Fair Hill, Md., Oct. 18, 2005 — Nathalie Bouckaert Pollard of Chatsworth, Ga., rode West Farthing to victory in the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Three-Star Eventing Championship October 16 at the Fair Hill International Festival in the Country.
Pollard was awarded the USET Foundation Challenge Trophy after finishing with a three-phase score of 44.40 penalties on her 12-year-old English Thoroughbred. Will Faudree of Southern Pines, N.C., was second by less than one rail, finishing with a score of 47.90 penalties on his 16-year-old Australian Thoroughbred, Antigua.
Faudree had entered the concluding show jumping phase within a rail of the lead but after he had one rail down for four additional penalties, Pollard was able to have one rail down at fence No. 10 and still win.
Finishing third after a jumping round that received only one time penalty was the defending champion, two-time Australian Olympic team Gold Medalist Phillip Dutton. He finished with a final score of 50.60 penalties on Hannigan and received the Linda Moore Trophy as the highest-placed foreign rider.
Dropping to fourth after receiving eight penalties for two knockdowns was Robyn Fisher of West Hills, Calif., the leader after the opening dressage phase. Fisher finished with 52.00 penalties on Le Samurai, a 10-year-old Holsteiner. She was honored with the USEF Owner-Rider Eventing Championship as the top finishing American owner-rider.
In driving, World Champion Suzy Stafford of Bear, Del., won the Advanced Single Pony division with a three-phase score of 130.79 with her nine-year-old Welsh Cob, Cefnoak Park Bouncer.
Other winners in the driving competition were Robin Groves of Brownsville, Vt., and seven-time USEF National Pairs Driving Champion Lisa Singer of Chadds Ford, Pa., in the Advanced Single Horse and Advanced Pair Horse divisions, respectively; Bonita Ash of Avondale, Pa., A and Jamie O’Rourke of Unionville, Pa., in the Intermediate Single and Pair Horse divisions, respectively; and Bob Fetters and Tracey Morgan in the Intermediate Single and Pair Pony divisions, respectively.
The Fair Hill International Festival in the Country also featured the 2005 FEI North American Endurance Championship CEIO**** which was won by Karen Kroon of Cheyenne, Wyo., on Rokket.