Kim Severson Wins National Advanced Horse Trials Championship for theJack Le Goff Trophy at 2003 Over the Walls Horse Trials
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Hardwick, MA-August 3, 2003-United States Equestrian Team (USET) veteranKim Severson of Scottsville, VA won the National Advanced Horse TrialsChampionship for the Jack Le Goff Trophy at the 2003 Over the WallsHorse Trials at Great Meadowbrook Farm in Hardwick, MA.
Severson, a team Gold Medalist at last year's World Championships inJerez, Spain, turned in a clean round in the final show jumping phase toclaim the title on Royal Venture, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding,owned by Plain Dealing Farm. She finished the Championship with athree-phase score of 26.92 penalties after scoring 22.92 in dressage andadding just four time penalties over the cross country course designedby 1984 U.S. Olympic team Gold Medalist Torrance Watkins.
Placing second in the Championship was Darren Chiacchia of Springville,NY, winner of the Advanced Division 1 at Over the Walls in 2001.Chiacchia turned in a clean show jumping round to finish with a score of38.38 penalties on Windfall.
Severson also finished first in the Advanced Division 1 competition,completing the three phases with a score of 30.57 on her 2002 WorldChampionship mount, Winsome Adante. Two-time North American YoungRiders Championship individual Gold Medalist Nathalie Bouckaert placedsecond with a score of 35.08 on West Farthing.
Two-time Olympic team Gold Medalist Phillip Dutton of Australia won theAdvanced Division 2. He finished with a score of 33.42 penalties onDusky Moon. Bouckaert's father, Carl, a Belgian Olympic veteran, placedsecond with a score of 42.52 on The Boomer.
Three-time U.S. Olympic veteran Karen O'Connor of The Plains, VA won theAdvanced Division 3 aboard Grand Slam with a score of 45.95 penalties,barely edging her husband, David, the 2000 Sydney Olympic individualGold Medalist, who finished with a score of 47.97 on Clifton Shiraz.
Besides the four Advanced Divisions, the 2003 Over the Walls HorseTrials also hosted three Open Preliminary Divisions and a Junior/YoungRider Open Preliminary Division. Full results of all divisions areavailable on the Over the Walls website at www.overthewalls.com.
In addition to witnessing top-level horses and riders galloping overgreen fields overlooking the pristine Central Massachusetts Town ofHardwick, spectators at the 2003 Over the Walls Horse Trials enjoyedshopping at the event's trade fair which featured gifts for home, peopleand pets, horse supplies, tack and equipment, and everything for thehorse enthusiast.
Full results and complete information on the Over the Walls Horse Trailsis available at the Over the Walls website at www.overthewalls.com.