OConnor Wins USET Eventing Three-Star Fall Championship
NJOctober 28, 2002 Sydney Olympic Gold Medalist David
OConnor of The Plains, VA rode Custom Made to a fairytale
finish to the horses illustrious career when he won the
U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Eventing Three-Star Fall Championship
held at the Fair Hill International in Fair Hill, MD.
sat in second after the dressage phase of the competition with
a score of 37.01 penalties. Following the cross country phase,
OConnor took over the top position in the standings with
a two-phase total of 44.61 penalties. On the final day of competition,
OConnors 4 fault performance in the show jumping phase
gave him an overall score of 48.61 penalties to earn him the USET
Championship title for the second consecutive year and sixth time
overall (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001).
had announced that this years Fair Hill International would
be the final competition for his Olympic Gold Medal mount, Custom
Made, a 17-year-old Thoroughbred, owned by Xandarius LLC. The
pairs championship finish was a repeat of the dramatic farewell
appearance of one of OConnors earlier successful mounts,
Wilton Fair, whom he rode to the Fair Hill Championship in the
horses final appearance in 1993.
was really an amazing weekend for me, said OConnor.
Its been a storybook career with Custom Made and all
I really wanted was for him to have a great weekend and go out
in good form. The fact that it happened like this is a dream.
For us to win, well, I was lucky enough to have it happen with
Wilton Fair, to have it happen again is way more than I had any
right to hope for.
second in the CCI *** for the second straight year was two-time
Australian Olympic team Gold Medalist Phillip Dutton, who had
a score of 51.60 on Dusky Moon, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred. Finishing
as USET Reserve Champion with an overall third place finish was
Heidi White of Unionville, PA, who had a score of 52.41 on Northern
Spy, her 9-year-old English Thoroughbred.
USET also awarded to Will Faudree of West Grove, PA the USET Markham
Trophy awarded to the highest placed Young Rider for his fourth
place finish aboard Antigua. The Midland, TX native finished with
a score of 54.8 penalties.
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possible standard to represent our country in major international
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