Made Named USET Athlete of the Month for October 2002
NJNovember 1, 2002Sydney Olympic Gold Medal horse
Custom Made was named United States Equestrian Team (USET) Athlete
of the Month for October after he carried David OConnor
to victory in his farewell competition at the 2002 Fair Hill International
Eventing Championship, October 24-27.
had announced that the Fair Hill International would be the final
event for the 17-year-old Thoroughbred who had carried him to
the individual Gold Medal at Sydney. OConnor and Custom
Made topped a starting field of seventy-eight horses from six
countries to win both the Fair Hill International CCI*** and the
United States Equestrian Team Eventing Three-Star Fall Championship.
Made has had an unparalleled competitive record over eight years
with OConnor before his retirement at the 2002 Fair Hill
International. At Sydney, O'Connor won the U.S.s first Olympic
Gold Medal in equestrian since 1984, finishing with the best score
in Olympic history. Prior to that, Custom Made won the USET Three
Star Spring Championship at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event
in 1995, finished third at the Badminton CCI**** in England in
1996, placed fifth at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 and won
the Badminton CCI**** in 1997.
The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization
that selects, trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest
possible standard to represent our country in major international
competition, including the Olympic Games and the World Championships.
To accomplish this, the USET seeks out and nurtures the development
of talented athletes - riders, drivers and horses - and provides
the support and guidance they need to help them attain their fullest
potential. For more information on the USET, please call (908)
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