Team USA Ends Day One of Team Competition in Third Place
Jeannie Blancq Putney
October 6, 2010
Lexington, KY – Team USA had a tough day in Rolex Stadium today with another tricky Conrad
Homfeld-designed course. Three of the riders had rails, one had a rail and a foot in the water,
and one had time faults, putting them in third place with a score of 18.69 just behind second-
place Brazil with 18.49. Germany leads with 17.80.
“The team’s had a little bit of bad luck today,” said McLain Ward. “We had a little bit of four
fault-itis. None of the rubs really fell our way, but that’s show jumping and we’re staying close
and we’re going to try and turn those fours into clears tomorrow night.”
The riders complimented Homfeld for a job well done but said the course rode nothing like it
“Conrad is just a genius,” said Kraut. “Kudos to Lauren for going first. When I walked it and
then I watched the first 10 go, I thought ‘that’s nothing like I walked’. I had to go and take a
moment and think ‘now what am I going to do with this’. Conrad is just really unbelievable with
the way he builds these courses.”
Rails were down all over the course, and many had feet in the water. Yesterday’s leader,
Deslauriers, had a rail and a foot in the water, possibly knocked out of his rhythm because of a
last-minute visit he had to make to the farrier when Urico pulled a shoe in the warm-up.
“Things like this happen, and it’s happened before,” he said. “You just have to deal with it.
There’s nothing we can do about it. The horse stayed very cool I thought. Right when the farrier
put the foot down I jumped on, jumped a few others jumps and we went in. I think we were
ready. What happened there at the wall to the water jump, I kind of drifted left a little and made
my striding a little off and he really tried to jump the tape. I think he must have just touched the
tape a little but I didn’t see. He made a big effort. The last fence was a little bad luck. I think
he over-jumped the front rail and just got it behind a little. The rest he jumped fantastic so it’s a
bit of a shame. Four faults would have been better than eight, but we just have to deal with the
Today’s “Kentucky Racing”-themed course included 15 jumping efforts and a time allowed that
began at 82 seconds but after today’s first rider—Hough—the time was increased to 84 seconds.
Individual rankings after today’s competition are as follows: Ward-9th place, Deslauriers-22nd
place, Kraut-37th place, and Hough-40th place.
Chef d’equipe George Morris says the key to his team’s success going forward is focusing on
“They have to concentrate on their plan,” he said. “They know what they’re doing. They know
their horses, and the best key to relaxation is focus on you plan, and stay inside that idea in your
brain. We were a victim of a couple of mistakes and a couple of light rubs today. That’s show
Only 17 of today’s 119 starters were able to go clear, three were eliminated, and three retired.
The competition continues for the U.S. riders tomorrow at 7 p.m.
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