Japan Enters Team for Wellington CDIO3* Nations Cup, Like Israel First Time Since Series Began in 2013

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Japan’s Akane Kuroki and Zuidenwind celebrating victory at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix in Florida. Olympic team mate Kiichi Harada is in the background. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 4, 2020–Japan has entered a team in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDIO3* Nations Cup that, like Israel, will be competing in the country’s first event in the trans-Atlantic series launched in 2013.

Japan joins Canada, Denmark, Israel and the United States that have already announced their teams for the Mar. 11-15 Nations Cup that allows both both Big and Small Tour combinations on teams that require a minimum of three riders and horses and a maximum of four.

The team comprises Akane Kuroki on Zuidenwind, Kiichi Harada on Egistar and Masanao Takahashi on Eaton Unitechno, all Grand Prix horses that have been competing at the Palm Beach International Center during the winter long Global circuit.

Kiichi and Egistar, on Japan’s team at the 2016 Olympics, have posted four victories in Global events in February, while Akane posted a victory on Zuidenwind last month. Both Akane and Masanao rode on the 2016 team with Kiichi.

Wellington kicks off the Nations cup series that moves to Europe for contests at Compiègne, France May 14-17, Aachen, Germany June 2-7, Rotterdam June 18-21 and Falsterbo, Sweden July 9-12. The schedule this year has been abbreviated because of the time of the Olympics at the end of July.