Wellington Nations Cup Results Confirmed as USA I 1st, USA II 2nd, Canada I 3rd. Europe Protest Dismissed

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United States I team gold medal winner at Wellington Nations Cup. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
United States I team gold medal winner at Wellington Nations Cup. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, April 13–United States I was confirmed as winner of the Wellington Nations Cup, with United States II second and Canada I third after an appeals committee on Saturday dismissed a protest lodged by Team Europe on the grounds the decision of the panel of judges could not be appealed.

United States I finished first at the Nations Cup CDIO3* in Wellington, Florida Friday, but a protest on behalf of Mikala Gundersen of Denmark over penalties when her horse, My Lady, bolted could move the team from Europe into second place, knocking United States II to third and pushing Canada out of the medals.

The protest was filed by Team Europe’s Alexander Meyer-Hiestand of Austria after medals were awarded–gold to USA 1, silver to USA 2 and bronze to Canada 1. Europe placed fourth.

The appeals committee of Sandra Hotz of the U.S., Lorraine McDonald of Canada and Marianne Cunningham of Peru heard the cases from Mikala and Linda Zang of the United States who was president of the ground jury.
The protest on behalf of the Florida-based Danish rider was over the scoring of one-tempi changes by Mikala and My Lady which has a coefficient of two, so points awarded are doubled. After the end of the line of one-tempis while My Lady was on its way to turning back to the centerline for the next movement, the horse bolted, circled then resumed the course it was on.

United States II winner of silver medal at Wellington Nations Cup. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
United States II winner of silver medal at Wellington Nations Cup. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Canada I winner of the bronze medal at the Wellington Nations Cup. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Canada I winner of the bronze medal at the Wellington Nations Cup. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com