With one week until our American contingent meets in Aachen for what is considered the greatest horse show in the world, our athletes are all in Europe putting on the final touches before arriving at the venue. I am very excited that we will have the largest group of riders and horses ever sent to Aachen for Dressage. Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 ( GP average of 76%) Shelly Francis (GP average over 70%), Jan Ebeling (GP average of 73%) and Tina Konyot (GP average of 73%) will be representing America in the Nations Cup, while Suzie Dutta and Currency DC (Scored 71.225% at their last CDI in Wellington this season) will be doing the Grand Prix 4* Tour. Caroline Roffman and Sagacious will become our very first on what I hope will be MANY US riders in the U25 Grand Prix classes, having just come off her debut GP performance in France with a score of over 70%! She, Shelly, and Suzie, will also have horses in the Small Tour, giving us 9 horses altogether. I Love It! But understand this- it is not about the “taking part” in this and all the other shows in Europe; it is about going over there to WIN! We want to win medals and classes at all levels and make America proud as a world power in Dressage sport! The American riders have an amazing support system behind them through the combined efforts of our US Equestrian Federation, the USET Foundation, and their owners, sponsors, personal trainers, and all who assist them in their goals! I am personally excited to be there to help them all in any way I can and know they will be great!
GO TEAM USA!!!