Team USA Takes WEG Gold In France

Team UNITED STATE: (left to best) Jordan Larson, Mandy McCutcheon, Andrea Fappani & & Shawn Flarida & bull; Picture by Andrea BonagaThe Alltech Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games (WEG) kicked off on Aug. 23 in Normandy, France. Group UNITED STATE showed up all set to offer it their all in the reining, and took the gold medal in the Team Competition for the fourth-consecutive year.
Leading the Team U.S.A pack was Springfield, Ohio, trainer Shawn Flarida riding Spooks Gotta Whiz, owned by Michell Kimball, of Encinitas, Calif., and reproduced by Clint Haverty, of Krum, Texas. The Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Rider and the 7-year-old stallion (Spooks Gotta Weapon x Prettywhizprettydoes x Topsail Whiz) marked a dominating rating of 229.5. Close behind them was Mandy McCutcheon, of Aubrey, Texas, and 10-year-old stallion Yellow Jersey (Wimpys Little Step x Ms Clara Melody x Mr Melody Jac), owned by McQuay Stables Inc., and bred by Peter Phinny, of Glen Arbor, Mich. The duo marked a score of 224, matching fellow colleagues Andrea Fappani and Custom Cash Advance (Custom Crome x Money in Roan x Topsail Cody), owned by Luga LLC, of Ardmore, Okla., and reproduced by Steve Simon, of Marietta, Okla. Jordan Larson showed HF Mobster (Colonels Cigarette smoking Weapon [Gunner] x Dun Its Black Gold x Hollywood Dun It), owned by Heritage Farms, of Ogden, Utah, and bred by Rhodes River Ranch, of Arlington, Wash., to mark a rating of 221.
Team USA made the gold medal with a score of 677.5, the composite after the most affordable rating was dropped, which was 14 1/2 points above Team Belgium, who earned a 663 composite to take the silver medal. Group Austria took the bronze with 658.5.
The very first Specific Competitors certifying round also took place, and Team U.S.A made a huge presence. Consisted of in the Specific Competition so far is Shawn Flarida riding Spooks Gotta Whiz, Mandy McCutcheon riding Yellow Jersey, Andrea Fappani riding Custom Cash money Advance, Tom McCutcheon riding Dun Git A Nicadual and Jordan Larson riding HF Mobster. The top 15 scores from the very first individual competition, plus ties, are certified to contend in the finals. After the 2nd qualifying round on Aug. 28, the leading five scores, consisting of ties, will advance to the finals, which is set to happen Saturday, Aug. 30. .

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