Articles: Press Release
Darren Chiacchia Named USET Athlete of the Month for October
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Gladstone, NJ-November 3, 2003-Darren Chiacchia of
Springville, NY, was named the United States Equestrian Team (USET)
Athlete of the Month for October after he won the individual Gold Medal
in the Pan American Eventing Championship at the 2003 Fair Hill
International Festival in the Country.
Chiacchia clinched the Gold with a penalty-free show jumping
round to finish with a three-phase score of 52.4 penalties on Windfall
2. Karen O'Connor of The Plains, VA won the individual Silver with a
score of 59.0 on Joker's Wild and Jan Thompson of Purcellville, VA won
the Bronze with a score of 62.4 on Shared Dreams.
"I have a great horse and a lot of confidence in his ability
to do well," said Chiacchia who won the USET Eventing Spring
Championship at Foxhall last April. "He has continued to develop and
get stronger in all three phases. I'm thrilled with what he did here."
No eventing competition was held at the Pan American Games
in Santo Domingo earlier this year and the International Equestrian
Federation (FEI) decided to hold the Pan American Eventing Championship
in conjunction with the Fair Hill International CCI***.
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.