USA
Ladies Day

14 August 2017

An all-female team USA secured victory in Dublin over the weekend.

They produced the only zero score in a hard-fought competition.

 

This was the first ladies-only team triumph in the 91-year history of Nations Cup Jumping for the world-famous Aga Khan Cup in Dublin.

 

On level pegging with the Irish at the halfway stage they stood firm while their hosts lost their grip to drop to fifth behind Spain.

Confu is as much of a cheeky monkey as Cedric
“It’s our view that the Aga Khan is the greatest trophy in our sport.”

In the closing stages the Netherlands and France threw down a challenge, and American anchor Laura Kraut was under pressure when last to go with Confu.

 

But the double-Olympian didn’t crumble, posting the second US double-clear of the competition to seal it ahead of the runners-up from France, while the Dutch slotted into third place.

 

"Confu is as much of a cheeky monkey as Cedric, so for me he’s wonderful. I love him, he’s a trier, he’s a pet and he’s fun to ride and be around. But Cedric can’t be replaced.”

Laura Kraut - Team USA

 

Robert Ridland, Chef d'Equipe Team USA, told us:

 

"We said at the beginning of the year this was one of the shows we are bringing our “A” team to…it’s our view that the Aga Khan is the greatest trophy in our sport. And more than that there are many ways to win a Nations Cup, sometimes you get lucky, but today in my view there was no luck. These four riders did an unbelievable job!"

Team USA has now won the Aga Khan trophy 7 times
  • All 8 nations from Europe Division 1 will compete at the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final 2017 which will take place at the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona from 28 September to 1 October.

  • France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland earned their places at the Final when finishing within the top-seven cut-off qualification zone after today’s last qualifying leg.

  • The Spanish, who finished last on the Europe Division 1 league table, will compete as host nation in Barcelona.

  • 4 double-clear rounds in today’s competition - from USA’s Lauren Hough (Ohlala) and Laura Kraut (Confu), French rider Olivier Robert (Eros) and Dutch pathfinder Michael Greeve (Whitney BB).

  • Team USA has now won the Aga Khan trophy for the Nations Cup in Dublin 7 times.

 

 

 

Text by Louise Parkes

Images by Christophe Taniere