Articles: Press Release
Singer, Johnson and Fairclough Win at Gladstone Driving Event
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
GLADSTONE, NJ - September 27, 2001 - Nancy Johnson, Lisa Singer and James
Fairclough won the Advanced Driving Championships at the Gladstone Driving
Event, September 21-23, at the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Olympic Training
Center on Hamilton Farm in Gladstone, NJ.
Lisa Singer of Chadds Ford, PA won the USET Pairs Championship for the third
consecutive year and fifth time overall. With her victory, Singer, driving
horses owned by Anne (Mimi) Thorington, matched Larry Poulin's record of
five Championship titles. Singer, the only woman driver to win the
Championship, won in 1994, and again in 1997, 1999 and 2000. This year, she
finished with a three phase score of 123.49 penalties. She won the dressage
phase with a score of 43.40, was second in the marathon with 76.59, and won
the cones with no knockdowns and 3.50 time penalties.
Following Singer in the standings was Elizabeth Chesson of Bedminster, NJ
with horses owned by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Chesson. She finished with a three
phase score of 128.64 penalties. The horses Chesson drove, Aristocrat and
Bossanova were retired immediately after the competition. Third place went
to Larry Poulin of Gray, ME with horses owned by Natasha Grigg. His three
phase score was 130.13 penalties.
Nancy Johnson of Lincoln, MA drove her own horse to win the Gladstone
Singles Championship, which served as a USET selection trial for the 2002
Singles World Championship to be held in Conty, France, August 28 -
September 1, 2002. She finished with a three phase score of 120.07
penalties after winning the dressage and cones phases. Finishing second in
the Advance Single Horse competition was Canadian Kristen Brunner with
125.02 penalties, followed by American Scott Monroe, who took third place
with 126.23 penalties.
Jack Wetzel of Aiken, SC took home top honors in the Advanced Single Pony
division with 135.73 penalties, while A.J. Meyer won the Advanced Pair Pony
division with a score of 146.29.
With her victory at Gladstone in the Advanced Singles division, Nancy
Johnson sprang into the lead of the Jaguar Triple Crown of Driving presented
by Driving Essentials/Glinkowski Carriages with 226.48 points. She leads
two-time Triple Crown Champion Lisa Singer who has 227.22 points. Canadian
Kirsten Brunner stands in third with 228.97 penalty points. The finale of
the Jaguar Triple Crown occurs at the Fair Hill International in Fair Hill,
MD on October 25-28.
During opening ceremonies the combined mounted color guards from the New
Jersey State Police and the Morris County Park Police presented colors and
the Star Spangled Banner was sung by Robin Dudek, a resident of the Matheny
School and Hospital.
Once again, the Gladstone Driving Event welcomed New Jersey youngsters for
a variety of educational youth programs and the Equine Expo, hosted by the
New Jersey Department of Agriculture Equine Advisory Board. Youngsters
participated in Youth Days on both Saturday and Sunday. Those attending
learned general equine knowledge including grooming, use of tack, breeds,
horse history, and horse health care. The information was presented by the
New Jersey Department of Agriculture Equine Advisory Board and the Gladstone
Equestrian Association. Although attendance was open to everyone, the
clinics were designed to benefit those enrolled in Girl and Boy Scouts, Pony
Clubs, 4-H Clubs and Future Farmers of America (FFA) programs.
Another special feature of the Gladstone Driving Event was an appearance by
the historic Heinz Hitch, which was stabled at Pine Meadow throughout the
event and performed driving demonstrations on Sunday. Past performances of
the Heinz Hitch include the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Fiesta Bowl
Parade and the internationally acclaimed Tournament of Roses Parade.
The Gladstone Equestrian Association, which hosts The Gladstone Driving
Event, is dedicated to promoting the sport of combined driving and
equestrian sports overall. Formed in 1985, the New Jersey non-profit
corporation sponsors clinics on driving, course design, equine health, and
endurance training to educate the public on the diversity of horse sports.
In addition, the GEA provides support to equestrian organizations such as
the United States Equestrian Team and USA Equestrian who are committed to
making America a leader in the international equestrian arena.
For more information contact the Gladstone Equestrian Association at (908)
234-0151 or visit its website at www.gladstonedriving.com.