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U.S. Rookies Win in Europe

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Developing Young Rider Tour won the Nation’s Cup at the CSIO4* in Hamina, Finland on June 17, 2007. The show jumping squad comprised Brianne Goutal (Onira), Sarah Segal (True Love), Eliza Shuford (Larentino) and Georgina Bloomberg (Mila) under Chef d’Equipe Melanie Smith-Taylor. The team finished with eight faults, to beat Denmark (9 faults) and Italy (12 faults).

"Today's Nation’s Cup was not easy," said Smith-Taylor after the competition. "It was hard fought all the way. I told the girls before the class ‘It ain't over ‘til it's over and that funny things happen in these classes.’ I told them that you cannot be over confident but at the same time you have to fight to the end and never give up. They did in spades."

Goutal jumped two clean rounds as the pathfinder, Segal – riding in her first Nation’s Cup − jumped clean in the first round and added a rail in the second. Shuford had one down in the first round and then had all the pressure of the win on her shoulders in round two and stepped up, jumping clean and clinching the win. Bloomberg had nine faults in the first round and under this Nation’s Cup format only three riders had to return to the jump-off. Bloomberg had been kicked in the knee right before the class and was riding in a significant amount of discomfort. This made Smith-Taylor’s choice easier in selecting the three riders for the second round.

There were seven teams contesting the Nation’s Cup and less than three rails separated the entire class.

The U.S. riders won four other classes including a Grand Prix win by Eliza Shuford and B.C.O. Olymp. In addition, Bloomberg and Star Apple won three classes: a 1.40 meter Speed Class, plus the Six Bar and the Masters High Jump.

The next leg of the Developing Young Riders’ Tour is at the Drammen CSIO, Norway.

Courtesy: The HorseTV Channel News, http://www.horsetv.com


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