Tuesday, June 21, 2016

USEF Names Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for Aachen CICO3*

2 months ago

Lexington, Ky.
- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team and Alternate for the Aachen CICO3*, July 14-16, 2016, in Aachen, Germany.

The following athlete-and-horse combinations will compose the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team (in alphabetical order):

Matt Brown (Cochranville, Pa.) and Blossom Creek Foundation's Super Socks BCF, a 2006 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Hannah Sue Burnett (The Plains, Va.) and Jacqueline Mars’ Harbour Pilot, a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and David Garrett’s Indian Mill, a 2005 English Thoroughbred gelding

Lauren Kieffer (Middleburg, Va.) and Jacqueline Mars' Landmark's Monte Carlo, a 2006 Irish Thoroughbred Cross gelding

The following athlete-and-horse combination has been named as the alternate:

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

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Monday, June 20, 2016

USEF Names U.S. Olympic Eventing Team for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

2 months ago

Lexington, Ky.
- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named four athlete-and-horse combinations to the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team and one traveling reserve for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Four direct reserve horses have also been named. A direct reserve horse would be an automatic replacement should the original horse on which an athlete was named need to be substituted. Eventing competition at the Olympic Games will take place August 5-9, 2016, at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The following athlete-and-horse combinations will compose the Team (in alphabetical order):
Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Caroline Moran, Simon Roosevelt, and Thomas Tierney’s Fernhill Cubalawn, a 2003 Holsteiner gelding
Direct Reserves
HND Group’s Mighty Nice, a 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding
Ann Jones and Thomas Tierney’s Fernhill Fugitive, a 2005 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Lauren Kieffer (Middleburg, Va.) and Team Rebecca, LLC’s Veronica, a 2002 KWPN mare
Direct Reserve
Marie Le Menestrel’s Meadowbrook’s Scarlett, a 2007 Thoroughbred cross mare

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate, LLC’s Blackfoot Mystery, a 2004 Thoroughbred gelding
Direct Reserve
Gloria Callen’s Welcome Shadow, a 2005 Thoroughbred cross mare

Clark Montgomery (Tetbury, England) and Holly and William Becker, Kathryn Kraft, and Jessica Montgomery’s Loughan Glen, a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding

The following combination has been named as the traveling reserve:
Maya Black
(Clinton, Wash.) and Dawn and Jonathan Dofelmier’s Doesn’t Play Fair, a 2005 Holsteiner gelding

View the complete list of reserve combinations

Further information regarding the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team selection process can be found on USEF.org. All nominations to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

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USEF Nominated Entry for U.S. Olympic Eventing Team

2 months ago

The following athlete-and-horse combinations will compose the Team (in alphabetical order):
Phillip Dutton
(West Grove, Pa.) and Caroline Moran, Simon Roosevelt, and Thomas Tierney’s Fernhill Cubalawn, a 2003 Holsteiner gelding
Direct Reserves
HND Group’s Mighty Nice, a 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding
Ann Jones and Thomas Tierney’s Fernhill Fugitive, a 2005 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Lauren Kieffer (Middleburg, Va.) and Team Rebecca, LLC’s Veronica, a 2002 KWPN mare
Direct Reserve
Marie Le Menestrel’s Meadowbrook’s Scarlett, a 2007 Thoroughbred cross mare

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate, LLC’s Blackfoot Mystery, a 2004 Thoroughbred gelding
Direct Reserve
Gloria Callen’s Welcome Shadow, a 2005 Thoroughbred cross mare

Clark Montgomery (Tetbury, England) and Holly and William Becker, Kathryn Kraft, and Jessica Montgomery’s Loughan Glen, a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding

The following combination has been named as the traveling reserve:
Maya Black
(Clinton, Wash.) and Dawn and Jonathan Dofelmier’s Doesn’t Play Fair, a 2005 Holsteiner gelding

The following athlete-and-horse combinations have been named as reserves (in alphabetical order):
Matthew Brown
(Cochranville, Pa.) and Blossom Creek Foundation’s Super Socks BCF, a 2006 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Sinead Halpin (Oldwick, N.J.) and the Manoir de Carneville Syndicate, LLC’s Manoir de Carneville, a 2000 Selle Francais gelding

Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) and the Donner Syndicate, LLC’s Donner, a 2003 Thoroughbred gelding

Elisa Wallace (Jasper, Ga.) and the Simply Priceless Syndication, LLC’s Simply Priceless, a 2001 Thoroughbred gelding

Further information regarding the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team selection process can be found on USEF.org. All nominations to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Coleman Finishes as Top American at Houghton International Horse Trials CICO3*

3 months ago

Katherine Coleman and Longwood (Libby Law Photography)
Katherine Coleman and Longwood (Libby Law Photography)
Norfolk, England
– On the third leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing series, seven nations took part in the Houghton International Horse Trials CICO3* with a field of 100 world-class combinations. Katherine Coleman, Tiana Coudray, and Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp represented the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team under the guidance of Chef d’Equipe Ann Taylor. At the end of the challenging competition, the U.S. Team finished in seventh place. Katherine Coleman and Longwood were the top U.S. pair in 34th place on a score of 61.7.

Coleman (Wiltshire, England) put forth a solid effort in her Nations Cup debut at Houghton. She had a respectable dressage test with her own Longwood on Thursday in front of the Ground Jury of Andrew Bennie (NZL) and Tim Downes (GBR). Coleman and the 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding had nice trot work, and despite some jigging at the end of the walk tour and being late behind in both changes, they received a score of 57.7. During Saturday’s show jumping phase, the pair had an unlucky rail at the oxer, into the triple combination, over Rodger Howe’s course to add four faults to their score. Coleman and Longwood finished the competition on a high note on Sunday with a double-clear round over Alec Lochore’s technical cross-country track to end on a score of 61.7.

“He was an absolute superstar around cross-country,” said a thrilled Coleman of her partner. “We were up on our minute markers that whole way; I actually slowed down quite a bit and was still 10 seconds under [the optimum time]. He finished full of running and still really fresh, which is encouraging that he’s on point for the CCI3* at Bramham in two weeks.”

Coudray (Hungerford, England) had a solid dressage test with Jatial, Inc’s Sambuca F on Friday in the 2006 Westphalian mare’s three-star debut to receive a score of 53.9. They added nine penalty points to their score in the show jumping phase. Coudray and Sambuca F collected 20 jumping penalties at fence 10, the water and treasure chest complex, and 18.4 time penalties in the cross-country phase to finish on a score of 101.3 for 75th place.

Halliday-Sharp (East Sussex, England) had an excellent dressage test with Deborah Halliday’s Fernhill by Night on Friday to earn a score of 38.9. She and the 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding left all the rails up but had four time penalties during show jumping. Unfortunately, their weekend came to an end when Halliday-Sharp became unseated at the bogey fence, fence 10, resulting in elimination.

Germany won the Nations Cup with a score of 137.1, followed by Australia in second on a 137.5 and France in third on a 146.4. Nicola Wilson (GBR) and One Two Many won the CICO3* on a score of 36.3 and also finished third with Annie Clover on a score of 41.3. Matthieu Van Landeghem (FRA) and Trouble Fete Ene HN were second with a score of 40.4.

Find out more about the Houghton International Horse Trials CICO3* and view the results.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Halliday-Sharp Sits in Seventh after Show Jumping at Houghton International Horse Trials CICO3*

3 months ago

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night (Libby Law Photography)
Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night (Libby Law Photography)
Norfolk, England
– The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team of Katherine Coleman, Tiana Coudray, and Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp remained in sixth place with a score of 167.5 following Saturday afternoon’s show jumping phase. Rodger Howe’s tough track shook up the leaderboard, but Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night stayed near the top of pack in seventh place on a score of 42.9.

Halliday-Sharp (East Sussex, England) had a smooth round with Deborah Halliday’s Fernhill by Night, incurring four time penalties. She wanted to have a positive ride with the 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding heading into the final phase.

“‘Blackie’ jumped great! It’s the first time he has jumped anything this height since The Fork, so despite going the inside lines and doing my best to make the time, I just had some time faults because I maybe looked after him too much in the set up before the fences,” Halliday-Sharp explained. “It was really important to me to give him a good, confident round, though, and he jumped great and didn’t touch a thing.”

Coleman (Wiltshire, England) had a four-fault round with her own Longwood that moved her and the 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding up 11 places following the dressage phase. They have a score of 61.7 to sit in 74th place.

Coudray (Hungerford, England) and Jatial, Inc’s Sambuca F added nine penalty points to their score to sit close behind Coleman in 78th place. They move into the cross-country phase on a score of 62.9.

Looking ahead to Sunday’s cross-country phase over Alec Lochore’s track, Halliday-Sharp said, “I think the cross-country course is tough; it’s very technical with lots of difficult skinnies and accuracy questions. I also think the time will be tight as it always is here. It will be a good test for ‘Blackie’ to see where we are with the technical questions. It will be a challenging course, but I think it should ride okay if we stay organized and focused.”

The competition will wrap up with Sunday’s cross-country phase beginning at 11:00 a.m. local time.

Find out more about the Houghton International Horse Trials CICO3* and view the results.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Halliday-Sharp Lies in Second after Day Two of Dressage at Houghton International Horse Trials CICO3*

3 months ago

Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night (Libby Law Photography)
Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night (Libby Law Photography)
Norfolk, England
– The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team of Katherine Coleman, Tiana Coudray, and Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp had solid dressage performances in front of the Ground Jury of Andrew Bennie (NZL) and Tim Downes (GBR) at the Houghton International Horse Trials CICO3*. Following the second of three days of dressage, the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team is currently in sixth place on a score of 150.5. Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night lead the U.S. contingent in a division of 100 combinations, scoring 38.9 to sit in second place.

Halliday-Sharp (East Sussex, England) had a fantastic dressage test with Deborah Halliday’s Fernhill by Night on Friday to lie near the top of the leaderboard. She and the 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding had lovely, expressive canter work and nice trot work, though it occasionally lacked sufficient balance. They lead the U.S. heading into Saturday’s show jumping phase.

“I was really pleased with him,” Halliday-Sharp explained of ‘Blackie.’ “I felt his canter work was really good today with a lot of expression in the changes and extended work. The trot work was great too, though I felt we could have been a bit more balanced in the shoulder-in work and in the move offs in the trot, and just a bit more push all around and a little more organization for the bigger marks. All in all though, I’m thrilled with him and his competitive score in this big international class.”

Coudray (Hungerford, England) and Jatial, Inc’s Sambuca F had a solid dressage test on Friday. With it being the 2006 Westphalian mare’s three-star debut and only her third competition of the year, Coudray produced a pleasant test with Sambuca F, giving the mare a positive experience as she continues to mature. The duo earned a score of 53.9 to sit in 53rd place.

Coleman (Wiltshire, England) had a respectable dressage test with her own Longwood on Thursday. She and the 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding had nice trot work but had bobbles with some jigging at the end of the walk tour and both changes being late behind. Even with the mistakes, they received a score of 57.7 for 66th place.

The dressage phase of the large CICO3* division will wrap up Saturday morning with show jumping taking place at 1:30 p.m. local time.

Find out more about the Houghton International Horse Trials CICO3* and view the results.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team Ready for Houghton International Horse Trials CICO3*

3 months ago

Katherine Coleman and Longwood  competing at the Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC3* (Kasey @ Rare Air Photography)
Katherine Coleman and Longwood competing at the Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC3* (Kasey @ Rare Air Photography)
Norfolk, England
– Seven nations are set to contest the Houghton International Horse Trials CICO3* taking place May 26-29 in Norfolk, England. On the third leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing series, Katherine Coleman, Tiana Coudray, and Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp will represent the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team in an impressive field of competitors. The U.S. will be guided by Chef d’Equipe Ann Taylor.

Coleman (Wiltshire, England) will make her Nations Cup debut at Houghton with her own Longwood. The New Orleans native relocated to England in 2012 and gained experience training and competing abroad. Coleman returned to the states this year for the winter and spring seasons and scored top results with the 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding, finishing seventh in the Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC3* and ninth in The Fork CIC3*.

Halliday-Sharp (East Sussex, England) and Deborah Halliday’s Fernhill by Night will make their third Nations Cup appearance as a combination, having last represented the U.S. at the 2014 Military Boekelo CCIO3*. Halliday-Sharp and the 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding had solid performances during the winter and spring in the U.S. They were second in the Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC2* and rerouted to Houghton after withdrawing prior to the deluge of rain on cross-country day at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover.

Coudray (Hungerford, England) will make her third Nations Cup appearance and partner with the promising Jatial, Inc’s Sambuca F. She began competing the 2006 Westphalian mare in FEI competitions this year, winning the Barroca d’Alva CCI2* in Portugal. The duo is in fine form for the start of competition at Houghton.

The large CICO3* division will perform dressage tests on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Show jumping will take place Saturday afternoon and cross-country will run on Sunday. For the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team, Coleman will head down centerline on Thursday at 2:08 p.m. local time, while Halliday-Sharp and Coudray will perform their dressage tests on Friday at 9:08 a.m. and 5:01 p.m., respectively.

Find out more about the Houghton International Horse Trials CICO3*.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

USEF Names Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for Houghton International Horse Trials CICO3*

3 months ago

Lexington, Ky.
-  The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the athlete-and-horse combinations who will represent the United States on the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team in FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing competition at the Houghton International Horse Trials CICO3*, in Norfolk, England, May 26-29.

The following athletes and horses will represent the United States (listed alphabetically):

Katherine Coleman (Wiltshire, England) with her own Longwood, a 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Tiana Coudray (Hungerford, England) with Jatial, Inc’s Sambuca F, a 2006 Westphalian mare

Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (East Sussex, England) with Deborah Halliday’s Fernhill by Night, a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Ann Taylor will serve as the Chef d’Equipe.

Find out more about the Houghton International Horse Trials CICO3*.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

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

5 months ago

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.

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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*.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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

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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*.

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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

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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.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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

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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.

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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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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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