Articles: Press Release
Lavell Takes Lead in Cosequin Pan American Games Dressage Selection Trials
Bayer/USET Festival of Champions Presented by State Line Tack
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Gladstone, NJ—June 21, 2003— After fishing first in the USET
Intermediaire I, the second round of the 2003 Cosequin Pan American Games
Dressage Selection Trials, 1992 Olympic Team Bronze Medalist Carol Lavell of
Loxahatchee, FL, and Much Ado have taken the lead in the standings at the
Bayer/USET Festival of Champions Presented by State Line Tack in Gladsone,
The pair went to the top of the field of 13 horse-and-rider combinations
after posting a score of 71.150% in the class. Lavell earned the win
despite a tack failure while on course. Although she was happy with her
performance, she noted, “I looked a little weird in the change because my
stirrup leather was getting longer and longer.”
Kristina Harrison-Naness of Burbank, CA, who won the first class
of the Cosequin Selection Trials, the FEI Prix St. Georges held on Friday,
June 19, stands in second place after finishing second in the USET
Intermediaire I, aboard Kantor. The first pair to enter the ring, they
posted a score of 69.500% to finish behind Lavell. New to the tour,
Harrison-Naness is thrilled with her performance so far in Gladstone. “I’ve
never had a top horse before. I’m working hard at it. I’ve been very
dedicated to it, and I’m really excited,” she said as a smile lit up her
Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, CA, sits in the third and fourth place
positions with his two mounts, Feleciano and Liberte. Aboard Feleciano,
Ebeling posted a score of 68.850% to take the third position, while Liberte
finished close behind with a score of 68.800%. Pleased with the
performances of both his horses, Ebeling said, “I’m really happy with both
of them. They are so different. Feleciano is like a cat; you just sit on
him and look nice. Liberte is a big, powerful mover, he’s just different.”
After the third and final phase of the Cosequin Selection
Trials, the USET Intermediaire Freestyle, on Sunday, June 22, the United
States Equestrian Team will name the four-rider dressage team who will
represent the United States at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, the
Dominican Republic in August.
On Sunday, after the conclusion of the National Disability Sports Alliance
(NDSA) Championship for Riders with Disabilities, which is serving as the
Selection Trials for the World Championships, the United States Equestrian
Team along with the National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) will name the
team, who will compete at the World Championships for Riders with
Disabilities to be held in Belgium in September.
This year’s Bayer/USET Festival of Champions Presented by State Line Tack
also features the $50,000 Rolex/USET Show Jumping Championship, a member
event of the American Grandprix Association (AGA), and the USET Junior and
Amateur-Owner Talent Derbies, both presented by BET on Jazz and both part of
the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series.
The Festival is also hosting the USET Endurance 75-Mile Championship, a
Federation Equestre Internationale (International Equestrian Federation –
FEI) sanctioned CEI** ride. The ride will take place in and around the USET
grounds on Saturday.
The Bayer Reining Division features the $50,000 USET Reining Championship,
the USET Futures Championship, presented by Intervet, and the Reining Young
Rider Medal Final.
Along with top-level equestrian competition, spectators are also
able to enjoy a day 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 complement
the equestrian activities taking place in three rings. The fair features
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.
General Festival admission will be ten dollars for adults and
five dollars for children under the age of twelve. Children under the age
of six will again be admitted free of charge.
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.