U.S. takes dressage Cup series title

A second-place finish in the dressage Nations’ Cup at the Aachen, Germany show today gave the U.S. victory in the overall Cup series that began last spring in Florida.

Steffen Peters led the way for the U.S. with a 76.627 percent performance on Legolas, which put him fourth individually, behind three German riders. World number one Kristina Broring-Spree won with a sore of 83.725 on Desperados. The German total was 492.598, with the U.S. on 437.139 and Denmark 430.418.

The U.S. was without a drop score after team member Katherine Bateson Chandler withdrew Alcazar, who was the squad’s drop score on the first day of the competition, which incuded the Grand Prix Thursday and the Grand Prix Special today.

“He showed signs of colic yesterday which explained a little why he was a bit lack luster in the Grand Prix,” Katherine said on her Facebook page.

“Unfortunately, he became worse and culminated in a colic surgery for him. It was a long difficult night for us all but my boy is tough! Please pray for him especially the next five days.”


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