Foxhall Cup Draws Record Entries
Olympic and World Championship Veterans Plan
(April 2, 2002) The MBNA Foxhall Cup, the National Championship
of Eventing, has drawn a record 130 entries to compete at Foxhall
Farm in Atlanta, GA, on April 18 21, 2002. Included in the
entries are Olympic and World Championship veterans from the United
States, Great Britain, Canada, and Australia.
Cup, now in its third year, hosts the MBNA Foxhall Cup CCI***, the
first of five 2002 selection trials for USET riders hoping to qualify
to represent the United States at the Eventing World Championships
to be contested at the World Equestrian Games in Spain in September.
The World Equestrian Games are held every four years and, other
than the Olympics, are the worlds most important equestrian
competition. For the first time this year, seven world championships
will be decided at the World Games: eventing, dressage, show jumping,
endurance, driving, vaulting, and for the first time ever
the list of entries for the MBNA Foxhall Cup are Sydney Olympians
Karen & David OConnor of The Plains, VA, Phillip Dutton
of Australia, Robert Costello of Southern Pines, NC and Julie Burns
of Atlanta, GA. Other top riders include 5-time Olympian Bruce Davidson
of Unionville, PA, Davidsons son Buck, also of Unionville,
PA, and 2001 Foxhall Cup Reserve Champion Kim Vinoski of Scottsville,
O'Connor won the first Olympic Gold Medal for the United States
Equestrian Team (USET) since 1984 when he clinched the individual
eventing championship at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, with
the best score in Olympic history. He also helped the USET capture
the team Bronze Medal.
OConnor, Davids wife, shared the team Bronze Medal in
Sydney and also the team Silver in Atlanta in 1996 with her husband.
Karen returns to Foxhall as the defending champion, having won the
2001 MBNA Foxhall Cup CCI*** on Prince Panache.
Phillip Dutton made his mark on the international eventing scene
in 1996 when he earned a team Gold Medal at the Olympic Games in
Atlanta, GA. He earned his second Olympic team Gold Medal in Sydney
in 2000. Dutton placed 2nd and 4th at the 2000 MBNA Foxhall Cup
Costello finished eighth and Julie Burns finished ninth in the individual
competition at the Sydney Olympic Games to give the U.S. three top-ten
placings. Both riders achieved this success in their first Olympic
Davidson, a two-time World Three Day Event Champion, has been the
U.S. Combined Training Associations (USCTA) Rider of the Year
a record 14 times. He was a member of two Gold Medal-winning U.S.
Equestrian Team (USET) Olympic squads, at Montreal in 1976 and Los
Angeles in 1984, as well as Silver Medal-winning teams at Munich
in 1972 and Atlanta in 1996. In 2000, he took fourth place at the
Foxhall Cup CCI***. His son Buck Davidson has won the Markham Trophy
as the highest placing Young Rider in a USET Championship three
times and rode for the United States at the 1999 Pan American Games
in Winnipeg, Canada.
MBNA Foxhall Cup will also host a dressage competition featuring
Olympic-level athletes. The Grand Prix test will be on Friday, April
19, the second day of the CCIs dressage competition. The musical
freestyle will be on Sunday, April 21, prior to the conclusion of
the stadium jumping phase of the eventing championship. A purse
of $20,000 will be awarded to the winners of these dressage events.
MBNA Foxhall Cup is a unique way for horse-lovers to see top dressage
competition as well as watch the nations top eventing riders
competing for the honor of representing the United States at the
World Equestrian Games. For more information about the MBNA Foxhall
Cup, including how to order tickets, please visit www.foxhallcup.com.
MBNA Foxhall Cup
Established in 2000 by Jim Richards, the MBNA Foxhall Cup is held
in Douglas County, Georgia every spring. The three-star level eventing
competition featuring dressage, cross-country and show jumping is
designated as the National Championship of Eventing and serves as
the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Three-Star Spring Championship.
The MBNA Foxhall Cup donates a portion of its profits to Shepherd
Center, an Atlanta-based catastrophic care hospital that treats
individuals with acquired brain and spinal cord injuries. For more
information, please visit www.foxhallcup.com
the Foxhall Flower Show
The inaugural Foxhall Flower Show will be held in Atlanta, Georgia,
April 18th21st, 2002, at Foxhall Farms. Based on the spirit,
tradition and elegance of outdoor European flower shows, the growing
event will be the largest open-air flower show in the eastern United
States and offers over $100,000 in prizes. Proceeds will benefit
botanical gardens of Georgia. For more information and to purchase
tickets, please visit www.foxhallflowershow.com.