Team USA with Heather Caristo-Williams, Catherine Tyree, Adrienne Sternlicht and Margie Engle overcome Canada, to finishing as the leader of the North America, Central America & Caribbean Group, qualifying for Barcelona. (Photo © MOIPhotography)
The Team USA completed today’s victory at the $100,000 FEI Nations Cup held in Langley, Canada, their North American, Central America & Caribbean Group lead to the final in Barcelona, beating the hosts by only 1 foul.
Composed by Heather Caristo-Williams (22/12), Catherine Tyree (4/4), Adrienne Sternlicht (0/1) and Olympic representative Margie Engle (0/4), the United States of America completed a first round of 4 fouls, then lost ground dangerously in their second round of 9 fouls, totaling 13 fouls in they presentation, undoubtedly Adrienne Sternlicht with the 9-year-old mare Cristalline (Crystal I x Caretello B), the main figure of the team that included Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland.
Canada finished in second place with a very exciting end, as they came from completing a first round of 14 fouls, to score in their perfect second round that brought them closer to the winning team, leaving only 1 foul with Tiffany Foster (1/0), Christopher Surbey (5/0), Keean White (9/5) and “Captain Canada” Ian Millar (8/0), securing the group’s second-place to win the ticket to Barcelona.
Third place was the Irish team, with the only double clear round of the Nations Cup, thanks to Daniel Coyle and the 11-year-old mare Cita (Casall x Pik Ramiro), being the total for Europeans of 25 fouls.
For its part Mexico that came from winning at home against the United States and Canada, it seemed that it was just a matter of time to leave out the Canadians again, having a lead of 10 points above, but ultimately completed a first round of 18 fouls leaving them in a very compromising position against the Canadians, watching out for any chance in the second round of 14 fouls by a perfect round of the hosts, accumulating 32 fouls with Antonio Maurer (9/21), Patricio Pasquel (4/4), Federico Fernandez (9/9) and Eugenio Garza (5/1).
The final results between the three sleeves in which the group where the United States, Canada, Mexico and El Salvador are divided, had Ocala as the first sleeve, followed by Coapexpan in Mexico and now Langley, closing the evaluations, ended Team US first with 280 points, Team Canada second with 250 points, both teams qualified, while Mexico with 240 points and El Salvador with 55 points were left out of attending the FEI Nations Cup Final Jumping.