USA Dressage Found the Silver Lining


In a thrilling evening performance at the Chapin Arena in Jerez, Spain, the United States Dressage Team made history by winning the first ever Silver Team Medal with a total team score of 5527, behind Germany (5642). Speaking for the team at the press conference, Guenter Seidel said, "The key to this medal was one year intense preparation, Klaus Balkenhol, and having Lisa." Chef d'equipe Jessica Ransehousen said, "This is the culmination of a long hard fought dream."

A teary eyed Lisa Wilcox gave credit to her trainer Ernst Hoyos, "He's the reason for the season. He molded me and my horses, together we are a winning combination." Speaking of Klaus Balkenhol, Sue Blinks added, "There were no secrets, he taught us good horsemanship, and sports psychology, and to feel good about ourselves, and he made our horses feel good."

Currently standing in third position is Debbie McDonald with Brentina. When asked about her chances for an individual medal, she said, "I try not to think about that, hopefully we will put in a nice test tomorrow, in the Grand Prix Special."

More history was made by the host country Spain winning the team bronze to the delight of the passionate home crowd, with 5402 points. With three Spanish horses on the team, the judges agreed, in spite of the differences, they have earned their respect in the international arena. "After all, the have four legs and a tail, just like all the others" said team member Raphael Soto.




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