US Off to a Determined Start at CDIO3* Hickstead

Hickstead, United Kingdom – The U.S. produced determined performances in Grand Prix competition on Thursday at CDIO3* Hickstead. Brian Hafner and Susie Dutta, who make up half of the American Nations Cup effort, currently stand second and ninth, respectively, after the first of two days of Grand Prix competition.

Hafner (Penngrove, Calif.) and his own and Rebecca Hafner’s 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Lombardo LHF, scored 68.800% from the Ground Jury of Karin Kruger, Wojtek Markowski, Stephen Clarke, Susanne Baarup, and Peter Engel.

Dutta (Wellington, Fla.) produced a score of 65.620% with Tim Dutta Inc.’s 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Currency DC, as the first U.S. rider down centerline. She will ride Tim Dutta’s Lumberjack 12 in the Intermediaire I Test on Friday.

Nations Cup competition continues Friday with the second half of Grand Prix competitors completing their tests. U.S. riders Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Lisa Wilcox will ride at 3:55pm and 5:27pm CEST, respectively. Final results for Nations Cup competition will be determined on Saturday following the FEI Grand Prix Special, as overall team scores will be calculated by the top three scores in Grand Prix being weighted equally with the top three scores from the Special.

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