All eyes will be on the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla., on March 2 as some of the best horses and riders from across the globe compete in the $75,000 FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm. Teams from 11 countries will vie for top honors in America’s only Nations Cup held during CSIO Wellington which runs Feb. 29-March 4 at the CSIO**** level.
The US has fielded a veteran team of Beezie Madden, Margie Engle, Mario Deslauriers and Lauren Hough to try to defend their 2011 victory. Madden, Engle and Deslauriers were all part of last year’s winning effort. Hough is also familiar with the winner’s circle at CSIO Wellington having outrun the competition in the 2011 $150,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix CSIO**** with Quick Study.
Learn more about the U.S. squad for $75,000 FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm here; http://usefnetwork.com/news/8097/2012/2/21/usef_names_riders_for_csio_wellingt.aspx
In the 11 year history of the CSIO Wellington Nations Cup, the U.S. and Canada have had a strangle-hold on victory. Ireland is the only country to interrupt the North American domination- they won in 2005. The U.S. will attempt to even the win tally with the Canadians at five apiece after the U.S. victories in 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2011. There will be stiff competition for the two North American teams from these nine nations: Australia, Argentina, Colombia, France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Mexico and Venezuela.
For those who cannot be in attendance, the $75,000 FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm will be broadcast live on USEFNetwork.com presented by Smartpak beginning at 7 p.m. ET. For video, photos and more visit http://usefnetwork.com/featured/2012CSIOWellington/.
Other feature competitions from CSIO Week Eight at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival include Saturday’s $35,000 Hermès Puissance and $35,000 VitaFlex Match Races at 7 p.m. ET and Sunday’s $150,000 CSIO**** Grand Prix presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty at 1 p.m. ET. These also will be live streamed on USEFNetwork.com presented by Smartpak. They can be viewed at http://www.usefnetwork.com/featured/WEF2012.