The first horse inspection at Boekelo CCIO3* just wrapped up over in the Netherlands, with a downpour predictably falling during the festivities, making for a very soggy occasion. All horses and riders passed, sending a total of 93 competitors forward to dressage.
Ten teams will battle it out for the win in the final leg of the FEI Nations Cup. Germany, Great Britain and France are so far out in front of the rest of the countries on the leaderboard that it’s impossible for anyone else to catch them at this point, but there’s still the question of the order in which they’ll finish.
The U.S. participated in two Nations Cup competitions last year at Aachen and Boekelo, failing to finish a team at both. The team now looks to their first and only Nations Cup event of the year at Boekelo, with Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen, Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night, Tiana Coudray and Kinnordy Rivaldo, and Sharon White and Under Suspection looking to finish on a competitive team score.
— Paul Tapner (@TapnerEventing) October 8, 2014
We previewed all of the Team USA riders and horses last week in this post, so click over to get to know the team. We’re also shouting out our #camericanpride for Team Canada, who has one horse and rider competing in Lindsay Traisnell and Candar van het Neerveld.
While Boekelo is always a highlight of the fall international season, it’s also notoriously cold and rainy — must be why the parties are so popular there! One must imbibe to forget she no longer can feel various lower extremities. Doesn’t this video from friend of EN Elvis really set the scene?
So we’ll be camped out in front of the live stream cheering on our North Americans from home instead, and you can follow along, too. The live stream link is available here, and ride times are now posted here. The action kicks off tomorrow, with Tiana and Liz first out for Team USA, so stay tuned.