FAIR HILL - The U.S. equestrian team won the team and individual gold medals in the Pan American Eventing Championship yesterday at the 2003 Fair Hill International Festival in the Country.
The United States finished the three phases of dressage, cross country and show jumping with a score of 190.0 penalties to successfully defend the team gold it won at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Canada finished second with 325.0 penalties, and Brazil took the bronze with a score of 1,394.4.
With its team silver medal, Canada earned a place in next year's Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The United States had already earned a place at Athens by winning the world championship last year in Jerez, Spain.
U.S. rider Darren Chiacchia of Springville, N.Y., clinched the individual gold with a penalty-free show jumping round to finish with a score 52.4 on Windfall 2.