Articles: Press Release
Fred Merriam Wins Bronze Medal at World Singles Championship
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810,
Gladstone, NJ—September 3, 2002—Fred Merriam of Newfane, VT, driving
Gaitwood Lightwing owned by Nicholas J. Mercede, won the Bronze Medal at the
World Singles Championship in Conty, France, August 28 – September 1. This
marks the first individual medal ever won by an American in a World Driving
Merriam finished the dressage phase in 13th place with a score of 47.00
penalties. After his 17th place finish in the marathon with a score of
78.33 penalties, Merriam stood in 11th place overall. His clear round in
the cones phase, the only one of the day, boosted Merriam into third place
overall with a total of 125.33 penalties.
Out of a starting field of 54 drivers, Merriam finished behind only the Gold
Medal winner, Stephane Chouzenoux of France who had 123.29 penalties, and
Marie Kahrle of Sweden who took the Silver Medal with 125.17 penalties.
The other drivers on the United States Equestrian Team (USET) squad –
Eleanor Gallagher of Southern Pines, NC, and Nancy Johnson of Lincoln, MA –
finished 44th and 45th respectively. The United States finished in 13th
place as a team with the team Gold Medal going to Sweden, and the Silver to
Finland. Austria won the team Bronze.
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.