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Choice of Champions Salutes Undefeated Team Weber Aiming for Aachen

Chester Weber and his team at the CAIO Saumur (Photo courtesy of Marie de Ronde-Oudemans).

Wellington, FL (July 10, 2014) – Choice of Champions is continuing its legacy of keeping horses at the top of their game. Chester Weber, a longtime user of the Choice of Champions products, is currently driving with the best in the world in Europe with his sights set on the CHIO Aachen and the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

“The horses remain in top form and continue to prove that we are contenders. I am incredibly pleased with my team’s overall synergy. They are like a well-oiled machine and we will continue to perfect our technique at Aachen,” Chester Weber told the European press in June after his second consecutive victory at CAIO4* Saumur (France), also anchoring the Bronze medal for Nations Cup US squadmates Allison Stroud and Misdee Wrigley-Miller.

Team Weber, powered by KWPN geldings co-owned by Weber and Jane Forbes Clark, has proven unbeatable in Europe as the road to Aachen and qualifying for Normandy’s World Equestrian Games shortens, including victor’s honors from HRH Queen Elizabeth at the prestigious Royal Windsor Horse Show. Earlier in the spring, while still competing on US soil, the horseman dubbed ‘Mr. Dressage’ drove to a record 11th US National Four-in-Hand Championship at the Live Oak International CAI and rewrote combined driving history at the Kingdom of the Sun CDE with a never-before-achieved dressage phase score of just 30.89.

“We are proud to be part of Team Weber and to salute Chester for the absolute care and devotion he gives his animals,” said Allyn Maix, president of Choice of Champions, International, whose horse care and supplement products have been keeping America’s most beloved team of driving horses in top form. “Joining him on this journey has been almost as thrilling as riding in the carriage with him!”

Choice of Champions products have a longstanding reputation for quality and effectiveness. But can they predict the future? All Maix will add, with a knowing wink, is that Team Weber has been choosing Choice of Champions through several winning European tours including – in 2013 – a victory in the CAI-A4* Caen test event for the World Equestrian Games.

“He continues to redefine the world’s perception of American combined driving. As Chester and the team head to Germany for CHIO Aachen and CAI Riesenbeck before setting their sights on Normandy, we’ll be there too, stride for stride. Good luck, Team Weber!”

In 2006, Choice of Champions, International was started by Allyn Maix, whose own 30 years’ experience with horses inspired her to launch a line of specialized equine supplements designed to make a real difference in the performance and wellbeing of equine athletes. Learn what a difference Choice of Champions can make for your horses at www.choiceofchamps.com or call their Wellington, Florida office toll-free at (800) 868-1077.

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US Vaulters Ready for Grand Stage at CHIO Aachen

Aachen, Germany – A strong group of U.S. vaulters have traveled to Germany to represent their country at the prestigious CHIO Aachen. With the World Equestrian Festival running from July 11-20, the CVIO3* takes place July 11-13 in the Albert-Vahle-Arena in Aachen, Germany. Kristian Roberts and Colton Palmer will compete in the Individual Male competition, with Mary McCormick, Mary Garrett, and Elizabeth Ioannou representing the U.S. in the Individual Female division. Sisters Cassidy and Kimberly Palmer will vie for Pas de Deux honors, along with Garrett and Roberts, who will join as a pair for the division. Rounding out the U.S. effort are the Woodside Vaulters in the squad competition.

In the Individual Male division, Roberts (Moss Beach, Calif.) comes to Aachen in top form after winning the Men’s Gold division at the Woodside Spring Fest. He will partner with Bram, a 13-year-old KWPN gelding owned by RVC Gilching e.V. and Philipp Langmann, and lunged by Carolyn Bland. Colton Palmer was close behind Roberts at the Woodside Spring Fest, earning third-place honors. The Half Moon Bay, Calif., native will vault on Leon 364, a 16-year-old Wurttemberger gelding owned and lunged by Wolfgang Renz, in his first appearance at the prestigious event.

McCormick (Woodside, Calif.) leads the U.S. contingent in the Individual Female division, having won every competition she has entered this year, and most recently claiming top honors in the Women’s Gold division at the Woodside Spring Fest. She will vault on longtime partner Palatine, a 16-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Sydney Frankel, and will be lunged by Bland. Garrett (Mountain View, Calif.) is peaking at just the right time, coming to Aachen having finished second behind McCormick at the Woodside Spring Fest. She will also partner with Palatine and be lunged by Bland. Ioannou (Saratoga, Calif.) earned a second-place finish in Individual Female division of the Pacific Cup CVI3* earlier this year. She hopes to have another strong performance in Aachen, partnering with Jarl, a 16-year-old gelding owned by Lasse Kristensen and Emma Seely, and lunged by Kristensen.

In the Pas de Deux division, the Palmer sisters hope to find success at the CVIO3* after finishing fourth last year. The pair has been on a roll this year, finishing fourth in the 2014 FEI World Cup Vaulting Final in the Pas de Deux Championship in February, and just recently winning the Pas de Deux division at Woodside Spring Fest. They will partner with Leon 364 and Renz as their horse and lunger, respectively. Garrett and Roberts will also compete in the Pas de Deux division, partnering for the first time as a pair this year. They will vault on Diva 506, an 11-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by RVC Gilching e.V., and will be lunged by Bland.

The Woodside Vaulters are the sole representative in the Squad competition. The squad, consisting of Tessa Divita (Emerald Hills, Calif.), Audrey Kiernan (San Mateo, Calif.), Siddartha Kreaden (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Kristen Kuhn (San Mateo, Calif.), Rachel Polati (Emerald Hills, Calif.), and Miki Yang (Los Altos Hills, Calif.), received top honors in the A Team division at the Woodside Spring Fest, and is prepared for a solid performance in Aachen. They will vault on Stanford, a 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Julie Divita and Woodside Vaulters, and will be lunged by Julie Divita.

CVIO3* competition begins Friday at 8:30am local time with the Compulsory Test for the Individual Female division.

To find out more about the competition, visit http://www.chioaachen.de/en/.

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USEF Names CDIO5* Team and CDI4* Combinations for CHIO Aachen

Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will be represented in both Large and Small Tour dressage competition at the CHIO Aachen, July 11-20, in Aachen, Germany. Four members of the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team will compose the U.S. team in the CDIO5*, with a further four contesting CDI4* competition. Big Tour competition at CHIO Aachen will serve as the second Mandatory Outing for the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team. Additionally, the U.S. will have a single CDI4* entry for the Small Tour.

CDIO5*

The following riders will compose the U.S. team for Nations Cup competition at CDIO5* Aachen (listed in alphabetical order):

Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and her own Verdades
Verdades is a 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding.

Tina Konyot (Palm City, Fla.) and her own Calecto V
Calecto V is a 1998 Danish Warmblood stallion.

Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) and Peggy Thomas’ Wizard
Wizard is a 1999 Oldenburg gelding.

Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92
Legolas 92 is a 2002 Westphalian gelding.

CDI4*

The following riders will compete in Big Tour competition at CDI4* Aachen (listed in alphabetical order):

Jan Ebeling (Moorpark, Calif.) and Beth Meyer, Ann Romney, and Amy Ebeling’s Rafalca
Rafalca is a 1997 Oldenburg mare.

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Patricia Stempel’s Doktor
Doktor is a 2003 Oldenburg gelding.

Caroline Roffman (Wellington, Fla.) and her own Her Highness O
Her Highness O is a 2003 Hanoverian mare.

Lisa Wilcox (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Betty Wells’ Denzello
Denzello is a 2003 Hanoverian gelding.

The following rider will compete in Small Tour competition at CDI4* Aachen:

Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and Four Winds Farm’s Rosamunde
Rosamunde is a 2007 Rheinlander mare.

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Laura Kraut and Cedric Claim Second Place in the RWE Preis von Nordrhein-Westfalen at CHIO Aachen

Laura Kraut and Cedric continued their success at CHIO Aachen 2013 earning the second place in the RWE Preis von Nordrhein-Westfalen. Photo Courtesy of Client.

Aachen, Germany – July 2, 2013 – The prestigious CHIO Aachen 2013 welcomed exhibitors to Germany from June 21-30 to compete in a battle of the world’s best. As one of the most popular horse shows in the world, riders are confronted with the finest of the international horse sport, competing in the highest classes with their best mounts. Cherry Knoll Farm’s Cedric, with Laura Kraut in the irons, mastered the difficult courses throughout the week, continuing their consistency throughout their European tour, placing second in the RWE Preis von Nordrhein-Westfalen.

On Friday, June 28, Kraut guided Cedric to the second place position in the RWE Preis von Nordrhein-Westfalen with two double-clear efforts. The 15-year-old Holsteiner gelding laid down an accurate first round course, making good pace and clearing the obstacles with ease, as the pair earned their way into the jump off. Kraut was the 44th entrant, but her position in the list of starters had no bearing on their confidence as they approached the course.

Eighteen out of the 48 competitors cleared the first round; however, Kraut and Cedric were one of only seven to post a double-clear effort. Even more impressively, the pair completed the short track in 39.77 seconds, using their quick pace and agility to nab the second spot just behind Germany’s Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman, owned by Madeleine Winter-Schulze.

Kraut was thrilled with the second place finish, especially after taking the third place in last year’s event. Had Kraut not had to take a few wide turns during the jump off, she would have been able to catch Beerbaum’s time; however, during the press conference Kraut explained, “Cedric jumps a little to the right, so I had to take a couple of turns rather wide.”

Kraut continues to lead the Global Champions Tour rankings after the completion of the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix du Prince de Monaco, presented by HSBC Private Bank. Although Richard Spooner and Cristallo rode to the night’s victory, shaking up the rankings, Kraut continues to lead with 132 points with the world’s number one rider, Christian Ahlmann, sitting in the second place position with 124 points. Edwina Tops-Alexander rode to the third place during the Riviera Grand Prix, now claiming the third position in the rankings, only one point behind Ahlmann. The leader board has narrowed with the world’s leading riders closer than ever on points, adding heat to the already intense competition in Estoril this approaching weekend in Portugal.

Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm’s Cedric will continue on to Chantilly, France, for Jumping Chantilly 2013 where they will compete among the top-ranked international riders in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix on Saturday, July 20. If their consistency from Rotterdam and Aachen are any sign, there is no doubt that they will wear a target on their back as Chantilly gets underway Thursday, July 18. For more information on the Longines Global Champions Tour where Kraut currently ranks first, please visit http://www.globalchampionstour.com/events/.

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Nick Skelton Wins Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen and First Stage of Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping

Nick Skelton (GBR) riding Big Star, Rolex Grand Prix, CHIO Aachen 2013 © Rolex/Kit Houghton.

30 June 2013 – Aachen, Germany – Nick Skelton (GBR) today proved that things really do get better with age when he won the Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen and thereby becomes the first ‘live’ contender for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping in 2013.

Riding his favourite horse Big Star, Skelton was one of only three riders who went double clear in the first two rounds, and he then topped off a stunning afternoon of Show Jumping with a clear, quick round in the jump-off, beating the 26-year-old Swiss rider Janika Sprunger riding Palloubet d’Halong into second place, and Patrice Delaveau (FRA) on Orient Express HDC into third. Daniel Deusser, riding Cornet d’Amour, was the leading German rider in fourth place, and unlucky to have a time fault in the first round, his only penalty over two rounds of jumping.

This is Skelton’s fourth victory in the Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen and makes him the most successful rider to compete in the highlight of the famous World Equestrian Festival. His first title was over 30 years ago in 1982 when riding Everest If Ever, and he has had subsequent victories in 1987 and 1988 riding Raffles Apollo.

Commenting on his win today, Skelton said, “My first win here was a long time ago; Janika probably wasn’t even born then, but although I am getting on a bit it’s all about your horse and how good a horse you have. I’m lucky that I’ve got a good horse and can keep going.”

Forty horse and rider combinations qualified for the Rolex Grand Prix, and the first round saw eight go clear. The format of the competition dictates that numbers reduce to 18 for the second round, and faults are carried forward.

The second round saw eight of the eighteen go clear including successful rounds from Rolex Testimonees Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER) on Bella Donna and Steve Guerdat (SUI) on Nino des Buissonnets, but only three went through to the jump off which was won so emphatically by Nick Skelton.

The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping features three of the world’s greatest equestrian shows – the CHIO Aachen, the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament and CHI Geneva – and is the first global initiative to reward the outstanding rider who wins the Grand Prix at each show in succession. The winner of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping will be rewarded with a €1 million bonus prize.

Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping – The Rules

The rules of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping are simple: any rider that wins the Grand Prix at each of the three shows consecutively will receive €1m on top of the prize-money for each show’s Grand Prix. Moreover, any rider that wins two out of the three shows’ Grands Prix will also receive a bonus.

If the Grands Prix at two shows are won in succession, the bonus will be €500,000. If a rider is successful in qualifying for the “two out of three mode”, but doesn’t claim the victories at two consecutive shows’ Grands Prix, the bonus will be €250,000. It is only the rider that counts, not the horse, i.e. it is possible to claim the bonus riding different horses. This system is infinite; it is not limited to a calendar year.

Three wins in a row – €1,000,000
Two wins in a row – €500,000
Two wins out of three (not consecutively) – €250,000

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US Closes Out 2013 CHIO Aachen with Another Set of Strong Results on Final Day

Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 (Shannon Brinkman)

Peters Sixth, Madden Seventh, Driving Team Sixth

Aachen, Germany – The 2013 CHIO Aachen came to a close on Sunday with its ninth and final day of competition. The U.S. competitors continued to produce strong finishes to complete one of their most successful trips to the prestigious German venue in recent years.

Dressage

The Aachen CDIO5* concluded Sunday in the Deutsche Bank Stadium as 15 combinations performed their Freestyles in the Deutsche Bank Prize. The United States was represented by three London Olympic Games veterans, with Steffen Peters, Tina Konyot and Jan Ebeling achieving their highest scores of the weekend.

Leading the charge for the U.S. was Peters (San Diego, CA) and Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92 with a score of 78.675%. The 11-year-old-Westphalian gelding was again rewarded for his excellent piaffe and passage. The combination also received high marks for their music and its interpretation. However, they did struggle with the one time changes keeping them from achieving an even higher score.

The 2012 USEF National Grand Prix Dressage Champions finished the Deutsche Bank Prize in sixth place.

Konyot (Palm City, FL) and her own 15-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion Calecto V closed out their time in Aachen by scoring 74.900% in the Freestyle for 10th place. The 2010 USEF National Grand Prix Champions received high marks for their choreography and interpretation of their music.

Riding Ann Romney, Amy Ebeling, and Beth Meyers’ 16-year-old Oldenburg mare Rafalca, Ebeling (Moorpark, CA) finished the Deutsche Bank Prize in 13th place after scoring 72.025%. The 2012 London Olympic Games veterans were rewarded with high scores for their canter work.

Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover was very pleased with all the American riders efforts over the week in Aachen. He was pleased not only with U.S. performances in CDIO5* competition but also the showings in the CDI-U25 and CDI4* divisions.

“Our American dressage riders came to Aachen to make a very strong statement regarding our place as a world power in the sport and they did just that. Not only did our team produce Bronze in the Nations Cup and move all 4 riders to the Individual Championships with our 3 best getting into the Freestyle; they ended with the great Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 in 6th place, Tina Konyot and Calecto V in 10th and Jan Ebeling and Rafalca in 13th place! Furthermore, Shelly Francis rode brilliantly on Doktor in her first season back in Europe after many years to achieve just under 70% in the Grand Prix Special as well as producing super tests with Danilo in the Small Tour,” said a proud Dover. “Suzie Dutta placed 6th with Currency DC in the 4* Grand Prix Special, showing potential for a huge score very soon. Finally, Caroline Roffman, America’s first representative in Europe in the U25, thrilled the judges and the public with absolutely gorgeous tests, especially in the Freestyle which earned over 76% and 2nd place. The world of Dressage has witnessed a new star being born here in the Aachen stadium and I cannot wait to come back next year with even more horses and riders ready to win at all divisions.”

The 2013 Reem Acra/FEI World Cup Final champions, Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill completed a sweep of the Aachen CDIO5*, winning the Freestyle after scoring 85.300%.

Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C' (Shannon Brinkman)
Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’ (Shannon Brinkman)

Jumping

CSIO5* competition wrapped up Sunday in the Main Arena with the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen. Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, NY) was looking to claim her second career victory in prestigious class after having claimed top honors in 2007 with Authentic. In 2013 she would partner with Abigail Wexner’s 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Cortes ‘C’. The combination produced a faultless effort in the first round, they then returned in round two to produce a four fault trip. Their second round time of 71.27 left them in seventh place.

Great Britain’s Team Gold medalists from London Olympic Games, Nick Skeleton and Big Star, won the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen as the only pair clear in the jump-off. Janika Sprunger and Palloubet d’Halong of Switzerland were second and France’s Patrice Delaveau and Orient Express HDC collected third place honors.

Earlier in the day, Madden produced a four fault trip with Wexner’s Vanilla in the SAP Prize. The 11-year-old Danish Warmblood mare finished in in 26th place.

Driving

The CAIO-4 competition came to a close Sunday in Aachen with the Fendt Nations Cup cones phase to determine final team standings. The U.S. Team of Chester Weber and Jimmy Fairclough finished in sixth place on a score of 305.15.

Chester Weber (Shannon Brinkman)
Chester Weber (Shannon Brinkman)

Driving a team he co-owns with Jane Clark, Weber (Ocala, FL) had a single ball down on Sunday to add three points to the team score. In the Individual competition, which concluded on Sunday after the marathon, the four-time FEI World Championship medalist finished in third place on a score of 125.78.

Fairclough (Newtown, NJ), driving a team leased from Koos de Ronde, had a single ball down and incurred an additional 5.79 points for exceeding the time. He finished 23rd individually.

The Netherlands claimed top honors in Fendt Nations Cup competition on a score of 262.85, finishing in second was the team from Germany on a score of 270.11. Third place honors when to Sweden who finished on a total of 286.77.

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Saturday at CHIO Aachen Ends with Top Placings for Weber, Roffman, as Eventing Wraps Up

Chester Weber finished third overall in individual four-in-hand driving competition at CHIO Aachen (Shannon Brinkman)

Aachen, Germany – A full day of competition at CHIO Aachen Saturday included eventing cross country, the four-in-hand driving marathon, and a full schedule of dressage and jumping competition. Strong performances in every discipline were highlighted by a second place finish for Caroline Roffman in the CDI-U25 Freestyle and a third place overall for Chester Weber in the CAIO-4 individual competition.

Driving

After a trying final phase of individual CAIO-4 competition Saturday, Chester Weber (Ocala, FL) once again proved to be one of the world’s foremost four-in-hand drivers. Behind a team he co-owns with Jane Clark, Weber steadily and successfully navigated the Wohnwelt Pallen Marathon course in Aachen on his way to a third place overall finish.

A stunning first place dressage test on Thursday, a fifth place finish in Friday’s cones phase, and a 14th place finish Saturday earned Weber a spot on the podium with an overall score of 125.78. Leading the pack was reigning FEI World Champion Boyd Exell of Australia on a score of 118.46, and in second was The Netherland’s Koos de Ronde with an overall score of 124.81.

Driving a team of horses leased from de Ronde was American Jimmy Fairclough. Fairclough (Newtown, NJ) was 20th in the marathon and ended up in 23rd place overall.

Though Saturday concluded the individual CAIO-4 competition, the final phase of team competition awaits Weber and Fairclough on Sunday. With the team dressage and marathon phases complete, final placings will be determined by the Prize of H&T Automotive Components obstacle (cones) competition. Currently, the U.S. team of Weber and Fairclough sits in fifth place.

Dressage

U.S. dressage riders had top performances against stiff competition at the 2013 CHIO Aachen. Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 were the top U.S. pair in the CDIO5* Grand Prix Special with an eighth place finish. Caroline Roffman and Sagacious HF had an impressive showing in the CDI-U25 Grand Prix Freestyle claiming second place honors. In the CDI4* Small Tour Shelly Francis and Danilo were tenth in the Intermediaire I Test.

Caroline Roffman (Wellington, FL) and Sagacious HF performed a wonderful Grand Prix U25 Freestyle for the Preis der Liselott und Klaus Rheinberger Stiftung class. The pair did a daring compilation of movements timed well to their music, especially the piaffe and passage. With Hyperion Farm, Inc.’s 14-year-old Royal Dutch Warmblood gelding, Roffman executed two tempi flying changes around the corners and along the short side of the arena, as well as one-handed two tempi flying changes on the centerline. The pair was rewarded with a 76.275% to finish in second place.

Eventing

Cross country day proved to be influential at the Aachen CICO3* at the 2013 CHIO Aachen. Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister tackled the final phase with determination and finished in tenth place in a field of world-class horses and riders. The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team finished in seventh place after unfortunate results plagued them throughout the day. Though a disappointing end, the horses and riders come away with valuable experience that will serve them well when they next contest an international competition on such a grand stage.

Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister on their way to a tenth place finish (Shannon Brinkman)
Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister on their way to a tenth place finish (Shannon Brinkman)

Coudray (Ojai, CA) and Ringwood Magister had a stellar round over Rüdiger Schwarz’s cross country course with 35 jumping efforts. The pair made light work of the extensive, challenging course. Adding 14.8 time penalties to their dressage score, she and Jatial Inc.’s 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding finished in tenth place with a score of 57.8.

Jumping

Saturday morning was the final leg of the Sparkasse Youngsters Cup. Laura Kraut and Stars And Stripes’ Bonito R gave it their all, but finished with 12 faults. They finished with a total of 14 points which was good for 21st place overall in the Sparkasse Youngsters Cup.

In the Prize of AachenMünchener, Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, FL) piloted A. Le Bon & F.X. Le Bon’s Jubilee d’Ouilly to a four fault round and a 13th place finish.

Kraut’s fellow U.S. rider Beezie Madden (Casenovia, NY) will look to find success Sunday in the CSIO5* Aachen highlight class, the Rolex Grand Prix. She and Abigail Wexner’s Cortes ‘C’ will be first on course tomorrow. You can hear what she has to say about the Grand Prix and CHIO Aachen on USEF Network.

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Roffman Second in CDI-U25 Freestyle at CHIO Aachen

Caroline Roffman and Sagacious HF (Shannon Brinkman)

Peters Eighth in Grand Prix Special, Francis Tenth in CDI4* Small Tour

Aachen, Germany – U.S. dressage riders had top performances against stiff competition at the 2013 CHIO Aachen. Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 were the top U.S. pair in the CDIO5* Grand Prix Special with an eighth place finish. Caroline Roffman and Sagacious HF had an impressive showing in the CDI-U25 Grand Prix Freestyle claiming second place honors. In the CDI4* Small Tour, Shelly Francis and Danilo were tenth in the Intermediaire I Test.

CDIO5*

In the MEGGLE-Preis class, 30 CDIO5* horse-and-rider combinations performed the Grand Prix Special before a packed Deutsche Bank Stadium. Steffen Peters (San Diego, CA) and Legolas 92 executed a lovely test demonstrating beautiful extended trot and half-passes and quality piaffe and passage movements. A mistake in the one tempis flying changes marred an otherwise excellent test. Peters and Four Winds Farm’s 11-year-old-Westphalian gelding scored a 73.375% to finish in eighth place.

“After the Grand Prix the expectations were pretty high for the Grand Prix Special and Legolas started out with wonderful trot work,” said Peters. “It was the first time we ever got an 8.5 for the trot extensions. Even at the walk he was very relaxed. The piaffe and passage too was wonderful. Unfortunately there were the mistakes in the one tempis but overall still a good score; he placed well, and we still have another chance tomorrow.”

Tina Konyot (Palm City, FL) and Calecto V demonstrated their typical expressive style before the judges. The pair’s flowing test only contained a mistake in the one tempi flying changes. She and her own 15-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion finished in 13th place with a score of 71.104%.

Jan Ebeling (Moorpark, CA) and Rafalca had a mistake-free test, receiving high marks against a star-studded field of competitors. Ann Romney, Amy Ebeling, and Beth Meyers’ 16-year-old Oldenburg mare was in top form, earning a 70.417% for Ebeling to end up in 15th place.

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, FL) and Patricia Stempel’s 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding Doktor had to execute their test in the rain but performed a solid test. The pair earned a 69.042% to finish in 22nd place.

Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW took top honors with a score of 80.667%. Anna Kasprzak of Denmark and Donnperignon finished in second with a 77.354%, while Isabell Werth of Germany and Don Johnson FRH were third with a 76.437%.

CDI-U25

Caroline Roffman (Wellington, FL) and Sagacious HF performed a wonderful Grand Prix U25 Freestyle for the Preis der Liselott und Klaus Rheinberger Stiftung class. The pair did a daring compilation of movements timed well to their music, especially the piaffe and passage. With Hyperion Farm, Inc.’s 14-year-old Royal Dutch Warmblood gelding, Roffman executed two tempi flying changes around the corners and along the short side of the arena, as well as one-handed two tempi flying changes on the centerline. The pair was rewarded with a 76.275% to finish in second place.

“It was an amazing experience,” commented Roffman of her time at the CHIO Aachen. “To be part of a team, have people supporting you, and showing you the ropes for hopeful future experiences on teams. People like Steffen, Tina, Jan, and Shelly with so much experience, and of course Robert [Dover, Chef d’Equipe] and Jenny [Van Wieren-Page, Managing Director of Dressage], sort of learning the ways from them. It has been an amazing experience, probably the most memorable horse show or horse-related experience I have.”

Roffman was awarded a Dutta Corp. flight to train and compete in Europe and had an impressive showing at the prestigious European CDI.

She went on to thank the numerous people who helped her get to Aachen. “I mean I wouldn’t be out here without Al Guden who of course owns Sagacious and gave me the privilege of riding him, my mom and my dad, my trainer Juan Matute, Robert Dover, Debbie McDonald who stood behind me on this. Tim Dutta helped me get here with the sponsorship of a flight. All the other people back home who are making all the other horses I am supposed to be riding still going and of course Sierra Keasler who has helped me and groomed for me. It has been a huge team effort. Thanks to Dr. Rick Mitchell and Julie Mitchell for keeping my horse healthy and happy and everyone. It takes so many people; it’s a village.”

Nanna Skodborg Merrald of Denmark and Millibar won the class with a score of 78.475%, while The Netherlands’ Diederik Van Silfhout and Arlando were third with a 73.950%.

CDI4* Small Tour

In the WOTAX-Preis class, Francis rode the Intermediaire I Test with Danilo as part of the CDI4* Small Tour competition. The pair performed a smooth test with a nice reinback, extended trot, and half passes. She and Patricia Stempel’s nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding scored a 68.974% to finish in tenth place.

Austria’s Victoria Max-Theurer and Della Cavalleria OLD won the class with a score of 77.316%, Patrik Kittel of Sweden and Deja were second with a 75.263%, and Denmark’s Andreas Helgstrand and Polka Hit Nexen scored a 74.447% for third.

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Coudray Finishes in Tenth, Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team Is Seventh in Aachen CICO3*

Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister on their way to a tenth place finish (Shannnon Brinkman)

Aachen, Germany – Cross country day proved to be influential at the Aachen CICO3* at the 2013 CHIO Aachen. Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister tackled the final phase with determination and finished in tenth place in a field of world-class horses and riders. The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team finished in seventh place after unfortunate results plagued them throughout the day. Though a disappointing end, the horses and riders come away with valuable experience that will serve them well when they next contest an international competition on such a grand stage.

Coudray (Ojai, CA) and Ringwood Magister had a stellar round over Rüdiger Schwarz’s cross country course with 35 jumping efforts. The pair made light work of the extensive, challenging course. Adding 14.8 time penalties to their dressage score, she and Jatial Inc.’s 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding finished in tenth place with a score of 57.8.

“I am over the moon,” exclaimed Coudray. “He was absolutely playing with the course today. It obviously caused so much trouble. It was very, very tough. Very experienced riders had trouble. I went later in the day and I had not seen a clear round all morning, but he gave me such a good feel out there on the challenging course.”

Clark Montgomery (Wiltshire, UK) and Universe hit a rough patch at 10c, having two refusals at the skinny triple brush following the Normandy bank. However, he and Jessica Montgomery, Carole Montgomery, Janet Higgins, and Elizabeth Smith’s 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding finished strongly throughout the rest of the course. The pair collected 85.6 penalties to finish on a score of 152.2 in 35th place.

Will Faudree (Hoffman, NC) and Pawlow set out on course looking to have a top performance for the U.S. team, but after Jennifer Mosing’s 14-year-old Irish Thoroughbred gelding pulled both front shoes early on course, it wasn’t meant to be. The pair had refusals at 8b, the corner in the Rolex water complex, and 21a at the STAWAG double corners complex, and then had an unfortunate fall at the last fence when the gelding lost his footing on the landing. Both horse and rider were not hurt in the fall.

Marilyn Little (Frederick, MD) and RF Smoke on the Water began the course on mission but lost her line to 8b, the corner in the Rolex water complex, resulting in rider fall for Little. Both she and Raylyn Farms Inc. and Phoebe and Michael Manders’ 8-year-old Wurttemburger gelding came away unharmed, with an unfortunate result marring an otherwise successful year for the pair.

Of the 41 starters, three horse-and-rider combinations retired on course and three were eliminated.

Australia’s Christopher Burton and Holstein Park Leilani claimed the win after having the only double clear round of the day, finishing on their dressage score of 35.6. Sandra Auffarth (GER) and Opgun Louvo added four time penalties to their dressage score to settle for second place with a 35.8. Germany’s London Olympic Games double Gold medalist Michael Jung and La Biosthetique-Sam FBW incurred six time penalties to finish in third place.

Germany held onto the lead to claim victory in the team competition with a score of 134.6. Great Britain finished in second with 182.6, while Sweden was third with 219.0.

Learn more about the Aachen CICO3* here.

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By Kathleen Landwehr

Land Rover US Eventing Team Sits in Sixth with Coudray in Tenth Individually at Aachen CICO3*

Will Faudree and Pawlow (Shannon Brinkman)

Aachen, Germany – The fifth and final discipline hosted at the 2013 CHIO Aachen kicked off Friday, with many of the top eventers from throughout the world going head-to-head. Two of the three phases of CICO3* competition were held as elite combinations performed their dressage tests and went to task over a demanding show jumping track.

The U.S. will head out onto Saturday’s cross country in sixth place with all to play for. The four Land Rover Competition Grant recipients represented the U.S. admirably on Friday in Aachen’s electric atmosphere.

Dressage

Competition in the Aachen CICO3* began early Friday morning in the Deutsche Bank Stadium with 42 combinations completing their dressage tests. At the conclusion of the dressage, the U.S. stood in sixth place in the team standings but within striking distance on a score of 133.4. Germany held the early lead with a team total of 109.4, Australia stood second with a score of 120.2, and third place was occupied by the Swedish team on a score 123.60.

Leading the effort in the first phase for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team was 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games veteran Will Faudree (Hoffman, NC) and Jennifer Mosing’s Pawlow. The 14-year-old Irish Thoroughbred has completed many of the world’s most prestigious CCIs and demonstrated his experience with one of his best tests to date on Friday. The talented combination scored 40.6 and stood 13th following the dressage.

“I was very happy with him in dressage. He was very rideable,” said Faudree of his experienced mount. “I made a mistake in the beginning but we were able to patch it together. I was pleased with his mark but I know there is still more to come so I am looking forward to getting there.”

Tiana Coudray (Ojai, CA) rode in the second spot for the U.S. with Jatial Inc.’s 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse Ringwood Magister. The 2012 Olympic Games veterans performed their trademark accurate dressage test which was only marred by a mistake in the first half pass. They headed into the evening’s show jumping on a score of 43 in 20th place.

“I was really, really happy,” said Coudray about her dressage test. “It’s amazing when you have a 43 in dressage and are well down on the scoreboard. I couldn’t be happier with my horse.”

Riding Raylyn Farms Inc. and Phoebe and Michael Manders’ RF Smoke on the Water, Marilyn Little (Frederick, MD) slotted into 28th place with a score of 49.8. The 8-year-old Wurttemburger gelding continues to mature each time down centerline and showed great potential for the future on Friday morning.

Clark Montgomery (Wiltshire, UK) and Universe had the unenviable task of being the first competitors in the ring but were undeterred in their effort. Jessica Montgomery, Carole Montgomery, Janet Higgins, and Elizabeth Smith’s 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding was rewarded with high marks for his trot work to finish the first phase on a score of 50.6 to stand 31st.

Following the completion of the dressage, Germany’s London Olympic Games Individual Bronze medalists Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo led the individual standings on a score of 31.8.

Jumping

The jumping phase of the competition was held Friday evening in the Main Stadium. Many horses seemed to be affected by the noisy atmosphere as rails were routinely coming down over Frank Rothenberger’s 12-obstacle course. The U.S. team remained in sixth place with a two-phase total of 141.4 going into Saturday’s cross country. When the phase was over, the U.S. team remained in sixth place with a score of 141.4 going into tomorrow’s final phase. Germany maintained their lead on a score of 113.4 while Great Britain moved into second place on the strength of tidy jumping on a total of 132.6 and Australia fell to third with a 133.2.

Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister (Shannon Brinkman)
Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister (Shannon Brinkman)

Coudray and Ringwood Magister were the top U.S. performers and had one of 15 clear rounds. While the Irish Sport Horse gelding was quite strong, Coudray kept him organized and on task to remain on their dressage score of 43.0, moving them up to 10th place.

“I am thrilled,” proclaimed Coudray about her jumping round. “We have been playing with bits and I was trying new bit today since the large stadium encourages the horses to get strong. He jumped fantastic and handled the atmosphere great.”

Faudree rode Pawlow masterfully as the gelding took in his surroundings in the expansive arena. Unfortunately the pair had one rail at the penultimate fence, 11C, moving them down to 18th place with a score of 44.6.

“I was happy. He jumped fantastic,” said Faudree. “I was anxious to jump clear through the triple and tipped too much with my body and he just tapped the back rail [of the oxer]. Overall, it went well and I am looking forward to tomorrow.”

RF Smoke on the Water was also feeling fresh in the Main Stadium. Little used her show jumping expertise to keep the gelding rideable, having one rail at fence three. The pair sits in 29th place with a score of 53.8.

Montgomery and Universe were the first combination in the arena and unfortunately had four rails over the course. The pair, regarded for their tidy jumping, experienced a disrupted warm-up before the show jumping following the completion of the Tank & Rast-Preis – Jump & Drive. They look to return to form on Saturday. They sit on a score 66.6 in 39th place heading into tomorrow’s cross country.

Germany’s Auffarth and Opgun Louvo remained in the lead with a double clear round to stay on their dressage score of 31.8.

Montgomery will be the first rider out on cross country at 10:00am CEST followed by Little at 11:20am CEST. Faudree will leave the start box at 11:44am CEST followed by Coudray at 12:16pm CEST.

Learn more about the Aachen CICO3* here.

Follow the 2013 Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team here.