Articles: Press Release
U.S. Scores Nation's Cup Victory at Sweden's Falsterbo Horse Show
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2007
Lexington, KY - The U.S. show jumping squad picked up a major victory on
Friday July 20 narrowly winning the Nation's Cup at Falsterbo over
The squad, comprised of three riders from the Developing Young Riders'
Tour, put on a tenacious performance against some of the most
experienced riders in the world. Eliza Shuford, Brianne Goutal, Georgina
Bloomberg and Molly Ashe overcame their third placing after the first
round and fought back hard to force a tie after the second round and
then a jump-off for the win.
In the second round Shuford shook off the disappointment of an
unfortunate refusal in the first on Olymp and jumped a great round,
adding just four faults. Goutal had two good rounds with Onira having
one rail down in each. Bloomberg and Cim Christo picked up their first
double clean round in a Nation's Cup competition and kept the pressure
on the competition.
A chance for victory then came down to Ashe. She needed to jump clear
in order to tie the team for first and force a jump off. Her horse
Victome, despite still being somewhat inexperienced, jumped an
impeccable clear round and into a tie with the Danish.
The rules stipulate that in the scenario of a tie, the chef d'equipe of
each team selects one rider to jump off. Melanie Smith-Taylor chose
Goutal and she and Onira delivered a clean and fast round and the
"The girls came back determined and fighting with that "never say die"
spirit that I love so well!" said Smith Taylor after the win.
For more information please contact Joanie Morris, Communications
Manager, High Performance at email@example.com.
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States Equestrian Federation(r), Inc. (USEF) is the regulatory body for
28 breeds and disciplines, including our country's international teams
competing in the disciplines of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing,
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