Jumping Team Finishes 3rd In The Nation's Cup Competition
the midst of fierce competition, US competitors continued to demonstrate
their strength today at CHIO Aachen, Germany, where the jumping
team (Lauren Hough/Windy City, Chris Kappler/Royal Kaliber, Laura
Kraut/Anthem, and Peter Wylde/Fein Cera) finished in third place
tying with the host country. Ireland won the competition and is
now only half a point behind France on the Samsung Super League
Leaderboard. Ireland also won the Nations Cup class at St.
Gallen (SUI) several weeks ago. Chris Kappler on Royal Kaliber,
a brown Dutch Warmblood stallion (Ramiro x Feidonja, by Voltaire)
secured the teams 3rd place finish with 2 clear rounds in
the famed arena known for its size, seating capacity for 40,000
spectators and spectacular range of obstacles. Kappler, who competed
at Aachen in 1995 and Jos Lansink (BEL) were the only two riders
who achieved double clear rounds. The show is bigger and
better than ever and is phenomenal commented Kappler. Weve
been having a great show and 3 out of the 4 team members are on
the Pan Am Team so its nice to be able to compete together
and get to know each other. The US was invited to Aachen
on a wildcard. Frank Chapot is serving as the Chef dEquipe.
the US dressage team took the silver medal and Lisa Wilcox on
Relevant an Oldenburg chestnut stallion (Rubinstein I x Havanna,
by Goldloewe), finished in 2nd place and Debbie McDonald only
slightly behind in 3rd position abroad Brentina (Hanoverian: Brentano
II x Lieselotte). Laura Kraut won the Nordrhein-Westfalen-Prize
competition on Allegiance (Dutch Warmblood: Animo x Gosseline)
while Chris Kappler and Peter Wylde finished in the Top 10. Clare
Bronfman finished in second place in a hunting competition on
speed horse Lord William (Holsteiner: Lord Caletto x Rocky). James
Fairclough, the only four-in-hand driver representing the U.S.
this year, earned a respectable 6th place finish out of 23 starters
in the Dressage Competition Freestyle to Music.
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U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship
sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show
jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines
of equestrian competition. As
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who officiate at these shows.
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