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 …
… to Lauren Kieffer’s windswept, hair commercial calibur locks …
… to arm candy Tamie Smith and her handsome equine ménage à trois …
… to Kylie Lyman, who simply owned those leggings …
… 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:
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
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.
Much, much more to come, live from Netherlandia.
Go USA. Go Eventing!