Kim Severson Wins National Advanced Horse Trials Championship
for the Jack Le Goff Trophy To Culminate Successful Over the Walls
MAAugust 6, 2003United States Equestrian Team (USET)
veteran Kim Severson of Scottsville, VA won the National Advanced
Horse Trials Championship for the Jack Le Goff Trophy, the featured
competition at the 2003 Over the Walls Horse Trials at Great Meadowbrook
Farm in Hardwick, MA.
a team Gold Medalist at the 2002 Eventing World Championships held
at last years World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, turned
in a clean round in the final show jumping phase to claim the title
on Royal Venture, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, owned by Plain
Dealing Farm. She finished the Championship with a three-phase score
of 26.92 penalties after scoring 22.92 in dressage and adding just
four time penalties over the cross country course designed by 1984
U.S. Olympic team Gold Medalist Torrance Watkins.
second in the Championship was Darren Chiacchia of Springville,
NY, winner of the Advanced Division 1 at Over the Walls in 2001.
Chiacchia also turned in a clean show jumping round and finished
with a score of 38.38 penalties on Windfall. Heidi White rode clean
with just one time penalty on Northern Spy to jump from 5th to 3rd
place with a final score of 42.53. She won the highest placed owner/rider
award in the Championship Section.
fourth was Will Faudree, winner of the USETs top Young Rider
Awards last year, claiming the Markham Trophy as the top finishing
Young Rider at both Foxhall and Fair Hill and also the Lionel Guerrand-Hermes
Award for overall excellence. Faudree had one rail down in show
jumping for a final score of 42.62 with Antigua.
also finished first in the Advanced Division 1 competition, completing
the three phases with a score of 30.57 on her 2002 World Championship
mount, Winsome Adante. Two-time North American Young Riders Championship
individual Gold Medalist Nathalie Bouckaert placed second with a
score of 35.08 on West Farthing. Two-time Olympic team Gold Medalist
Phillip Dutton of Australia had the only perfect jumping round to
finish third on Cayman Went with a score of 38.22.
won the Advanced Division 2 after he finished with a score of 33.42
penalties on Dusky Moon. Bouckaerts father, Carl, a Belgian
Olympic veteran, placed second with a score of 42.52 on The Boomer.
U.S. Olympic veteran Karen OConnor of The Plains, VA won the
Advanced Division 3 aboard Grand Slam with a score of 45.95 penalties,
barely edging her husband, David, the 2000 Sydney Olympic individual
Gold Medalist, who finished with a score of 47.97 on Clifton Shiraz.
the four Advanced Divisions, the 2003 Over the Walls Horse Trials
also hosted three Open Preliminary Divisions and a Junior/Young
Rider Open Preliminary Division. Winners in these divisions included
Darren Chiacchia and San Salvador (31.60) in the Open Preliminary
1; Linden Wiesman and her 2000 Sydney Olympic mount Anderoo (34.00)
in the Open Preliminary 2; Carol Kozlowski and Toblerone (26.50)
in the Open Preliminary 3; and Canadian Andrina Calder and Herz
Prinz (33.40) in the Junior/Young Rider Preliminary. Full results
of all divisions are available on the Over the Walls website at
heavy rains on Dressage Day, the magnificent grounds at Great Meadowbrook
Farm held up beautifully to offer world-class eventing competition.
The grass field used for dressage allowed the horses to perform
at their best and the breathtaking cross country course provided
the perfect setting for the thousands who turned out to see the
sports biggest names compete for championship honors.
addition to witnessing top-level horses and riders galloping over
green fields overlooking the pristine Central Massachusetts Town
of Hardwick, spectators at the 2003 Over the Walls Horse Trials
enjoyed shopping at the events trade fair which featured gifts
for home, people and pets, horse supplies, tack and equipment, and
everything for the horse enthusiast.
who played a key role in the success of the 2003 Over the Walls
Horse Trials included Berkshire Blanket; Crop & Carrot Tack
Shop, Inc.; Incentive Advertising; Taylor Harris Insurance Services;
Yered Trailers; Bigelow Nurseries; Charles Owen; InterLeather at
Round the Bend Tack; Equilite; Higgins Motorsports; Horsemens
Yankee Pedlar; Morningfield Farm; Dunroamin County Club; Equine
Journal; Padula Bros./John Deere; Cosequin®; Lameroux Ford;
Leather Therapy; Stancills; SmartPak Equine; Harbor Sweets; Hyland
Orchard & Brewery; Salem Cross Inn; Eagle Hill School; Hardwick
Vineyard & Winery; Der Dau Custom Made Boots and Shoes; Tally
Ho Products; Newbury Stable Services; Blundstone Boots; Equinesite.com;
Pepsi; Tide; Fleece Works; Agway Feed & Nutrition; the Ware
Big-Y Supermarket; Horse Whisperer; Practical Horseman; Salute to
Horses and White Spruce Farm.
more information, please visit the Over the Walls website at www.overthewalls.com.