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Peters and Legolas 92 shine, as U.S. Dressage Team earns Silver medal in Aachen CDIO5*


ACHEN, Germany—The United States Dressage Team had solid perfor- mances throughout the Lambertz

Nations Cup July 14-16 at CHIO Aachen. Led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover, the team of Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Shelly Francis, Arlene “Tuny” Page, and Steff en Peters garnered the Silver medal with a total score of 437.139. Saturday’s fi nal placing also clinched the inaugural FEI Nations Cup™ series title for the U.S. Germany had a dom- inant performance in the eight-nation fi eld, taking the top three places in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special and earning the Gold medal with a total of 492.598. Denmark fi nished with the Bronze medal on a total of 430.418. “I could not be more proud of our team

here in Aachen,” said Dover. “It’s great when you consider that there are some of the best countries in the world selecting their teams for the Rio Olympic Games here and our team placed second, a team who included our traveling reserve and other super combi- nations that are not on our Olympic team. I am so proud that of all of them they stepped up to the plate.” Coming into this sixth and fi nal Nations

Cup event in the 2016 series, the U.S. needed to secure a placing ahead of Sweden, who was four points ahead of the U.S. on the leader- board, to secure the title. Dover was extreme- ly pleased with this weekend’s outcome, “We set a goal right from the beginning to win this

series. Winning the fi rst event in Wellington was exciting, but we anticipated that win. At Odense we had a nice showing with some of our greener combinations. Then going on to Compiègne, we

thought ‘yes, we have a strong chance’, but when we won that it really got me excited and planning. Aſt er a second-place fi nish at Rot erdam the idea was to come to Aachen and place second or third and beat Sweden, but to actually place second with this group, that was really exciting.” In Thursday’s CDIO5* Grand Prix, the

San Diego-based Peters and Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92 anchored the U.S. team with an excellent test, receiving a score of 77.324% from the Ground Jury of Maribel Alonso (MEX), Susanne Baarop (DEN), Stephen Clarke (GBR), Eduard de Wolff van Westerrode (NED), Peter Holler (GER), Thomas Lang (AUS), and Gary Rockwell (USA) to fi nish in fourth place. Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Patricia Stempel’s Doktor demonstrated their partnership with a steady test to score 72.200% for 12th place. Page (Wellington, Fla.) and her own Woodstock had a consistent test, marred only by a mistake in the two-tempi chang- es, scoring 68.971% to fi nish in 23rd place. Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) was the fi rst down centerline for the U.S. aboard Jane Clark’s Alcazar and had a solid test, aside from issues in the piaff e and collected walk, to post a score of 66.314% for 32d place. The U.S. Team put forth a determined

eff ort in Saturday’s CDIO5* Grand Prix Special to earn the Silver medal. Peters and Legolas 92 were the fi nal ride of the day and they did not disappoint with impressive

Leslie Berndl and her Uminco will vie for U.S. in driving at 2016 FEI World Championships


EXINGTON, Ky.—The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named the U.S. Driving Team for the

2016 FEI World Driving Championships for Singles. The championship will take place Aug. 3-7, 2016, in Piber Kˆfl ach, Austria. Leslie Berndl of Newcastle and her own

Uminco, a 2001 KWPN gelding, have been selected to the U.S. Driving Team that will

compete in singles. Michael Freund will serve as Chef d’Equipe and Thorsten Zarembowicz will be the team coach. Joining Berndl on the U.S.

Driving Team at the World Championships will be: • Sterling Graburn, of Paris, Ky., and his and Laura Corsentino’s Mannkato, a 2011 Dutch Harness gelding

• Suzy Staff ord, of Wilmington, Del., and her own PVF Peace of Mind, a 2007 Morgan mare

Shannon Brinkman photo Steff en Peters (far right) and the U.S. team.

piaff e and passage work and lovely canter half-passes. The Ground Jury of Maribel Alonso (MEX), Stephen Clarke (GBR), Eduard de Wolff van Westerrode (NED), Peter Holler (GER), and Gary Rockwell (USA) rewarded the pair with a score of 76.627% to put them in fourth place. Peters was very pleased with the maturity

Legolas 92 exhibited, stating “The fi rst huge relief was when we came in, the announcer said a few things about Legolas, and he did not react whatsoever and that is the exact reason why we were here. I still felt like at Rot erdam, in the Grand Prix, that we were still a lit le on edge during the fi rst minute of our test, but now he has proven that he can deliver for the team and this is exactly what the plan was. He did the piaff e movements very nicely, as well as his changes, and did beautiful canter pirouet es. Thursday and today the judges gave him a really high mark for his collected walk and that is a gigantic accomplishment. It’s those lit le things that most people who don't know Legolas that well don't appreciate, but I am just stocked about those tiny lit le things.” More online:

• The following com- bination will serve as an alternate for the U.S. Driving Team (in alphabeti- cal order):

• Donna Crookston, of Saltsburg, Pa., and her own Viktor, a 2008 Dutch Harness gelding. Crookston will compete as an individual unless a replace- ment to the team is necessary. More online:

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