Gladstone, NJ—April 30, 2003-- Bruce ‘Buck’ Davidson Jr. of Unionville, PA, was named United States Equestrian Team (USET) Athlete of the Month for April after he won the USET Pinnacle Trophy emblematic of the USET Four Star Championship held at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer CCI****, April 24-27, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
Davidson won the Championship as the top American finisher in the CCI**** with a fourth-place finish overall, behind three riders from Great Britain, aboard Mystic Mike, a 10-year-old American thoroughbred gelding bred by owner Janis Smith.
“It’s an exciting time,” said Davidson, the son of five-time Olympian and two-time World Champion Bruce Davidson. “Every time I go into the start box with ‘Mikey,’ I think about breaking him as a two-year-old. To have him do this well is a dream come true.”
With a penalty-free show jumping round, Davidson catapulted from eleventh position into fourth and had the top U.S. finish. A true competitor, Davidson commented, “Did I think that one day this would happen? Of course I did. Did I think that it would happen today? Last night, it didn’t occur to me to even think about it! I just hope that I will not only have my name on this trophy a few times, but on the big one at the end of the day, too!”
Davidson won the USET Markham Trophy three times as a Young Rider and is also a past recipient of the USET’s Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy, a trophy that is awarded to a Young Rider (age 16 – 21) who exemplifies the USET’s ideals of sportsmanship and horsemanship.
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