Articles: Press Release
Kim Severson Wins National Advanced Horse Trials Championship for the
Jack Le Goff Trophy at 2003 Over the Walls Horse Trials
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Hardwick, MA-August 3, 2003-United States Equestrian Team (USET) veteran
Kim Severson of Scottsville, VA won the National Advanced Horse Trials
Championship for the Jack Le Goff Trophy at the 2003 Over the Walls
Horse Trials at Great Meadowbrook Farm in Hardwick, MA.
Severson, a team Gold Medalist at last year's World Championships in
Jerez, Spain, turned in a clean round in the final show jumping phase to
claim the title on Royal Venture, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding,
owned by Plain Dealing Farm. She finished the Championship with a
three-phase score of 26.92 penalties after scoring 22.92 in dressage and
adding just four time penalties over the cross country course designed
by 1984 U.S. Olympic team Gold Medalist Torrance Watkins.
Placing second in the Championship was Darren Chiacchia of Springville,
NY, winner of the Advanced Division 1 at Over the Walls in 2001.
Chiacchia turned in a clean show jumping round to finish with a score of
38.38 penalties on Windfall.
Severson also finished first in the Advanced Division 1 competition,
completing the three phases with a score of 30.57 on her 2002 World
Championship mount, Winsome Adante. Two-time North American Young
Riders Championship individual Gold Medalist Nathalie Bouckaert placed
second with a score of 35.08 on West Farthing.
Two-time Olympic team Gold Medalist Phillip Dutton of Australia won the
Advanced Division 2. He finished with a score of 33.42 penalties on
Dusky Moon. Bouckaert's father, Carl, a Belgian Olympic veteran, placed
second with a score of 42.52 on The Boomer.
Three-time U.S. Olympic veteran Karen O'Connor of The Plains, VA won the
Advanced Division 3 aboard Grand Slam with a score of 45.95 penalties,
barely edging her husband, David, the 2000 Sydney Olympic individual
Gold Medalist, who finished with a score of 47.97 on Clifton Shiraz.
Besides the four Advanced Divisions, the 2003 Over the Walls Horse
Trials also hosted three Open Preliminary Divisions and a Junior/Young
Rider Open Preliminary Division. Full results of all divisions are
available on the Over the Walls website at
In addition to witnessing top-level horses and riders galloping over
green fields overlooking the pristine Central Massachusetts Town of
Hardwick, spectators at the 2003 Over the Walls Horse Trials enjoyed
shopping at the event's trade fair which featured gifts for home, people
and pets, horse supplies, tack and equipment, and everything for the
Full results and complete information on the Over the Walls Horse Trails
is available at the Over the Walls website at