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U.S. 2nd in the Nations Cup in Mexico, improving U.S. chances at making Barcelona Finals

A young and inexperienced team rose to the occasion in Coapexpan, Mexico on April 22 to place second by one fault to Canada, giving the U.S. a big boost going into Langley, Canada, which is the third and final Nations Cup qualifier for the Nations Cup Finals in Barcelona this fall.

U S team at mexico N CThe U.S. Nations Cup team in Mexico "Our situation for Barcelona was enhanced by this young team," said Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland. "We had been worried about Mexico fielding a strong team on their home turf, but they had an unfortunate first round, which helps up going into Langley. Mathematically, we're not qualified, but our situation is better."

Going into Mexico, Canada led with 100 points, U.S., was second with 75 and Mexico was third with 55, so a win by Mexico could have been a big problem for the U.S.

But the Mexicans had a troublesome first round, accumulating 21 faults, and then had three of their riders go clean in the second round to finish third on 21 faults.

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Laura Chapot dominates in WEF Leading Open Jumper Rider Circuit Championship, while Robert Matz won the Junior Sportsmanship Award

WELLINGTON, FLA.--Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., rode the Circuit Champions in two divisions at the 12 week long Winter Equestrian Festival and dominated the Championship in the Leading Open Jumper Rider category.

Laura Chapot Out of Ireland SportfotLaura Chapot on Out of Ireland (Photo by Sportfot)Chapot scored 1,299 point to win the Leading Rider award, while her nearest competitor had 622 points.

Chapot has now been Leading Open Jumper Rider at WEG for nine of the past 11 years, an incredible record.

"It's a nice honor to win that award again," said Chapot. "It's a nice way to cap off the season."

Chapot rode her mother Mary's homebred Zealous to the championship in 1.40m jumpers, and she rode Umberto, also owned by Mary, to the championship in 1.35m jumpers.

She was also fourth in 1.40m jumpers and 20th in 1.45m. jumpers on Out of Ireland, and seventh on Thornhill Kate in 1.35m. jumpers and 12th in 1.40 m. jumpers.

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Laura Graves on Verdades posted a personal best in the Freestyle at the World Cup but had to settle for second behind Isabell Werth

PARIS, France--Laura Graves on Verdades posted a personal best of 89.082 in the dressage Freestyle at the World Cup on April 14, but finished just 1.5 points behind the reigning World Cup Final champion Isabell Werth of Germany on Weihegold OLD, who scored a 90.657 percent.

Laura Graces on Verdades at World CupLaura Graves on Verdades With the FEI World Cup Dressage Final title on the line, Graves of Geneva, Fla., and Verdades defended their 2017 second-place finish on Saturday evening in the Freestyle to Music in Paris. 

Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Unee BB finished third on a score of 83.725 percent.

“I am very proud,” said Graves. “It feels like first place, and the horse won’t know the difference, that’s for sure. Now I have a little homework in my book bag, and we will take that back and be prepared for the next time. I have to pay respect to my horse because without these top horses who want to do the job for us, who want to learn, who allow us to learn with them, none of this would be possible.”

The atmosphere was electric as first Graves, and then Werth, put on a show for the ecstatic French crowd.

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Beezie Madden wins World Cup in thrilling finish, Devin Ryan runner-up

PARIS, France--Beezie Madden had a rail in hand going into the second of the two final rounds on Sunday, April 15 at the World Cup, and she needed every inch of it to hold off the unheralded Devin Ryan, 36 of Long Valley, N.J.

Devin Ryan Beezie Madden and von EckermannDevin Ryan, Beezie Madden and Henrik von EckermannMadden won the FEI World Cup for the second time while leading a extraordinarily strong field of Americans that finished, first, second and fourth, with Ryan second and McLain Ward of Brewster, N.Y., last year's winner, fourth on HH Azur.

"In my memory, it never happened before that one nation finished first, second and fourth," said Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland. "For sure, it hasn't happened in recent history."

Madden, 54 of Cazenovia, N.Y., runner-up Henrik von Eckermann of Sweden and Ryan were clear in the first round on Sunday, so they went into the final round with Madden on 0, von Eckerman on 4 faults and Ryan on 6 faults.

Ryan was clean again in the final round, but von Eckerman had a rail down, so that gave Madden some breathing room.

In a cliffhanger of a second round, Madden faulted for the first time over three tough days of jumping when last to go with the brilliant Breitling LS, dropping a rail at the middle element of the triple combination at fence six.

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Beezie Madden wins first two legs of World Cup, goes into Sunday's final rounds with a rail in hand

PARIS, France--Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, N.Y., on Breitling LS won both the speed class Thursday, April 12 and the time first jump-off class on Friday to go into Sunday's final rounds with a rail in hand.

Beezie Madden Breitling WCBeezie Madden on Breitling WCThe American contingent was spectacular, putting three into the top 10 going into Sunday's competition, with Devin Ryan of Long Valley, N.J., in third, McLain Ward of Brewster, N.Y. tied for forth.

After two rounds, Madden leads with 0 faults, Henrik von Eckermann of Sweden is second with 4 faults, Ryan is third with 5 faults, and Olivier Philippaerts of Belgium, Ward and Dglas Lindelow 0f Sweden tied for fourth with 8 faults.

Madden won Friday's class with a final time of 33.22 seconds in the jump-off.

Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands and Emerald finished second with 33.44 seconds, while Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann and Toveks Mary Lou finished third on 33.92 seconds.

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Laura Graves on Verdades wins Grand Prix at the World Cup

PARIS, France--Laura Graves on Verdades beat German superstar Isabell Worth in the Grand Prix at the World Cup, puttingher  in the lead for the title goinginto Saturday's Freestyle.

Laura GravesGraves has been threatening the supremacy of Werth for some time and April 12, when it really mattered, the American pinned the most medalled athlete in the history of equestrian sport into runner-up spot in the Grand Prix at the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final 2018 in Paris.

Riding her beloved gelding Verdades, Graves was runner-up to Werth and her brilliant mare Weihegold at the 2017 Final in Omaha a year ago, and a few months later they actually beat the German duo on Werth’s home turf in Aachen, so there was always a question about whether they could do it again.

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Phillip Dutton on Z wins WEG Eventing Test Event at The Fork

TRYON, N.C.--With a fence in hand, Phillip Dutton of West Grove, Pa., on Z jumped clean on April 8 to keep the lead they had earned on cross country day to win The Fork at Tryon International Equestrian Center, which was also the World Equestrian Games Eventing Test Event.

Phillip Dutton on ZPhillip Dutton on ZDutton finished on a score of 28, ahead of Kim Severson on Cooley Cross Border with a final score of 32.10, followed by third placed Sharon White on Cooley On Show, who finished on 32.90.

Dutton also placed fifth on I'm Sew Ready.

After the cross country, he had been first on Z, third on I'm Sew Ready and fourth on Fernhill Cubalawn, but I'm Sew Ready had a fence down in Stadium Jumping to drop to fifth, and Fernhill Cubalawn was withdrawn before the horse inspection Sunday morning.

With clean jumping rounds Sunday, Severson moved up to second from fifth after cross country, White moved up from seventh and Marilyn Little on RF Scandalous moved up from eighth to fourth.

Jordan Linstedt on Revitavet Capato had been second after cross country but had five fences down plus four time faults on Sunday to drop to 22nd.

"You never quite know how tight the time is going to be," said Dutton of the show-jumping course. "It's an advantage going at the end and realizing the lines you have to take to shave the time. My guy is not at his best if I open him up too much toward the jump, so I had to cut the turns, shorten him at the jumps, and rock him back just a bit. Everybody said they were worried that I wasn't going to make the time, but here we are."

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Coco Fath wins the 11th Annual George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship

WELLINGTON, Fla.-- Coco Fath of Fairfield, Conn., riding Action won the 11th Annual George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship on March 23 at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Coco Fath and Class Action SportfotCoco Fath on Class Action (Photo by Sportfot)The class was held in the International Arena under the lights, and Alexandra Worthington placed second, with Ava Stearns third and Daisy Farish fourth.

Both Fath and Worthington are trained by Stacy Madden of Beacon Hill Show Stable in Colts Neck, N.J.

The 11th Annual George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship was held in three rounds with a grand total of 35 competitors in round one.

The top 15 riders returned for round two in reverse order from the first round, and the leading four had a third round to determine the final placings.

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Chile's Jorge Matte wins over Charlotte Jacobs at Palm Beach Masters

WELLINGTON, Fla--Chile's Jorge Matte and his Perle Dumarais won over Charlotte Jacobs on Bartani S in the $10,000 1.35m Jumper Time First Jump-Off competition on March 24, held at the Palm Beach Open, part of the Palm Beach Masters Series located on the picturesque grounds of Deeridge Farm in Wellington.

Jorge Matte and Perle Dumarais c Kathy Russell PhotographyJorge Matte and Perle Dumarais (Photo by Kathy Russell Photography)Of the 41 original starters in the class, there were only five penalty free rounds, with only two double clear, Matte and Jacobs, who had lead throughout most of the class.

Matte won a jump-off time of 39.256 seconds, narrowly edging out Jacobs, who finished in 40.064 seconds for second place.

"I have had this mare for a long time," said Matte. "She is just coming back from a couple of months rest, so I am really happy that she is back. It was tough for a 1.30m class, but I have jumped this mare in some big classes, so I had confidence in her. She is an older mare, about 15, but she is always a little bit fresh, so you have to be aware and not let her get crazy. Today was perfect. She was really good, and very happy here in this ring that is so amazing. It was a good day."

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Lucy Deslauriers wins $132,000 WEF Challenge Cup

WELLINGTON, Fla,--Lucy Deslauriers of New York, N.Y., at just 18 years of age clinched the biggest victory of her career on Thursday , March 29 in the $132,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 12 riding her own Hester.

Lucy Deslauriers and Hester SportfotLucy Deslauriers and Hester (Photo by Sportfot)After coming back from a shoulder injury and surgery on her hand at the end of 2017, Deslauriers returned to the saddle during week four of WEF.

She won over a field of 63, a whopping 27 of which were clean, in Thursday’s class and qualified for Saturday night’s $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*.

Five of the 27 clean elected not to return, setting the stage for a 22-horse jump-off.

Returning in the latter half of the sizeable field, Deslauriers and Hester, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, stopped the jump-off timers in a blistering 34.70 seconds.

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The US Dressage team wins the Nations Cup in Wellington

WELLINGTON, Fla.--The all-female American team dominated the FEI Nations Cup CDIO3* team competition on March 29 in the 12th and final week of the Global Dressage Festival at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.

Adrienne Lyle on SalvinoAdrienne Lyle on SalvinoThe team consisted of Ashley Holzer of New York, N.Y., Olivia LaGoy-Weltz of Haymarket, Va., Adrienne Lyle of Ketchum, Idaho and Sabine Schut-Kery of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and was led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover.

They finished on a total score of 452.327, while Canada claimed the silver medal on 424.855 and Australia won the bronze medal on 396.743, a historic bronze, the first time that nation has ever won a dressage Nations Cup medal of any color, and Spain finished fourth.

Unlike some other stages of this worldwide seven-leg Nations Cup series, teams at AGDF can be made up of big tour, small tour, or a mixture of big and small tour combinations.

In order to level the playing field, 1.5 percent is added to each grand prix score, with the small tour results remaining unaltered.

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Beezie Madden wins her 2nd $1 million HITS Grand Prix

OCALA, Fla.,--Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, N.Y., on Coach, won the HITS $1 Million Grand Prix on March 25 in a five horse jump-off.

Beezie Madden on Coach 1 millionBeezie Madden on Coach The Million Dollar Grand Prix was the final event on the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, and it was Madden's second $1 Million Grand Prix win with HITS, as she also won in Saugerties, N. Y., in 2015.

"I've been lucky enough that this is my second win, It's amazing what he offers; all of the venues and shows he offers. I don't know how he does it all." Madden said, referring to HITS Owner and CEO Tom Struzzieri.

Madden on Coach was third to go in the jump-off, and shaving all the turns as close as possible, she went clean in 44.479, almost two seconds faster than Lillie Keenan aboard Super Sox,who was first to go in the jump-off and had been clean in 44.479.

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Beezie Madden wins 2nd $205,000 WEF Grand Prix

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, N.Y., had the advantage of going last in the $205,000 CSI4* Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival on March 24, and she used it  to win the class over a five horse jump-off.

Beezie Madden and Breitling LS March 24 GP SportfotBeezie Madden and Breitling LS (Photo by Sportfot)Clears in the first round were few and far between over Olaf Petersen Jr.’s big and challenging track, with many careful combinations being caught out by the yawning water jump.

The first 39 starters produced only two clears, but the jump-off numbers were bolstered by three late clears from the final six riders.

The class, in the second to last week of the 12-week 2018 WEF circuit, was held on the expansive grass arena of the derby field at Equestrian Village.

Madden was riding Breitling LS, a quick and careful 12-year-old stallion son of Quintero owned by Abigail Wexner, who scored his second grand prix win of the season, the first having been in the $205,000 CSIO4*.

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Shelly Francis scores personal best to win the G P Special 4*

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Shelly Francis rode Danilo to a personal best score of 73.979 percent to win the Grand Prix Special CDI4* on March 17 during week 10 of the Global Dressage Festival.

Shelly Francis on DaniloShelly Francis on DaniloFrancis and Danilo are ranked 42nd in the world.

“When you’re really riding and pushing a bit and trying to make everything perfect, you kind of feel it’s not your best ride because you’re sweating more than the horse,” said Francis, who is based in Loxahatchee, Fla., and was contending with a pair of stiff new riding boots. “But he did feel good; I just have to relax a little and trust him. We had a little mistake at C when he thought halt and rein-back, like in the grand prix, when I was trying to make passage. Other than that, he felt straight up.”

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Chester Weber wins 15th Championship, Lisa Stroud of Kennett Square, Pa., takes Reserve Champ

OCALA, Fla--Chester Weber of Ocala earned his record 15th USEF Four-In-Hand Combined Driving National Championship title with an overall score of 166.69 penalties, and Lisa Stroud of Kennett Square, Pa., earned the Reserve Championship on March 18 at Live Oak International.

Chester WeberChester Weber (Photo by the same day, at the same venue, Kristen Vanderveen of St. Charles, Ill., decisively won the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Qualifier Grand Prix, guarenteeing herself a trip to Paris for the Longines FEI World Cup Final, April 11-15.

Live Oak International is the only show in the United States that offers both combined driving and show jumping, hosting both the show jumping World Cup Qualifier as well as five USEF Combined Driving National Championships including Four-in-Hand, Intermediate Pair Horse, Intermediate Single Horse, Intermediate Pair Pony, and Intermediate Single Pony divisions.

With a big lead after the dressage and marathon phases, Weber was able to take it easy in the cones phase in which he drove his KWPN geldings, First Edition, 8, Boris W, 11. and Asjemenou ,12. along with Jane Clark’s Dutch Warmblood gelding Splash, 14, and knocked one minor ball, adding three penalties to his overnight total.

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Laura Chapot wins 1.50m Classic at WEF, leads in Jumper Rider circuit standings

WELLINGTON, Fla--Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., rode Chandon Blue to win the $35,000 1.50m Classic CSI 3* on Sunday, March 18, and she continues to hold a big lead in the circuit standings for Leading Open Jumper Rider.

She also finished second on Cybel II in the 1.40m class on March 21.

Laura Chapot and Chandon Blue by Sportfot 32008289Laura Chapot and Chandon Blue (Photo by Sportfot)Chapot leads the circuit standings with 1,055 points, while her closest competitor, Chloe Jhin, has 598 points.

Chapot's horses are also high up in the standings, with Umberto leading in 1.35m section where Thornhill Kate is sixth, and in the 1.40m. section, Zealous is second and Out of Ireland is fourth.

Mary Chapot  leads the standings for Open Jumper Owner and is third in Open Jumper Trainer.

Jimmy Torano of Mohrsville, Pa.,  is fourth in Leading Open Jumper Trainer standings, and his mount Day Dreams stands fifth in 1.40m jumpers.

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  1. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir has five wins from six starts at WEF 4* dressage events
  2. McLain Ward rides Bellefleur PS Z to second 5* win in as many days at WEF
  3. Jan Eberling wins the Intermediate 1 Freestyle CDI3* in the small tour series
  4. Victoria Colvin wins again at P.B. Masters Derby, this time scoring in the $50,000 Hunter Derby
  5. Callan Solem wins $50,000 HITS Grand Prix on veteran VDL Wizard
  6. Beezie Madden wins $205,000 WEF Grand Prix
  7. Laura Graves sets a new record in Freestyle on Verdades
  8. U.S. team a disappointing seventh in Wellington Nations Cup
  9. Victoria Colvin won the International Derby during the Palm Beach Masters Series
  10. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Ashley Holzer shine in Grand Prix and Freestyle
  11. McLain Ward wins second WEF Challenge Cup, places third in GP
  12. U.S. team third in this country's first 5* Nations Cup
  13. Louise Serio on Rock Harbor wins the $100,000 Hunter Spectacular
  14. Scott Stewart takes two championships during WCHR week at WEF
  15. Callan Solem good third to Olivier Philippaerts at WEF
  16. Daniel Bluman wins Turf Tour's $15,000 Grand Prix
  17. Adrienne Lyle on Salvino won the Grand Prix Special 5* while Katherine Bateson Chandler won the Special 3*
  18. Nations Cup, junior & children's teams announced for HITS Ocala
  19. McLain Ward & Laura Graves open WEF week five with 2 wins apiece
  20. Kelly McInerney wins $1,000 Child/Adult Classic on The Ridge's Turf Tour
  21. Ireland's Daniel Coyle wins FEI World Cup qualifier at Palm Beach Masters, while Robert Matz won the 1.15m class earlier in the day
  22. Aaron Vale wins $50,000 Grand Prix at HITS
  23. Devon H.S. features 2nd annual Arena Eventing and adds money in Friday and Saturday Open Jumping FEI classes
  24. McLain Ward wins $35,000 Welcome Stake at Palm Beach Masters
  25. Laura Graves set a new high Freestyle score at the Dressage Festival in Wellington
  26. Shelly Francis on Doktor scores double wins in Dressage at WEF
  27. McLain Ward and Laura Chapot score big wins at WEF
  28. Callan Solem has three mounts aimed for HITS Ocala
  29. Laura Chapot is set to defend her Leading Open Jumper title as 12 weeks of Winter Equestrian Festival opens
  30. Madison Goetzmann wins Maclay National Championship to conclude National Horse Show
  31. Laura Kraut Leading Open Jumper Rider at the National Horse Show
  32. Scott Stewart sweeps hunter division at Pa. National H.S.
  33. Taylor St. Jacques, second in Talent Search, East, wins Medal in Harrisburg
  34. Cheshire Hunt dominates Pa. National Hunt Night with help of two fresh from Fair Hill Event
  35. Canadian Selena O'Hanlon wins Dutta Fair Hill 3*, Kevin Keene Leading 2* Amateur
  36. U.S. ends spectacular year of Nations Cup competitions with a second at the Finals in Barcelona
  37. Andre Thieme won the $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Saugerties to win his third $1 Million GP
  38. Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border win 3* Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials
  39. U.S. wins Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows in a nail-biter
  40. Laura Chapot wins Grand Prix and Championhip at Devon Fall Classic
  41. Buck Davidson, determined to win at Plantation Field, does just that on Copper Beech
  42. Matt Brown on BCF Belicoso wins National Open Horse Trials
  43. Scott Steward wins Green Hunter Incentive for third straight time
  44. U.S. team wins Nations Cup in Dublin, second in Aachen
  45. Laura Graves and Verdades win Grand Prix Special at Aachen, move into 2nd in World Rankings
  46. La La La La wins $7,500 Jumper Stakes at Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show
  47. U.S. team wins FEI Nations Cup held in The Plains, Va.
  48. Devon show bigger and better than ever with record crowds, record revenue
  49. McLain Ward won the $225,000 Devon Grand Prix for the ninth time, but a newcomer took the championship and Leading Rider title
  50. Scott Stewart reigns supreme once more at Devon Horse Show
  51. U.S. win Nations Cup in Canada, qualifies for Barcelona Finals
  52. Sarah Murphy triumphed over Jennie Brannigan and Erika Nesler in an exciting first presentation of Eventing at Devon Horse Show
  53. Taylor St. Jacques wins Devon’s Equitation Championship, Sophie Gochman and Garfield Grand Junior Hunter Champions
  54. Mexico won the second Nations Cup qualifier for Barcelona, making the final in Canada vitally important for the U.S.
  55. Photo Gallery from Rolex, 2017
  56. Phillip Dutton repeats as Eventing’s National Champion, places three in top 10 at Rolex CCC**** Championship
  57. Chapot and Stewart repeat as WEF circuit Leading Riders
  58. U.S. wins Nations Cup CDIO-U25, second in CDIO3*
  59. McLain Ward on HH Azur faultless to win World Cup
  60. The Ridge hosted a 13-week greatly expanded series of Wellington shows, offering a great alternative to WEF
  61. Laura Graves on Verdades placed second in World Cup
  62. U.S. leads in Nations Cup competition to qualify for Barcelona finals
  63. Graves impresses with fifth score in the 80s in Wellington Large Tour
  64. Boyd Martin threepeats in $100,000 Wellington Eventing
  65. Springsteen speeds to win over 76 competitors at WEF, Ward wins $380,000 GP and Little returns to win after bad fall
  66. Chapot takes Winterfest by storm
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