Articles: Press Release
United States Drivers Place Second at CAIO/CAIP-A Breda
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810, email@example.com
Gladstone, NJ-July 15, 2002- The United States Equestrian Team (USET)
driving team of James Fairclough of Newton, NJ, Tucker Johnson of
Oldwick, NJ and Chester Weber of Ocala, FL, combined to place second at
CAIO/CAIP-A Breda in Breda, The Netherlands out of a field of seven
competing teams. This is the best finish of an American Four-In-Hand
team in a Nations cup type competition.
With each phase allowing for one drop score, the team was third in the
dressage phase of the competition with a score of 90.72 penalties
combining Johnson's score of 43.52 and Weber's score of 47.2. In the
marathon phase, the U.S team again placed third combining Johnson's
score of 90.14 penalty points with Weber's score of 98.92 penalty points
to finish the second phase of competition with a total of 189.06 penalty
In the final phase, the cones, Fairclough and Weber left all cones
untouched and earned a score of zero for the U.S. After the three
phases of competition, the U.S had a combined score of 279.78 points,
which placed them second behind the German team who finished with a
combined score of 269.37 points. Finishing in the third position was
the team from Switzerland with a score of 285.00 points.
Not only did the U.S place high as a team, but they also earned
impressive individual honors. Out of a field of thirty-two competitors,
Johnson placed second with a combined score of 135.66 points over the
three phases. Weber earned eighth place honors with a total score of
146.12 points and Fairclough finished twenty-second individually with a
combined score of 167.72 points.
The team's strong finish in The Netherlands bodes well for the USET's
medal chances in the Four-In-Hand Driving at the World Championships to
be held at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain this fall. "This
second place finish against some of the world's strongest competition is
encouraging as we look towards the World Championships in Spain this
fall," said Wendy Wares-Cooke, the USET Director of Driving Activities.
"This finish will give the U.S team added confidence in their quest to
bring home a medal. The U.S has shown that it can be a strong presence
among top competition," she added.
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.