Ravel’s Arrival at Team USA Training Camp Delayed by Hurricane Earl

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Steffen Peters and Ravel at the World Dressage Masters in Florida earlier this year. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters and Ravel at the World Dressage Masters in Florida earlier this year. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

GLADSTONE, New Jersey, Aug. 5–The arrival by air of Ravel at the final American training camp for the World Equestrian Games was delayed for five days when Hurricane Earl sideswiped the northeast coast of the United States.

Steffen Peters, the rider of the USA team’s anchor for the World Equestrian Equestrian Games, confirmed Sunday that the FedEx flight scheduled to transport the Akiko Yamazaki-owned 12-year-old Dutch gelding from San Diego, California, to New Jersey was canceled because of Hurricane Earl. The next flight is scheduled for Wednesday.

Tina Konyot and Calecto V, Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Nartan and Todd Flettrich and Otto made it to the training camp by the Sept. 4 deadline.

During the two weeks at Gladstone, the four combinations and reserve Catherine Haddad and Winyamaro, based in Germany, will undergo training, including from Steffen with whom the three U.S.-based combinations have worked during the eight months. Germany’s Hubertus Schmidt flew to the U.S. last week for some last-minute coaching of Todd and Otto.

The final tuneup sessions are run by Anne Gribbons, the U.S. Technical Advisor who is also an Olympic judge and was scheduled to judge at WEG prior to her appointment.