October 30, 1995 |
Bruce Davidson finished fifth yesterday in the Fair Hill International Three-Day Event, and he is likely to finish the year on top of the world equestrian standings for three-day events. Davidson, from Unionville, placed fifth on Trans Am A Flirt and eighth on Happy Talk, giving him a strong lead in the world three-day event rider rankings. His successful year has included winning the individual gold medal and the team silver medal at the Pan-American Games and winning the most challenging three-day event in the world in Badminton, England.
October 27, 1997 |
After an impressive performance in the USET National Fall Three Day Event Championship, Olympic veteran David O'Connor knows the two horses he competed on have little to prove at the advanced level of the sport. That's why, after nailing down the top two placings in the three-star competition, O'Connor is looking forward to a first in the United States - a four-star event. That would be next spring's Kentucky International Three Day Event in Lexington. "I think it will be a great thing for the sport in this country," O'Connor said of an event that will be equivalent to Olympic competition.
August 9, 1999 |
Police were scouring an area near the Pennsylvania-Maryland border yesterday after two women saw a man resembling a photograph of escaped murderer Norman Johnston that they had just seen in a local newspaper. The women, who were at a fruit stand, called 911 shortly after 12:30 p.m., but the man, who had been sitting on a guardrail at the intersection of Routes 273 and 213, apparently saw them making the call. By the time police arrived 10 minutes later, Johnston was gone. Police from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware immediately began an intensive search, using helicopters and tracking dogs.
September 18, 1986 |
Flatterer, the three-time American steeplechase champion, and the French jumper Gacko head a list of 45 nominees to the $250,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase. The race, the richest ever over fences, will be held Nov. 1 at the Fair Hill Race Course in Cecil County, Md. Fair Hill, just over the border from Chester County, Pa., is the only American steeplechase course with parimutuel betting. Nominations to the first Breeders' Cup jump race closed earlier this week. Flatterer, trained and partly owned by Jonathan Sheppard, is the richest American steeplechaser ever, with more than $350,000 earnings over fences.
October 29, 1987 |
FAIR HILL, Md. - William L. Pape's Flatterer drew the outside post position as 10 of the world's finest steeplechasers were entered yesterday for the $250,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase at Fair Hill on Saturday. The 8-year-old Mo Bay gelding, who has won every major chasing prize in America and who campaigned in France and in England in their premier hurdle events, missed the inaugural running of this race last season with a muscle spasm just hours prior to post for the 2 5/8-mile event.
October 31, 1988 |
The Chesterland Three-Day Event, begun in 1976, has consistently attracted the world's top riders, plus thousands of spectators, to the Bruce Davidson farm. This weekend was the finale for the event in Unionville - next year it moves to Fair Hill, Md. Three-day eventing, considered the ultimate test of horse and rider, was originated as a military challenge for cavalry, and its three components - dressage, cross-country jumping and stadium jumping - simulate the demands on soldiers and horses performing on a parade ground, riding over rough terrain and exhibiting a high degree of fitness and fast recovery by completing a stadium jumping course.
October 12, 1998 |
With his win at yesterday's Radnor International Three-Day Event, David O'Connor added another title to his list of achievements. And he also finished second. O'Connor, of The Plains, Va., rode two horses - Rattle & Hum and Ocotillo - to the top two placings in the intermediate division and captured the national intermediate three-day event championship. He had a rail down in the stadium jumping phase aboard Rattle & Hum, and three rails down on Ocotillo, but that was not enough to cost him the victory.
April 10, 1987 |
Clemanna's Rose and Seriously, first and second in last month's Haddonfield Handicap, are among 11 fillies and mares entered in tomorrow's Betsy Ross Handicap at Garden State. Nine of the entrants are coming from out of town - five from New York and four from Maryland - for the $50,000 (plus $20,000 in Breeders' Cup money) race at 1 1/16 miles. The four trainers coming from Maryland are among the best in the Free State. King Leatherbury, who leads the standings in Maryland every year, will saddle Catatonic, already a two-time stakes winner this year.
February 15, 2008 |
A $31 million land deal is in the works that could turn one of the largest privately owned properties in Chester County into a public playground. Stretching for two miles along the Maryland border, it encompasses 1,718 acres, and was assembled during the last half-century by descendants of the founder of Campbell Soup, the late George Strawbridge Sr. and his son, George Strawbridge Jr. If the deal is successful, the land stretching across parts of Franklin, Elk and New London Townships will be purchased with county, state and private funds.
March 13, 1988 |
There will be just one more Chesterland International Three-Day Event on the Unionville grounds. After the last Chesterland in October, the prestigious event will leave its original location at Bruce Davidson's Chesterland farm off Route 82 in Chester County's horse country for its new home at Fair Hill, about 12 miles south over the county line in Maryland. The three-day event, which began in 1975, draws more than 15,000 spectators to the rolling hills of southern Chester County.