June 12, 2010
Wierden, The Netherlands - Incoming Auburn equestrian freshman Jennifer Waxman helped the United States team to a win over The Netherlands in the first Nations Cup Show Jumping competition, accompanied by teammates Michael Murphy, Nick Dello Joio and Karl Cook in Weirden, The Netherlands.
"It was really cool to be the first US Young Riders team to go to Europe," Waxman said. "I hope they keep sending a team."
The Chagrin Falls, Ohio, native, helped her team with strong rides in both rounds of competition. In the first round, she and her mount, Venturo, had just five faults, with the US team accumulating 17 faults through four rides.
In the second round, Waxman put in an impressive four-fault round, while teammates Dello Joio and Cook went clear, ending the second round in a tie with The Netherlands. This tie forced a jump-off, and Waxman excelled once again with a speedy four-fault performance.
Dello Joio and Cook jumped clean, and Murphy had a quick four-fault round in the jump-off as well. The first two Dutch riders jumped fault-free, but the second two had four-fault performances that couldn't match the speedy times of Waxman or Murphy.
In Nations Cup competition, riders compete in show jumping, a timed event that is scored based on the number of jumps that are knocked down. For each rail that falls, four faults are added to the riders score. The fastest fault-free or clean round wins.
"The horses and riders exceeded all our expectations in their horsemanship, team spirit and sportsmanship," said Michelle Grubb, Chef D'Equipe of the team and mother to Auburn equestrian senior Dottie Grubb.
Grubb said Waxman was selected because of her gold medal finish at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in 2009.
"Jen rode as the first rider for our team, always posting a solid round to lead off the team," Grubb said. "Additionally, she won two (individual) speed classes at Wierden."
Waxman said her time in Europe was extremely rewarding.
"The trip was a great experience that I am so thankful I was able to have," Waxman said. "Competing abroad was new and exciting, and I hope I get a chance to go again. I'm so grateful for everyone that made it possible and for the opportunity."
Waxman comes to Auburn with a remarkable competition record. She has classic wins and championships at Harrisburg National Horseshow, Washington International Horseshow, Devon National Horseshow, Syracuse Invitational Horseshow and the Winter Equestrian Festival. She also won the 2010 USET Lionel-Guerrand Hermès Trophy.
"We are very proud of Jen and the entire Junior US team," said head coach Greg Williams. "What a great win and honor they have brought home to the states. I really look forward to her being an Auburn Tiger."