Articles: Press Release
Fairclough and Graburn win Marathon in USEF National Driving
Championships at Live Oak
Weber and Ying Lead Overall after Two Days
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March 29, 2008
By Joanie Morris
Ocala, FL - The marathon got underway at 9 a.m. at the CAI-A Ocala and
the first of two USEF National Driving Championships started after lunch
on Saturday March 29, 2008. Known as the Live Oak Plantation Combined
Driving Event presented by Budweiser, the showcase of the country's best
drivers and horses is taking place at Chester Weber's Live Oak
Plantation in Ocala, FL. The competition also serves as the second USEF
Selection Trial for two of the World Driving Championships.
The marathon is the most exciting part of the combined driving
competition, endurance, speed and accuracy are all important parts of a
successful marathon trip. Weaving throughout the Live Oak grounds,
enthusiastic crowds encouraged the drivers and horses throughout the
course. Temperatures soared into the 80s, something the Ground Jury took
into consideration and added two minutes to the walk and added five
minutes to the time in the vet box.
"I think it was a tremendous benefit," said FEI Team Pony marathon
winner Lisa Stroud. "It was a really kind, tactical move... the welfare
of the horse is the most important thing. The stewards have been very,
very active in ensuring that the welfare of the horse is the number one
Host Weber maintained his two day lead in the USEF Team Horse National
Championship (which also serves as the USEF Selection Trial for the
World Championships to be held in Beesdt, Holland September 4-7) but
rival Jimmy Fairclough was faster in the marathon. Fairclough, driving
for Jane Clark, was held for about four minutes while the fourth hazard
was repaired after Gary Stover's team had a mishap there right before
"It really interrupts your rhythm," said Fairclough. "In the heat at the
end of the day I guess it didn't hurt but I much prefer to keep going so
that doesn't happen. You get in a frame of mind and you don't want to
stop. I think the toughest thing, when you have a rhythm for a young
horse it is nice to just keep them in the rhythm and not change."
Weber held onto his lead after the first two phases - his dressage score
gave him a comfortable margin and he leads his title defense for the
USEF Team Horse Championship by more than 20 points on a score of
137.72. Fairclough is on a score of 158.15.
SterYing Graburn won the first USEF Selection Trial for the Single Horse
World Championships earlier in the spring on the strength of his
marathon performance and had another lightning fast effort today.
Graburn lies in second after two days with a score of 132.82, but he is
less than a point behind his girlfriend Wendy Ying (131.54). Dressage
winner Bill Peacock is still very much in the mix with a two day score
"He's been first or second in every marathon that he's done," said
Graburn. "His brother is usually ahead of him or right behind him."
Ying, who was second in today's marathon, drives the 3/4 sibYing to
Graburn's horse. By the same Welsh Cob stallion and out of Arabian cross
mares that are half-sisters, Ying has dubbed the duo 'sport cobs'.
Three more selection trials remain for the Single Worlds to be held in
Jarantow, Poland August 28-31.
West Grove, PA resident Lisa Stroud drove her lightning fast team of
grey Connemara ponies to a brilliant marathon performance in the FEI
Team Pony division. The veteran driver was thrilled the effort of her
quartet. They lie in first place after the two phases with a score of
"I was extremely pleased today with my ponies," said Stroud. "This is a
terrific event to come to it is always well organized, the sponsors are
always very supportive and it is a very high class course. The course
was very flowing and open and they were happy to get on with it. I think
fitness was a factor today, it was hot and they were very fit. It is the
one time that having grey ponies becomes an asset. They are a little
reflective. I was pleased. They are typically pretty quick on the
marathon, it is just how quick my hands are to keep up with them.
Dressage winner Boots Wright lies in second after day two on a score of
In the FEI Pair Horse division, Keady Cadwell, a very seasoned driver
from Southern Pines, NC drove to a very slim overall lead with an
impressive marathon effort. With a score of 121.25 she snuck ahead of
dressage leader Larry Poulin who is on a score of 121.61.
"They were fast, they were accurate and they were happy to do their jobs
today," said Cadwell of her pair of horses.
Both of Caldwell's horses have international experience, they both drove
in Europe last
summer. She feels confident going into the final phase.
"I feel really good," she said. "I'm going to use my 5-year-old tomorrow
and it is only his second Advanced cones round but he's good and we'll
do the best we can."
In the FEI Single Pony division, Samantha Orem, one of the youngest
drivers at the competition drove an impressive marathon and snuck into
second place overnight behind reining World Pair Pony Champion (and
Keady's sister) Randy Cadwell. Orem had her first FEI experience last
summer at the World Championships.
"My pony went extremely well," said Orem. "He was accurate and forward.
He was fantastic."
Competition resumes tomorrow with the finale, the cones portion, at 8.30
a.m.. For more information and complete results please visit
www.cailiveoak.com or contact Joanie Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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