A Week of Ribbons for the U.S. Squad in La Baule

Ashlee Bond and Cadett 7 cruised to a nice win in the Prix EADS on Sunday at CSIO La Baule, to cap off a week of ribbons for the U.S. squad at the first stop of the FEI Nations Cup Series. The Nations Cup squad of Bond, Charlie Jayne, Margie Engle and Rich Fellers fought back to place fifth in a hard knocking two round battle. The Irish prevailed, but the top five teams were separated by less than two rails and the course claimed some of the best in the world.  

Christine McCrea on Avenir and Bond on Chivas Z kicked off the week in France with second and third place finishes respectively in Thursday's Prix Echo de la Presqu'il. This speed class was won by Frenchman Franck Schillewaert. In the Prix Ouest France, Fellers rode McGuinness to third place behind Rene Lopez and Frederic Busquet. He was third again that afternoon in the Prix du Conseil General de Loire Atlantique on Flexible in his preparation for the Nations Cup, less than three-tenths off the winning jump-off pace of Rene Lopez, who won again for Colombia.

On Friday, Baloubet Junior Z was third in the Prix le Val d'Evre for McCrea and Charlie Jayne rode Uraya to fourth in the Prix Generali.

The good results continued after the Nations Cup on Friday afternoon, when Bond and Chivas Z were fourth in the Prix Groupe Lucien Barriere Diane Barriere  ­Desseign. Fellers and McGuinness were fifth in the Derby de la Region des Pays de la Loire - Derby specialist William Funnell scored the win for Great Britain.

In the CSI2* at La Baule, Young Rider Caitlin Zeigler picked up ribbons in nearly every class. She started the show with a convincing victory in the Prix Casino Lucien Barriere La Baule, winning the one-round speed competition by more than four seconds on Butrangenia. This pair was then fourth in the Prix Cargill.  

With Valencia, Zeigler was second in the Prix Edouard set Traiteur behind Margaux Rocuet from France and on Sunday, she capped off a huge week by placing second with a very fast four-fault jump-off effort in the Prix de Jockey Club.  

Results, photos and more information are available here: www.labaule-cheval.com. Photos, news and information about the American is available on: http://www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2011FEINationsCup/

Andrew Ramsay kept the winning going in Austria for the second week at CSI2* Magna Racino, he scored with Chocola Z in the 1.45m Diamond Tour class. Eleven out of 85 scored horse/rider combinations scored first round clears - but the American pair was fastest by .21 seconds to pick up the victory.  

Xenia Grassinger was sixth in the 1.40m CSI1* class with Raisa 26 and Bliss Heers and Prado K were sixth in the Finale Silber Tour on Sunday.  

More information can be found here: http://www.horseshows-magnaracino.at/  

Photos:  Ashlee Bond and Cadett 7, Sophie Durieux Photo;  Caitlin Zeigler and Butrangenia, Sophie Durieux Photo