Gladstone, NJ - After a hard fought runner-up finish behind the Dutch in the final leg of the 2010 Meydan FEI Nations Cup at CSIO Dublin, the US show jumpers secured second overall at the end of the prestigious series behind France. After eight CSIOs, the US finished with 44 points, the second best result of the 10 teams in the series.
Split in to three groups, the US was represented by 15 different horse/rider combinations throughout the Nations Cup series which was highlighted by wins at Rotterdam and top three finishes at Dublin, Hickstead, Aachen and La Baule.
The series spans the European continent over three months.
Under the guidance of US Chef d'Equipe George Morris and with a huge range of experience - the
US squad used their time in Europe to prepare for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games which will be held in Lexington, KY September 25-October 10, 2010.
The US Jumping Team won Team Gold and Beezie Madden won Individual Bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games and will look to go one better than their Team Silver at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany (where Madden also won Individual Silver).
Check out all the horse/rider combinations here: http://www.clubequestrian.com/videos/watch/1688.aspx
For complete results and standings, please visit: http://www.meydanfeinationscup.org/Pages/Default.aspx
Photo: Candace King and Skara Glen's Davos: Part of the Winning Effort in Rotterdam (Erin Cowgill Photo)