Articles: Press Release
Scott Monroe First in 2005 USEF National Combined Driving Singles
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September 28, 2005
By Heather R. Walker, edited by USEF Staff
Gladstone, NJ - Taking a year off from competing doesn't work for
everyone, but it paid off for Scott Monroe of Sharon, CT, who drove his
way to his first national championship at the 2005 USEF National
Combined Driving Singles Championship, part of the CAI-B Gladstone
Driving Event, September 22-25.
Driving his 11-year-old Morgan gelding, Bethesda After Dark (Shadow),
Monroe bested a field of 12 single horses with a smooth dressage test; a
precise, blistering trip through the eight obstacles on the marathon
course and a double-clean round in cones. The last to take to the course
on Sunday, Monroe almost lost all when he started to pass the 13th set
of cones. Realizing his mistake, he turned his horse in a tight right
half-circle, then turned left, and coasted through. Shadow's
ground-covering stride provided the speed to finish the remainder of the
course within the time allowed.
Reserve champion was Sterling Graburn of Vernon, FL, driving Alexander
Hewitt's gray Belgian Warmblood, Quincy.
Monroe purchased Bethesda After Dark as a three-year-old, and he is only
his second horse. "I told a friend what I was looking for in a horse,
and he said, 'That horse is for sale in Massachusetts,'" said Monroe.
Once Monroe saw the horse, the decision was made. "Neither one of us
knew much," continued the modest Monroe. "Friends said if he didn't kill
me, he'd make a good horse."
He sought the help of Margaret Beeman, a riding instructor who was
recommended to him, and the three have been working together ever since.
Beeman is a vital part of the team, riding with Monroe in competition as
Moving into the advanced ranks in 2001, Monroe just missed a spot on the
American singles team in 2002, but drove at the World Championship in
Sweden in 2004, turning in the best total score of the American team and
finishing in 12th place individually.
"My wife says he's me and I'm him," said Monroe, referring to his horse.
Just then, his groom passed with Shadow. "Hey, buddy," he called, "I'm
talking about you!"
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