with Custom Made and all I really wanted was
for him to have a great weekend and go out in good form. The fact
that it happened like this is a dream, OConnor said
of his experience at Fair Hill.
second for the second straight year in the CCI*** was two-time Australian
Olympic team Gold Medalist Phillip Dutton who had a score of 51.60
on Dusky Moon, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred. Third place went to Heidi
White of Unionville, PA, who had a score of 52.41 on Northern Spy,
her 9-year-old English Thoroughbred.
the dressage phase of the competition, OConnor sat in second
place behind Darren Chiacchia of Springville, NY, with a score of
37.01 penalties. However, following the cross country phase, OConnor
took over the top position in the standings with a two-phase total
of 44.61 penalties. Moving into second with 46.80 penalties after
riding penalty-free on cross country was 21-year-old Will Faudree
of West Grove, PA and Antigua, his familys 13-year-old Australian
Thoroughbred. Close behind was Heidi White who also went clean on
cross country and had a score of 48.41 on Northern Spy. Faudree
and White, both students of Philip Duttons, were the only
two to make the time in the cross country phase.
was pleased with the way her horse felt during the cross country
phase of competition. He jumped every jump beautifully,
White said. Then he landed and galloped away. He seemed to
get better as the course went on. He really couldnt have been
better, she said of her horse.
the concluding stadium jumping phase, Chiacchia jumped all the fences
clean on Windfall, but had five time penalities, good for a final
score of 56.6 penalties and a fifth-place finish overall. Faudree
and Antigua dropped two rails for eight faults for a total of 54.8
and a fourth-place finish. White had one knockdown to finish third
at 52.41 and Dutton moved up to second when he rode clean with only
two time penalties. When OConnor finished with only one rail
down and his final score of 48.61, his historic win was secured.
was awarded the USET Markham Trophy as the highest placed Young
Rider in the three-star championship. A Texas native, Faudree also
won this award in April at the USET Three-Star Spring Championship
at Foxhall. This is just unbelievable what is happening to
me, he said. I am very fortunate to have a great horse
and to have the best teacher in the world in Phillip Dutton.
Ashton of Boxboro, MA, was awarded the Amanda Warrington Memorial
Trophy for being the highest placed of those competitors completing
their first CCI***. Ashton rode Dobbin to a sixteenth place finish
overall in the CCI***.
Merriam of Newfane, VT, individual Bronze Medalist at the 2002 World
Singles Driving Championship held earlier this year in Conty, France,
won the USA National Single Horse Driving Championship, which was
run under an unusual format with the cones phase held before the
marathon. Merriam won the Championship when he finished with a three-phase
score of 116.06 driving his Bronze Medal World Championship horse,
Gadwood Lightwing, owned by Nicholas Mercede.
Ive wanted to do was bring the horse along and have him do
well. Weve had a very good two years and this is really the
icing on the cake, Merriam said.
Johnson, of Lincoln, MA, a teammate of Merriams at the World
Singles Championship, finished in second place with a three-phase
score of 122.38 with her Canequins Look Out.
the Pairs division, Lisa Singer of Chadds Ford, PA, who started
October with a record sixth win in the USET Pairs Championship,
earned the win at Fair Hill with a score of 143.94 penalties driving
her pair of Morgans owned by Mimi Thorington. Singers win
also clinched her a record third title in the Triple Crown of Combined
Driving, presented by Driving Essentials/Glinkowski Carriages. Singer
previously won the Triple Crown title, which includes the competitions
at The Laurels at Landhope, the Gladstone Driving Event and the
Fair Hill International, in 1996 and 1997. Narrowly finishing second
behind Singer with a score of 144.84 was five-time USET Pairs Champion
Larry Poulin of Boxford, MA driving a pair owned by Natasha Grigg.
Fairclough of Newton, NJ, driving a team owned by Jane Clark, won
the Four-In-Hand horse division for the second straight year with
a score of 172.92. Chester Weber of Ocala, FL was second with a
score of 175.08 with his team. Weber and Fairclough were teammates
on the USETs Silver Medal World Championship team at the 2002
World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain in September.
years pony competitions at Fair Hill had added meaning as
drivers eyed a chance to compete in the first-ever Pony Driving
World Championships in 2003. Miranda Cadwell of Southern Pines,
NC claimed the win in Singles with a three-phase score of 142.86
driving Red Robo, owned by Kate Rivers. Nancy Taylor Rojo of Roxboro,
NC won the concluding marathon phase and finished second overall
with a score of 150.91 driving her pony, Sir Lane-A-Lect.
horse is 21 years old but I think hes got what it takes to
do well in a World Championship, Cadwell said. I would
love to have the chance.
the pony Pairs competition, Tracey Morgan of Beallsville, MD completed
a sweep, winning all three phases to finish first overall with a
score of 138.88 driving the pair she co-owns with Susan Deutermann.
She was followed by Muffy Seaton of Bluemont, VA who had a score
of 149.84 with her pair.
the pony Four-In-Hand division, Katie Whaley of Southern Pines,
NC won with a score of 207.85 with her team. Second was Kelly Valdes
of Unionville, PA who had a score of 217.55 with the team she drives
that is owned by Claire Reed.
year for the first time Fair Hill hosted a 100-mile endurance ride
and it served as the USET Endurance 100-Mile Championship, the first
time the USET has offered a championship at the FEI World Championship
distance. The endurance ride was held on the weekend prior to the
Fair Hill International. Valerie Kanavy, of Fort Valley, VA, who
has previously won the USET Endurance 50-Mile and 75-Mile Championships,
won the first USET Endurance 100-Mile Championship. Kanavy rode
Bells Snitzel to a ride time of 11 hours and 29 minutes to top a
field of 18 starters.
second was USET veteran three-day event rider and combined driver
Lana Wright of Warwick, MD, who finished in 12 hours, 6 minutes
and 20 seconds on the former Delaware Park racehorse, Nathans
Pride. Wright is also Co-President of the Fair Hill International.
Third place went to 2001 Pan American Games team Gold Medalist Meg
Sleeper who finished in 12 hours, 6 minutes and 24 seconds on Syrocco
McGunigal and In The Cards topped a field of thirty-three starters
with a time of 4 hours, 34 minutes, and 57 seconds to win the 50-mile
endurance ride at Fair Hill. Missing the first place award by just
two seconds, Martin Paramo and Prince of Thieves finished in second
place with a ride time of 4 hours, 34 minutes, and 59 seconds. Severiano
Martinez finished in third place crossing the finish line in a time
of five hours and seven minutes.
Hill also hosted the United States Eventing Association (USEA) East
Coast Championships for Novice, Training, and Preliminary levels.
Finishing in first place in the Amateur-Owner Novice Level was Linda
Walnes and Kestrals Flight. Jessica Archer and Imperial Chaos
topped the Junior Novice Level. Topping the Open Novice level and
the Novice level overall was Lucretia Galbraith and Sellin. Ulysse,
ridden by Elizabeth Reeves, was the top Young Horse at the Novice
Clark Rubin and Southern Dancer topped the Amateur-Owner Training
level and emerged the overall winner at the Training level. Jessica
Brumfield and Regal Marine finished first in the Junior Training
level and Alison Eastman and Bostons Flying Colors emerged
the victors of the Open Training level section.
England and Katrau won the Amateur-Owner Preliminary level as well
as the overall Preliminary level. Junior rider Emilee Libby and
Special Excursion were victorious in the Junior Preliminary level
and Marion Pomery and Tucker III won the Open Preliminary level.
Hill not only featured top-level equestrian competition, but also
featured top dogs and their handlers in the Grand Prix of Dog Agility
and Dog Agility Steeplechase, two of the top events in the sport
of dog agility. The Grand Prix of Dog Agility held at Fair Hill
was a national level qualifying event consisting of a single round
tournament which featured a course made up of an A-frame, dogwalk,
see-saw, pipe tunnels, closed tunnels, weave poles, tire jumps,
crowd was also treated to dog demonstrations put on by the Maryland
State Police showcasing their dogs in the main arena, as well as
to demonstrations of sheep herding dogs.
thanks for this years event 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. and Wilmington Trust
Fair Hill International will host the 2003 Pan American Eventing
Championships as part of its eventing competition, October 23-26,
2003. The best eventing horses and riders from North and South America
will compete for team and individual championships. The Pan American
Championships will surely add to the record-breaking success experienced
by the Fair Hill International in 2002. It will be an event not
to be missed.
more information about Fair Hill International, please call (410)
398-2111 or visit www.fairhillinternational.com.