Hannah Sue Burnett: After Saumur Dressage

Dressage has wrapped up in France at the Saumur CCI***, with the US riders well in the hunt.  Hannah Sue Burnett was kind enough to send us another postcard from Saumur, commenting on the dressage and looking forward to cross-country tomorrow.  Many thanks to Hannah for writing, and thank you for reading.  Go Team USA!

Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot, photo by Diana Rowland

From Hannah:

Time has been flying here in France for us Americans! We’re already through both days of dressage and have our sights on a successful day of cross country tomorrow.  Our 3* horses are all in the top 20 in a very competitive field and Marilyn is also competitively placed in the 2* in a massive division of 92!    [CCI3* Scores]   [CIC2* Scores]
The course is definitely challenging and wheels very tight so time will be tough. They are calling for rain tonight and tomorrow so that could also be a factor.  We will all be going with the throttle down tomorrow!
It’s so amazing to have the opportunity to be here competing with the world’s best and get to practice on a course designed by Pierre Michelet, who will design cross-country for the World Games next year. It is so important that we Americans get used to competing abroad in Europe to bring our competitive edge up a notch and get more comfortable on the world stage.
Without our generous sponsors, owners and supporters we wouldn’t be here. A huge thanks to Land Rover for the grants to bring us to beautiful Saumur. Thanks to Ariat we are all proud to wear our beautiful team kit and represent our amazing country. I know the whole team would agree that the GastroGard provided by Merial for all of the horses makes them travel and compete comfortably and is extremely appreciated. We will fight to be great tomorrow and all weekend for the USA!
I have to give a shout out to our team here with us—the grooms, Dr. Johns, Joanie, Bobby, coach DOC, the parents and owners and everyone at home cheering us on. We all feel greatly supported and want so badly to bring it home for you all!
Go USA!!!
HSB

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