Wellington, Fla. – Mar. 16, 2018 – Australia has announced that they will field a team in the FEI Nations Cup CDIO3*, which will take place in Wellington, Fla. on March 28-30.
Nicholas Fyffe will compete Louise Cote’s Hitchcock, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding (His Highness – Diana, Don Primero) in the small tour of the Nations Cup. Fyffe will be joined by fellow Australian Kim Gentry aboard Leonardo, an 11-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Landtinus – Rambala, Rambo) owned by Gentry, and Kelly Layne with Furst Amante, a 12-year-old Rheinlander gelding (Furst Piccolo – High Society, Hitchcock) owned by Layne.
It will be Fyffe’s fifth time representing Australia in a Nations Cup competition, and he was also a member of the gold medal winning Australian team at the 2007 Tri-Nations Cup in South Africa.
“I am honored to represent my country in this year’s Nations Cup in Wellington,” Fyffe said. “Hitchcock is a very talented horse who has proven over the last few shows that he is quite competitive, so I’m looking forward to a great competition with my teammates Kelly and Kim.”
Fyffe and Hitchcock made their debut together in January 2018, and over the course of the season have not placed lower than first or second in their Intermediate I national classes. During AGDF Week Three, they won the Vita Flex Victory Pass Award, which Fyffe has received multiple times throughout his career, and competed in the CDI3* small tour division during AGDF Week Ten. The pair’s average score is more than 71 percent.
“Hitchcock is a horse that David [Marcus] and I have had in our program for several years,” Fyffe continued. “He’s typically ridden and shown by his owner, Louise Cote, but she’s recovering from a surgery on her neck and had to take some time out of the saddle. The shows during this season have really been a great opportunity for me to step him up the levels and gain more exposure in competitions. It has been a fun collaboration with Louise!