United States Wins Double Gold in Pan American Eventing
Championship at Fair Hill International
Hill, MDOctober 26, 2003The United States Equestrian
Team (USET) won the team and individual Gold Medals in the Pan American
Eventing Championship at the 2003 Fair Hill International Festival
in the Country.
U.S. finished the three phases of dressage, cross country and show
jumping with a score of 190.0 penalties to successfully defend the
team Gold it won at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg. Canada
finished second for the team Silver Medal with 325.0 penalties and
Brazil took the Bronze with a score of 1394.4. With its team Silver
Medal, Canada earned a place in next years Olympic Games in
Athens. The U.S. had already earned a place at Athens by winning
the World Championship last year in Jerez, Spain.
expected us to win this week and that put a lot of pressure on us,
said U.S. team rider Robert Costello. We still had to go out
there and do the job and Im very proud of our teams
U.S. rider Darren Chiacchia of Springville, NY clinched the Gold
with a penalty-free show jumping round to finish with a score 52.4
on Windfall 2. Karen OConnor of The Plains, VA won the individual
Silver with a score of 59.0 on Jokers Wild and Jan Thompson
of Purcellville, VA won the Bronze with a score of 62.4 on Shared
have a great horse and a lot of confidence in his ability to do
well, said Chiacchia who won the USET Eventing Spring Championship
last April. He has continued to develop and get stronger in
all three phases. Im thrilled with what he did here.
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***. The U.S. win
completes a sweep of the three Pan Am equestrian disciplines. The
U.S. won the team Gold in dressage and show jumping at Santo Domingo.
for the Pan Am championship were riders and horses from Argentina,
Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States. The U.S.
team included Robert Costello of Southern Pines, NC on Dalliance;
Will Faudree of Norwood, NC on Antigua; Jan Thompson of Purcellville,
VA on Shared Dreams; and Stephen Bradley of Middleburg, VA on Brandenburgs
Joshua. Eight other U.S. riders competed as individuals.
OConnor of The Plains, VA had led the Pan Am individual competition
after the completion of the dressage and cross country phases on
Courting Danger. However, a fall during the cross country of the
USET Championship after the Pan Am competition put him in the hospital
with a broken ankle and broken wrist, denying him a chance for the
Pan Am individual Gold. He had won the individual Silver at the
1999 Pan American Games at Winnipeg.
addition to the Pan Am championship, many of the United States
top eventing riders competed for the USET Eventing Fall Championship
and Fair Hill CCI*** Championship. Karen OConnor added to
her Pan Am Silver Medal with a win in the USET Championship and
CCI*** after she completed show jumping with no faults to finish
the three phases on her dressage score of 52.8 on Grand Slam. He
has always tended to be a little flat in show jumping, said
OConnor, the three-time Olympic veteran who previously won
the Championship at Fair Hill the first year it was held in 1989.
Id have to say that this was the best he has ever show
jumped in a three-day event.
entered the show jumping phase in second place behind Kristin Schmolze
of Montville, NJ who had led with a score of 50.6 on Cavaldi. Schmolze,
who won team Gold and individual Silver medals at the North American
Young Rider Championships in Quebec in August, had one rail down
for four penalties, dropping her to second place. Schmolze, age
20, still won the USET Markham Trophy as the highest-placing Young
Rider (up to age 21) to go with the Markham Trophy she won in the
USET Spring Championship last April.
just got in a little too close, said Schmolze who said she
has benefited greatly from the Amanda Warrington training grant
she received from the USET earlier this year. Coming here
I would have been thrilled to be anywhere in the ribbons so I am
still extremely happy overall.
Richards of Atlanta, GA finished with 57.0 penalties to take third
place on her 2000 Sydney Olympic mount, Hyde Park Corner who was
competing in his first three-day event since Sydney.
Fair Hill International served as the final stop of a three-event
series where Nunn Finer Products awarded one of its new Wofford
Cross-Country Classic saddles to the rider who completed the Morven
Park CCI*, the Radnor Hunt CCI**, and the Fair Hill International
CCI*** with the lowest cumulative score. Darren Chiacchia won the
award that was presented to him by John Nunn of Nunn Finer Products
and legendary eventing rider and coach Jim Wofford, on whose custom
eventing saddle the Wofford Classic was based.
2003 Fair Hill International also hosted several advanced combined
driving competitions highlighted by the USET National Pair Horse
Championship. Larry Poulin of Boxford, MA won the championship with
a score of 137.71 penalties. His sixth USET Championship tied the
record held by Lisa Singer of Chadds Ford, PA, who finished second
with a score of 146.86.
horses know exactly what to do in cones, but one of them of them
is still learning how to do the marathon, said Poulin who won both
those phases after placing second to Singer in dressage. This
is a power marathon here, equal to any World Championship. Im
very happy with the performance of my horses.
veteran Bill Long of Southern Pines, NC won the Four-in-Hand division
with a score of 144.20. Second was Jim Richards of Atlanta, GA who
had 179.82. In the singles division, defending champion Fred Merriam
of Newfane, VT won with a score of 114.54.
Hill also hosted dog agility trials with over 200 canine competitors.
The Stuart Family Miniature Horses performed driving, hunter/jumper
and obstacle jumping demonstrations along with talks on the care
of miniature horses. Friends from the Winterthur booth offered quick
crafts for children and a family sign-up opportunity, and spectators
were able to learn more about the Chesapeake Bay and environmental
concerns at the Chesapeake Foundation Booth.
2003 Fair Hill International Festival in the Country benefited 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 included 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.
results and further information on the 2003 Fair Hill International
are available at www.fairhillinternational.com.