Team USA now in England; Sitting in Bronze Medal position after Dressage

by USDFD on June 30, 2014

Dear USDFD Members and Supporters,

The team has successfully negotiated the English Channel traveling via ferry from their training camp in Holland to Sandringham, England with Koos de Ronde’s fantastic packing and transport assistance.

The dressage phase was completed today, and the team is in Bronze Medal position, just 8 points behind The Netherlands and Germany. Virginia Boo Fitch, placed 2nd driving her own Kiko in Grade 2 with a 42.10 and Robert Giles placed 3rd in Grade 2 with a 43.70 driving Solo owned by Koos and Marie de Ronde. Diane Kastama placed 11th in Grade 1 with a 52.00. Individual, Mary Gray, driving Rooster owned by an English gentleman, placed 10th in Grade 2 with a 58.30.

The weather was cloudy for the first half of the competition and then thunder, lightning, and hail arrived for the afternoon competitors. Boo enjoyed a lovely downpour while driving her test, while Diane endured the pouring rain while she warmed up Rupert. Pouring rain and a wet camera hampered photos of Boo and Diane, even though the sun did try to come out during Diane’s test. Hence attached is only one dressage photo – that of Robert Giles Driving Solo.

Scores can be viewed at

The team is looking forward to some challenging hazards in the morning. Go Team USA!!!
Best Regards, USDFD Secretary

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