Story and photos by Callie Broaddus

It was a second Nations Cup for Great Meadow, a second win for Team USA, and a second individual Great Meadow International CICO*** victory for Jennie Brannigan and Nina Gardner’s Cambalda.

Thirty-two individual horse and rider combinations from four countries came to compete in the Great Meadow International, presented by Adequan®, held July 7 – 9, 2017. This event has the added designation as an FEI Nations Cup™, the only Nations Cup of eventing held in North America.

Lynn Symansky, Jennie Brannigan, Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton

Lynn Symansky, Jennie Brannigan, Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton

Hometown hero Lynn Symansky took home the red ribbon with a great ride on Donner. Symansky and Boyd Martin, who finished 10th on Steady Eddie, were alternates, but got the call-up to Team USA due to injuries forcing two other riders out.

The winning US Team was rounded out by Brannigan on Cambalda and Olympic Gold Medalist Phillip Dutton on I’m Sew Ready. “Boyd and Lynn are very experienced riders and I think everybody was mature about it and took it in their stride. We’re glad to have people like that come in,” said Dutton of the last-minute change for the team.

The second-place team was Team Great Britain, with Selena O’Hanlon on Foxwood High in 5th, Jessica Phoenix on Pavarotti in 6th, Waylon Roberts on Kelecyn Cognac in 8th and Lisa Marie Fergusson, who finished in 16th.

Third place team award went to Team Canada with Nicky Roncoroni on Watts Burn taking 4th, Emily Llewellyn on Emirati Night Sky taking 9th. Matthew Heath on One of a Kind and Justine Dutton on Jak My Style did not finish Sunday’s course.

Team USA's hometown hero Lynn Symansky on Donner, owned by the Donner Syndicate, LLC, jumped a clear round Saturday night, ultimately finishing with an individual second place overall.

Team USA’s hometown hero Lynn Symansky on Donner, owned by the Donner Syndicate, LLC, jumped a clear round Saturday night, ultimately finishing with an individual second place overall.

Internationally trusted course designer Mike Etherington-Smith returned to Great Meadow to switch up his cross-country course, which received praise from riders for its level of technicality.

Nicky Roncoroni of Team Great Britain, who took home an individual 4th aboard Watts Burn, was a first-timer at Great Meadow. “I would like to say, with regards to the footing and the presentation of the course, that it is really up there. … It’s just exquisite course building, and huge credit to them and also to everybody that’s prepared the ground. … This is just absolutely spot on.”

Praise for the event organization and presentation was echoed down the news conference bench all weekend. “This is an incredible venue,” said Dutton. “You know, it’s got it all — a country atmosphere, a great arena, but then it’s got terrain for the cross-country … It’s an honor to be here and to ride here.” ML

The Plains-based trainer Kurt Martin riding his own Anna Bella in Friday night's dressage test. The pair finished in 12th.

The Plains-based trainer Kurt Martin riding his own Anna Bella in Friday night’s dressage test. The pair finished in 12th.

Phillip Dutton, Jennie Brannigan, and Lynn Symansky swept the individual podium, ensuring a team victory for Team USA.

Phillip Dutton, Jennie Brannigan, and Lynn Symansky swept the individual podium, ensuring a team victory for Team USA.

Local rider Jan Byyny on Inmidair, owned by Jan, Richard and Jo Byyny. Byyny finished 7th individually.

Local rider Jan Byyny on Inmidair, owned by Jan, Richard and Jo Byyny. Byyny finished 7th individually.

Phillip Dutton of Team Canada rides Don Good's Pavarotti through the Adequan® Beaver Pond in Sunday's cross country. The pair finished in 6th individually.

Philip Dutton on Kristine Norton’s I’m Sew Ready finished 3rd individually, contributing to Team USA’s win.

Hold your breath! Evan Coluccio attempting six and a half feet bareback on Fluttershy. After securing the win, Coluccio thrilled the crowds by continuing to raise the bar.

Hold your breath! Evan Coluccio attempting six and a half feet bareback on Fluttershy. After securing the win, Coluccio thrilled the crowds by continuing to raise the bar.

Dutton and Kristine Norton's I'm Sew Ready finished 3rd individually, contributing to Team USA's win.

Jessica Phoenix of Team Canada rides Don Good’s Pavarotti through the Adequan® Beaver Pond in Sunday’s cross country. The pair finished in 6th individually.

Brannigan pats her horse after jumping clear in the arena. The pair finished first overall, helping Team USA to the top of the podium.

Jennie Brannigan pats her horse after jumping clear in the arena. The pair finished first overall, helping Team USA to the top of the podium.

After a beautiful weekend of eventing, the teams took to the podiums. Team USA came in 1st, Team Canada followed in 2nd, and Team Great Britain finished 3rd.

After a beautiful weekend of eventing, the teams took to the podiums. Team USA came in 1st, Team Great Britain followed in 2nd, and Team Canada finished 3rd.