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The first European Nations Cup of the season saw the United States dressage team collect a very well deserved bronze.
The FEI dressage Nations cup event was held in Rotterdam, with the United States team led by Chef D’Equipe Robert Dover. He was inspired and impressed by the performances of all of the team members, commenting that:
“A year ago, the United States won the Nations cup in Rotterdam with great riding on super horses and some good luck that day. This week we do not have the same luck going our way; however, the thing I will remember forever, besides superb riders and horses, is the moment when Adrienne Lyle had the misfortune of having Salvino’s noseband snap for no apparent reason…”
This unfortunate event Robert stated, led to her teammates, all of who are still competing against her for spots in the world championship team, running to help her to remove the noseband like a NASCAR pit team, replacing it and getting on her way, to finish with her stallions doing well over 71%.
In such displays of selfless teamwork has the United States dressage team shown what a unified outfit they are throughout the Rotterdam event.
Standout performances included LaGoy-Weltz from Haymarket, Va, and Mary Anne PcPhail, who were the first pair in the US team to enter the ring during the Amsterdam dressage Nations cup Grand Prix. They moved beautifully together in the arena, and finished with 71.213%. An impressive display of dressage skills which set the tone and inspired the rest of United States team.
Overall, the United States dressage team achieved third place based on the best three placings from the Grand Prix, plus from the Grand Prix special, and the Grand Prix Freestyle. In first place came the Netherlands with a score of 20 points, followed by Sweden on 21 points, with the United States dressage team coming in third place, with a very creditable 30 points.
Last year the US dressage team won the Nations cup in Rotterdam. However, despite the fact that this year they did not have the same luck and couldn’t quite emulate that impressive performance, some superb riding performances still kept them in the top three positions.
For example, in the CD13*, a fledgling partnership between riders Peters and Suppenkasser, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding from Four Winds Farm, had an amazing time in the international arena, gaining a third placed placing. Scores of 72.630 in the Grand Prix, and 74.210 in the CDI3*Grand Prix Freestyle saw them safely home and cemented an increasingly strong team position.
There was another brilliant team performance the USA when Lyle led the 11-year-old mare Horizon to top spot in the Grand Prix special, with an impressive score of 70.681%. Two other team USA riders, overall US team achieved consistency and high performance levels in both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle events.
So overall, the Dutta Corp U.S. dressage team incredibly well to bring home the bronze from the FEI Dressage Nations Cup. It is thanks to sponsors such as the Dutta Corp who are well known for their horse transportation services making team events like this a huge success.
Although they could not quite emulate the height of performances in previous years, achieving third-place third-place with several new team members and the level of the performance individually, and the closeness of the group of riders, bodes incredibly well for the future of United States Equestrian then participation.
Chef D’Equipe Robert Dover stated that he is incredibly proud to be part of a fantastic USA dressage team, and judging by the results and unity shown, it’s difficult to argue with that.