Boekelo Beckons: Previewing the Netherlands FEI Nations Cup Leg + How to Watch

Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Team USA will look to pile on its collection of medals as a Nations Cup team heads to this week’s Netherlands leg at Boekelo; competition begins Wednesday, October 5 with the first horse inspection and will be followed by two days of dressage Thursday and Friday, cross country on Saturday, and show jumping on Sunday.

Graphic via US Equestrian.

This year’s Nations Cup team for the U.S., which claimed silver at this event in 2021, features:

  • James Alliston and Nemesis
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp and Miks Master C
  • Boyd Martin and Fedarman B
  • Alyssa Phillips and Oskar

In addition to the Americans, a field of 78 competitors will tackle the CCIO4*-L competition. The Nations Cup field includes teams for Germany, which currently holds the highest number of Nations Cup points, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Sweden.

Daniela Moguel and Cecelia. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Notable entries include:

  • Mexico’s Daniela Moguel has aimed Cecelia here after the pair saw their World Championships trip cut short due to a poorly-timed bout of cellulitis
  • Competing as an individual for the U.S. will be Katherine Coleman with Monbeg Senna
  • Great Britain’s Tom McEwen will pilot Nicola Wilson’s 2019 European Championships winner JL Dublin
  • Belgium’s Lara de Liedekerke Meier has re-routed Hermione d’Arville after a very ill-timed parting of ways early on cross country at Pratoni
  • After retiring early at Burghley, Great Britain’s Zara Tindall brings forward Class Affair
  • One of our favorite riders from Pratoni, Italy’s Giovanni Ugolotti, will compete with the delightfully-named Swirly Temptress, who did happen to win her first 4*-L at Ballindenisk this spring

Officials this weekend include Ground Jury President Christina Klingspor (SWE) and members Edith Schless-Störtenbecker (GER) and Merel Schurink (NED). Adrian Ditcham (GBR) is the cross country designer, while Kris van Gelder (NED) will design the show jumping.

All phases of competition at Boekelo will be live streamed on FEI TV/ClipMyHorse.TV — if you signed up for a subscription during Pratoni, here’s another great use for it! — here. The broadcast schedule is as follows:

Thursday, October 6 – Dressage: 3:00 a.m. EST / 8:00 a.m. BST / 9:00 a.m. local
Friday, October 7 – Dressage: 3:00 a.m. EST / 8:00 a.m. BST / 9:00 a.m. local
Saturday, October 8 – Cross Country: 3:00 a.m. EST / 8:00 a.m. BST / 9:00 a.m. local
Sunday, October 9 – Show Jumping: 4:30 a.m. EST / 9:30 a.m. BST / 10:30 a.m. local

Tilly Berendt will be our eyes on the ground all week at Boekelo, and you can of course find everything you need to know on Boekelo right here on EN. Go Eventing!

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