It was a great day for Team USA, with all four horse and rider combinations laying down solid dressage scores in an electric atmosphere this morning at the Aachen CICO3*. With the top 10 individual rides all scoring in the 30s, we weren’t quite competitive enough to match the usual suspects, but the overall improvement of America’s performances in the sandbox is clear.
This afternoon’s show jumping course showed no mercy, particularly when it came to chasing the clock. Two brilliant double-clears from Lauren Kieffer and Veronica and Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn moved Team USA up to fifth place overnight. Aachen is no dressage show, and with four cross country powerhouses representing the red, white and blue this year, we hope to give the competition a run for their money in the final phase.
There will be a free live video feed of the cross country thanks to the good folks at ClipMyHorse.tv starting at 8:00 a.m. EST on Friday. We’ll also be running live updates here on EN. Be sure you’re also following EN on Instagram and Twitter for behind-the-scenes photos from Chinch and friends and up-to-the-second news and notes.
Now, let’s check out Aachen around the interweb.
— Alex Van Tuyll (@alex8vt) August 13, 2015
— Horse & Hound (@horseandhound) August 13, 2015
Super test for super pony Cheeky Calimbo – currently 4th on 34.5 pic.twitter.com/c0Xtfz1QFA
— Andrew Hoy (@HoyEventing) August 13, 2015
— Chris Tattersall (@ChrisTattersall) August 13, 2015
Quicklook fab in SJ just a tiny bit green so had to hold hand to a few fences, cross to have 1TF! But my god she is mega! #loveher
— Gemma Tattersall (@GTeventing) August 13, 2015
Well done to the Netherlands for winning dressage team gold for the 2015 FEI European Championships! Great Britain earned silver and Germany bronze. Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro are currently leading the individual competition, of course!