Team USA Takes First at Great Meadow

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For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, the Land Rover U.S. Event­ing Team earned the gold medal at the FEI Na­tions Cup™ CICO*** at July’s Great Meadow In­ter­na­tional in The Plains, Vir­ginia. The U.S. con­tin­gent of Jen­nie Bran­ni­gan, Lynn Sy­man­sky, Phillip Dut­ton and Boyd Martin fin­ished on a score of 151.5 penal­ties, edg­ing out Canada in sec­ond place (168.6) and Great Bri­tain, which failed to have the re­quired three qual­i­fy­ing scores in third (1111.1).

The win was par­tic­u­larly spe­cial for Bran­ni­gan, who had 49.8 penal­ties on Cam­balda, owned by Nina Gard­ner. It was the rider’s sec­ond in­di­vid­ual ti­tle at Great Meadow. She won her first in 2015. “The first time I came, it was so ex­cit­ing be­cause it earned me a spot as a trav­el­ing al­ter­nate for the Pan Am Games, which was quite spe­cial to me,” said Bran­ni­gan. “It’s such an honor to get to ride for your coun­try, and ‘ Ping’ has been an in­cred­i­ble horse in a lot of ways and is won­der­ful to me. I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate him step­ping up to the plate.”

From left: Team rid­ers Lynn Sy­man­sky, Jen­nie Bran­ni­gan, Boyd Martin, Phillip Dut­ton and USEF Manag­ing Di­rec­tor of Event­ing Joanie Mor­ris

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