Thursday, May. 23, 2024

U.S. Team Announced For Longines League Of Nations St. Gallen

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The U.S. show jumping team for the third stop in the Longines League of Nations series, taking place May 31 in St. Gallen, Switzerland, has been announced.

Natalie Dean, Katie Dinan, Callie Schott and Spencer Smith will represent the United States under the guidance of Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland. 

Going into the third leg of the series, the U.S. currently sits in fourth place among the 10 countries competing, 15 points behind host country Switzerland in third. The countries are battling it out for the eight places on offer at the inaugural Longines League of Nations Final, which will take place Oct. 6 in Barcelona, Spain. And after two legs so far, Ireland heads the leaderboard with a 30-point advantage after winning in Ocala, Florida, in March. Team Germany, which came out on top in the opening leg of the new series at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in February, is in second place. 

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Behind the U.S. in the standings are Brazil, Sweden and The Netherlands. But already battling it out for the eighth and last place with only two more legs to go are Belgium, France and Great Britain. Just 10 weeks ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, every nation wants to look strong, so it’s no surprise that amongst the athletes signed up for next week’s penultimate qualifier are the top three in the world rankings who, between them, hold the individual Olympic, World and European titles—Henrik von Eckermann (Sweden), Ben Maher (Great Britain) and Steve Guerdat (Switzerland).

Other world top-10 riders entered in St. Gallen are Martin Fuchs (Switzerland) and Richard Vogel (Germany).

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