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.
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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.
Tori Colvin came to the 2015 U.S. Junior Hunter National Championship East Coast as a widespread favorite to win aboard Way Cool and Ovation. Sophia Pilla came primarily just to have fun on her mounts CC Cool and Pop Rocks. But at the conclusion of the championship finals they are both going home with numerous blue ribbons, multiple division tricolors and ultimately, the 2015 national grand championship titles.
The best adult amateur saddle seat equitation riders from across the country are ready to compete in the USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final. Taking place at the historic Red Mile Race Track in Lexington, Ky., the Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show plays host to the USEF Championship on Wednesday, July 8. Riding before judges Betsy Boone (Concord, N.C.), Paul Boone (Concord, N.C.), and Annalize van der Walt (Shelbyville, Ky.), riders will demonstrate their skills that have qualified them for the Final.