So What Do The Stanley Cup Finals and the US Dressage National Championships Have in Common?

Jeremy and Tracy Roenick with Steffen Peters and their reserve champion mare Apassionata
Jeremy and Tracy Roenick with Steffen Peters and their reserve champion mare Apassionata

In the world of sports, it is not often that the macho sport of hockey and the refined and sophisticated world of dressage have a common denominator. This past weekend the best of the best of American Dressage converged at the USET Team Headquarters in Gladstone, New Jersey for their National Championships while the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs moved from New York to Los Angeles. But having two big competitions on the same dates was not the common denominator. For Jeremy Roenick, a hockey analyst for NBC Sports, the Stanley Cup Playoffs is a big part of his job. Keeping in close touch with his wife Tracy whose horse was in New Jersey, and a major contender in the Dressage Championships, he wanted to be there too. When the LA Kings defeated the New York Rangers Friday night in a nail biting overtime 3-2, the playoffs were over just in time for Roenick to catch the red eye to Newark. His wife Tracy’s horse, the 8-year-old Oldenburg mare Apassionata was sitting second in an elite field of the top horses in the country for the Intermediare Championships for the USA. Roenick made it just in time to be there when she won reserve champion with her rider, Olympian Steffen Peters. What a guy!




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