For Flettner and Ping Pong, a 12-year-old Hanoverian mare, winning this one-star is the conclusion of an amazing year. The pair also won the Woodside CIC* and the Preliminary Rider Challenge at Woodside this year, and they completed their season last year by winning the training three-day here at Galway. Ping Pong started out this weekend second after dressage and put in double-clear jumping efforts on cross-country and show jumping to finish on her dressage score of 42.5 penalties. Maya Black was second on Doesn’t Play Fair with 43.1 penalties, also her dressage score.
“I still don’t believe this year,” said Flettner, who works as an optometrist in Petaluma, Calif. “It’s very exciting. She’s a very good girl, and I swear she’s better at shows than at home. During my dressage test, I was like, ‘You’re not this good as home, but thanks.’ At home she doesn’t care about hitting the fences either, but here she was really trying. I think the atmosphere helps a little bit. She’s just a great horse, and I feel lucky to have her.”