World Singles Driving Championship 2010 - USA Ranks 10th in Nations Cup after Dressage

Saturday, July 31, 2010
Posted by Marie de Ronde for USEF

USA Ranks 10th in Nations Cup after Dressage

Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy, July 28, 2010 - At the World Singles Driving Championship 2010 in Italy, the US Team is ranked in tenth place after dressage. Germany is leading the Nations Cup with 79.10 points, ahead of The Netherlands with 95.00 points and Austria with 106.20 points. William Peacock (Bellvill, TX) is the best American competitor with 57.60 points (22nd place).
Germany's Thorsten Zarembowicz has set a new standard in the single horse driving scene by putting down a wonderful score of 35.20 penalty points and taking the lead at the FEI World Single Driving Championships in Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy. The German team is leading the Nations Cup after the first phase of the combined driving competition. After two days of dressage in which the best 72 single horse drivers world wide showed their performances, Thorsten Zarembowicz is the new man to beat in dressage. Zarembowicz drove a wonderful test with the 8-year-old Holsteiner mare Sunrise. The 2008 World Champion Jan van den Broek came second with 41.73 penalty points. Position three and four in the dressage rankings are taken by German drivers as well. Zarembowicz' team member Mareike Harm, who is also the owner of Sunrise, came third with a score of 43.90, ahead of German individual driver Christoph Dieker with 46.72.

The American single drivers all performed well, but the ground jury was not too generous with giving points to the US drivers. US Team member William Peacock from Texas showed a nice test with his Friesian-Holsteiner cross gelding Beau and was awarded with 57.60 points.

"Bill did very well and it could have been 52 points as well," according to team coach Koos de Ronde who was happy with all performances of the American drivers. "I did not expected to go for medals, but the team is now in 10th position and two important days will follow." US Team members Robin Groves (Brownsville, Vermont) and Kimberly Stover (Smyrna, Delaware) are now 36th and 53rd in the standings; the US individual competitors are Donna Crookston (Saltsburg, PA) and Robert Koopman (Northbridge, MA), who are found in the 54th and 71st place in the standings after dressage.

The competitors are now preparing themselves for the next phase on Saturday. The marathon is the next large hurdle to overcome in order to win a World Championship medal. World Champion course designer Christian Iseli from Austria has prepared a big mission for the single drivers with a wonderful but hilly marathon course and eight challenging obstacles. The weather and ground conditions are excellent for a big day for the single horse driving sport, which will result in a fantastic marathon battle.

Results dressage/individual standings:
1. Thorsten Zarembowicz (GER)  35.20
2. Jan van den Broek (NED)  41.73
3. Mareike Harm (GER)   43.90
4. Christoph Dieker (GER)   46.72
5. Cristiano Cividini (ITA)    50.18
22. William Peacock (USA)    57.60
36. Robin Groves (USA)   62.08
53. Kimberly Stover (USA)   67.07
54. Donna Crookston (USA)  67.46
71. Robert Koopman (USA)  79.10

Standings Nations Cup after dressage:
1. Germany   79.10
2. The Netherlands    95.00
3. Austria   106.20
4. Poland   109.10
5. France   111.70
10. USA (Peacock, Stover & Groves)  119.68

Photo: Bill Peacock, World Singles Driving Championship   Courtesy Marie de Ronde.