Articles: Press Release
Merriam Wins USA National Combined Driving Singles Championship
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(Formerly American Horse Shows Association)
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Driving and Eventing Champions met in Elkton, MD, to compete at the Fair
Hill International CAI-B and CCI***, October 24-27.
The CAI-B included six driving divisions, with 11 U.S. drivers competing in
the Single Horse division for the USA National Combined Driving Singles
Championship. The Champion single horse driver was Fred Merriam of Newfane,
Vermont, driving Gaitwood Lightwing (Morgan: TOFR Black Wing x Gaitwood
Leflame) owned by Nick Mercede also of Newfane. This combination recently
returned from France after winning an Individual Bronze medal at the World
Singles Driving Championship in Conty, France, held August 29 - September 1.
The Reserve Champion in the USA National Combined Driving Singles
Championship was Nancy Johnson of Lincoln, Massachusetts with her own
Canequin's Look Out (Morgan: Equinox Locomotion x Roman Elite).
In the CCI***, David O'Connor of The Plains, Virginia, and his Sydney
Olympic Individual Gold medal partner, Custom Made (Irish Sport Horse:
Bassompierre xx - Purple Heather, by Ben Purple), rode their way to a
storybook ending. O'Connor had announced that this event would be Custom
Made's final competition, and they finished this final event in style,
winning over Australia's Phillip Dutton, riding Dusky Moon (Australian
Thoroughbred: Dusky Heir x Moonlust).
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