Articles: Press Release
Fairclough and Shields Win USET Selection Trials at Georgia
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810,
Gladstone, NJ—April 11, 2002—James Fairclough of Newton, NJ and Kate Shields
of Middleburg VA, won the USET World Championship selection trials at the
Georgia International Combined Driving Event in Conyers, Georgia.
Fairclough, current USET Four-In-Hand Champion, was second to Chester Weber
in the Four-In-Hand World Championship selection trial after dressage.
Marathon day held a surprise as Fairclough and Weber finished the marathon
with the same score, leaving Weber with a 2.6 point lead in the overall
competition. Sunday’s cones competition was the deciding factor in
Fairclough’s victory, as Weber had two balls down, to Fairclough’s one,
giving Fairclough the victory.
The Four-In-Hand World Championship will be held as part of the World
Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, September 18-21.
Besting a field of 10, Kate Shields, driving her own “Hastening Mayflower,”
won the selection trial for the Singles World Championship to be held in
Conty, France, August 28 – September 1 . Shields won the dressage phase
with a score of 41.7, followed by Fred Merriam of Brattleboro, VT, with 44.0
and Kelly Valdes with 46.3. The marathon was won by Merriam driving
Winchester Stables’ “Gaitwood Lightwing”, which moved him into the overall
lead over Shields and Valdes, driving her “White Hall”. Ultimately, with 16
penalty points accrued in cones, Merriam lost his lead to Shields.
All of the first three placing singles drivers had just participated in a
USET Training Session in Aiken, SC given by Lisa Singer, and hosted by Jack
Wetzel, the week before this competition.
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.