August 2017 Issue - page 7

August 2017
Page 7
U.S. Wins FEI Nations Cup at Great Meadow International
The U.S. Eventing Team won
their second consecutive FEI Na-
tions Cup™ CICO3* at the Great
Meadow International, presented
by Adequan on July 9. The team
from Canada took second place
and Great Britain was third.
Individually, U.S. captured
the top three places. Former
Chester County, PA resident Jen-
nie Brannigan, now of Reddick,
Fla., captured her second individ-
ual title, having won previously
in 2015. Second place went to
Lynn Symansky of Middleburg,
Va., and six-time Olympic veter-
an Phillip Dutton of West Grove,
Pa., finished third.
A large crowd turned out
for the cross country phase at
the only North American leg of
the FEI Nations Cup™ Event-
ing competition outside Europe.
This year, cross country course
designer Mike Etherington-Smith
reversed the direction and order
of the fences from the previous
year to generate interest for both
the competitors and spectators.
The riders respected the course
with 22 of the original 28 starters
completing the competition.
The U.S. team consisted of
Symansky, Dutton, Brannigan and
Boyd Martin. All had respectable
results, though for Brannigan the
day was unforgettable, winning
individually and securing the
victory for the U.S team. Riding
Nina Gardner's Cambalda, the pair
came into the final day in fourth
place and catapulted to the top spot
incurring only 1.6 time faults for a
three-phase score of 49.8 penalties.
"The first time I came it was
so exciting because it earned me
a spot as a traveling alternate
for the Pan Am Games, which
was quite special to me," said
Brannigan. "It's such an honor
to get to ride for your country
and ‘Ping’ has been an incredible
horse in a lot of ways and is won-
derful to me. I really appreciate
him stepping up to the plate."
U.S. pathfinder Boyd Martin
was the first rider to complete the
course within the optimum time
and the only one to finish on his
dressage score of 58.3 penalties.
Riding Steady Eddie, owned
by Denise Lahey, Pierrie Colin,
George and Gretchen Wintersteen,
the pair finished in a time of 6 min-
utes and 31 seconds, two seconds
under the 6:33 optimum time.
By the time Symansky left
the start box, the Canadian team
already had a confirmed team
score. The popular local rider was
clear over the fences on Donner,
owned by The Donner Syndicate,
LLC., adding just 1.2 time faults for
a final score of 50.1 penalties and
second place individually. Syman-
sky entered the GMI as the alter-
nate rider for the U.S. team and was
added when Buck Davidson, Jr.
withdrew his horse, Copper Beach,
prior to the start of the competition.
"It's such a great cohesive
group. Everybody just works
together and supports each other.
We're all out here to win and do the
best that we can," said Symansky.
Dutton, of West Grove, Pa.,
already knew that the U.S. had
won the Nations Cup prior to go-
ing out, but an individual win was
on the line. Riding Kristine and
John Norton's I'm Sew Ready, the
six-time Olympic veteran finished
outside the optimum time adding
5.6 time faults to his cumulative
score of 51.6 penalties, dropping
him to third place.
The British team was the first
to experience the challenge of
the course. Justine Dutton had a
fall with Jak My Style, owned by
Kathleen Cuka, at the Adequan
Beaver Pond. Matthew Heath
had three refusals at the Beverly
Equestrian corner on his own and
Hazel Livesey's One of a Kind.
Emily Llewellyn and Emirati
Night Sky, owned by Camilla
Harries, incured only 8.8 time
penalties for a three-phase score
of 58.1 penalties. Anchor rider
Nicky Roncoroni added 4.4 time
faults with Watts Burn, owned by
Janey Barclay Roncoroni and Dr.
Lorna McWilliam, for a fourth
place overall finish score of 53.0.
Overnight leader, Cana-
da's Jessica Phoenix was very
nearly unseated from Don Good's
Pavarotti at the Jet Linx Launch
narrow brush. She quickly recov-
ered to finish clear adding 12.4
time faults for a cumulative score
of 56.4 penalties and sixth place.
Teammate Selena O'Hanlon
was one of only three horse and
rider combinations to go double
clear on Foxwood High, owned
by John and Judy Rumble, scor-
ing 54.9 penalties.
Waylon Roberts and Kele-
cyn Cognac, owned by Anthony
Connolly, had the quickest trip
of the day finishing on a double
clear in a time of 6:21 to end with
57.3 penalties. Anchor rider Lisa
Marie Fergusson rode her own
Honor Me to a clear round with
just two time penalties for a final
score of 71.5.
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