Gladstone, NJ-September 24, 2001-Lisa Singer of Chadds Ford, PA won the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Pairs Championship for the third consecutive year and fifth time overall. The Championship was held during the Gladstone Driving Event, September 21 - 23 at the USET Headquarters and Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ.
With her victory, Singer, driving horses owned by Anne (Mimi) Thorington, matched Larry Poulin's record of five Championship titles. Singer, the only woman driver to win the Championship, won in 1994, and again in 1997, 1999 and 2000. This year, she finished with a three phase score of 123.49 penalties. She won the dressage phase with a score of 43.40, was second in the marathon with 76.59, and won the cones with no knockdowns and 3.50 time penalties.
Following Singer in the standings was Elizabeth Chesson of Bedminster, NJ with horses owned by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Chesson. She finished with a three phase score of 128.64 penalties. The horses Chesson drove, Aristocrat and Bossanova were retired immediately after the competition. Third place went to Larry Poulin of Gray, ME with horses owned by Natasha Grigg. His three phase score was 130.13 penalties.
Singer and Poulin recently teamed with David Saunders to finish 7th at the 2001 FEI World Pairs Championship in Riesenbeck, Germany.
Nancy Johnson of Lincoln, MA driving her own horse won the Gladstone Singles Championship, which served as a USET selection trial for the 2002 Singles World Championship to be held in Conty, France, August 28 - September 1, 2002. She finished with a score of 120.07 points.