USA Girlsquad Breezes Through Boekelo CCI3* First Horse Inspection

America’s five-horse strong, lady-powered Boekelo CCI3* contingent made short work of the first inspection catwalk today.

From Ellie MacPhail’s Vogue-ready presence …

Ellie MacPhail and RF Eloquence. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Ellie MacPhail and RF Eloquence. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… to Lauren Kieffer’s windswept, hair commercial calibur locks …

Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook's Scarlett. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook’s Scarlett. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… to arm candy Tamie Smith and her handsome equine ménage à trois …

Tamie Smith and Twizted Syster. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Tamie Smith and Twizted Syster. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Tamie Smith and Dempsey. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Tamie Smith and Dempsey. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… to Kylie Lyman, who simply owned those leggings …

Kylie Lyman and Lup the Loop. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Kylie Lyman and Lup the Loop. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

… our girls brought it out there today in the Dutch countryside, bigtime.

Of course, eventing is no beauty contest, and make no mistake: these women could just as easily break your arm as enchant your camera. We’re looking forward to seeing them all tackle the tough tests that lie ahead.

All horses presented at today’s inspection passed. The 2016 entry list is a stocked pond of heavy hitters: Sam Griffiths, Paul Tapner, Maxime Livio, Izzy Taylor, Sarah Bullimore, Oliver Townend, Flora Harris, Laura Collett, Ben Hobday, Andreas Dibowski, Dirk Schrade, Jonelle Price, Mark Todd, Ludwig Svennerstal … the list goes on, and there’s no telling how the leaderboard will shake out. 

Dressage begins on Thursday at 9 a.m. local time and the competition will be live streamed at this link.

Dressage ride times for the American combinations:

Thursday

2:47 p.m. local time (8:47 a.m. EST) – Kylie Lyman and Lup the Loop

4:11 p.m. local time (10:11 a.m. EST) – Tamie Smith and Dempsey

Friday

12:02 p.m. local time (6:02 a.m. EST) – Ellie MacPhail and RF Eloquence

12:09 p.m. local time (6:09 a.m. EST) – Tamie Smith and Twizted Syster

4:32 p.m. local time (10:32 EST) – Lauren Kieffer and Meadowbrook’s Scarlett

All systems are go for an action-packed week of international eventing and (judging from the minor-planet sized disco ball I spotted in a nearby pavilion) raucous partying, and EN is on the scene bringing it to you live.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Much, much more to come, live from Netherlandia.

Go USA. Go Eventing!

Boekelo Links: WebsiteScheduleEntries, Dressage Ride Times, Leaderboard, Live Stream EN’s Coverage@eventingnationInstagram

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