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Nathalie Bouckaert Pollard Wins CCI*** Championship at 2005 Fair Hill
Beth Gold or Marty Bauman Marty Bauman 508-698-6810
Fair Hill, Maryland-October 16, 2005-Nathalie Bouckaert Pollard of
Chatsworth, GA rode West Farthing to victory in the U.S. Equestrian
Federation (USEF) Three-Star Eventing Championship at the 17th annual Fair
Hill International Festival in the Country.
Bouckaert Pollard was awarded the USET Foundation Challenge Trophy after
finishing with a three-phase score of 44.40 penalties on her 12-year-old,
English Thoroughbred. Will Faudree of Southern Pines, NC was second by less
than one rail, finishing with a score of 47.90 penalties on his 16-year-old,
Australian Thoroughbred, Antigua.
Faudree had entered the concluding show jumping phase within a rail of the
lead but after he had one rail down for four additional penalties, Bouckaert
Pollard was able to ride with the luxury of having one rail down and still
be able to win. That came into play as West Farthing did lower the back
rail at fence number 10, but the 25-year-old rider, who won individual Gold
medals in the North American Young Riders' Championships in 1997 and 1998,
held on for the win.
"Every time I enter the show jumping ring I try to wipe out my past demons,"
Bouckaert Pollard said referring to past difficulties in show jumping.
"It's never been my horse's fault, he's a good show jumper; it's always been
a problem of mine. Today I worked on being calm and maintaining a nice
rhythm. Hopefully this will help me past the problem."
Bouckaert Pollard, who trains in show jumping with U.S. Olympian Laura Kraut
and in dressage with six-time Olympian Robert Dover, said that she's hoping
to improve her dressage as well as her jumping. "It'd be nice to give
myself a little more breathing room."
Finishing third after a jumping ride that received only one time penalty was
the defending champion, two-time Australian Olympic team Gold Medalist
Phillip Dutton. He finished with a final score of 50.60 penalties on
Hannigan and received the Linda Moore Trophy as the highest-placed foreign
Dropping to fourth after receiving eight penalties for two knockdowns was
Robyn Fisher of West Hills, CA, the leader after the opening dressage phase.
Fisher finished with 52.00 penalties on Le Samurai, a 10-year-old
Holsteiner. She was honored with the USEF Owner-Rider Eventing Championship
as the top finishing American owner-rider.
In driving, World Champion Suzy Stafford of Bear, DE, won the Advanced
Single Pony division with a three-phase score of 130.79. The individual
Gold Medalist from the 2005 World Championships drove her World Championship
pony, Cefnoak Park Bouncer, a nine-year-old Welsh Cob.
Other winners in the driving competition were Robin Groves of Brownsville,
VT and seven-time USEF National Pairs Driving Champion Lisa Singer of Chadds
Ford, PA in the Advanced Single Horse and Advanced Pair Horse divisions,
respectively; Bonita Ash of Avondale, PA and Jamie O'Rourke of Unionville,
PA in the Intermediate Single and Pair Horse divisions, respectively; and
Bob Fetters and Tracey Morgan in the Intermediate Single and Pair Pony
"Every time I compete I feel like I am competing against myself," Singer
said. "I don't think about what anyone else is doing, I just focus on
getting the best out of myself and my horses.
"I thought the new hazards here were a lot of fun," she continued. "They
mixed natural materials in with the hazards and they were both challenging
The 2005 Fair Hill International Festival in the Country also featured the
2005 FEI North American Endurance Championship CEIO**** which was won by
Karen Kroon of Cheyenne, WY on Rokket.
Complementing the first-rate equestrian competition at Fair Hill was the
return of the highly popular Dog Agility Trials with over 400 canine
competitors, the largest number in its history. Other exciting activities
on the schedule included appearances by the Delmarva Miniature Horse Club,
featuring driving and hunter/jumper demonstrations; canine Fly Ball
competitions; U.S. Pony Club Games; sheep herding and Maryland State Police
K-9 demonstrations; and the Kids' Korner with activities for the younger
Also featured were the Country Shops boasting a wide variety of shopping and
dining, with vendors of tack, jewelry, artwork, pet needs, exceptional
apparel and fine gifts for the holiday season. The Fair Hill Club offered
fine dining, while visitors seeking a more casual snack or meal found pubs
around the Fair Hill grounds serving classic Maryland crab-cakes and other
treats. The Maryland Department of Agriculture named the Fair Hill
International as a "Maryland Top Event!"
The 2005 Fair Hill International Festival in the Country 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
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.
Full results and further information on the 2005 Fair Hill International
Festival in the Country is available on line at