Articles: Press Release
United States Equestrian Team Announces Team for
Pairs Driving World Championship
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810,
Joanna Smith, (908) 234-1251,
Gladstone, New Jersey—June 25, 2001—Five-time USET Pairs Driving
Champion Larry Poulin of Gray, ME won the USET’s final Pairs Driving
selection trial held at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions to secure a
spot on the USET squad for the Pairs Driving World Championship in
Riesenbeck, Germany, August 15-19.
Poulin, who has represented the U.S. in five previous Pairs World
Championships, finished the three-phase final trial with a score of 124.03
Lisa Singer of Chadds Ford, PA was second in the final trial
with 127.10 penalties to join Poulin on the squad. This will be Singer’s
third showing at a Pairs Driving World Championship. At the 1997 Pairs
Driving World Championship, Singer finished eleventh place individually.
The U.S. squad also finished sixth place as a team. In 1995, Singer was a
member of the USET World Pairs Championship Team that finished eighth.
David Saunders of Ocala, FL secured the third spot on the U.S. team after
placing second at the 2001 Live Oak CDE and first in Advanced Pairs and
Overall Show Champion at the Georgia International.
James O’Rourke III of Unionville, PA, was named the Alternate to the Pairs
World Championship team, following his fourth-place finish with 136.44
penalties in the final selection trial.
Chef d’Equipe will be Hardy Zantke, who served as Chef d’Equipe
for the USET squad at the World Equestrian Festival four-in-hand competition
in Aachen, Germany, where Saunders also competed June 12-17, 2001.
The selection of the squad is subject to approval by the USET
The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization that selects,
trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible standard to
represent our country in major international competition, including the
Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish this the USET seeks
out and nurtures the development of talented athletes - riders, drivers and
horses - and provides the support and guidance they need to help them attain
their fullest potential. For more information on the USET, please call
(908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.