Monday, April 11, 2016

USEF Eventing High Performance Winter/Spring Training Sessions Provide Strong Start to 2016

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Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice (USEF Archives)
Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice (USEF Archives)
Lexington, Ky.
– The USEF Eventing High Performance Winter/Spring Training Sessions with U.S. Eventing Team Coach David O'Connor gave athletes a solid foundation to begin the 2016 competition season. The training sessions took place in Aiken, S.C., Ocala, Fla., and Temecula, Calif., with the nation’s top eventing athletes and horses honing their dressage and jumping skills and showing much promise as the competition season gets into full gear.

“I think the training sessions went really well. I have seen improvements in the temperaments of the horses as they have competed throughout the spring season. Riders have been working on their various skills and I am quite pleased,” O’Connor said.

Athletes on the Eventing High Performance Winter/Spring Training Lists are displaying fine form and had positive experiences at the training sessions. Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) rode Thomas Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, and Caroline Moran’s Fernhill Cubalawn, Thomas Tierney and Ann Jones’ Fernhill Fugitive, David Garrett’s Indian Mill, HND Group’s Mighty Nice, and Ann Jones, Bridget Colman, Caroline Moran, and Thomas Tierney’s Mr. Candyman in the Aiken training sessions with O’Connor. “It’s been extremely beneficial to take part in the training sessions and I think we will all see the benefits throughout the spring,” Dutton said. Dutton recently finished fourth, fifth, and sixth with Mighty Nice, Fernhill Cubalawn, and Indian Mill, respectively, in The Fork CIC3* division.

Tamra Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) participated in the Temecula training sessions with West Coast Dempsey Syndicate’s Dempsey, Judith McSwain’s Fleeceworks Royal, The Twizted Systers, LLC.’s Twizted Syster, and Kevin Baumgardner’s Wembley. “I am really grateful we have these training sessions. It was great having David out in January and then again at the end of March to come and put eyes on my horses and give me pointers and tips,” Smith said. “All my horses were super at Galway Downs. I had two horses in the CIC3*, two in the CIC2*, and one in the Advanced, and all of them ended up in the top six.”

These training sessions would not have been possible without the generosity of the facility owners. The USEF would like to thank following facilities, owners, and their staff: George and Ethel Gibbes of Gibbes Farm in St. Matthews, S.C., Barry and Cyndy Olliff of Stable View in Aiken, S.C., Jacqueline Mars of Meredyth South in Ocala, Fla., and Alan and Kay Needle of Tucalota Creek Ranch in Temecula, Calif., and Lellie Ward of Paradise Farms in Aiken, S.C.

View the list of dates and locations.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members. Without the support of these organizations and individuals, it would not be possible to provide such support to the athletes named to these grants. The USEF is especially grateful to individuals who give generously of their time and money to support the equestrian teams.
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team Earns Team Bronze at Aachen CICO3*

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Aachen, Germany – The Land Rover U.S. Eventing team wrapped up the Aachen CICO3* on Friday with the highly influential cross-country phase of the prestigious German competition. The team, consisting of Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn, Lauren Kieffer and Veronica, Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights, and Lynn Symansky and Donner, put forth a solid effort to receive the Team Bronze with a final score of 192.90. Additionally, both Dutton and Kieffer made the top 15, finishing 12th and 15th, respectively.
Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn (Libby Law Photography)
Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Thomas Tierney and Simon Roosevelt's Fernhill Cubalawn finished 12th place with a score of 48.8 having an excellent round over Rüdiger Schwarz’s challenging cross-country track. The pair jumped cleanly but incurred 2.4 time penalties.

“I’m obviously really pleased with way the horse went today,” said Dutton. “Time was tough to make, and that was probably the fastest he has gone, and I was happy with the way he handled it.”

Their trip to Aachen was made possible with a Karen E. Stives Endowment Fund for High Performance Eventing Competition Grants through the USET Foundation. The first day of competition, on Thursday, consisted of the dressage and show jumping phases. Dutton and the 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding had a quality dressage test to score 46.4 and double-cleared in show jumping.

“This is as good a competition in the world as any, and overall it went well,” Dutton added “Even a half a point makes a difference here, and we had some bobble in a couple dressage movements that cost us. He is a relatively inexperienced horse, but he shows a lot of promise, and I’m excited to see what is ahead.” 

Kieffer (Middleburg, Va.) and Team Rebecca, LLC’s Veronica brought their stellar week in Aachen to a close, finishing 15th place with a score of 52.0. They had a clear round but had 10.4 time penalties. The pair was in Europe thanks to a Karen E. Stives Endowment Fund for High Performance Eventing Competition Grants through the USET Foundation for the Aachen CICO3* and Blenheim CCI3*. On the first day of competition, Kieffer and the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare had a lovely dressage test to score 43.6 and added a double-clear show jumping round.

Land Rover USEF Competition Grant recipients Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) and Donner were the pathfinders for the U.S. team throughout the competition. The pair had a great cross-country round until a runout at the corner at 22A. They incurred 31.2 time penalties and finished with a score of 90.1 for 27th place. On Thursday, she and the 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by The Donner Syndicate, LLC scored 49.9 in their dressage test and added nine penalties to their score in the show jumping phase after having one rail and five time faults.

On Tuesday, the U.S. received a fourth invitation and added Rutledge (Frederick, Md.) and her own Covert Rights to the team, arriving in Europe with the help of a Jacqueline B. Mars Competition Grant through the USET Foundation. She and the nine-year-old Thoroughbred Cross gelding started off well over the tough track but ran into some trouble and ultimately were eliminated when Rutledge fell in the water at obstacle 20B. On Thursday, the pair had a respectable dressage test to score 50.7, adding 12 faults in the show jumping phase.

Germany earned top honors with a score of 120.50 while New Zealand collected the Silver medal with a score of 126.80. Ingrid Klimke (GER) impressively claimed the top two spots on the leaderboard, finishing first with a score of 32.1 on FRH Escada JS and second on Horseware Hale Bob with a score of 37.0. Fellow teammate Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo were third with a score of 37.2.

View individual and team results from the Aachen CICO3*.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members. Without the support of these organizations and individuals, it would not be possible to support our athletes. The USEF is especially grateful to individuals who give generously of their time and money to support the equestrian teams.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team Ready for Aachen CICO3*

10 months ago

Aachen, Germany – The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team arrived at the renowned venue in Germany to take part in the Aachen CICO3*, August 12-14. Though the Nations Cup is not part of the FEI European Championships Aachen 2015, which is hosting the disciplines of dressage, driving, jumping, reining, and vaulting, a field of top international eventing combinations ensures a challenging competition. Nine teams are set for the start of the Aachen CICO3*. The U.S. team consists of Lynn Symansky and Donner, Lauren Kieffer and Veronica, Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights, and Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn.
The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team in Aachen (USEF Archives)
“The horses traveled well. We have an experienced group and we are looking forward to the weekend,” said Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor. “[Aachen] is truly one of the best horse shows in the world, so it is great to be here.”

Leading off for the U.S. team is Land Rover USEF Competition Grant recipients Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) and Donner, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by The Donner Syndicate, LLC. Earlier this year, the pair was fourth in The Fork CIC3* and 12th in the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover. Over the summer, Symansky and Donner were second in the CIC3* at the inaugural Land Rover Great Meadow International presented by Adequan.

Last month, Kieffer (Middleburg, Va.) was a member of the Gold medal team at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, riding Meadowbrook’s Scarlett. With Team Rebecca, LLC's Veronica, Kieffer hopes to have an excellent week in Aachen. She and the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare were the 2014 Rolex/USEF CCI4* Eventing National Champions after finishing in second at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover. Recently, the pair finished seventh in the Equi-Trek Bramham International CCI3*. Kieffer and Veronica were awarded a Karen E. Stives Endowment Fund for High Performance Eventing Competition Grant for the Aachen CICO3* and Blenheim CCI3*, through the USET Foundation.

Rutledge (Frederick, Md.) makes her debut representing the U.S. with her own Covert Rights in Aachen. In the nine-year-old Thoroughbred Cross gelding’s debut at the CCI4* level, Rutledge rode him to an 11th-place finish in the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover. The pair then finished third in the CIC3* at the inaugural Land Rover Great Meadow International presented by Adequan. Rutledge and Covert Rights are in Europe on a Jacqueline B. Mars Competition Grant, through the USET Foundation.

Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Thomas Tierney and Simon Roosevelt's Fernhill Cubalawn are a solid combination, even though he and the 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding have a relatively new partnership. At the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover, he rode Fernhill Cubalawn to a fifth-place finish in the horse’s first attempt at the CCI4* level. As the top-placed American combination, the pair won the Rolex/USEF CCI4* Eventing National Champion title. Dutton is coming off winning a Team Gold medal at the Pan American Games with Fernhill Fugitive, and aims to display the same top form with Fernhill Cubalawn in Aachen. Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn were also awarded a Karen E. Stives Endowment Fund for High Performance Eventing Competition Grant for the Aachen CICO3*, through the USET Foundation.

On Thursday, Symansky and Donner will be the first U.S. pair down centerline at 9:00 a.m. CEST followed by Kieffer and Veronica at 10:30 a.m. Rutledge and Covert Rights will be next at 12:15 p.m., with Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn acting as the anchor combination at 2:37 p.m. The jumping phase will also take place on Thursday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. CEST. The cross-country phase will start at 2:00 p.m. CEST on Friday.

Find out more about the Aachen CICO3*.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members. Without the support of these organizations and individuals, it would not be possible to support our athletes. The USEF is especially grateful to individuals who give generously of their time and money to support the equestrian teams.
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Land Rover Grant Recipients Kieffer and Veronica Tied for Second after First Day of Dressage at Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials

12 months ago

Lauren Kieffer and Veronica (Shannon Brinkman Photo)West Yorkshire, England – As the first day of dressage wrapped up Thursday at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials, Land Rover Eventing Competition Grant recipients Lauren Kieffer and Veronica sit tied in second place on the CCI3* leaderboard amongst a field of strong international competitors. In front of the judging panel of Christina Klingspor (SWE), Harry Payne (GBR), and Angela Tucker (GBR), Kieffer (Ocala, Fla.) and Team Rebecca, LLC's 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare performed a lovely test to score 44.7. Smooth, flowing dressage tests have become a trademark of the talented pair, and they delivered at Bramham.

"I was very happy with Veronica, it was a lot of atmosphere and she feels fit and ready to tackle the rest of the weekend," Kieffer said. "The atmosphere here is great and I'm very grateful to Team Rebecca and Land Rover for this opportunity."

“Lauren rode a professional test today,” said Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor. “The mare was quite good and performed well. We are excited about the place she is at right now.”

Kieffer and Veronica will tackle Ian Stark’s cross-country course Saturday with the aim of having a solid round, keeping them in a top position in the field.

O’Connor shared his thoughts on the course, saying, “It’s a very good course, very open and galloping. We are expecting rain Friday night and Saturday, so that may play a factor. Lauren and Veronica have lots of experience and I think they are in good place for the rest of the weekend.”

Katherine Coleman and Courage under Fire also performed their dressage test, scoring 59.6 and putting them in 29th place following the first phase. Gwendolen Fer (FRA) and Romantic Love currently lead the CCI3* with a score of 42.8.

Also representing the U.S., Caroline Martin and Quantum Solace are competing in the Under 25 CCI3* division, and will perform their dressage test on Friday at 12:10 p.m. local time.

Find out more about the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Land Rover Grant Recipients Kieffer and Veronica Ready to Tackle Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials

12 months ago

Lauren Kieffer and Veronica (Libby Law Photography)West Yorkshire, England – The first horse inspection took place for the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials on Wednesday and Land Rover Eventing Competition Grants Recipients Lauren Kieffer and Veronica passed with flying colors as they are set to compete in the CCI3* division. The 2014 Rolex/USEF National Champions are amongst the field of 72 combinations aiming to have stellar performances. Kieffer (Ocala, Fla.) and Team Rebecca, LLC's 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare won Advanced divisions at Red Hills International and The Fork Horse Trials earlier this year and are ready to capitalize on their top form at Bramham. Kieffer and Veronica will perform their dressage test at 3:40 p.m. local time on Thursday.

Two other U.S. athletes are also competing at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials. Katherine Coleman and Courage under Fire are in the CCI3* division, doing their dressage test at 3:06 p.m. local time on Thursday. Experiencing her first summer competing abroad, Caroline Martin will ride Quantum Solace in the Under 25 CCI3* division.

Find out more about the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

USEF Announces Spring/Summer Land Rover Eventing Competition Grants Recipients

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Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the USEF Land Rover Competition Grants for the spring and summer of 2015.

Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials

The following athlete-and-horse combination has been awarded a USEF Land Rover Competition Grant to compete at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials CCI3*, June 11-14, 2015 in West Yorkshire, England.

Lauren Kieffer (Ocala, Fla.) and Team Rebbeca, LLC's Veronica
Veronica is a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare.

*Kurt Martin and Anna Bella were previously awarded a grant to compete at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials, but they have withdrawn from the competition.

Luhmühlen CCI4* presented by DHL

The following athlete-and-horse combination has been awarded a USEF Land Rover Competition Grant to compete at the Luhmühlen CCI4* presented by DHL, June 18-21, 2015 in Luhmühlen, Germany.

Clark Montgomery (Tetbury, England) and Jessica Montgomery, Kathryn Kraft, and Holly and William Becker's Loughan Glen
Loughan Glen is a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding.

Follow the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

USEF Announces Spring Land Rover Eventing Competition Grant Recipients

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Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the USEF Land Rover Competition Grants for the spring of 2015.

Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event

The following athlete-and-horse combinations have been awarded a USEF Land Rover Competition Grant to compete at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event CCI3*, May 6-10, 2015 in Allentown, N.J.

Matt Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) and Blossom Creek Foundation's Super Socks BCF or Mary McKee's Happenstance
Super Socks BCF is a 2006 Irish Sport Horse gelding.
Happenstance is a 2006 Holsteiner gelding.

Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (East Sussex, United Kingdom) and Deborah Halliday's HHS Cooley
HHS Cooley is a 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding.

Julie Richards (Newnan, Ga.) and Asa Cooper's Urlanmore Beauty
Urlanmore Beauty is a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding.

Tamra Smith (Temecula, Calif.) and The Twizted Systers, LLC.'s Twizted Syster
Twizted Syster is a 2006 Irish Sport Horse mare.

Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials

The following athlete-and-horse combination has been awarded a USEF Land Rover Competition Grant to compete at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials CCI3*, June 11-14, 2015 in West Yorkshire, England.

Kurt Martin (Middleburg, Va.) and his own Anna Bella
Anna Bella is a 2006 Holsteiner mare.

USEF Land Rover Competition Grants for the Luhmühlen CCI4* will be allocated following the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Applications Available for 2016 Eventing 18 Program

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Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation is pleased to announce that the 2016 Eventing 18 Program outline and application are now available. The Eventing 18 Program is the beginning of the athlete pipeline and aims to build a foundation of future horsemen and women that will hopefully go on to represent the United States. Selection into the program will be based on talent, competitiveness, commitment, and potential.

Applicants must compete at the Preliminary level or above during the 2015 competitions season, including in one designated event per area. Talent Spotters will observe applicants at these designated competitions and report to the Talent Advisory Group, who will select the riders for the 2016 program by no later than November 20, 2015.

Those interested in being part of the 2016 program must submit an Eventing 18 Application by April 3, 2015. There is no fee to apply.

For more information about the program, visit: usef.org/Eventing18.
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Monday, February 02, 2015

Boyd Martin and Trading Aces Win Inaugural Wellington Eventing Showcase

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

#USEFTalk

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Read all the questions and answers from the first #USEFTalk with Lynn Symansky (@LynnSymanskyEq) and Lillian Heard (@USEquestrian)
Question 1:

@LaurenKay4 
@LynnSymanskyEq what would you consider your biggest accomplishment? #USEFTalk

@LynnSymanskyEq
@LaurenKay4 finding a way to make a living doing something that I love #USEFTalk

Question 2:
‏@Hells9384
@USEquestrian @LynnSymanskyEq what is the piece of equipment you always use at an event? #USEFTalk

@LynnSymanskyEq
@Hells9384 @USEquestrian Equipment I never leave home without: a neck strap no matter who I'm sitting on #USEFTalk

Question 3:
@morgan96199809 
@USEquestrian Lillian, what’s the best advice Boyd or Silva has given you during training? #USEFTalk

@USEquestrian
@morgan96199809 Boyd has given me a lot of amazing advice. He most recently told me to remember something is better than nothing. #USEFTalk

Question 4:
@Joanie_Morris
@USEquestrian @LynnSymanskyEq - what's the one event you never miss on the calendar?

 @USEquestrian 
@Joanie_Morris @LynnSymanskyEq  Joanie I love Fair Hill! #useftalk

@LynnSymanskyEq
@Joanie_Morris @USEquestrian Whether riding or watching NEVER MISS ROLEX. No excuses to miss only 4* in the Western Hemisphere #USEFTalk

Question 5:
@morgan96199809
@LynnSymanskyEq any tips for beginning eventers? #USEFTalk

‏@LynnSymanskyEq
@morgan96199809 get back on when your fall off #USEFTalk

Question 6:
@morgan96199809
@USEquestrian Lillian, how did you get your start in eventing? #USEFTalk

‏@USEquestrian
@morgan96199809   I learned to event at a barn called Bascule Farm. Crazy thing is after all these years I am back there now! #USEFTalk

Question 7:
@markwcoley
@USEquestrian Lillian, did being featured on the NBC Rolex show last year make your first time competing even more nerve wracking? #USEFTalk

‏@USEquestrian
@markwcoley Mark! The first time I was interviewed I was terrified but then it felt like the crew at NBC was routing me on. #useftalk

Question 8:
‏@McMan160
@LynnSymanskyEq @LillianHeard what were your last thoughts before leaving the startbox at @RolexKentucky #USEFTalk
 
‏@LynnSymanskyEq
@McMan160 @RolexKentucky Jesus take the wheel!!!! @HannieSuee @MontgomeryEques @JesMontgomery

‏@USEquestrian
@McMan160 @LynnSymanskyEq @RolexKentucky  honestly for the first time in my life my mind was dead quiet. Silence. Fear and determination.

Question 9:
‏@markwcoley
@LynnSymanskyEq @USEquestrian do you both have anything on your xmas lists for either yourself or your horses? #NaughtyOrNice #useftalk

‏@LynnSymanskyEq
@markwcoley @USEquestrian New friends for Donner #letsgohorseshopping #USEFTalk

‏@USEquestrian
@markwcoley @LynnSymanskyEq I just want happy and healthy horses for the new year! #gowhitey

Question 10:
@_marinabby
@USEquestrian & @LynnSymanskyEq What do you enjoy most about the equestrian sport? #useftalk

@USEquestrian
@_marinabby @LynnSymanskyEq I know this sounds silly but I have the best friends in the world bc of this sport. #USEFTalk

@LynnSymanskyEq
@_marinabby @USEquestrian sharing a love for working with horses with people just as crazy as myself #USEFTalk

Question 11:
@susanwordlover
.@USEquestrian Do you go to the gym or do other fitness workouts or is riding several horses enough?  #USEFTalk

@LynnSymanskyEq
@susanwordlover @USEquestrian Finding time is hard during the competition season, love doing barre or yoga when I have the time #USEFTalk

@USEquestrian
@susanwordlover truth...I don't go to the gym bc I ride so many and teach a lot but I should! #USEFTalk

‏@susanwordlover
.@USEquestrian We all should!  ;) How many horses do you ride per day usually? #useftalk

@USEquestrian
@susanwordlover Normally 7 to 9 a day! #USEFTalk

@LynnSymanskyEq
@susanwordlover @USEquestrian depends on the time of year, anywhere between 5-13

Question 12:
@Hells9384
@LynnSymanskyEq @USEquestrian would you rather muck out or scrub water buckets? #USEFTalk

@LynnSymanskyEq
@Hells9384 @USEquestrian I find mucking stalls strangely similar to raking a Zen garden #simplepleasures

@USEquestrian
@Hells9384 @LynnSymanskyEq Please!!!! Depends on time of year. Water in summer, mucking in winter. #USEFTalk

Question 13
@morgan96199809
@LynnSymanskyEq can you post your favorite picture with Donner? #USEFTalk

@LynnSymanskyEq
@morgan96199809
   

Question 14:
@philo_SOPH_y
#USEFTalk HEY LILLIAN! What does it feel like to be THE BEST TRAINER IN THE WORLD? -team LJH (soph calli charlotte and erin)

@USEquestrian
@philo_SOPH_y Disclaimer this is one of my students but all my kids ARE AMAZING. #imlucky #lovemykids #USEFTalk

Question 15:
@McMan160
@LynnSymanskyEq @Lillianheard in your career so far which cross country round has been your favorite and why? #myidols #USEFTalk

@USEquestrian
@McMan160 @LynnSymanskyEq Too hard to answer! Crossing the finish at Rolex was amazing. #USEFTalk

@LynnSymanskyEq
@McMan160 My first 4* at Rolex KY on No It Tissant. A blind monkey could have ridden that XC machine around. Got me hooked for life. #newbie

Question 16:
@Hells9384
@LynnSymanskyEq @USEquestrian what's your favorite type of Xc jump? #USEFTalk

@USEquestrian
@Hells9384 @LynnSymanskyEq I love the water jump at every level!! #USEFTalk

@LynnSymanskyEq
@Hells9384 @USEquestrian  THE LAST ! #USEFTalk

Question 17:
@LaurenKay4
@USEquestrian Lillian, who is your favorite singer/group?

@USEquestrian
@LaurenKay4 U Counting Crows any day! But I'm sitting next to Will Faudree right now and he says @idinamenzel #USEFTalk or Natalie maines

Question 18:
@morgan96199809
@LynnSymanskyEq do you have an Instagram? I want to follow you! #USEFTalk

@LynnSymanskyEq
@morgan96199809 @HannieSuee @sinead_c_Halpin @Joanie_Morris @USEquestrian #lynn.symansky.equestrian


Question 19:
@Hells9384
@USEquestrian @LynnSymanskyEq if you could ride any horse other than your own who would it be? #USEFTalk

@USEquestrian
@Hells9384 @LynnSymanskyEq ooooo tough! I would ride the best dressage horse or show jumper. #knowthebest

Question 20:
@LaurenKay4
@USEquestrian Lillian, can you post your favorite picture from a competition?

@USEquestrian
@LaurenKay4 whoops. My mistake at plantation. That's not where I was supposed to jump. #USEFTalk #goodhorse





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Monday, December 08, 2014

USEF Names Riders for 2015 Eventing 25 Program

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Lexington, Ky. - The USEF Eventing High Performance Committee has approved the Eventing 25 Program participants for the 2015 season. Training Session dates and locations will be finalized and announced upon the hiring of the USEF Eventing Developing Rider Coach at the end of December.

The following 14 riders have been selected for the Eventing 25 Program for the 2015 season:

*Alexa Ahearn (Newcastle, Wash.)

Helen Bouscaren (San Ramon, Calif.)

Zachary Brandt (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)

Jenny Caras (Cartersville, Ga.)

Sarah Dunkerton (Soso, Miss.)

Jacob Fletcher (North Little Rock, Ark.)

*Rebecca Gall (Saukville, Wis.)

Maddy Mazzola (Oakland, Calif.)

*Bailey Moran (San Antonio, Texas)

Calvin Ramsay (Pensacola, Fla.)

Lizzie Snow (Southern Pines, N.C.)

Kimberly Steinbuch (Castro Valley, Calif.)

Kaitlin Veltkamp (Los Gatos, Calif.)

Alexandra Willoughby (Woodland, Calif.)

*Denotes combinations that were Talented Spotted into the 2015 Eventing 25 Program.
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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Sinead Halpin Recaps her 2014 Season

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Monday, December 01, 2014

Live Twitter Q&A with Lynn Symansky and Lillian Heard #USEFTalk

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Take part in a LIVE Twitter Q&A session with Lynn Symansky and Lillian Heard on Thursday at 7pm CST using #USEFTalk
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Phillip Dutton Looks Back on 2014 Season

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Follow the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team on Facebook

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Two Top 25 Finishes for Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team at Military Boekelo CCIO3*

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Lexington, Ky. – The Military Boekelo CCIO3* came to a close on Sunday with the final standings being decided over Jos Brinkman’s show jumping track. Double clear rounds ended the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team’ss weekend on a high note.

USEF Land Rover Competition Grant recipients Clark Montgomery (Wiltshire, UK) and Loughan Glen, owned by Jessica Montgomery, Kathryn Kraft, and Holly and William Becker, had a fabulous round, adding no faults to their score to finish with a total of 64.00. Montgomery and the 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding ended up in 21st place overall.

During their cross country round on Saturday, Montgomery and  Loughan Glen had a slight deviation on course between the last two fences, resulting in the Ground Jury assessing 20 penalties to the pair.

“Although disappointed in the outcome of a decision that I feel really should have gone the other way yesterday, I am extremely proud of Glen’s performance this weekend,” Montgomery said, commenting on being assessed 20 penalties during the cross country phase for a slight deviation between the last two fences. “He rose to the occasion for me. He truly is an outstanding horse and I’m really looking forward to next season already. “

Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (East Sussex, UK) rode Deborah Halliday's Fernhill by Night to an excellent round to close out their weekend with a score of 65.10. She and the 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding double clear round allowed them to move up to 23rd place on the final leaderboard.

Thomas Carlile (FRA) and Sirocco du Gers held on for the win to finish on a score of 46.50, while New Zealand won the Nations Cup competition with a score of 177.20. With the Military Boekelo CCIO3* being the last competition of the FEI Nations Cup Eventing series, Germany claimed top honors.

Find out more information about the Military Boekelo CCIO3* here.
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Monday, November 10, 2014

USEF Names 2015 Eventing High Performance Training Lists

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Lexington, Ky.- The USEF Eventing High Performance Committee has approved the following High Performance Training Lists for the 2015 season. In determining these lists for 2015, the USEF Eventing Selection Committee is directly focused on the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team producing successful results at the 2015 Pan American Games and the 2016 Olympic Games. To that effect, the following riders will make plans with U.S. Eventing Team Coach David O’Connor as to which horses they will ride in each session. Training Session dates and locations will be finalized at the USEA Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas in December.

The USEF Eventing High Performance Committee has updated the definitions for the World Class and National Lists and discontinued using the Global Talent Lists to better reflect the aims of the program. 

World Class List:
Athletes that currently possess the ability to be competitive anywhere in the world.

Buck Davidson (Ocala, Fla.)
Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.)
Will Faudree (Hoffman, N.C.)
Sinead Halpin (Oldwick, N.J.)
Lauren Kieffer (Ocala, Fla.)
Marilyn Little (Frederick, Md.)
Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.)
Kim Severson (Charlottesville, Va.)
Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.)

National List
Athletes that are currently competitive in domestic international-level competition, and who the USEF Selection Committee feel have the future potential to be competitive anywhere in the world.

Maya Black (Clinton, Wa.)
Matt Brown (Sebastopol, Calif.)
Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (East Sussex, UK)
Lillian Heard (Poolesville, Md.)
Caroline Martin (Miami Beach, Fla.)
Kurt Martin (Middleburg, Va.)
Julie Richards (Newnan, Ga.)
Tamie Smith (Temecula, Calif.)

The Eventing High Performance Training Lists will be reviewed quarterly by the USEF Eventing Selection Committee and the USEF High Performance Committee.
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sylvester and Kieffer Finish in Top 10 at Les ร‰toiles de Pau CCI4*

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Pau, France- The Les Étoiles de Pau CCI4* came to a conclusion on Sunday afternoon as 19 combinations went forward to contest Jean-Philippe Desmaret’s challenging show jumping track. The United States closed out the competition by securing two spots within the top 10.

Leading the way for the Americans was Erin Sylvester (Unionville, Pa.) with her own and Jill Tallman’s No Boundaries finishing in sixth place on 72.9 penalties. By collecting just four faults on Sunday, the pair continued their ascent up the leaderboard that saw them start the weekend in 30th place after the dressage and rise 23 places after a clear jumping effort on the cross country and final climb up another spot in the show jumping.

Land Rover USEF Competition Grant recipients Lauren Kieffer (Ocala, Fla.) and Team Rebecca, LLC’s Veronica lowered three rails in the show jumping to add 12 penalties to their overall score, finishing on 83.4 in ninth place.

Rounding out the U.S. effort was were Sharon White (Summit Point, W.V.) and her own and Richard Weber’s Wundermaske, finishing in 19th place on a score of 128.3 after collecting 16 jumping faults on Sunday.

Germany’s Ingrid Klimke earned her first CCI4* victory on Sunday producing a four-fault effort with Horseware Hale Bob in the show jumping and finishing on an overall score of 44.1. Compatriot Andreas Dibowski with FRH Butts Avedon finished in second place on 54.3, with Arnaud Boiteau and Quoriano ‘ENE HN’ of France finishing third on a score of 56.8.

To learn more about the Les Étoiles de Pau CI4*, visit: http://www.event-pau.com.
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Brannigan and Richards Victorious at 2014 The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Martin Finishes Eighth at 2014 WEG - Full Recap

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The FEI World Team and Individual Eventing Championship came to an exciting conclusion on Sunday with the final phase taking place in d’Ornano Stadium in Caen, France. Of the 60 combinations that headed into the show jumping phase, only 13 were able to go double-clear over Frédéric Cottier’s difficult 12-obstacle course. The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team had solid efforts on the last day of the competition in front of a packed crowd.

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and Shamwari 4 had another great performance in Normandy to close out the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and earn an eighth-place finish. Martin and the Shamwari 4 Syndicate LLC’s 2002 Hanoverian gelding were having a beautiful round but an unlucky tap at first element of the triple at 8A added four faults to their score to finish on a score of 63.9.

“He was a bit tired. I thought he jumped well, unfortunately I was just not quite accurate enough to the triple and he ticked it behind,” Martin said. “He really put in a huge effort yesterday, so I was happy with one down today.”

Though he has not had the talented horse for long, Martin and Shamwari 4 have already scored top results. The partnership looks to have a bright future as it continues to develop, already adding a top 10 finish at a World Championship to its resume.

Kim Severson (Charlottesville, Va.) and her own Fernhill Fearless had a fantastic day, jumping clean and finishing on a score of 91.2. She and the 2000 Irish Sport Horse gelding made light work of the track to finish in 23rd place.

“I’m thrilled,” Severson said of her ride. “I know the horse can jump it is just a matter of me staying out of his way and sort of putting him in the right direction. He’s just amazing. He wants to do a good job, he doesn’t want to touch the rails; he’s pretty cool.”

Severson didn’t realize being back on the world scene was going to be part of her future only a short time ago. When asked what it felt like to be back, she admitted, “It feels good. I didn’t know I missed it.”

Sinead Halpin (Oldwick, N.J.) and Manoir de Carneville began their round well but knocked rails at 8B and 10 to incur eight faults. With the Manoir de Carneville Syndicate’s 2000 Selle Francais gelding, Halpin finished her first World Championship in 38th place on a score of 114.4.

“I thought he was actually jumping really well but he is a lovely horse,” Halpin said of her horse on Sunday. “He is not really affected by the atmosphere. At least the first half was one of the steadiest rounds that he has done.”

Halpin feels that Manoir de Carneville gets better and learns each time out. With their 2014 Games experience under their belts, she and the talented gelding can continue to improve together.

Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) also finished her first World Championship experience at the 2014 Games with her own Donner. She and the 2003 Thoroughbred gelding received four faults for a knockdown at fence 3, to finish on a score of 135.4 and end up in 47th place.

“I was just floored with my horse today, Symansky said. “He was really, really mature, jumped a great round, and that rail was just a little bit of a peak at the liverpool there, but I couldn’t be happier with how we ended.”

Though her experience at the Games didn’t turn out quite the way she would have hoped, Symansky learned that, “things don’t go according to plan when you go into it and how to keep on going and don’t get defeated.”

Though the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team didn’t have the desired results, Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor doesn’t have too harsh of an outlook on the outcome.

“I am a hard believer that we have great riders and they are riding well,” O’Connor said. “I think the program is correct, we just need to keep improving.”

Germany claimed the Team Gold medal in the FEI World Team Eventing Championship on a score of 177.9. The Team Silver went to Great Britain on a score of 198.8, while The Netherlands took home the Team Bronze medal with a score of 246.8. In the FEI World Individual Eventing Championship, Sandra Auffarth (GER) and Opgun Louvo were named World Champions after finishing atop the leaderboard on a score of 52.0. Michael Jung (GER) and fischerRocana received the Individual Silver medal after finishing on a 52.3, while William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and Chilli Morning received the Individual Bronze medal with a score of 54.3.
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Top Ten Finish for Boyd Martin!

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Boyd Martin & Shamwari 4 had one rail down in the jumping, and finish with a score of 63.9.  That has guaranteed them a top ten finish!
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Severson & Fernhill Fearless Clear!

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Kim Severson & Fernhill Fearless jumped a flawless round over the eventing jumping course. Adding no penalties, they finished with a 91.2 total score.
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Two Rails Down for Sinead. 114.4 Total.

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Sinead Halpin & Manoir de Carneville had two rails down, one in the Rolex triple combination and one later on the course, to add 8 penalties to their score and finish WEG on 114.4 total.
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Lynn Symansky & Donner Finish On 135.4

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Lynn Symansky & Donner are the first U.S. combination over the eventing course. They had only one rail down, and finish on a total score of 135.4.
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Martin in Ninth after Challenging Cross Country - Full Recap

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Le Pin-au-Haras, France – The heart of the eventing discipline was on display Saturday at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with the cross country phase taking center stage at Le Pin National Stud in Le Pin-au-Haras, France. The FEI World Team and Individual Eventing Championship saw 87 combinations set out on a world championship-caliber 5,982m, 33-obstacle cross country course designed by Pierre Michelet (FRA). Due to wet conditions, the course was shortened from 6,500m, with two fences being removed, reducing the optimum time by one minute to 10 minutes and 30 seconds.

It proved to be an influential day, as even the sport’s best riders ran into trouble. Sixty-three combinations completed the course, with none finishing within the time and only 37 pairs jumping clean. Boyd Martin and Shamwari 4 were the shining stars for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team. Though the U.S. team is out of the running after a rough day, three other combinations will move on in the FEI World Individual Championship: Kim Severson and Fernhill Fearless, Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville, and Lynn Symansky and Donner.

Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and Shamwari 4 had a spectacular day when the going was tough. On a day when the heavy footing was draining the horses’ energy as they went around the track, Martin and the Shamwari 4 Syndicate LLC’s 2002 Hanoverian gelding prevailed, finishing with 13.6 time penalties and sitting in ninth place heading into the final phase on a score of 59.9.

“I was thrilled with Shamwari 4. He is a new ride for me; he’s a real trier,” Martin explained. “My plan was to set out a little steady and then see how much horse I had at the end. In hindsight, I should’ve gone a lot quicker at the beginning because he was full of running at the end.”

Severson (Charlottesville, Va.) and her own Fernhill Fearless had a great day, other than one mishap. The pair had a run-out at the final water at fence 30 when the 2000 Irish Sport Horse gelding locked on to the wrong part of the combination, but they finished strongly. They sit in 32nd place with a score of 91.2 after adding 20 jump penalties and 20.4 time penalties to their score.

“It was the best ride I’ve ever had,” Severson said enthusiastically. “I mean it really sucks about the water. I thought I could get it done, of course, but he was absolutely brilliant. It was really the best ride of my life; it sounds so stupid, but he was absolutely amazing. That was definitely the horse to be on for today, I mean no two ways about it. He’s as straight as they come, he wants to do it, he’s a little Thoroughbred, and he is amazing.”

Sinead Halpin (Oldwick, N.J.) and Manoir de Carneville had an uncharacteristic run-out at fence four when the horse didn’t lock onto the fence. From then on, Halpin and the Manoir de Carneville Syndicate’s 2000 Selle Francais gelding were on a mission to complete their first World Championship track, and they accomplished just that. The pair sits in 42nd place on a score of 106.4

“It got better and better, but it’s hard work,” Halpin said of her ride after her run-out. “It was gutting [to have the run-out] but the rest of it was just get it done, to get home, because it’s doable.”

Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) and her own Donner started strongly but didn’t have the day they were hoping for when they had run-outs at 16B at the second water and 27B at the corner after the trakehner. Though an undesirable result, Symansky and the 2003 Thoroughbred gelding finished well. They added 40 jumping penalties and 38.4 time penalties and sit in 50th place with a score of 131.4.

“He was great at the beginning. I had tons of horse, even to the end I had tons of horse, he never necessarily got tired,” Symansky said “I ended with a healthy horse and we made it to the finish, but obviously not the result I was looking for.

Buck Davidson (Ocala, Fla.) and Ballynoe Castle RM were in a tough position being the pathfinders for the World Championship field over a daunting track. The wet and hilly going proved difficult for Ballynoe Castle RM, but Carl and Cassandra Segal’s 2000 Irish Thoroughbred gelding pushed through until the final water when he ran out of steam and Davidson elected  to retire after a runout at 30C and a stop at the fence 31 option fence.

“I’m really, really proud of him,” Davidson said. “He jumped perfect, he tried his heart out. In these conditions that’s a lot. I’m disappointed, but somebody had to go first and that’s sort of the thing you take. You’re not really sure and we got a lot of information now. My horse is healthy and happy and he’ll be back for another day.”

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Trading Aces also struggled with the terrain factor. The horse tired before fence 24, having a stop at fence 25, where Dutton decided to retire. The Trading Aces LLC’s 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding had jumped well around the tough track until the retirement.

“I think the jumps were all riding fine; it’s more the combination of a wet summer, the new ground, and the hilly terrain, so I think the endurance part of the course is pretty tough,” Dutton explained. “You can only forget about your minute markers and your watch and just go as fast as you can and save a bit for the end.”

Though the U.S. contingent had a tough day, it showed great horsemanship and represented their country well. Martin said it best when commenting on how the day unfolded for the U.S., saying, “It’s heartbreaking because I think we are a team of good riders and good horses. As we saw with a number of other good teams, it was just such a tough day cross country. It was a tough course and even the best riders were having trouble. The guys dug deep, they really tried their hearts out, and they should hold their heads high.”

At the end of the second phase, Germany heads into Sunday in Gold medal position in the FEI World Team Eventing Championship on a score of 177.9. Great Britain is in second place with a 186.8, and Australia lies in third on a score of 226.8. In the FEI World Individual Eventing Championship William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and Chilli Morning sit atop the leaderboard going into the final phase with a score of 50.3. Sandra Auffarth (GER) and Opgun Louvo are in second place with a score of 52.0, while Michael Jung (GER) and fischerRocana are third with a 52.3.
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