The Netherlands dressage team won the first gold medal at the World Equestrian Games, the WEG. There are 16 days of intense competition in 8 riding disciplines being held in the U.S. for the very first time.
Not only did they capture a resounding win, they did so while one of their best in the world dressage horse and rider pair was eliminated because of a fluke of nature. Unforeseen circumstances like these comes with the territory when you’re working with horses.
To sum up the US teams’ situation, John Strassburger’s on-site blog reports knowledgeably,
From my own perspective—and that of many others—the day’s major disappointment was that the U. S. team fell short of a medal. They all rode well—Steffen Peters and Ravel had a particularly lovely test and finished third—and they all got scores that 10 or 20 years ago we would have considered absolutely fabulous. But it’s a jungle in the dressage world today, and now that the British are serious players, it’s even harder.
My perspective is that of this website. I noted that the countries where the reps for WOW saddles come from is impressive. For five years, here in our vast country, the manufacturers website lists one rep. Adding up the reps in the Netherlands, a country less than twice the size of Maryland and less than half the size of Virginia, it names nine reps. The Dutch are good, and they are onto something! And here comes Great Britain in the medals, the country where the saddles are made. They have so many reps there they are listed geographically, not by name.
It is nice to be in such good company, for dressage especially. Do you want to consider joining us? To see what its all about, soon my website will have a new page called Love Riding showing in the navigation bar. Look for that, read it and follow the prompts so you can see why all the enthusiasm in the custom built-to-fit WOW saddles.