by Louise Parkes
The Dutch showed precisely why they are the reigning World and defending Furusiyya champions when soaring to victory at the sixth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Europe Division 1 League in Falsterbo, Sweden today. It took just three of the four members of Rob Ehrens’ side to clinch it when Harrie Smolders, Maikel van der Vleuten and Leopold Van Asten all jumped double-clear, leaving anchorman Gerco Schroder with nothing to do for the entire afternoon but to watch from the sidelines.
On Thursday the Grand Prix Nations Cup presented by Almased Wellness GmbH took place at CDIO5* Hagen. Under the guidance of Chef d’Equipe Christine Traurig, the U.S. team placed seventh against a competitive field to finish with a score of 210.000%.
A field of 15 competitors vying for the 2015 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final title kicked off the evening session at the Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show on Wednesday, July 8. Following the competitive field’s display of equitation skills, 18-year-old Brett Self was named the winner of the 2015 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final. Self (Charleston, W.Va.) rode her own Safe Harbor to top honors under the tutelage of Stephanie Lilly.
By Louise Parkes
Team Germany were in a league of their own when winning the fourth leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage 2015 pilot series on home soil in Hagen today. With three scores in excess of 70 per cent and a massive 81.160 for last-line rider, Kristina Broring-Sprehe with Desperados FRH, they finished more than 15 points ahead of their nearest challengers from Denmark, while Spain slotted into third.
The United States will be well represented by a strong contingent at the CDIO5* Hagen in Hagen, Germany, from July 8-12. Located in western Germany, Hagen hosts top international dressage competition in the big stadium at Hof Kasselmann. The 2015 event will be contested by four dynamic pairs from the U.S.: Shelly Francis and Patricia Stempel’s Doktor, Charlotte Jorst and Kastel Denmark’s Kastel’s Nintendo, Arlene Page and her own Woodstock, and Kathleen Raine and Jennifer Mason, David Wightman, and her own Breanna. Under the guidance of Chef d’Equipe Christine Traurig, this team will look to improve on its Team Bronze medal effort at CDIO5* Rotterdam in The Netherlands three weeks ago. The team has drawn sixth in the order.