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Saturday, May 27, 2017


Mexico won the second Nations Cup qualifier for Barcelona, making the final in Canada vitally important for the U.S.

A strong Mexican team just edged out the team from the United States to win the Nations Cup in Coapexpan, Mexico on May 5 by one fault.

​Coapexpan Alison Robitaille on AceAlison Robitaille on Acewas the second of three Nations Cups in North America from which only two nations can qualify to compete in the final in Barcelona, Spain in the fall.

​While the U.S., still leads in the series, it makes the final Nations Cup in Langley, Canada on Friday, June 2 a make-or-break competition for the U.S.

​Both Canada and Mexico are sending strong teams, and Canada, having missed qualifying for Barcelona for the past two years, will be determined to win on their home turf to qualify for this year’s final.

​If Canada wins, the U.S. has to finish second to qualify ahead of Mexico.

​After two Nations Cups, the U.S. has 180 points, Mexico has 170, Canada has 160 and El Salvador has 55.

In Mexico, Alison Robitaille of Wellington, Fla., on Ace anchored the U.S. team and was one of only three riders to have a clean round.

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Phillip Dutton repeats as Eventing’s National Champion, places three in top 10 at Rolex CCC**** Championship

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Phillip Dutton of West Grove, Pa., riding the veteran Mr. Medicott, won Eventing’s National Championship at the Rolex CCC****, April 27-30 in Lexington, for a record fifth time overall.

Phillip Dutton Mr. MedicottPhillip Dutton on Mr. Medicott - photo by Allen MacMillanDutton also placed all three of his horses in the top 10, an amazing feat while competing against the top event riders in the world.

Dutton was the highest placed American rider, scoring 54.6, but he actually finished fourth behind Germany’s Michael Jung on the super mare FischerRocana FST, who won Rolex for a record setting third consecutive year.

Standing second on a score of 37.1, behind Clark Montgomery on Loughan Glen, 33.6, after dressage, Jung shot into the lead after cross country, adding just 1.6 time faults to a clean jumping round to finish on 38.7, for a lead of 5.7 and giving him a fence in hand in stadium jumping.

Last to go on Sunday, Jung needed that fence in hand as he had one down in the last combination to win on a score of 42.7.

France’s Maxime Livio on Qalao Des Mers finished on his dressage score of 44.6 to place second, and Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Zara Tindall on High Kingdom also finished on her dressage score of 46.6 to place third.

Hannah Sue Burnett of The Plains, Va., on Under Suspicion was fifth on 54.8; followed by Matthew Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa., on Super Socks, 56.8; Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa., on Cracker Jack, 61.4; Dutton on Fernhill Fugitive,63.0; Kurt Martin of The Plains on Delux Z, 68.3; and Dutton on I’m Sew Ready, 68.1.

Of the 59 starters, 39 finished, with only five going double clear (no jumping or time faults) cross country and only four going double clear in stadium jumping on Sunday.

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Chapot and Stewart repeat as WEF circuit Leading Riders

WELLINGTON, Fla.- Both Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., and Scott Stewart of Flemington, N.J., repeated as the Winter Equestrian Festival’s circuit champion Leading Riders, and both have won those titles many, many times.

They’ve won so many times, in fact, that neither one can remember how many times.

Laura Chapot and Quointreau un Prince by SportfotLaura Chapot and Quointreau un Prince by SportfotLaura Chapot was Open Jumper Leading Rider and Leading Lady Rider from the WEF Thursday grand prix classes and the Saturday night or Sunday afternoon grand prix classes.

Chapot was circuit champion of two divisions, riding to the top of the 1.40m division with Mary Chapot's Zealous, and also topping the 1.35m division with Mary Chapot's Umberto.

“It was great to be Leading Rider again,” said Chapot. “It was particularly nice to have Zealous be Circuit Champion in the 1.40m section because she’s a homebred.”

“It was really exciting to win the Martha Jolicoeur award for Leading lady Jumper Rider,” said Chapot. That’s just based on the grand prix class. To win that for the first time was so exciting.”

Chapot rode Dual Star and Prince Un Quointreau in the WEF series and in grand prix classes.

This was the first year that Chapot has had horses that are competitive in big grand prix classes,

In the past, Chapot has won the Circuit Leading Jumper Rider title by dominating in the slightly lower height claases.

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U.S. wins Nations Cup CDIO-U25, second in CDIO3*

The U.S. finished first and second in the first FEI Nations Cup CDIO-U25 (for riders under 25) on March 22, but placed second to Canada in the FEI Nations Cup™ CDIO 3* on March 25, at Equestrian Village at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington.

buffiniAnna Buffini on SundayboyThe USA "A" Team bested the competition in the FEI Intermediaire II 16-25* CDIO, which determined the team medals for the FEI Nations Cup CDIO-U25.

The team consisted of 22-year-old Anna Buffini on her Sundayboy, who scored 70.500 percent, 24-year-old Sean Sierra Keasler and Lux Stensvang, who scored 67.263 percent ,and 20-year-old Kerrigan Gluch who earned 62.158 percent.

Debbie McDonald served as Chef d'Equipe.

"One of the main reasons why I came to Wellington was to do the Nations Cup," said Buffini. "My dad always says, 'A goal is a dream with a deadline,' and we set this goal to come here and we achieved our dream today. You can't just count on yourself. They're counting on me, I'm counting on them, and it's a different experience. It's preparing us for the future, and when we are open riders competing on other teams, we can take this experience with us."

Buffini had the second highest score of the day, riding in just behind Juan Matute Guimon of Spain, who rode Don Diego Ymas to a score of 71.026 percent.

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