Articles: Press Release
United States Wins 6th Leg of Samsung Super League at Hickstead, UK
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July 27, 2007
>From Louise Parkes for the FEI
AMERICAN GIRLS POWER HOME AS BRITISH SNATCH DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF
(Lexington, KY) - The all-girl American team produced a crisp, clean
victory at the sixth leg of the Samsung Super League with FEI series at
Hickstead, England today where the much-fancied home squad lost out in
the closing stages. Ahead at the half-way stage, the British lost their
grip as the second round progressed, but three second-round clears saw
the USA rise from third to pole position, and this moves them off the
bottom of the leaderboard going into the penultimate round in Dublin in
two weeks' time.
For Sweden however things did not go so well. Finishing in fifth place
they slipped to the bottom of the table, but its far from over yet
because only 3.5 points separate the Americans in sixth, the French in
seventh and the Swedes in eighth place - none of them can afford to
breathe too easily....
It was the perfect result for deputy US Chef d'Equipe Melanie
Smith-Taylor on a day when big scores were recorded by many of the other
teams. "I'm thrilled to have been part of it" she said afterwards,
adding "and it had been great to do this for George". American manager
George Morris is with his squad at the Pan-American Games in Rio de
Janeiro and Laura Kraut, a member of today's winning side, said "we won
this for him - believe me, we've been driving him crazy up to this point
but at last we got it right!".
Knowing that relegation from the Samsung Super League with FEI series
faces the team finishing last at the end of the series the Americans
sent a super-strong side to the British venue. Things had just not been
going their way in previous rounds and Kraut pointed out "we needed to
redeem ourselves today" - and they succeeded.....
The first tour of the 12-fence track designed by Bob Ellis quickly
demonstrated the weakness of some of the other sides, and at the
half-way point Switzerland was lying last with 34 faults behind Belgium
with 28, Germany with 25, France carrying 21 and Sweden with 17. The
Netherlands and the USA shared a first-round tally of 12 while Great
Britain held a commanding seven-point lead with just five on the board.
Ellen Whitaker's eight faults with Locarno was the drop-score leaving
just the single error from pathfinders Nick Skelton and Russell at the
bogey second element of the double at three and the single time fault
from William Funnell and Cortaflex Mondriaan to count when Michael
Whitaker and Suncal Portofino produced one of only two first-round
clears, the other coming from Holland's Wim Schroder and Eurocommerce
A clear from Skelton second time out appeared to signal a home-side
celebration but things began to unravel when Locarno clipped the second
element of the penultimate double while also collecting a time fault and
when Funnell's Mondriaan left both the Samsung oxer at fence five and
the same second element of the second-last on the floor it was all
hanging in the balance - and all the pressure was on Michael Whitaker.
By then the Dutch had slipped down the order despite an opening
second-round clear from Willem Greve and the impressive KEC Maximum Joe
after single mistakes from both Schroder and Jochen Munsterhuis riding
Munsterhuis Sportscars Okometa at the fifth were added and Leopold Van
Asten's 12 faults with VDL Groep Fleche Rouge were discarded. All four
US riders had faulted once first time out, but Kraut and Anthem led the
way into the decider with a foot-perfect run before Christine McCrea and
Vegas faulted at the second last only to be followed by clears from both
Molly Ashe-Cawley and Cocu and Beezie Madden with Judgement. Madden was
the one who really put the pressure on Whitaker, her determined, cool,
careful and confident round underlining years of experience and an iron
Whitaker now could only afford one time fault if the home team was to
repeat their 2006 victory but Portofino hit the FEI vertical at fence
seven, and when the vertical after the open water at fence nine also hit
the floor he called it a day....the British tally of 18 could now not be
Madden explained that the Americans had not intended to send such a
strong side initially, but that circumstances dictated a reassessment to
plans...."being in last place on the leaderboard has been very
uncomfortable so we looked at the situation again. There was a bit of a
conflict with the Pan American Games but we have already qualified for
the Olympics so that was considered less of a priority than coming
here". Staying amongst the elite eight teams in the Samsung Super League
with FEI is the priority for the best show jumping nations in the world,
and the USA intends to maintain its status amongst the best of the best.
For Christine McCrea this was a special moment as this was her first
time to be on a winning team of any kind while Molly Ashe-Cawley was
celebrating only her second team victory, the last being just a week ago
in the FEI Nations Cup at Falsterbo in Sweden. And she felt that her
baby-in-the-making might have helped her today. Three months pregnant
she plans to stop competing within the next few weeks but Dublin is on
her schedule and she said "Junior helped me today, he or she kicked in
the all the right places!". Now the same squad of five, which includes
Georgina Bloomberg, heads for the second-last leg of the series in
Today's final line-up had team USA at the head of affairs with Great
Britain in second ahead of The Netherlands in third, France in fourth,
Sweden in fifth, Germany in sixth, Switzerland in seventh and Belgium in
eighth and last place but Germany retains its grip at the head of the
leaderboard with the British now back in second place ahead of the Swiss
in third. The Belgians and Dutch have enough points to stay out of
trouble but for the USA, France and Sweden the Dublin fixture will be
the acid test...."we need to cross our fingers for Dublin and Barcelona,
we know we are not out of the woods yet" Kraut said today, fully aware
that, despite a superb afternoon, there is absolutely no room for
complacency in the US camp.....
1. USA 12 faults: Anthem (Laura Kraut) 4/0, Vegas (Christine McCrea) 4/4
, Cocu (Molly Ashe) 4/0, Judgement (Beezie Madden) 4/0.
2. GREAT BRITAIN 18 faults: Russel (Nick Skelton) 4/0, Locarno (Ellen
Whitaker) 8/5, Cortaflex Mondriaan (William Funnell) 1/8, Suncal
Portofino (Michael Whitaker) 0/Ret.
3. THE NETHERLANDS 20 faults: KEC Maximum Joe (Willem Greve) 4/0,
Eurocommerce Pennsylvania (Wim Schroder) 0/4, Munsterhuis Sportcars
Okometa (Jochen Munsterhuis) 13/4, VDL Groep Fleche Rouge (Leopold Van
4. FRANCE 30 faults: Gabelou des Ores (Stephan Lafouge) 12/4, Jubilee
D'Ouilly (Aymeric de Ponnat) 8/4, Idem de B'Neville (Jerome Debas
Montagner) 12/16, Ephebe For Ever La Silla (Christian Hermon) 1/1.
5. SWEDEN 37 faults: Irco Marco (Erika Lickhammer) 1/12, Calibra (Lotta
Schultz) 4/0, Serenata La Silla (Fredrik Gustafsson) 12/8, Jaguar Mail
(Peter Eriksson) 12/12.
6. GERMANY 50 faults: Waldrose (Florian Meyer Zu Hartum) 12/4, Pik'o Pur
(Carsten Averkamp) 8/12, Cosino B (Tobias Bachl0 26/Elim, Luisa D
(Annette Hulsmann) 5/9.
7. SWITZERLAND 51 faults: Peu A Peu (Daniel Etter) 21/4, Ilton Daye
(Hansueli Sprunger) 9/8, Kali de la Croix (Paul Estermann) 13/ 8, Unique
X CH (Pius Schwizer) 12/5.
8. BELGIUM 67 faults: Ogano Sitte (Dominique Hendrickx) 12/17, Quik Chin
Van de Elsendam (Jan Motmans) 20/21, Cashmira (Vincent Lambrecht) 8/4,
Utopia Vd Donkhoeve (Koen Vereecke) 8/18.
SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE WITH FEI - LEADERBOARD AFTER ROUND 6 AT HICKSTEAD:
1. Germany - 37.75
2. Great Britain - 28.50
3. Switzerland - 27.75
4. Belgium - 24.25
5. The Netherlands - 22.00
6. USA - 19.50
7. France - 19.25
8. Sweden - 16.00
SAMSUNG SUPER LEAGUE - NATIONAL PRIDE, INTERNATIONAL PASSION!
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