Articles: Press Release
Four USET Championships Awarded at Bayer/USET Festival of Champions
Presented by State Line Tack
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Gladstone, NJ—June 22, 2003— Kristina Harrison-Naness of Burbank, CA, aboard
Kantor topped the Cosequin/USET Pan American Games Selection Trials to
secure herself a position on the squad that will represent the United States
this August in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. The Selection Trials
took place as part of the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions Presented by
State Line Tack at the USET Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ.
Qualifying for the squad along with Harrison-Naness were Carol Lavell of
Loxahatchee, FL, and Much Ado; Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, CA, with two horses,
Feleciano and Liberte; and Pierre St. Jacques of Boscawen, NH and Lucky
Tiger. Susan Dutta of Wellington, FL with West Side Lady DC was named as
After earning a score of 72.450% in Sunday’s culminating
Freestyle, Harrison-Naness jumped to the top of the field of thirteen
horse-and-rider combinations to finish the Trials with the highest overall
score of 69.843%, giving her the 2003 USET Intermediaire Championship.
After some technical difficulty and a loud crash which spooked
her horse just prior to entering the ring, 1992 Olympic Team Bronze Medalist
Carol Lavell and Much Ado posted a score of 70.675% in the Freestyle to put
them second place in the final standings. The pair finished the Trials with
an overall score of 69.729%. Lavell spoke of the early part of her test
saying, “In the first part of the test, I just had to hang on to it. It
crossed my mind to retire, but then I thought you ‘gotta hang in there kid.
Jan Ebeling’s two horses finished the Trials in the third and
fourth place positions. Aboard Feleciano, Ebeling earned second place in
the Freestyle with a score of 71.9%. The pair’s performance throughout the
Trials placed them third with a score of 69.240% in the final standings.
With his second ride in the Freestyle, Liberte, Ebeling finished in sixth
place with a score of 69.525%, which gave the pair an overall score of
68.716% and fourth place overall in the Trials. While Ebeling has two
horses qualified, he will only be able to compete on one horse at the Games.
“Both horses are so close, so strong. They’re really so equal,” Ebeling
said of the two horses.
The final rider to qualify for the Pan American Games squad,
Pierre St. Jacques finished in fifth place in the Freestyle with a score of
69.725% aboard Lucky Tiger. This combination finished the Trials with an
overall score of 68.236% to put him in the fifth place position overall as
The dressage ring at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions also
hosted the National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) Championship for
Riders with a Disability, which served as the Selection Trials for the team
to represent the United States at the 2003 World Dressage Championships for
Riders with a Disability in Belgium in September. In his first trip to the
Festival, twenty-year-old, Keith Newerla, swept the Championship by winning
three blue ribbons. “It’s my first year here. I’m the rookie,” said
Newerla who is by-passing the Championships as he will be in college in
September. “Somehow I ended up doing well. I guess beginner’s luck.”
While Newerla will not be traveling to Belgium to compete, the following
riders were named to the squad: Lynn Seidemann of Coppell, TX, Barbara
Grassmyer of Placerville, NC, Rebecca Hart of Erie, PA, Robin Brueckmann of
Summerfield, NC, Cynthia Ruiz of Houston, TX, and Kathryn Groves of Winter
Also part of the weekend was the 75-Mile USET Endurance Championship Ride,
however because of arduous weather conditions, the ride was shortened to a
65-Mile ride. Christina Rieksen of Holland aboard Samblet topped the field
of fifteen to cross through the timers in a time of 9:38:13. Rieksen
initially came to the United States to visit top endurance rider, Valerie
Kanavy, but ended up staying longer than expected and crewed for Kanavy and
cared for her horse.
Finishing in second place behind Rieksen and winning the USET Championship
as the top U.S. finisher was Pamela Weidel aboard Mount Adams. This pair
crossed through the timers in 9:40:31.
Mark Leone of Franklin Lakes, NJ, aboard Pinkata de Longpre won the
highlighted event of the weekend in the show jumping ring, the $50,000 Rolex
USET Show Jumping Championship. Leone was one of only two riders to
complete the first round course fault free. Jimmy Torano of Fort
Lauderdale, FL, aboard Aguila was the other rider to jump clear in the first
round to qualify for the jump-off. In the end, it was Leone who prevailed
as the only rider able to turn in two clear rounds.
Evan Coluccio of Middleburg, VA, aboard Rio won the featured event for
junior and amateur-owner riders, the Bayer/USET Talent Derby Presented by
BET On Jazz, part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series.
Stella Manship aboard Elan Coriana finished in second place behind Coluccio.
Both riders turned in clear rounds in the jump-off, but Coluccio stopped the
timers at 42.58 seconds, while Manship toured the course in 45.5 seconds to
put her into second place.
By just a fraction of a point, Tom McCutcheon aboard Smartest Chic Olena
captured the win in the $75,000 USET Reining Championship. McCutcheon
finished the weekend with a combined score of 442.5. Finishing in second
place with an overall score of 442.0 to take second place was Dell Hendricks
aboard Starlights Wrangler.
Along with top-level equestrian competition, spectators also enjoyed days of
family fun and entertainment. A wide range of gourmet dining options as
well as a country fair featuring the New Jersey Equine Expo hosted by the
New Jersey Department of Agriculture complemented the equestrian activities
taking place in three rings. The fair featured equine demonstrations,
falconry and blacksmith demonstrations, the Jersey Fresh Horse Expo, as well
as vendors offering top-quality jewelry, souvenirs, and products for the
home as well as the stable.
Full results of the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions Presented
by State Line Tack are available on the USET website at www.uset.org.
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.