GLADSTONE, NJ-September 26, 2001-Nancy Johnson of Lincoln, MA won the second leg of the Jaguar Triple Crown of Driving presented by Driving Essentials/Glinkowski Carriages at the Gladstone Driving Event, September 21-23 in Gladstone, NJ. Johnson's win in the Singles division at Gladstone launched her into first place in the 2001 Jaguar Triple Crown of Driving standings as the drivers head into the third and final leg of the series, which will be held at the Fair Hill International, October 25-28 in Fair Hill, MD.
Johnson's winning score of 120.07 penalties at Gladstone gives her a combined score of 226.48 and the lead over two-time Jaguar Triple Crown champion Lisa Singer of Chadds Ford, PA. Singer, who won the Pairs division at Gladstone with a score of 123.49, currently has a combined score of 227.22. Canadian Kirsten Brunner stands third in the Singles division with a combined score of 228.97, followed by Scott Monroe in fourth with a combined score of 231.43. Last year's Jaguar Triple Crown winner Sue Mott is currently in fifth place in the Singles division with a combined score of 232.79.
Each of the Triple Crown events--The Laurels Combined Driving Event, The Gladstone Driving Event and The Fair Hill International--offers a testing, three-phase competition. The components are dressage, highlighting training and obedience; the exciting marathon, where speed, timing, and nerve rule the day; and cones, which emphasizes accuracy. The competition is for horses showing at the advanced level in the Singles or Pairs divisions. There is no U.S. citizenship requirement and drivers must compete at each of the three participating events.
The Jaguar Triple Crown champion is determined by adding each competitor's two best final scores from the three events with the championship being awarded to the driver with the lowest combined score from his/her two best events.