USA Dominates Munich Small Tour Taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd in Int. 1
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
MUNICH, Germany, May 15, 2015–The United States extended domination of the Pferd International small tour with Kimberly Herslow on Rosmarin leading a one-two-three placing all above 70 per cent in the Intermediate 1 Friday.
Kim of Stockton, New Jersey and the 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding scored 72.579 per cent to repeat as victors a day after winning the Prix St. Georges and to insure a second playing of the Stars and Stripes at the Munich show grounds that hosted the 1972 Olympic Games.
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz of Middleburg, Virginia on Lonoir placed second on 72.368 per cent and Sabine Schut-Kery of Thousand Oaks, California on Sanceo was third on 70.316 per cent.
The dreary and unseasonably chilly weather, persistent drizzle and about 50 degrees fahrenheit (10C), did not dampen the spirits of the Americans who improved on the one-two finish in Thursday’s Prix St. Georges.
The small tour combinations along with four Grand Prix level horses and riders are at the first of a month-long string of European competitions that will decide the team for the Pan American Games in Toronto in mid-July.
The exposure at major European shows following the winter circuits in Florida and California aims to develop future championship pairs as well as prepare for the Pan Ams that will be a unique format of mixed Big and Small Tour teams to qualify a single nation for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.