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USA tops the FEI Nations Cup in Wellington

Sunday, 06 March 2011

McLain Ward and Sapphire - part of the winning team in Wellington. Photo by Sportfot.The 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival hosted its 10th annual $75,000 FEI Nations Cup on Friday evening, presented by G&C Farm, with an exciting victory for Team USA. Made up of Mario Deslauriers riding Urico, Margie Engle riding Indigo, Beezie Madden riding Coral Reef Via Volo and McLain Ward riding Sapphire, the United States came out on top in the unique team competition.

After round one competition, the United States was in the lead with just four faults for their total. McLain Ward and Sapphire and Margie Engle and Indigo each delivered clear rounds. Mario Deslauriers and Urico and Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo each had four faults. Deslauriers' score was dropped to leave the team with a four fault total. Coming back for the second round, Ward and Sapphire jumped clear again to keep their team at the top. Engle had an unfortunate rail at the last fence with Indigo, but Madden and Via Volo pulled it out in the end to also jump clear and leave the team with just eight faults in total.

Team Canada finished in second place with eight faults in each round to total 16 points. The team consisted of Eric Lamaze and Sidoline Van De Centaur, Jonathon Millar riding Contino 14, Ian Millar riding Star Power and Yann Candele on Pitareusa. In a three way tie, Australia, Great Britain, and Ireland all finished with 37 points.

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Source: Press release from by Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

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