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By the time you read this, we’ll likely be underway in The Netherlands, about two hours to the east of Amsterdam at Military Boekelo. This fall destination event features the finale of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup, and Team USA stands in a strong position to be a contender here this weekend. The U.S. will also have three individual combinations competing in the CCIO4*-L.
Tilly Berendt is our reporter on the ground this weekend, and you can bookmark this hub for relevant information and links to follow along all throughout.
What’s at stake? This is the fifth and final leg of the 2021 FEI Eventing Nations Cup, which is held annually over a series of up to eight events at the CCI4* level. This year, due to cancelations of Nations Cup legs at Bromont and Ballendenisk, only five of the original seven legs will have been held. This series finale is also the sole long format event of the Nations Cup. Sweden currently holds the lead on an accumulated total of 240 points, but it’s a three-horse race for the next spot as Italy, Germany and Belgium are all on 180 points. This is the first leg of the Nations Cup that the U.S. has participated in this year, primarily due to ongoing Covid precautions. However, USEF Eventing High Performance Director Erik Duvander has emphasized his intention to prioritize this event as a regular stop for U.S. teams looking to gain some practice in a higher pressure environment. Many of the American riders this week are here thanks to the support of the Jacqueline B. Mars International Competition & Training Grants and the Karen E. Stives Endowment Fund Grant
How do I watch?: There is a live stream of all phases of competition thanks to ClipMyHorse.TV’s partnership with FEI TV. You will need to purchase or sign up for a free trial of a Premium subscription in order to view the cross country phase. Generally, CMH.TV is quite quick to put up replays, so chances are you’ll be able to follow along fairly closely even if you opt not to wake up at 3 a.m. each morning. Click here for the Boekelo live stream schedule.
Team USA’s schedule: The U.S. is represented by a total of seven combinations this weekend, four of whom will serve as members of the Nations Cup team. The U.S. contingent’s ride times are as follows (we will update this post with cross country times following dressage):
THURSDAY 10/7 – Cross Country
- Tamie Smith and Danito: 10.28 a.m. local/4.28 a.m. Eastern
- Matt Flynn and Wizzerd: 11.32 a.m. local/5.32 a.m. Eastern
- Sydney Elliott and QC Diamantaire: 12.35 p.m. local/6.35 a.m. Eastern
- Jennie Brannigan and FE Lifestyle: 2.49 p.m. local/8.49 a.m. Eastern
FRIDAY 10/8 – Cross Country
- Hallie Coon and Global Ex: 11:26 a.m. local/5:26 a.m. Eastern
- Katie Ruppel and Houdini: 12:35 a.m. local/6:35 a.m. Eastern
- Tamie Smith and Solaguayre California: 2:49 p.m. local/8:49 a.m. Eastern
Who are the officials? The Ground Jury will be presided over by New Zealand’s Andrew Bennie, who will be joined by Sweden’s Christina Klingspor and Dutch member Merel Schurink. British designer Adrian Ditcham has designed the cross country track and Dutch designer Kris van Gelder will handle the layout of the show jumping.
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