Team USA Sails Through First Horse Inspection at Boekelo

Katherine Coleman and Back to Business II. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

Hello from Military Boekelo CCIO3* in Enschede, Netherlands! All 99 horses presented to the ground jury of Dr. Ernst Topp (GER), Eric Lieby (FRA) and Les Smith (GBR) were accepted at the first horse inspection.

There are 13 teams in all contesting the Nations Cup Final at Boekelo this weekend. After eight legs this season, Great Britain and Germany will battle it out for the series win, sitting on 590 and 580 points, respectively.

France is well back in third place on 335 points, but the host nation of the Netherlands is within striking distance of a podium finish on 280 points if they can deliver a strong performance on home soil. Sweden sits fifth in the current standings on 210 points.

The USA is sixth in the standings on 180 points, and we have a group of three making up our team for the Nations Cup Final, with Leslie Law acting as Chef d’Equipe.

Caroline Martin and Pebbly Maximus. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

Caroline Martin is riding Pebbly Maximus, her 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding she already successfully campaigned overseas earlier in the summer. They had a top 15 finish in the Houghton Hall CICO3* Nations Cup and fifth place finish in the Bramham Under 25 CCI3*.

Liz Halliday-Sharp is riding Deniro Z, a 9-year-old KWPN gelding owned by the Deniro Z Syndicate, in his CCI3* debut. They are coming off a strong fifth place finish in his first three-star in the Blenheim 8/9-year-old CIC3*, have won five internationals over the past calendar year.

Katherine Coleman is riding her own Back to Business II, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare that already has a strong finish at CCI3* level on her record this season, finishing 12th in her debut at the level at Tattersalls in Ireland over the summer.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

Dressage starts tomorrow at 9 a.m. local time/3 a.m. EST. Click here for Thursday ride times and here for Friday ride times. Ride times for our USA ladies are:

  • Katherine Coleman and Back to Business II: Thursday 1:51 p.m. local time/7:51 a.m. EST
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z: Friday 11:41 a.m. local time/5:41 a.m. EST
  • Caroline Martin and Pebbly Maximus: Friday 4:04 p.m. local time/10:04 a.m. EST

The entire event will stream live on the Boekelo website, with the dynamic duo of Diarm Byrne and Nicole Brown providing commentary. If you’ve seen their work on Event Rider Masters, you’ll love watching them at Boekelo!

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