Articles: Press Release
2006 World Singles Driving Championship Ends with Great Britain, Sweden
and Germany on Top
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2006
Lexington, KY - Despite a mighty effort, the U.S. team could not rally a
win this year in Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy for the 2006 World Singles
Driving Championship held September 20-24. Great Britain, Sweden and
Germany had a successful championship finishing in that order in both
the team and individual championship.
Great Britain took first place with a total team score of 248.76. Paul
Sidwell of Great Britain and his horse Weirbank John won the combined
driving event with a score of 128.47. He was sixth after dressage,
seventh in the marathon and 24th in the cones. American Sterling
Graburn of Bonifay, FL, and Quincey, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood,
owned by Alexander Hewitt, had the best overall individual finish for
the U.S. They finished 18th overall with a score of 142.34, finishing
as high as fourth in the marathon.
American Eleanor Gallagher of Southern Pines, NC, and Kashmier, a
14-year-old Gelderlander, gelding, owned by Gallagher, had their best
showing in the cones phase where they finished 11th out of a total of 74
competitors. Fred Merriam of Paris, KY, and Gaitwood Lightwing, a
12-year-old Morgan gelding, owned by William Willey did as well as
fourth in the dressage phase but was eliminated in the marathon. The
third member of the U.S. team, Scott Monroe and his 13-year-old Morgan
gelding, Bethesda After Dark had their best showing in dressage with a
16th place finish. As a team, the U.S. finished in 18th place.
Chester Weber of Ocala, FL, served as the team coach at the World
Singles Driving Championship while Hardy Zantke of Torrance, CA, was the
team's chef d'equipe.
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competing in the disciplines of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing,
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