<p>Chelsea Kolman shows off her patriotic side during the first horse inspection with Dauntless Courage. </p>
<p>Team Rebecca's Veronica and Lauren Kieffer earned a 31.0 this afternoon to sit atop the pack of the 7 combinations competing in the combined test. Lauren and her experienced partner were recently named as alternates to the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Squad for the FEI World Equestrian Games at Tryon this fall (her other partner Vermiculus was named to the team).</p>
<p>Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me are part of the Nations Cup team for Canada. </p>
<p>Caroline Martin has a busy weekend with three rides in the competition: Spring Easy (who is part of the U.S. team), Islandwood Captain Jack and Jump Jet. </p>
<p>U.S. team rider Lauren Kieffer and Landmark's Monte Carlo.</p>
<p>Ben Hobday, a rider for the British Nations Cup team, shares a silly moment with the photographers. </p>
<p>Felix Vogg and Calero are the sole athletes from Switzerland. </p>
<p>Vermiculus, a half-Arabian, performed a lovely dressage test for Lauren Kieffer this afternoon, earning a 33.1. The pair are one of 5 combinations named to this year's WEG team. </p>
<p>Fresh off their win in last month's $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing class, Chris Talley and the stallion Sandro's Star are looking ahead to this weekend's competition. </p>
<p>WEG team member Lynn Symansky, a hometown favorite, earned a 34.7 in this afternoon's combined test with Donner. </p>
<p>WEG team member Boyd Martin finished his day with a 32.2 aboard Christine Turner's Trakehner gelding, Tsetserleg. </p>
World-class event horses take center stage this weekend in northern Virginia during the Brook Ledge Great Meadow International, presented by Adequan. The CICO3*, featuring 46 athletes, also includes a Nations Cup team competition, the only North American leg of the international FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing series. Riders from the United States, Canada and Great Britain will be competing in this elite team competition.
This afternoon featured the first horse inspection for the competitors (all horses presented were accepted). Additionally, several riders from the recently announced Land Rover U.S. Eventing Squad for this fall's FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC, performed dressage tests. Each of the seven riders will be competing in a combined test (they will show jump tomorrow evening with the rest of the competitors, but skip the cross-country portion.)
Dressage kicks off for the rest of the competitors bright and early tomorrow at 7:10AM and runs until 2:09PM. Riders will show jump at 5:10PM until 7:45PM and cross country will run from 9:30AM to 1PM on Sunday.