Articles: Press Release
Karen Kroon Wins FEI North American Endurance Championship at 2005 Fair Hill
USA Pacific South Wins Team Championship
Beth Gold, 410-398-6720
Marty Bauman (518) 523-9625,
Fair Hill, Maryland-October 16, 2005- Karen Kroon of Cheyenne, WY won the
2005 FEI North American Endurance Championship CEIO**** at the 17th annual
Fair Hill International Festival in the Country.
Kroon won the continental championship's individual Gold Medal by finishing
the 100-mile ride in a time of 11:45:30 on Rokket, her 11-year-old, Arabian,
Dominique Freeman of La Honda, CA, who finished in 11:45:50 seconds on Jayel
Super, a 13-year-old, Arabian, bay, gelding owned by Stagg and Cheryl
Newman, finished second behind Kroon, but as a citizen of Great Britain was
not eligible for a medal in the North American Championship which is open
only to riders representing North American countries.
Winning the individual Silver was Sandra E. Conner of Conowingo, MD who
finished third overall with a time of 12:03:32 on Elegant Pride, a
10-year-old, Arabian, grey gelding owned by legendary horsewoman Lana
Wright. The Bronze Medal went to Betty Baker of Honeybrook, PA who finished
fourth overall with a time of 12:03:42 on Synematic, her eight-year-old,
Arabian, grey gelding.
"To win is a real surprise to me," said Kroon. "My horse has the ability
but there was 10 inches of snow on the ground when we left Wyoming so this
was a real change of climate. We usually train at 7,000 feet and to come
here and compete under such drastically different conditions, well, it's a
real thrill and a great honor for us to win."
The Best Condition Award went to Rebel Fire Bask, owned and ridden by Nicole
Chappell Wiere of Elk Grove, CA, who placed ninth with a time of 12:48:21.
Receiving an Honorable Mention for Best Condition was the Bronze
Medal-winning Elegant Pride, ridden by Conner and owned by Wright who has a
unique place in equestrian sports history as the first U.S. woman to win an
Olympic medal (eventing team Silver, 1964) and the first to win a combined
driving World Championship medal (pairs team Gold, 1991). Wright is also
co-President of the Fair Hill International.
The USA Pacific South team of Wiere on Rebel Fire Bask, Barry Waitte of Los
Gatos, CA on LV Cambridge, Carolyn Hock of Riverside, CA on GT Sando, and
Heather Reynolds of Los Gatos, CA on CP Magestic won the team Gold.
Hillorie Bachmann of Cupertino, CA on CV Eli and Jeff Townsend of Los Gatos,
CA on Kann Sam Count also represented USA Pacific South, riding as
individuals. The team Silver went to the USA Central team and the Bronze
was won by the USA Pacific North team. Canada West placed fourth, followed
by USA Mountain, USA East and Canada East.
The 2005 Fair Hill International Festival in the Country, which also
featured the Fair Hill CCI*** eventing championship and advanced and
intermediate combined driving competitions, benefited Christiana Care Health
System, one of the Chesapeake region's 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 women's health services, and has trauma and neonatal intensive
care units that offer an exceptional degree of care.
Sponsors of the 2005 Fair Hill International Festival in the Country
included AERC International; Ag-Industrial; Atlantic Tractor; Aventine
Wealth Management; Bit of Britain; John K. Burkley Company; Coventry Health
Care; Cranberry Endurance Ride; Dansko; M.H. Eby Trailers; Equestrian
Entertainment Partners; EquiPedic; First National Bank of North East;
Freeform USA Saddles; Glenmede Trust Company; Goldman Sachs & Company; W.L.
Gore & Associates; Gulf Coast 4-Star Trailers; Gunnip and Company; Herr
Foods; Kanavy Saddles; Mercantile County Bank; Morgan Stanley; Northview
Stallion Station; Nutramax Labs; Steve and Dinah Rojek; Southern States;
Summit Aviation; Thoroughbred Charities of America, Ltd.; United States
Equestrian Federation; and Wachovia Wealth Management.
Detailed results and further information on the 2005 Fair Hill International
Festival in the Country is available on line at