Articles: Press Release
Darren Chiacchia Wins USET Three Star Spring Championship at Foxhall Cup
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Gladstone, NJ-April 22, 2003-As the top finishing U.S. rider at the
fourth annual Foxhall Cup, Darren Chiacchia won the 2003 U.S. Equestrian
Team (USET) Three Star Spring Championship on April 17-20 at Foxhall
Farm near Atlanta.
Chiacchia, of Ocala, FL, and Windfall, the black Trakhener stallion
owned by Dr. Timothy Holekamp, actually finished second overall to
Australian rider Phillip Dutton and Nova Top. Chiacchia, who was in
second place after the dressage phase of competition, picked up 5.2 time
faults on the cross-country phase to sit third as he went into the
jumping phase on Sunday. Chiacchia picked up eight jumping and three
time faults in jumping, putting him just behind Dutton, the two-time
Olympic team Gold Medalist who had moved up after placing 11th in
Hometown favorite Nathalie Bouckaert of Chatsworth, GA, daughter of
Belgium Olympic team rider Carl Bouckaert, and her horse Westfarthing
placed second in the USET Championship and third overall in the Foxhall
Cup after leading following both the dressage and cross-country phases.
She and her bay English Thoroughbred gelding picked up a heart-breaking
16 jumping and three time faults during the final jumping phase.
The son of another Olympic rider, Bruce "Buck" Davidson Jr. of
Unionville, PA, finished third in the championship and fourth overall
aboard Twist and Shout, a gray Thoroughbred-cross gelding. They had
moved up from 21st place after dressage.
Finishing fourth in the championship and fifth overall was Jessica
Heidemann of Bellingham, WA, riding French Twist. Corinne Ashton of
Boxboro, MA, and Dobbin were fifth in the championship and sixth
More than 90 horses competed in the 2003 Foxhall Cup CCI***. The
championship helps determine who will ride for the United States in the
2003 Pan American Championship that will be held in October at the Fair
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, vaulters, 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.