It's been six years since Germany last captured the Nations' Cup on home turf at the CSIO Aachen. Fortunately, this year Germany was in such good shape that they were intangible for failure and supported by a mass they were cheered to victory.
The summer of 2004 in Europe has been lousy so far, but today the sky turned blue instead of gray and sunshine beamed over the huge Aachen Rennbahn which was filled with thousands and thousands of people who were gathered to watch the second most exciting jumper class of the show, the Nations' Cup. The German crowds are very respectful towards quality rides, but they act like groupies when it comes to supporting their compatriots.
While show jumping excitement took place in the main arena, in the dressage ring Leslie Morse won the Intermediaire II aboard Kingston. Leslie Morse rode a very harmonious trot tour in which the traversal movements were ridden in balance and with much engagement. The piaffe and passage were strong, only the transition from piaffe to passage was a bit hesitant. The flying changes every single and two strides were nicely performed.