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Kalispell Winner On The Way To Poland
Kalispell, MT, USA

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Kelly Prather (USA) and Ballinakill Glory
Kelly Prather (USA) is on her way to the HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing Final at Strzegom (POL, 21-23 August) after winning the US leg at Kalispell, Montana.

Riding Andrea Pfieffer's mare Ballinakill Glory, Prather, 25, held her nerve in a nail-biting finish to score the only double clear round to hold her overnight Cross-Country lead.

"I just wanted to have a good round," said Prather. "She is a wonderful show jumper, so it was exciting to ride her and she deserved to jump clear. This was a good course for her and a great flow so you could lock into a rhythm. Coming into the last fence with my reins on the buckle was a bit nerve-racking though!"

Second-placed Jennifer Wooten-Dafoe (USA) was equally pleased with her mare The Good Witch, owned by Daisy Tognazzini, clear but with 3 time penalties.

"After this performance, I feel I can go to Europe and stand my ground. I'm really excited," she said.

The organisers of the event at Rebecca Farm, Rebecca and Jerome Broussard plus Cindy and Larry Lippon have generously created a fund to help US-based riders travel to Poland.

2009 HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing standings (after 7 of 10 qualifiers)

1 Megan Jones (AUS) 203
2 Mary King (GBR) 159
3 Alexandr Markov (RUS) 125
4 Simone Deitermann (GER) 117
5 Andreas Dibowski (GER) 104
6 Kai Rüder (GER) 92
7 Ilya Anisin (BLR) 74
8= Marina Köhncke (GER) 71
8= Patricia Ryan (IRL) 71
8= Kelly Prather (USA) 71
11= Buck Davidson (USA) 70
12= Heelan Tompkins (NZL) 67
12= Georgia Clifford (AUS) 67
12= Julia Mestern (GER) 67
12= Peter Thomsen (GER) 67
12= Michael Ryan (IRL) 67
12= Aistis Vitkauskas (LTU) 67
12 = Jennifer Wooten-Dafoe (USA) 67


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