Articles: Press Release
Bruce 'Buck' Davidson Jr. Named USET Athlete of the Month for April 2003
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Gladstone, NJ-April 30, 2003-- Bruce 'Buck' Davidson Jr. of Unionville,
PA, was named United States Equestrian Team (USET) Athlete of the Month
for April after he won the USET Pinnacle Trophy emblematic of the USET
Four Star Championship held at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event,
presented by Bayer CCI****, April 24-27, at the Kentucky Horse Park in
Davidson won the Championship as the top American finisher in the
CCI**** with a fourth-place finish overall, behind three riders from
Great Britain, aboard Mystic Mike, a 10-year-old American thoroughbred
gelding bred by owner Janis Smith.
"It's an exciting time," said Davidson, the son of five-time Olympian
and two-time World Champion Bruce Davidson. "Every time I go into the
start box with 'Mikey,' I think about breaking him as a two-year-old.
To have him do this well is a dream come true."
With a penalty-free show jumping round, Davidson catapulted from
eleventh position into fourth and had the top U.S. finish. A true
competitor, Davidson commented, "Did I think that one day this would
happen? Of course I did. Did I think that it would happen today? Last
night, it didn't occur to me to even think about it! I just hope that I
will not only have my name on this trophy a few times, but on the big
one at the end of the day, too!"
Davidson won the USET Markham Trophy three times as a Young Rider and is
also a past recipient of the USET's Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy, a
trophy that is awarded to a Young Rider (age 16 - 21) who exemplifies
the USET's ideals of sportsmanship and horsemanship.