States Leads Pan American Eventing Championship at Fair Hill International
Hill, MDOctober 24, 2003The United States Equestrian
Team (USET) took the early lead in the Pan American Eventing Championship
at the 2003 Fair Hill International Festival in the Country. World-class
riders and drivers are competing in a variety of equestrian events
at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Area in Fair Hill, MD, October
four-rider U.S. team scored 170.0 in dressage to stand first ahead
of Canada, who scored 186.2, and Brazil who is third with a score
of 196.2. Individually, U.S. rider Darren Chiacchia of Springville,
NY leads with a score of 43.60 on Windfall 2. He is followed by
Tim Collins of Bermuda who received a score of 44.40 on Delton Magna
and by Nathalie Bouckaert of Chatsworth, GA who scored 47.0 on West
eventing competition was held at the Pan American Games in Santo
Domingo earlier this year and the International Equestrian Federation
(FEI) decided to hold the Pan American Eventing Championship in
conjunction with the Fair Hill International CCI***. In addition
to the team and individual medals, Olympic berths are also at stake
for those countries not yet qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games
in Athens, Greece.
for the Pan Am championship are riders and horses from Argentina,
Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States. In addition,
many of the United States top eventing riders are competing
for the USET Eventing Fall Championship.
eventing competition continues on Saturday with the cross country
phase and concludes on Sunday with the stadium jumping.
the separate CCI*** competition, Donna Smith of New Zealand stood
first after dressage with a score of 47.6 penalties on Call Me Clifton.
U.S. Olympic veteran Julie Richards of Atlanta, GA was second with
48.6 penalties on her 2000 Sydney Olympic mount, Hyde Park Corner.
Richardss score gave her the lead in the USET Championship
that is open only to U.S. riders. Kristin Schmolze of Montville,
NJ was second in the USET Championship, and third overall in the
CCI, with a score of 50.6 on Cavaldi.
USET Championship and CCI*** serves as the final phase in a three-event
competition where Nunn Finer Products is awarding one of its new
Wofford Cross-Country Classic saddles to the rider who completes
the Morven Park CCI*, the Radnor Hunt CCI**, and the Fair Hill International
CCI*** with the lowest cumulative score. John Nunn of Nunn Finer
Products and legendary eventing rider and coach Jim Wofford, on
whose custom eventing saddle the Wofford Classic was based, will
present the saddle at the Fair Hill awards ceremony on Sunday.
2003 Fair Hill International is also hosting several advanced combined
driving competitions highlighted by the USET National Pair Horse
Championship. Lisa Singer of Chadds Ford, PA, who has won the USET
Pairs Championship a record six times, leads after dressage with
a score of 47.36 penalties.
in the Four-in-Hand division is Bill Long of Southern Pines, NC
with a score of 47.68. Defending champion Fred Merriam of Newfane,
VT leads the single horse division with a score of 40.20.
world-class equestrian competition makes the Fair Hill International
a rare treat for spectators, the amenities at Fair Hill round out
the event to provide an ideal family outing. The Country Shops boast
a wide variety of shopping and dining, featuring vendors of tack,
jewelry, artwork, pet needs, exceptional apparel and fine gifts
for the approaching holiday seasons. The Fair Hill Club offers fine
dining, while visitors seeking a more casual snack or meal will
find pubs around the Fair Hill grounds serving classic Maryland
crab-cakes and other treats.
Hills dog agility trials boast over 200 canine competitors.
The Stuart Family Miniature Horses are performing driving, hunter/jumper
and obstacle jumping demonstrations along with talks on the care
of miniature horses. Friends from the Winterthur booth offer quick
crafts for children and a family sign-up opportunity, and spectators
can learn more about the Chesapeake Bay and environmental concerns
at the Chesapeake Foundation Booth.
2003 Fair Hill International Festival in the Country benefits Christiana
Care Health System, one of the Chesapeake regions largest
not-for-profit health care providers. Christiana Care, which began
in 1888, serves the people of Delaware, as well as neighboring areas
of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. It maintains a teaching
hospital which specializes in cardiology, cancer and womens
health services, and has trauma and neonatal intensive care units
that offer an exceptional degree of care.
years sponsors include American Home & Hardware; Bayer;
Bit of Britain; Cosequin/Nutramax Labs; County Banking & Trust
Co.; Crystal Trust; Dansko; The Equiery; Glenmede Trust Company;
Goldman, Sachs & Co.; The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation;
Jeff DAmbrosio Chevrolet; Lexus; Maryland Horse Industry Board;
M. H. Eby, Inc.; Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit; NowPac, Inc.; Primedia
Equine; Rice, Unruh & Reynolds; Sentman Distributors; Stancills;
The Stewart Foundation; Summit Aviation; Thornhill Enterprises;
Thoroughbred Charities of America, Ltd.; Wachovia; Walnut Green
Bloodstock; and Wilmington Trust.
full results and further information on the 2003 Fair Hill International,
please visit www.fairhillinternational.com.