Seven Teams From Both Sides of Atlantic in Rotterdam Nations Cup Starting Thursday

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Laura Graves and Verdades getting used to the main arena at the Rotterdam CHIO that has undergone major rebuilding to prepare for its 69th year as one of the premier horse shows in Europe. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, June 21, 2017–Teams from seven countries will start Thursday in the fourth leg of the trans-Atlantic Nations Cup series in the forested show grounds that have undergone a major rebuilding for the 69th year as one of Europe’s premier equestrian events.

The Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, France, Sweden and the United States will be battling at this CDIO5* to take over the lead of the series from Denmark that is not participating here.

The Dutta Corp. United States team, defending the title won in 2016 that was the first year of the official series, includes world No. 4 Laura Graves and Verdades, Olympic bronze medal team mate Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir in their first Nations Cup outside their homeland and rookie Dawn White-O’Connor and Legolas.

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir at the veterinary check. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The home side, standing second after three events, comprises veterans Edward Gal on Glock’s Voice, Hans Peter Minderhoud on Gock’s Johnson TN, Omaha World Cup combination Madeleine Witte-Vrees on Cennin and Diederik van Silfhout.

Hans Peter Minderhoud with Glock’s Johnson TN. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Great Britain’s Lara Butler with Rubin Al Asad. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The Nations Cup is not the only event on the dressage schedule with the CDI3* including Americans Adrienne Lyle on Salvino competing in only their second CDI, Charlotte Jorst on Kastel’s Nintendo and Shelly Francis on Doktor.

The Under-25 division will see Florida-based Juan Matute, Jr. on Don Diego Ymas for Spain and Canada’s Mathilde Blais Tetreault will compete for the first time in Europe on Utah that she debuted at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida this winter.

Canada’s Mathilde Blais Tetreault and Utah at Rotterdam CHIO. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com