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USA Snags Silver

Melanie Taylor Blog

The US Team minus their dependable anchor, Beezie Madden, won Silver today in Team Jumping.  Beezie’s horse Cortes was injured and could not continue. That meant there would be no drop score so Kent, Lucy and McLain had to deliver…  and they did!  Only 2 penalties separated Gold and Silver in the final tally. The hardluck French – after losing their …

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Tied at the Top

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Wow… what a day of show jumping!  After Round 1 of Team Jumping, 4 teams – USA, NED, BRA and GER  – are tied on zero.  France is in 5th with 1 time fault which is killer for them.   After the competition I spoke with Bill Steinkraus (Gold Medalist in 1968) and he remarked, “Riders at this level should not …

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Duel in Dressage

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As a fitting finish for Individual Dressage, Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro were crowned back-to-back Olympic Champions. Their fierce rivals, Germany’s Isabelle Werth and Wiehegold OLD, rode last in the order but had to settle for Silver.  Teammate Kristina Broring- Sprehe and Desperados won Bronze, and Laura Graves of the USA with her beloved Verdades had a spectacular ride to place fourth.  Laura …

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Day 7 – Bathed in Bronze

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Kudos to the US Dressage Team of Allison Brock, Kasey Perry-Glass, Steffen Peters and Laura Graves for stellar performances in Rio to capture the Bronze medal behind Germany and Great Britain!  Laura’s poised but pressure packed ride aboard her beloved Verdades clinched the Bronze for Team USA.  The Netherlands settled for fourth.           We watched the medal …

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US Hopes for Team Bronze

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As Day II of Team Dressage Grand Prix wrapped up, six countries are in a tight race for the medals.  Germany leads with Great Britain holding the second spot and USA in third ahead of the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark. Tomorrow’s scores for the Special will be averaged with the Grand Prix scores for the final Team standings. The best three …

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Olympic Dressage Debuts

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Two of the American ladies on the US team made their Olympic debuts in style today in Rio.  Ali Brock with her wonderful stallion Rosevelt (Rosie) scored 72.686 to put her in a tie for seventh.  Kasey Perry-Glass showed off Dublet’s soft and beautiful flying changes to sit in fifth at the end of Day 1 with  75.229. Although the Germans and Great …