October 27, 2014–The Les Étoiles de Pau CCI4* came to a conclusion on Sunday afternoon as 19 combinations went forward to contest Jean-Philippe Desmaret’s challenging show jumping track. The United States closed out the competition by securing two spots within the top 10.
Leading the way for the Americans was Erin Sylvester (Unionville, Pa.) with her own and Jill Tallman’s No Boundaries finishing in sixth place on 72.9 penalties. By collecting just four faults on Sunday, the pair continued their ascent up the leaderboard that saw them start the weekend in 30th place after the dressage and rise 23 places after a clear jumping effort on the cross country and final climb up another spot in the show jumping.
Land Rover USEF Competition Grant recipients Lauren Kieffer (Ocala, Fla.) and Team Rebecca, LLC’s Veronica lowered three rails in the show jumping to add 12 penalties to their overall score, finishing on 83.4 in ninth place.
Rounding out the U.S. effort was were Sharon White (Summit Point, W.V.) and her own and Richard Weber’s Wundermaske, finishing in 19th place on a score of 128.3 after collecting 16 jumping faults on Sunday.
Germany’s Ingrid Klimke earned her first CCI4* victory on Sunday producing a four-fault effort with Horseware Hale Bob in the show jumping and finishing on an overall score of 44.1. Compatriot Andreas Dibowski with FRH Butts Avedon finished in second place on 54.3, with Arnaud Boiteau and Quoriano ‘ENE HN’ of France finishing third on a score of 56.8.
To learn more about the Les Étoiles de Pau CI4*, visit: http://www.event-pau.com.