August 2016 - Winner's Circle
Written by Kim F. Miller
Sunday, 31 July 2016 19:48

Steffen & Legolas 92 lead U.S. to top of Nations Cup Series

The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team had solid performances throughout the Lambertz Nations Cup at CHIO Aachen. Led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover, the team of Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Shelly Francis, Arlene “Tuny” Page, and Steffen Peters garnered the silver medal with a total score of 437.139. The effort was led by San Diego’s Steffen Peters and Legolas 92, receiving a score of 77.324% to finish fourth, behind three Germans, in the Grand Prix.

Saturday’s final placing also clinched the inaugural FEI Nations Cup™ series title for the U.S. Germany had a dominant performance in the eight-nation field, taking the top three places in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special and earning the gold medal with a total of 492.598. Denmark finished with the bronze medal on a total of 430.418.

“I could not be more proud of our team here in Aachen,” said Dover. “It’s great when you consider that there are some of the best countries in the world selecting their teams for the Rio Olympic Games here and our team placed second, a team who included our traveling reserve and other super combinations that are not on our Olympic team. I am so proud that of all of them they stepped up to the plate.”

Coming into the sixth and final Nations Cup event in the 2016 series, the U.S. needed to secure a placing ahead of Sweden, who was four points ahead of the U.S. on the leaderboard, to secure the title. Dover was extremely pleased with this weekend’s outcome, “We set a goal right from the beginning to win this series. Winning the first event in Wellington was exciting, but we anticipated that win. At Odense we had a nice showing with some of our greener combinations. Then going on to Compiègne, we thought ‘yes, we have a strong chance’, but when we won that it really got me excited and planning. After a second-place finish at

Rotterdam the idea was to come to Aachen and place second or third and beat Sweden, but to actually place second with this group, that was really exciting.”

First LEGIS League Winners Crowned in Woodside

The first LEGIS League Finals show of the season, held in mid-July at the Woodside Horse Park, was a great success. Winning riders received great prizes at all levels. The winners included Claire Archer, who won the Hunter Final and finished second in the 12-35 Equitation Final on Rimpoche, and won the Child/Adult 1-1.05M Final with Bonjour Baloubet. Emilie Bell and Bulletproof Picasso took the win in the Modified Child/Adult Equitation division, and Emilie finished second in the Child/Adult Jumper 1-1.05M final. Toni Anderson and LEGIS Maloubet won both the Demi Equitation and the Demi Hunter finals; Natalie Wendt and Vis A Vis won the Modified Jr/Am Jumper 1.20M Final; and Nicole Harrell finished first and second in the Low Children’s Hunter Final with Ocean Power and As Ever, respectively.    

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