Articles: Press Release
Singer Wins USEF National Pairs Championship
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September 13, 2004
West Grove, PA- World Class drivers and horses battled it out for the
USEF National Pairs Championship in Pennsylvania Sunday, but a local
woman beat the out-of-towners, claiming the title in her own backyard.
West Grove native Lisa Singer came through victorious, surpassing a
record number of competitors to take home the national title. Set apart
by less than five points, Singer drove to the finish amid screaming fans
and family, with a combined score of 121.96 points.
"It is so special to have your grandchildren watching you," said Singer.
"I am really happy with the win and proud of my horses. They went very
well together in a very competitive event."
World and National Champion Larry Poulin came in second, after picking
up 14 penalties to finish with 134.71.
"I have never done well at the Laurels, it something of a jinx", Poulin
David Saunders fell into third by a mere fraction, at 134.86, and
chalking it up to beginner's luck, newcomer Eleanor Gallagher rounded
out fourth place with 142.83.
"This is the first time I have ever tried for the national pairs
championship," said Gallagher. "I am not feeling any pressure here, my
goal is just for the horses to do well."
The USEF National Pairs Championship is divided into three phases,
separated by the traditional three days of testing. Riders competed in
Dressage on Friday, followed by Saturday's Marathon and the Cones phase
This marks the third year the International Combined Driving event has
been hosted by Laurels at Landhope in West Grove, Pennsylvania, but only
the first year the Pairs Division has played host for the USEF
Following other weekend competition, Sterling Graburn took home a double
title, winning both the North American Single Horse Challenge and the
Advanced Single Horse Division with a score of 143.19.
In the Advanced Four-In-Hand Horses, Bill Long came in first with a
combined score of 179.29 points, while Lisa Stroud moved up from third
to claim the prize in the Advanced Four-In-Hand Ponies division. Her
final score was 181.24. Tracey Morgan stayed on top all three days in
the Advanced Pair Ponies to win with 143.68 points, and in the Advanced
Single Pony, Susie Stafford won first, scoring 119.79.
The Laurels was the also the site for the Finals of the Doe Run Carriage
Preliminary Driver Championship. The winner of the 2004 series in the
Pony Division was Bob Fetters of Kennett Square, PA with a final score
of 302.24. In the horse division, Mike Gibbs of Ontario CAN, finished on
top with a series score of 344.52.
For a complete list of final results, lot on to www.laurelscde.org
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For more information about The Laurels at Landhope, please contact Mrs.
James F. O'Rourke, Jr., at (610) 486-0710.
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