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June 24, 2013

Girl Power Gets It Done In Rotterdam In The Omega Alpha Weekend Update

The U.S. women, including Laura Kraut on Cedric, had a banner weekend in Rotterdam. Photo by Shannon Brinkman

The girl power team of Laura Kraut, Lauren Hough, Lucy Davis and Beezie Madden gave a powerhouse German team a real run for their money in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at the prestigious CSIO Rotterdam in the Netherlands. It all came down to the narrowest of margins—just 1 time fault—but Germany took the win over the United States. Read all about it

German rider Philipp Weishaupt, who not only jumped double-clean in the Nations Cup but also topped the Grand Prix of Rotterdam with Monte Bellini, noted that the Rotterdam courses, with their tight time-alloweds, were the wave of the future. “The sport has changed, and the horses are getting a bit more modern and faster and with more blood,” Weishaupt said.

“The course builder has two options—to build unbelievably high and make it very tricky or use the time allowed. If he builds high, then you don’t see so nice rounds and you see one or two crashes maybe. The course was built very fair and the time allowed was for sure very difficult to get in the Nations Cup and also in the grand prix, but I think in two or three years this time-allowed will be normal because the sport is changing. It was a very modern way of building the courses.’

Weishaupt claimed the Grand Prix of Rotterdam for Germany as well, but U.S rider Laura Kraut took fourth with Cedric, and Lucy Davis, the 20-year-old who led the U.S. Nations Cup team with her two clear performances, ended up seventh on her Barron with a four-fault jump-off round. (See full grand prix results)

Back on home turf, Kelly Cruciotti rode to the top of the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Summer in the Rockies III (Colo.) (see results). Todd Minikus topped the $25,000 Landgero Grand Prix at the Skidmore College Saratoga Classic II in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He rode Quality Girl to the blue. (see results) NTEC Contessa and Amanda Conley won the $30,000 Blue Ribbon Grand Prix at the Blue Ribbon Summer II (Texas) (see results) In Conyers, Ga., Liza Finsness claimed the top check in the $35,000 Adequan Grand Prix during the Atlanta Summer Classic II. (see results) In California, Josephina Nor-Lantzmann topped the $30,000 Blenheim Classic Grand Prix on her Chello Z during the Blenheim June Classic III. (see results) Other shows included the St. Louis Festival II (Mo.) (see results), Deep Run (Va.) (see results), and Roanoke Valley (Va.) (see results).

In eventing, Sally Cousins topped a large intermediate division at the Surefire Horse Trials (Va.). Some notable four-star horses were also out of a spin in the open preliminary division—Holly Hudspeth rode Last Monarch to second, while Laine Ashker took third on Anthony Patch. Kim Severson won the division on Mighty Himself. (see results) At the Fox River Valley Horse Trials (Ill.), Lisa Borgia won the CCI* on Frodo of the Shire, while Aisling Carroll rode Fluff to the top of the CIC*. (see results) Other events included Midsouth Horse Trials (Ky.) (see results), Shepherd Ranch (Calif.) (see results) and Encore Horse Trials (Mich.) (see results).

Dressage results included the Indy Dressage Classic (Ind.) (see Sat. results, see Sun. results) and the Dressage Derby of Ohio (see Sat. results, see Sun. results).

 
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