U.S. Young Rider Team Ties for Fourth at Nations Cup in Belgium

Bonheiden, Belgium - A team of four American riders took to the course in Young Rider Nations Cup competition at the CSIOYJ Bonheiden Saturday afternoon and jumped their way into a tie for fourth place. The U.S. Team's top performer of the day was Alise Oken (Charlotte, NC) & Hi Hopes Farm's Kaid Du Ry. They offered one of the strongest showings of the day and jumped two clear efforts over both rounds of competition. Oken & Kaid Du Ry were one of only two pairs to produce double clear rounds Saturday. 

Annie Cook & Signe Ostby's Banba and Lydia Ulrich & Beth Congel and Up The Creek Farm's Santos Utopia both improved from round to round. Cook (Woodside, CA) had 12 faults in the first round and 8 in the second. Ulrich (Rochester, NY) improved on 8 faults in round one to score a 4 fault total in round two. 

Jennifer Goddard (Fort Solanga, NY) & Stateside Farm's Unique rounded out the U.S. effort Saturday and will have gained valuable experience jumping on the  2012 Show Jumping European Young and Junior Rider Tour. Thus far she has won two classes in Bonheiden with Stateside Farm's Ungaro de la Hot Couture and finished third in another with Unique.  

For Young Rider and Junior results from Thursday and Friday click here.

The top three scores from each round were counted and the U.S. team, led by Chef d'Equipe Anne Kursinski , finished with a very solid 32 total faults. That score placed them in a tie with the Young Rider team from Belgium.

The team from Germany won the class with 13 faults. It was a narrow victory over a French team that finished with 16. The team from Sweden finished third with 20.

Sydney Shulman Wins Again
Junior rider Sydney Shulman made Saturday her third victorious day in a row. After wins with Maria Werner's Zimza La Bim on Thursday and Friday Shulman (Greenwich, CT) carried her momentum into the weekend and captured first place in the Junior 1.20m Speed class sponsored by Peugeot. Read about her wins earlier in the week here. 

For competition information about the CSIOYJ Bonheiden visit: http://www.jumping-bonheiden.be/ 

The 2012 U.S. Show Jumping Young Rider Tour is made possible through funding by the USET Foundation. To learn more about the 2012 Show Jumping European Young and Junior Rider Tour visit: http://usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/alljumping/sjEurope.aspx

To follow the 2012 U.S. Jumping Team visit: http://www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2012Jumping/ 

CSIOYJ Bonheiden Nations Cup Results:
1st GER - 13
2nd FRA - 16
3rd SWE - 20
T 4th USA and BEL - 32
6th GBR - 36
7th ITA
8th CAN
9th DEN