Articles: Press Release
Five-Time Olympian Bruce Davidson Leads After Dressage Phase At MBNA
Foxhall Cup Tina Konyot Wins Grand Prix Dressage Competition
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ATLANTA (April 19, 2002) -Five-time U.S. Olympic veteran Bruce Davidson of
Unionville, PA and his mount Welton Tangle held their lead after the
completion of the dressage phase of the 2002 MBNA Foxhall Cup, the National
Championship of Eventing, at Foxhall Farm just outside Atlanta, GA.
Established in 2000 by Jim Richards, the MBNA Foxhall Cup is a three-star
level eventing competition designated by USA Equestrian as the National
Championship of Eventing and by the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) as its
three-star Spring Championship. The title sponsor of this event is the MBNA
America Bank. The MBNA Foxhall Cup donates proceeds to Shepherd Center, an
Atlanta based catastrophic care hospital that treats individuals with
acquired brain and spinal cord injuries.
Davidson competed his 11-year-old British Thoroughbred owned by Amy Ruth
DeWind of Unionville, PA, on Thursday’s opening day and he received a score
of 47.21 penalties from the panel of three judges. Despite a record field of
99 horses, Davidson’s lead held up through Friday’s second half of the
Moving into second place on Friday was Darren Chiacchia of Ocala, FL and
Windfall, a 10-year-old Trakaner stallion owned by Dr. Timothy Holekamp of
Ocala. They received a score of 47.60 to earn the same position in the
standings they held after dressage in 2001.
Davidson, a two-time World Three Day Event Champion and the 14-time U.S.
Combined Training Association (USCTA) Rider of the Year, also holds third
place after scoring 47.81 on Friday on his other mount, Squire’s Cap, a
9-year-old, American Thoroughbred owned by Mr. And Mrs. Phelps Witter of
Unionville. Davidson, a member of two Gold Medal-winning USET Olympic
squads, at Montreal in 1976 and Los Angeles in 1984, as well as Silver
Medal-winning teams at Munich in 1972 and Atlanta in 1996, placed fourth
place at the inaugural Foxhall Cup CCI*** in 2000.
The Eventing Championship continues with the exciting cross country phase on
Saturday before culminating with the stadium jumping phase on Sunday.
In its third year, the MBNA Foxhall Cup CCI*** is the first of five 2002
selection trials for USET riders hoping to qualify to represent the United
States at the Eventing World Championships to be contested at the World
Equestrian Games in Spain in September. The World Equestrian Games are held
every four years and, other than the Olympics, is the world’s most important
In the Grand Prix dressage competition being contested in conjunction with
the MBNA Foxhall Cup, Tina Konyot of Palm City, FL rode her horse Abrikos to
first place, receiving a score of 67.600% from the three-judge panel of
Marianne Ludwig, Lorraine MacDonald and Brenda Minor.
Placing second was James Koford who had a score of 62.866% on Petit Ribot.
They were followed in the standings by Mimi Block and Asarhaddon (62.866%),
Heather Bender on Mikhail (62.733%), James Koford on Fellipe (62.600%) and
Olympic eventer Carl Bouckeart on Goodwood (58.733%). The $20,000 dressage
competition concludes Sunday with the musical freestyle prior to the
conclusion of the stadium jumping phase of the eventing championship. All
six horses will compete in inverse order of Friday’s finish.
The inaugural Foxhall Flower Show is also being held in conjunction with the
MBNA Foxhall Cup. Based on the spirit, tradition and elegance of outdoor
European flower shows, the event is the largest open-air flower show in the
eastern United States and offers over $100,000 in prizes. Proceeds benefit
botanical gardens of Georgia. For more information on the flower show,
please visit www.foxhallflowershow.com.
For more information on the MBNA Foxhall Cup, including full results and how
to purchase tickets, please visit
www.foxhallcup.com. Full results
are also available at