States Maintains Lead in Pan American Eventing Championship at Fair
Hill, MDOctober 25, 2003The United States Equestrian
Team (USET) increased its lead in the Pan American Eventing Championship
at the 2003 Fair Hill International Festival in the Country. World-class
riders and drivers are competing in a variety of equestrian events
at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Area in Fair Hill, MD, October
U.S. turned in a perfect performance over the cross country course
to finish the second of the three phases with its first-phase dressage
score of 170.0 penalties. Canada, who scored 186.2 in dressage,
is second after cross country with 301.0 and Brazil is third with
a score of 1372.4.
U.S. rider David OConnor of The Plains, VA, the 2000 Sydney
Olympic individual Gold Medalist, leads with a two-phase score of
51.6 on Courting Danger. Darren Chiacchia of Springville, NY is
second with 52.4 on Windfall 2, followed by Will Faudree of Norwood,
NC, who is third with 53.0 on Antigua.
eventing competition was held at the Pan American Games in Santo
Domingo earlier this year and the International Equestrian Federation
(FEI) decided to hold the Pan American Eventing Championship in
conjunction with the Fair Hill International CCI***. In addition
to the team and individual medals, Olympic berths are also at stake
for those countries not yet qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games
in Athens, Greece.
for the Pan Am championship are riders and horses from Argentina,
Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States. In addition,
many of the United States top eventing riders are competing
for the USET Eventing Fall Championship.
eventing competition concludes on Sunday with the stadium jumping.
the separate USET Championship and CCI*** competition, 20-year-old
Kristin Schmolze of Montville, NJ rode a clean cross country to
move into the lead with a score of 50.6 on Cavaldi. Schmolze, who
won the USET Markham Trophy as the highest-placing Young Rider (up
to age 21) in the USET Spring Championship last April, is in a position
to become the youngest winner of the Fall Championship.
U.S. Olympic veteran Karen OConnor of The Plains, VA moved
into second place behind Schmolze with a clean ride for a two-phase
score of 52.8 on Grand Slam and Julie Richards of Atlanta, GA finished
cross country in third with 53.0 penalties on her 2000 Sydney Olympic
mount, Hyde Park Corner.
USET Championship and CCI*** serves as the final phase in a three-event
competition where Nunn Finer Products is awarding one of its new
Wofford Cross-Country Classic saddles to the rider who completes
the Morven Park CCI*, the Radnor Hunt CCI**, and the Fair Hill International
CCI*** with the lowest cumulative score. John Nunn of Nunn Finer
Products and legendary eventing rider and coach Jim Wofford, on
whose custom eventing saddle the Wofford Classic was based, will
present the saddle at the Fair Hill awards ceremony on Sunday.
2003 Fair Hill International is also hosting several advanced combined
driving competitions highlighted by the USET National Pair Horse
Championship. Larry Poulin of Boxford, MA and Lisa Singer of Chadds
Ford, PA, who have won the USET Pairs Championship 11 times between
them, stand one-two after the cones phase. Poulin leads with a score
of 70.70 penalties while Singer, who has won the Championship a
record six times, is second with 71.86.
driving competition will conclude with the marathon on Sunday. Leading
in the Four-in-Hand division after dressage and cones is USET veteran
Bill Long of Southern Pines, NC who has a score of 54.68. He is
followed by Jim Richards of Atlanta, GA who has 77.26. In the singles
division, defending champion Fred Merriam of Newfane, VT leads with
a score of 50.20. He is followed by Kate Shields of Middleburg,
VA with 55.50.
world-class equestrian competition makes the Fair Hill International
a rare treat for spectators, the amenities at Fair Hill round out
the event to provide an ideal family outing. The Country Shops boast
a wide variety of shopping and dining, featuring vendors of tack,
jewelry, artwork, pet needs, exceptional apparel and fine gifts
for the approaching holiday seasons. The Fair Hill Club offers fine
dining, while visitors seeking a more casual snack or meal will
find pubs around the Fair Hill grounds serving classic Maryland
crab-cakes and other treats.
Hills dog agility trials boast over 200 canine competitors.
The Stuart Family Miniature Horses are performing driving, hunter/jumper
and obstacle jumping demonstrations along with talks on the care
of miniature horses. Friends from the Winterthur booth offer quick
crafts for children and a family sign-up opportunity, and spectators
can learn more about the Chesapeake Bay and environmental concerns
at the Chesapeake Foundation Booth.
2003 Fair Hill International Festival in the Country benefits Christiana
Care Health System, one of the Chesapeake regions largest
not-for-profit health care providers. Christiana Care, which began
in 1888, serves the people of Delaware, as well as neighboring areas
of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. It maintains a teaching
hospital which specializes in cardiology, cancer and womens
health services, and has trauma and neonatal intensive care units
that offer an exceptional degree of care.
years sponsors include American Home & Hardware; Bayer;
Bit of Britain; Cosequin/Nutramax Labs; County Banking & Trust
Co.; Crystal Trust; Dansko; The Equiery; Glenmede Trust Company;
Goldman, Sachs & Co.; The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation;
Jeff DAmbrosio Chevrolet; Lexus; Maryland Horse Industry Board;
M. H. Eby, Inc.; Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit; NowPac, Inc.; Primedia
Equine; Rice, Unruh & Reynolds; Sentman Distributors; Stancills;
The Stewart Foundation; Summit Aviation; Thornhill Enterprises;
Thoroughbred Charities of America, Ltd.; Wachovia; Walnut Green
Bloodstock; and Wilmington Trust.
full results and further information on the 2003 Fair Hill International,
please visit www.fairhillinternational.com.