Created: Thursday, 07 November 2013 23:01
Written by Leslie Mintz
Since the fall season is winding down we wanted to use this opportunity to update everyone after Lynn and Donner’s competition in France at Les Etoiles de Pau CCI****. Donner arrived back at Handlen Farm this past weekend so the Pau CCI**** journey is officially complete. It was an amazing experience that couldn’t have been accomplished without all of your generous support.
After dressage, Lynn and Donner were mid pack out of 76 starters heading into cross-country. Lynn and US coach David O’Connor were quite happy with the test that Donner performed, but unfortunately their score did not quite reflect the test Donner put in. The cross-country course definitely shook up the standings, and once again Donner showed his cross-country prowess and finished his second 4* of the year with a double clear round.
He ended up being the fastest of the day as well, and moved up 26 places into 12th. The final phase, show jumping, was very tough and only seven of the 50 pairs to tackle the course managed to jump clear. Donner had two rails down but jumped a great round to finish in 13th place – pretty impressive for their first European competition.
The final results are available here: http://www.worldsporttiming.com/contenu/documents/0001_004788.pdf
Lynn blogged about the Pau trip for The Chronicle of the Horse and all of the blogs can be read here: http://www.chronofhorse.com/blogs/Lynn%2BSymansky. The blogs were the most-read articles on the Chronicle website each day they were published.
Eventing Nation also did quite a bit of coverage that often featured Lynn which can be seen here: http://eventingnation.com/tag/lynn-symansky
Interview with Lynn following dressage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k3YHHz8RRQ
Interview with Lynn following cross-country: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_k3BoRjiBQ
Lynn and Donner’s Dressage can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvkZpRW-8Ro
Show Jumping can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKuPFvyl2aM
Donner is spending the next few weeks hacking out before getting back to work (he isn’t such a fan of vacations!). 2013 was an unforgettable year and we can’t wait to see what 2014 will bring! Thanks again so much for all of your support – it is GREATLY appreciated!!