The 3 USA Dressage Horses Plus Singapore’s Entry Arrive at Omaha for World Cup Final
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
OMAHA, Nebraska, April 2, 2023–All horses for the World Cup Finals of dressage, jumping and vaulting–including 16 dressage horses–were safely in their stables that will be home at the Omaha Convention Center for the next week with three United States pairs flying in from Florida and California Sunday.
The three United States horses–the American-bred Serenade MF ridden by Alice Tarjan, FRH Davinia la Douce ridden by Anna Buffini and Suppenkasper ridden by Steffen Peters–were among the last groups, two days after European horses began the required 48-hour quarantine.
Tribiani, ridden by Singapore’s Caroline Chew came on the Florida flight after three months at Wellington’s Global Dressage Festival.
The U.S. riders present mixed experiences.
Steffen, 58, of San Diego, California and the 15-year-old KWPN gelding Suppenkasper were on the Tokyo Olympics and 2018 Tryon World Equestrian Games teams that claimed silver medals, historic achievements. This is Steffen’s sixth World Cup, including the 2009 championship at Las Vegas where he won on Ravel, only the second American to capture the title.
Anna, 28, also of San Diego and Davinia la Douce, a 16-year-old Hanoverian mare, are competing in their second Final, the first at Leipzig, Germany last year. The partnership made a last-minute flight across country last month to wrest the third slot allocated to North America in a dramatic head-to-head duel at Wellington.
Alice, 43, of Oldwick, New Jersey and the 10-year-old Hanoverian mare, are competing in their first international championship. Alice has developed a reputation for finding an amazing number of highly talented youngsters that she trains to top sport, including three currently at Big Tour–Serenade, Donnatella and Candescent, and more on the way.
Tribiani being competed by Caroline Chew, 30, of Singapore but who lives in London where she is an anti-trust lawyer, competed the Norwegian Warmblood gelding at the Tokyo Olympics, the 2018 Tryon World Games and last year’s world championships. This is the rider’s first World Cup.
Dressage veterinary inspection is scheduled for Tuesday, the day before the World Cup Grand Prix on Wednesday.
The Grand Prix Freestyle that will decide the annual Global Championships will be staged Friday.