USA, with 2 Young Women Riders Competing on Senior Team for First Time, Kicks off Rotterdam Nations Cup of 7 Ccountries
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By KENNETHJ. BRADDICK
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, June 21, 2023–The United States with two young women riders competing on a senior team for the first time on Thursday kicks off the long-established CDIO4* Nations Cup of seven countries. A third rider is competing on American team for the first time though was on a Nations Cup gold medal team.
The order of go for the Grand Prix Thursday is the United States, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Great Britain and Sweden. Each team has four riders and horses in the Grand Prix level teams. Germany leads the series after two victories and a third place in three Nations Cups staged so far and three more to go–this Rotterdam event, next week in Aachen, Germany and the final competition in Falsterbo, Sweden.
Kerrigan Gluch of Ocala, Florida and the 12-year-old P.R.E. gelding Mejorano HGF starts the competition at this show grounds, one of the oldest in the world.
Kerrigan, 26, took over the ride almost two years ago after success on several horses in youth and Under-25 competitions, including team events on both sides of the Atlantic.
Lina Uzunhasan, who turned 24 earlier this month and is based in the Netherlands, began riding under the Stars ‘n’ Stripes instead of her native Turkey in 2017. She is competing Furst-Fabelhaft UZN in the nine-year-old’s fifth event since moving up to Grand Prix from Small Tour earlier this year.
Kevin Kohmann of Wellington, Florida is riding Duensnesee on the U.S. team, a first for Kevin. He did, however, ride for Germany on the victorious Nations Cup team in Wellington in 2021.