Wins FEI Prix St. Georges To Start Cosequin Pan American
Games Selection Trials at 2003 Bayer/USET Festival of
Champions Presented by State Line Tack
Gladstone, NJJune 19, 2003Kristina Harrison-Nannes
of Burbank, CA, aboard the eleven year-old, black, gelding,
Kantor, won the FEI Prix St. Georges at the Bayer/USET Festival
of Champions Presented by State Line Tack in Gladstone, NJ. The
class was the first of the Cosequin USET Selection Trials for
the 2003 Pan American Games, which will be held this summer in
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic The pair earned a 68.950% to
top a field of thirteen horse-and-rider combinations.
Finishing second behind Harrison-Nannes with a score of 68.400%
was Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, CA, aboard Feleciano. Ebeling also
earned third place honors aboard Liberte with a score of 68.250%.
At last years Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, Ebeling
won the Reserve Championship on Liberte who is owned by Ann Romney,
wife of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
close behind Ebeling was 1992 Olympic team Bronze Medalist Carol
Lavell of Loxahatchee, FL on Much Ado. They earned the fourth
place ribbon with a score of 68.200%.
to select the dressage team that will represent the United States
at the 2003 Pan American Games will continue on Saturday, June
21 with the USET Intermediaire I class. The final phase of the
Selection Trials, the USET Intermediaire Freestyle, will take
place on Sunday, June 22, and the team will be named by immediately
following the conclusion of this class.
Along with the dressage competition, the Festival also features
the power and speed of show jumping. The Show Jumping Division
is highlighted by the $50,000 Rolex/USET Show Jumping Championship,
a member event of the American Grandprix Association (AGA), and
the USET Junior and Amateur-Owner Talent Derbies, both presented
by BET on Jazz and both part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame
Jumper Classic Series.
Festival is again hosting the USET Endurance 75-Mile Championship,
a Fédération Equestre Internationale (International
Equestrian Federation FEI) sanctioned CEI** ride. The ride
will take place in and around the USET grounds.
Bayer Reining Division returns, the fifth consecutive year the
Festival is featuring reining. The reining ring will feature the
USET Futures Championship, presented by Intervet and the Reining
Young Rider Medal Final.
Along with top-level equestrian competition, spectators are also
able to enjoy a day of family fun and entertainment. A wide range
of gourmet dining options as well as a country fair featuring
the New Jersey Equine Expo hosted by the New Jersey Department
of Agriculture complement the equestrian activities taking place
in three rings. The fair features equine demonstrations, falconry
and blacksmith demonstrations, the Jersey Fresh Horse Expo, as
well as vendors offering top-quality jewelry, souvenirs, and products
for the home as well as the stable.
General Festival admission will be ten dollars for adults and
five dollars for children under the age of twelve. Children under
the age of six will again be admitted free of charge. Everyone
will be admitted free on Thursday.
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 www.uset.org