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Evan Coluccio Takes Top Two Honors in $10,000 USET Show Jumping Talent Derby, Presented by BET On Jazz, at Bayer/USET Festival of Champions

Gladstone, NJ—June 26, 2002—Evan Coluccio topped a field of 21 starters to win the $10,000 USET Junior/Amateur-Owner Show Jumping Talent Derby Presented by BET On Jazz at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions Presented by State Line Tack held at the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ.

Out of the starting field, only six horse-and-rider combinations went clear in the first round to qualify for the jump-off. Those qualifying for the jump-off were Coluccio of Middleburg, VA, and Jonathan Phillips of Potomac, MD, each on two mounts, Michelle Pia of Landenberg, PA, and Danielle Goldstein of New York, NY.

Coluccio and his second mount in the jump-off, White Russian, a gray stallion owned by Alex Carl, were the last to go and the only pair to complete the jump-off course fault free, in a time of 50.199 seconds. Coluccio was already leading the class with his four-fault performance and a time of 43.249 seconds on Guilt, a horse he co-owns with Ericka Scherer, to finish in second place.

Michelle Pia who also had one knock down on the course for four faults had a slower time of 48.003 seconds, taking third prize behind Coluccio. Goldstein aboard Starwyn Farm’s Warren II finished in the fourth position with eight faults and a time of 44.29 seconds. Jonathan Phillips took the fifth and sixth positions with horses that he co-owns with Jeff Phillips. Phillips guided Prins around the jump-off course in a time of 45.246 seconds to take the fifth position and Jewels Idaim to the sixth position with sixteen faults in a time of 41.782 seconds.

For further information and full results from the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions Presented by State Line Tack, please visit the USET website at

Highlights of the Festival will be aired on the Outdoor Life Network on July 2 at 8 PM EDT.

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) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at


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