Team USA To CDIO Hickstead!
I am on my way today to the CDIO Hickstead where Team USA will be represented by Guenter Seidel riding Coral Reef Wylea, Tuny Page on her mare, Alina, Shelly Francis on Doktor, and Kathleen Raine riding Breanna. David Blake will round out our group with Ikaros. And Shelly Francis and Katherine Bateson-Chandler will be riding in the Small Tour.
Hickstead is the continuation of our surge of combinations who headed to Europe this summer to gain the experience and exposure necessary to bring America back to the podiums next year at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. As this tour ends for these riders who will all head home shortly after the show, we have our next group eager to travel to Europe for the fall indoor tout, among whom will be Adrienne Lyle with Wizzard, Lisa Wilcox with 2 Grand Prix horses, Pikko Del Cerro and Denzello.
I will be reporting from Hickstead daily and am already excited by what I know will be another great show for our American riders. We will also be rooting for our U.S. Jumping Team in the Nations Cup and are planning a team dinner before we all begin the competition. Fun!
GO TEAM USA!