U.S. Team Set for Rotterdam Nations Cup CDIO5*

Shelly Francis and Doktor

Rotterdam, Netherlands – June 6, 2016 – The United States will field a team of four athlete-horse combinations for the upcoming Rotterdam Nations Cup CDIO5*, to be held June 22-26. In addition, five athlete-horse combinations will compete in the CDI3* held alongside the Nations Cup.

Rotterdam is the third and final European observation event giving athletes a chance to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, and all eight athletes and nine horses who traveled abroad as part of the short listed group are taking advantage of the opportunity.

The first observation event in Compiègne, France, yielded a Nations Cup victory for the U.S. team composed of Kasey Perry-Glass on Goerklintgaards Dublet, Laura Graves on Verdades, Allison Brock on Rosevelt and Shelly Francis on Doktor. The team for Rotterdam is similar, but with Steffen Peters on Legolas 92 replacing Brock.

Midway through the 2016 Nations Cup series, the U.S. is in the lead, with Sweden, Denmark and Germany as its closest competitors.

Competing in the Rotterdam Nations Cup CDIO5* will be:

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Florida) with Patricia Stempel’s Doktor, a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding

Laura Graves (Geneva, Florida) and her own Verdades, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding

Kasey Perry-Glass (Orangevale, California) with Diane Perry’s Goerklintgaards Dublet, a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding

Steffen Peters (San Diego, California) with Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92, a 14-year-old Westphalian gelding

Laura Graves and Verdades

Competing in the Rotterdam CDI3* will be:

Allison Brock (Loxahatchee, Florida) with Claudine and Fritz Kundrun’s Rosevelt, a 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Florida) with Patricia Stempel’s Danilo, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding

Arlene “Tuny” Page (Wellington, Florida) and her own Woodstock, a 13-year-old KWPN gelding

Steffen Peters (San Diego, California) with Four Winds Farm’s Rosamunde, a 9-year-old Rheinlander mare

Guenter Seidel (Cardiff, California) with James and Charlotte Mashburn’s Zero Gravity, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding

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