and Shields Win USET Selection Trials at Georgia International
NJApril 11, 2002James Fairclough of Newton, NJ and
Kate Shields of Middleburg VA, won the USET World Championship
selection trials at the Georgia International Combined Driving
Event in Conyers, Georgia.
current USET Four-In-Hand Champion, was second to Chester Weber
in the Four-In-Hand World Championship selection trial after dressage.
Marathon day held a surprise as Fairclough and Weber finished
the marathon with the same score, leaving Weber with a 2.6 point
lead in the overall competition. Sundays cones competition
was the deciding factor in Faircloughs victory, as Weber
had two balls down, to Faircloughs one, giving Fairclough
Four-In-Hand World Championship will be held as part of the World
Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, September 18-21.
a field of 10, Kate Shields, driving her own Hastening Mayflower,
won the selection trial for the Singles World Championship to
be held in Conty, France, August 28 September 1 . Shields
won the dressage phase with a score of 41.7, followed by Fred
Merriam of Brattleboro, VT, with 44.0 and Kelly Valdes with 46.3.
The marathon was won by Merriam driving Winchester Stables
Gaitwood Lightwing, which moved him into the overall
lead over Shields and Valdes, driving her White Hall.
Ultimately, with 16 penalty points accrued in cones, Merriam lost
his lead to Shields.
of the first three placing singles drivers had just participated
in a USET Training Session in Aiken, SC given by Lisa Singer,
and hosted by Jack Wetzel, the week before this competition.
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