Articles: Press Release
O'Connor Wins USET Eventing Fall Championship
at Fair Hill International
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Gladstone, NJ-October 27, 2003-Karen O'Connor of the Plains,
VA, won the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Eventing Fall
Championship and Fair Hill CCI*** Championship after she completed show
jumping with no faults to finish the three phases on her dressage score
of 52.8 on Grand Slam.
"He has always tended to be a little flat in show jumping,"
said O'Connor, the three-time Olympic veteran who previously won the
Championship at Fair Hill in 1989. "I'd have to say that this was the
best he has ever show jumped in a three-day event."
O'Connor entered the show jumping phase in second place
behind Kristin Schmolze of Montville, NJ who had led with a score of
50.6 on Cavaldi. Schmolze, who won team Gold and individual Silver
medals at the North American Young Rider Championships in Quebec in
August, had one rail down for four penalties, dropping her to second
place. Schmolze, age 20, still won the USET Markham Trophy as the
highest-placing Young Rider (up to age 21) to go with the Markham Trophy
she won in the USET Spring Championship last April.
"We just got in a little too close," said Schmolze who said
she has benefited greatly from the Amanda Warrington training grant she
received from the USET earlier this year. "Coming here I would have
been thrilled to be anywhere in the ribbons so I am still extremely
Julie Richards of Atlanta, GA finished with 57.0 penalties
to take third place on her 2000 Sydney Olympic mount, Hyde Park Corner
who was competing in his first three-day event since Sydney.
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.