States Wins Double Gold in Pan American Eventing Championship
at Fair Hill International
NJOctober 27, 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.
The 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 performance.
Individually, 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 Dreams.
have a great horse and a lot of confidence in his ability to do
well, said Chiacchia who won the USET Eventing Spring Championship
at Foxhall last April. He has continued to develop and get
stronger in all three phases. Im thrilled with what he did
No 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 in August.
Competing 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
David 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.
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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, vaulters and horses -
and provides the support and guidance they need to help them attain
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