Australia, Canada, Spain & USA Set Teams for Wellington Nations Cup–Canada, Spain, USA to Compete in Under-25 Nations Cup

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The 2017 Canadian Nations Cup gold medal team at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington. © SusanJStickle.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 23, 2018–Australia, Canada, Spain and the United States have declared teams for the Global Dressage Festival CDIO3* Nations Cup next week that kicks off the third year of the official trans-Atlantic series. Canada will field two two-combination teams in the Under-25 Nations Cup and Spain and the United States each with one.

Canada and the U.S. have entered teams of all Grand Prix pairs, Australia will have one BigTour and two Small Tour combinations while Spain will be all Small Tour.

The lineup of four teams in the Nations Cup–if they all start–means results will count toward the series, unlike last year when three teams competed and no points were awarded toward the series total.

No team but individuals only have entered from Central and South America for which the event was formatted specially as the only one accommodating mixed Big and Small Tour combinations in preparation for the Pan American Games, an Olympic qualifying championship held once every four years. The next Pan Ams are scheduled for Lima, Peru next year.

The European lineup of Nations Cups are Compiègne, France May 17-20; Uggerhalne, Denmark May 23-27; Rotterdam, Netherlands June 21-24; Aachen, Germany July 17-22 and Hickstead, England July 26-29.

The U.S. won the first official series in 2016 and Sweden in 2017. The U.S. was the only one of 11 countries to participate in the entire series last year, fielding teams in all seven events.

New rules introduced for this year’s European circuit drop the traditional format of the average of the best scores and instead, award points for placings. The team with the fewest points would be the winner.

The teams for the Wellington Nations Cup:

AUSTRALIA
Nicholas Fyffe, 35, Wellington, Florida, and Hitchcock, 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding, owned by Louise Cote–Prix St. Georges;
Kim Gentry, 55, Moscow, Tennessee, and her Leonardo, 11-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding–Grand Prix, and
Kelly Layne, 42, Wellington, Florida, and her Furst Amante, 12-year-old Rhinelander gelding–Prix St. Georges.

CANADA
Diane Creech, 55, Caistor Centre, Ontario, and Chrevis Christo, 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, owned by Diane Creech & Louise Leatherdale–Grand Prix;
Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu, 29, Saint Bruno, Quebec, and All In, 13-year-old KWPN gelding, owned by Brittany Fraser & Marc-Andre Beaulieu–Grand Prix;
Megan Lane, 26, Loretto, Ontario, and Caravella, 17-year-old KWPN mare, owned by Megan, Cathy & Kelsey Lane–Grand Prix, and
Jill Irving, 54, Moncton, New Brunswick, and Degas 12, 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding, owned by Jill Irving & Windhaven Farm–Grand Prix.
Reserve combinations: Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and Soccer City, Diane Creech and Robbie W, as well as Tom Dvorak of Hillsburgh, Ontario with two partners, Cyrus and Ribot.

SPAIN
Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt, 17, Wellington, and Rihanna Ymas, 10-year-old mare, owned by Yeguada de Ymas S.L.–Small Tour;
Pablo Gomez Molina, 24, Wellington, and Finest Ymas, 10-year-old Westfalen mare, owned by Yeguada de Ymas S.L–Small Tour, and
Marta Renilla, 34, Tomball, Texas, and her Rhustler, nine-year-old American-bred Hanoverian gelding–Small Tour.

UNITED STATES
Ashley Holzer, 54, New York City, and Havanna 145, 11-year-old Hanoverian mare, owned by Diane Fellows–Grand Prix;
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, 34, Haymarket, Virginia, and Lonoir, 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, owned by Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Mary Anne McPhail–Grand Prix;
Adrienne Lyle, 33, Ketchum, Idaho, and Salvino, 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion, owned by Elizabeth Juliano–Grand Prix, and
Sabine Schut-Kery, 49, Thousand Oaks, California, and Sanceo, 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion, owned by Alice Womble–Grand Prix.

Nations Cup Under-25

CANADA
Team 1
Naima Moreira Laliberte, 21, Outremont, New Brunswick, and I Do Kiss, 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood stallion owned by KML Sàrl, and
Laurence Blais Tetreault, 21, Montreal, Quebec, and Utah, 17-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Mathilde Blais Tetreault.

Team 2
Vanessa Creech-Terauds, 18, Caistor Centre, Ontario, and Devon L, 18-year-old Hanoverian gelding, owned by Diane Creech & Louise Leatherdale, and
Tanya Strasser-Shostak, 22, Sainte-Adèle, Quebec, and Renaissance Tyme, 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding, owned by Evi Strasser.

SPAIN
Rodrigo Encinas Fuentes, 22, Madrid, Spain, and Van the Man, 16-year-old KWPN gelding, owned by Cesar Parra, and
Juan Matute, Jr., 20, Wellington, and Don Diego Ymas, 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding, owned by Juan Matute.

UNITED STATES
Kerrigan Gluch, 21, Wellington, and Bolero CXLVIII, Hampton Green Farm’s 14-year-old P.R.E. stallion owned by Hampton Green Farm;
Natalie Pai, 20, Wellington, and Unlimited, 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, owned by Melanie Pai, and
Molly Paris, 21, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Countess, her 16-year-old Danish Warmblood mare.