Articles: Press Release
USET Champion Heads List of Fair Hill
International Combined Driving Competitors
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
FAIR HILL, MD-October 2, 2001-Five-time United States Equestrian Team
(USET) pairs driving champion Lisa Singer of Chadds Ford, PA, heads an
impressive list of drivers who have filed entries to compete in the 2001
Fair Hill International, October 25-28, at the Fair Hill Natural Resources
Area in Fair Hill, MD.
Singer will be seeking to defend the Fair Hill pairs title she won last
year. Singer, who has won two Jaguar Triple Crown of Driving titles (1996
and 1997), made history in 1997 when she became the first driver ever to
sweep all three Triple Crown events in the same year. She is the only woman
ever to win the USET Pairs Driving Championship, a feat she has now
accomplished five times, including the last three years in a row.
Also entered to compete at Fair Hill is Nancy Johnson of Lincoln, MA, who
won the Gladstone Driving Event's Gladstone Singles Championship, which
served as a USET selection trial for the 2002 Singles World Championship to
be held in Conty, France, in 2002. With her victory at Gladstone, Johnson
is now the leader in the Jaguar Triple Crown of Driving, presented by
Driving Essentials/Glinkowski Carriages, with a score of 226.48 points. She
leads two-time Triple Crown Champion Lisa Singer who has 227.22 points.
The finale of the Jaguar Triple Crown occurs at the Fair Hill International
where the competition should be fierce.
Also returning to Fair Hill is USET veteran Gary Stover of Chesapeake City,
MD, who will attempt to reclaim the USET Four-In-Hand Championship title he
won in 1996. Singles driver Kimberly Stover of Warwick, MD has entered to
drive in the Fair Hill International, following her victory in the first leg
of the Jaguar Triple Crown at the Laurels Combined Driving Event in
Two more Gladstone Driving Event champions, Jack Wetzel of Aiken, SC, who
took top honors in the Advanced Single Pony division, and A.J. Meyer, the
winner in the Advanced Pair Pony division, both plan to compete at Fair
Hill. Kate Shields is also entered and she will be trying to win her first
Advanced Singles title at Fair Hill.
The Fair Hill International brings world-class equestrian competition in the
Olympic sport of eventing and the World Championship sport of combined
driving to the majestic Maryland countryside.
The event plays host to four exciting equestrian championships: the USET
Fall Eventing Championship CCI***, the USET Four-In-Hand Driving
Championship, the AHSA Single Horse Driving Championship and the AHSA
National Combined Driving Pony Championships.
The driving championships awarded at the Fair Hill International are among
the season's highlights for combined drivers. Last year Tucker Johnson,
Oldwick, NJ, who last year won a record fourth straight four-in-hand title
at Fair Hill, has entered seeking his fifth consecutive win. He'll face
tough competition from a strong field, including Chester Weber of Ocala, FL,
who took first place in the Advanced Four-in-Hand divisions at both the
Basingstoke Combined Driving Event, Old Town, FL, and the Treasure Coast
CDE, Fort Pierce, FL this year. Last year, Weber was named one of the Top
Ten Drivers in the World by the international equestrian magazine L'Annee
For novice equestrians, this year's Fair Hill International will also host
the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) Area II Preliminary,
Training & Novice Horse Trials' Championships. These East Coast
Championships include dressage on Thursday, cross-country on Friday, and
show jumping on Saturday, all from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Fair Hill International also features the new Equine Health Pavilion,
sponsored by Cosequin. The Equine Health Pavilion will feature educational
opportunities with experts from the New Bolton Center at The University of
Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Smartpak (custom packager of
daily supplements for equine feed), and Pennfield Feed together with
Kentucky Equine Research. Talks, demonstrations, and autograph sessions
with international stars of eventing and combined driving will round out the
opportunities in the Equine Health Pavilion.
The Fair Hill International gratefully acknowledges the support of its
sponsors, without whom an event of this magnitude would not be possible,
including Cosequin, the United States Equestrian Team, Banner Life
Insurance, Bit of Britain, First Union Private Capital Management, Glenmede
Trust, Jaguar, Nawpac, Outback Performance Wear with Gore-Tex Fabric by
Outback Trading Company, Ltd., Pennfield Feeds, Practical Horseman, Scudder
Financial Services, Southern States Cooperative, Supracor, Thornhill
Enterprises, and Thoroughbred Charities of America, Ltd.
For further information on the Fair Hill International, please call (410)
398-2111 or visit www.fairhillinternational.com.