Articles: Press Release
Olympic Gold Medalists Lead Fair Hill International Eventing Championship
Marty Bauman or Beth Gold, 410-398-2111
FAIR HILL, MD-October 27,2001-Less than one point separates Olympic Gold
Medalists Phillip Dutton of Australia and David O’Connor of The Plains, VA
entering Sunday’s culminating jumping phase in the Fair Hill International
Dutton, the defending champion who won team Gold Medals at the 1996 and 2000
Olympic Games, leads with a score of 58.4 penalties on Cayman Went after
receiving .4 time penalties in Saturday’s cross country phase. O’Connor,
the 2000 Olympic individual Gold Medalist who has won three previous Fair
Hill eventing championships, also completed Saturday’s cross country with .4
time penalties for a two-phase total of 58.8.
“Because of the terrain here and how the course is laid out, it’s always
hard to make the time,” said Dutton who was with his wife Evie when she
delivered twin girls at 2:30 Saturday morning. “My horse went well which I
appreciated as I was a bit worn out from the night before.”
In addition to his battle with Dutton, O’Connor also faces a showdown Sunday
for the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Fall Eventing Championship with his wife
and two-time Olympic teammate, Karen. Karen stands third overall and second
among U.S. riders with a score of 62.6 on Grand Slam. Karen placed second
to David in the USET Championship at Fair Hill in 1999.
Jim Fairclough of Newton, NJ won the USET Four-In-Hand Championship.
Fairclough, who placed first in all three phases, scored 10.0 penalties in
Saturday’s concluding cones phase to complete the competition with a
three-phase score of 160.34. Finishing second as Reserve Champion was
five-time USET champion Tucker Johnson of Oldwick, NJ with a score of
303.40, ending his streak of four consecutive championship titles.
“It was nice that I did well on the first and last days,” said Fairclough
who previously won the Championship in 1982 and 1994 and who has been
runner-up eight times. “I didn’t do as well as I would have liked in the
marathon, but then again, everyone had trouble with it.”
Nancy Johnson of Lincoln, MA won the American Horse Shows Association (AHSA)
Singles Championship with a score of 121.42 penalties. Johnson’s score also
earned her the championship in the Jaguar Triple Crown of Driving, presented
by Driving Essentials/Glinkowski Carriages. “I wish we were better in
dressage,” she said, “but I really couldn’t ask any more of him in the
marathon and cones. I’m really very proud of him and I look forward to
receiving my new carriage,” she added referring to the new Glinkowski
carriage she’ll receive from Driving Essentials for winning the Triple
Placing second to Johnson in the Jaguar Triple Crown was two-time winner and
five-time USET Pairs Champion Lisa Singer of Chadds Ford, PA. Singer
successfully defended her title in the Fair Hill Pairs Classic with a score
of 139.09, but missed out on a chance for a record third Jaguar Triple Crown
Championship when she scored 19.5 penalties in cones. Singer, who like
Johnson, won her division at both Fair Hill and the Gladstone Driving Event,
needed a clean drive in cones to edge Johnson.
“I was trying to go fast in the straights and steady on the turns,” she
said. “I was hoping to go clear but the sand builds on the covers of the
corners and the balls went down.”
In the AHSA Pony Driving Championships, Muffy Seaton of Bluemont, VA won the
Pairs Championship with a score of 144.38 and Jack Wetzel of Aiken, SC won
the Singles Championship with a score of 137.78.
In addition to serving as the final leg of the Jaguar Triple Crown of
Driving, presented by Driving Essentials/Glinkowski Carriages, the Fair Hill
International also served as a USET selection trial for the 2002
Four-In-Hand and Singles Driving World Championships, to be held in Jerez,
Spain and Conty, France, respectively.
The Fair Hill International is sponsored by Cosequin, the United States
Equestrian Team, Banner Life Insurance, Bit of Britain, First Union Private
Capital Management, Glenmede Trust, Jaguar, Nawpac, Outback Performance Wear
with Gore-Tex Fabric by Outback Trading Company, Ltd., Pennfield Feeds,
Practical Horseman, Scudder Financial Services, Southern States Cooperative,
Supracor, Thornhill Enterprises, and Thoroughbred Charities of America, Ltd.
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