Monday, June 06, 2016

USEF Names The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team for CDIO5* and Individuals for CDI3* at Rotterdam

6 months ago

Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named four athlete-and-horse combinations for the CDIO5* and five combinations for the CDI3* at Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 22-26, 2016. Both competitions will serve as the final of three designated observation events for determining the 2016 U.S. Olympic Dressage Team. Previous observation events included CDIO5*/CDI3* Compiegne, May 19–22, and CDI4* Roosendaal, June 1-5.

The following athletes and horses will compose The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team for the CDIO5* (in alphabetical order):
Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) with Patricia Stempel’s Doktor, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding
Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and her own Verdades, a 2002 KWPN gelding
Kasey Perry-Glass (Orangevale, Calif.) with Diane Perry’s Goerklintgaards Dublet, a 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding
Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) with Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92, a 2002 Westphalian gelding

The following athletes and horses will compete in the CDI3* (in alphabetical order):
Allison Brock (Loxahatchee, Fla.) with Claudine and Fritz Kundrun’s Rosevelt, a 2002 Hanoverian stallion
Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) with Patricia Stempel’s Danilo, a 2004 Hanoverian gelding
Arlene “Tuny” Page (Wellington, Fla.) and her own Woodstock, a 2003 KWPN gelding
Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) with Four Winds Farm’s Rosamunde, a 2007 Rheinlander mare
Guenter Seidel (Cardiff, Calif.) with James and Charlotte Mashburn's Zero Gravity, a 2004 Dutch Warmblood gelding

Further information regarding the U.S. Olympic Dressage 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.

The U.S. will also be represented at CHIO Rotterdam by the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup competition. This competition will serve as the final of four designated observation events for determining the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

USEF Names U.S. Dressage Representatives for CDI4* Roosendaal

6 months ago

Lexington, Ky.
- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will be represented by five athlete-and-horse combinations at CDI4* Roosendaal in The Netherlands, June 1-5, 2016. This competition is a designated observation event for determining the 2016 U.S. Olympic Dressage Team.

The following athletes and horses will represent the United States (in alphabetical order):

Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and her own Verdades, a 2002 KWPN gelding

Arlene “Tuny” Page (Wellington, Fla.) and her own Woodstock, a 2003 KWPN gelding

Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) with Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92, a 2002 Westphalian gelding, and Rosamunde, a 2007 Rheinlander mare

Guenter Seidel (Cardiff, Calif.) with James and Charlotte Mashburn's Zero Gravity, a 2004 Dutch Warmblood gelding

Further information regarding the U.S. Olympic Dressage 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 22, 2016

U.S. Dressage Team Wins CDIO5* Compiegne as Final Day Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather

6 months ago

Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet (Lily Forado)
Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet (Lily Forado)
Compiegne, France
– On Saturday, eight international teams began CDIO5* competition with the Grand Prix Test at Compiegne. After stellar performances from The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team of Allison Brock, Shelly Francis, Laura Graves, and Kasey Perry-Glass, the U.S. led the field on a total of 226.800. Day two of CDIO5* competition was to include the Grand Prix Special and Freestyle tests, but a deluge of rain caused the cancellation of the remaining Nations Cup competition. Based on day one’s dominate performances, the U.S. took the Nations Cup win, followed by Sweden in second on 215.040, and France in third with 213.660. The competition served as a designated observation event as part of the selection process for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Dressage Team.

“To say that I was thrilled with our U.S. riders and horses this week in Compiegne would be an understatement,” said Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover. “From Tuny Page's third place in the CDI3* Grand Prix Special, our wonderful Young Riders who showed great potential, as well as grace, when things did not always go their way, to the spectacular win of our Nation's Cup Team, I can only state my tremendous pride in them!”

Grand Prix Test Recap
In their second Nations Cup appearance, Perry-Glass (Wellington, Fla.) and Diane Perry’s Goerklintgaards Dublet continued to show maturity and poise with a superb test, scoring a personal best and posting the highest scoring Grand Prix Test of the day with a 77.440%. Having moved up to the Grand Prix level this winter, the pair executed an accurate test that earned 8s and 9s for their one-and-two-tempi changes and final centerline.

Anchoring the U.S. team was Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and her own Verdades, who produced a score of 75.440%. The pair earned high marks for their signature expression in the extended gaits, two-tempi changes, and half-passes, but had an uncharacteristic mistake in the one-tempi changes. Graves placed second behind teammate Perry-Glass.

Laura Graves and Verdades (Lily Forado)
Laura Graves and Verdades (Lily Forado)
Entering the arena second in the order for the U.S., Brock (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Claudine and Fritz Kundrun’s Rosevelt, performed an expressive and fluid test, scoring 73.920%, good for sixth place. Producing a very consistent test, the pair showcased beautiful extension and cadence at the trot and in the half-passes.

The veteran pair of Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Patricia Stempel’s Doktor were the pathfinders for the U.S. and set the tone for polished performances from the American contingent. The pair showcased excellent piaffe-passage work to score 71.120%, placing them ninth in the Grand Prix.

“The fantastic rides and scores achieved by Kasey, Laura, Allison, and Shelly, out of the eight teams yesterday, clearly showed the strength of our squad, which will be added to as Steffen Peters and Guenter Seidel arrive to our base in Belgium this week,” expressed an enthused Dover. “I am looking forward to our next outings in Roosendaal and Rotterdam. Again thank you to: Hallye Griffin, Dr. Meg Mullin, our riders and horses, Debbie McDonald, Michael Barisone, Arnd Erben, and all the personal trainers, our fantastic grooms, owners, sponsors, and supporters here and around the world! Go Team USA!"

Complete Grand Prix Results

Final Team Standings

USEF Dressage Young Rider European Tour
The trio of USEF Dressage Young Rider European Tour participants gained valuable experience in their European debuts, competing in the CDI-Y. Lauren Asher (San Diego, Calif.) with her own De Noir 3 were the highest placing Americans in both the Team and Individual Tests. In Friday’s Team Test, the pair scored 67.061%, placing 19th. Asher went one better in the Individual Test, placing 18th with a score of 66.228% in a test that earned high marks for the medium and collected trot and extended walk. Moving forward to the Freestyle on Sunday, Asher rode with remarkable poise under less than ideal weather conditions. The judges were impressed with the choreography and degree of difficulty, awarding the pair a score of 71.958% and placing it fourth in the class.

Barbara “Bebe” Davis and Michael Davis’ Feivel Mousekewitz scored 63.816% in the Team Test, placing 24th, and earned 65.614% for 23rd place in the Individual Test. Rounding out the U.S. representatives, Kerrigan Gluch (Wellington, Fla.) and Hampton Green Farm’s Vaquero HGF placed 27th in the Team Test with a score of 65.000%, and placed 31st with a 60.263% in the Individual Test.

Complete Team Test results

Complete Individual Test results

Complete Freestyle Test results

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

U.S. Dressage Team Takes Early Lead at CDIO5* Compiegne

7 months ago

Compiegne, France – Eight international teams took to the arena in Compiegne Saturday as day one of the CDIO5* got underway. Team medals will be awarded based on the results of today’s Grand Prix tests and Sunday’s Grand Prix Special and Freestyle tests. The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team, led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover, took a commanding lead following strong performances from Allison Brock, Shelly Francis, Laura Graves, and Kasey Perry-Glass. They lead on a total of 226.800. Sweden is currently in second on 215.040, while France sits in third with 213.660. The competition is a designated observation event as part of the selection process for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Dressage Team.

In their second Nations Cup appearance, Perry-Glass (Wellington, Fla.) and Diane Perry’s Goerklintgaard’s Dublet continued to show maturity and poise with a superb test, scoring a personal best and posting the highest scoring Grand Prix test of the day with a 77.440%. Having moved up to the Grand Prix level this winter, the pair executed an accurate test that earned 8s and 9s for their one-and-two-tempi changes and final centerline.

Anchoring the U.S. team was Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and her own Verdades, who produced a score of 75.440%. The pair earned high marks for their signature expression in the extended gaits, two-tempi changes, and half-passes, but had an uncharacteristic mistake in the one-tempi changes. Graves placed second behind teammate Perry-Glass.

Entering the arena second in the order for the U.S., Brock (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Claudine and Fritz Kundrun’s Rosevelt, performed an expressive and fluid test, scoring 73.920%, good for sixth place. Producing a very consistent test, the pair showcased beautiful extension and cadence at the trot and in the half-passes.

The veteran pair of Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Patricia Stempel’s Doktor were the pathfinders for the U.S. and set the tone for polished performances from the American contingent. The pair showcased excellent piaffe-passage work to score 71.120%, placing them ninth in the Grand Prix.

Medals will be awarded following Sunday’s competition with Francis and Perry-Glass contesting the Grand Prix Freestyle Brock and Graves competing in the Grand Prix Special.

Complete Grand Prix Results

Provisional Team Standings

Continuing to gain valuable experience in their European debuts, the trio of USEF Dressage Young Rider European Tour participants completed their CDI-Y Individual Tests. Lauren Asher (San Diego, Calif.) with her own De Noir 3 were the highest placing Americans in 18th, scoring 66.228% in a test that earned high marks for the medium and collected trot and extended walk. Barbara “Bebe” Davis and Michael Davis’ Feivel Mousekewitz scored 63.816%, putting them in 24th place. Rounding out the U.S. representatives, Kerrigan Gluch (Wellington, Fla.) and Hampton Green Farm’s Vaquero HGF scored 60.263%, placing them 31st.

Asher will move forward to Sunday’s CDI-Y Freestyle.

Complete Individual Test results

Watch the competition live at compiegne-equestre.com/live

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Competition Begins for U.S. Contingent at CDI Compiegne

7 months ago

Compiegne, France – Competition at CDI Compiegne began today with the CDI3* Grand Prix. The field of 43 combinations included U.S. representatives Shelly Francis and Arlene “Tuny” Page, who are members of the Dressage Squad for European Observation Events. The competition is a designated observation event as part of the selection process for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Dressage Team and will include CDIO5* competition for The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team, beginning Saturday.

Page (Wellington, Fla.) and her own Woodstock, a 2003 KWPN gelding, were the final combination down centerline. Page was able to manage Woodstock’s moments of tensions to deliver a solid test highlighted by an expressive extended trot and consistent passage work, scoring 68.380%, landing the combination in 10th place.

Entering the arena first for the U.S. was Francis and Patricia Stempel’s Danilo, a 2004 Hanoverian gelding. The pair had a strong start to their test; however, a costly error of course during the canter tour resulted in a total score of 66.160%, placing the pair 21st.

Competition in the CDI3* continues for Francis and Page with the Grand Prix Special on Friday.

Complete results

U.S. athletes competing in the Young Rider division, Barbara “Bebe” Davis (also competing in the U-25 division), Lauren Asher, and Kerrigan Gluch, passed the horse inspection today and will begin competition Friday.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team Finishes Fifth at CDIO3* Odense

7 months ago

Jennifer Hoffmann and XXXL Rubinio NRW (Ridehesten.com)
Jennifer Hoffmann and XXXL Rubinio NRW (Ridehesten.com)
Odense, Denmark
– The third and final day of the Nations Cup competition at the Odense Horse Festival sponsored by ECCO took place on Monday. Led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover, The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team of Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar, Susan Dutta and Currency DC, Jennifer Hoffmann and XXXL Rubinio NRW, and Beatrice Marienau and Stefano 8 had respectable performances throughout the competition. At the end of the three days of competition, The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team finished in fifth place on a score of 403.524.

“I was very proud of our American riders and horses here in Odense and thankful to them, their personal trainers, assistants, and supporters,” Dover said. “They showed excellent horsemanship and great potential to produce super results as the season progresses. I wish them all the very best of luck in their upcoming European competitions! Go Team USA!”

The Nations Cup format determined team results by adding the three best results per team in the Grand Prix, the two best results in the Grand Prix Special, and the best result in the Grand Prix Freestyle. All combinations performed the Grand Prix on Saturday with Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar as the top U.S. finishers in eighth place with a score of 69.000%. Dutta and Tim Dutta Inc’s Currency DC and Marienau and her own Stefano 8 competed in Sunday’s Grand Prix Special, with Marienau finishing ninth on a score of 67.294% and Dutta in 12th on a score of 66.490%. The ECCO Grand Prix Freestyle was the final phase of the competition with Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar and Hoffmann and XXXL Rubinio NRW representing the U.S. in front of the Ground Jury of Kirsten Soegaard (DEN), Elke Ebert (GER), Francis Verbeek (NED), Jacques Van Daele (BEL), and Peter Storr (GBR).

Hoffmann (Duisburg, Germany) and her own XXXL Rubinio NRW performed a striking freestyle to dramatic music with an Arabian flair. The pair had several challenging movements including trot half-passes away from the judge at C to showcase their correctness in the movement, an extended canter to a one-and-a-half canter pirouette, one-tempi changes on the centerline, and a turn while performing the piaffe. Hoffman’s music matched the 2003 Westphalian stallion well, highlighted by a lovely extended trot that paired perfectly with the music. Their great performance was marred only by a moment of resistance during a piaffe towards the beginning of the test. Hoffmann and XXXL Rubinio NRW were awarded a score of 67.800% to finish in eighth place.

“Karen Robinson did the music, with Vanessa Mae playing the violin in the trot music, and Sarah Brightman singing at the end. It had a little bit of a Middle Eastern flavor,” Hoffmann explained about her freestyle. “It was a real challenge today; we have had our hands full with the weather. It has been super cold and windy with banners flapping and a lot going on. Today, I was really happy with how he held it together as well as he did. We all felt our scores didn’t reflect how we had been doing lately, but we dealt with the circumstances the best we could.” 

Hoffmann made her Nations Cup debut at Odense and was delighted with the experience. “I loved the experience. The gals I was here with were so much fun. For [Marienau], it was her first time as well, with Katherine and Susie having been on teams before, but we didn’t really know what to expect. It was super; there was a nice feeling of comradery with everyone watching each other’s rides and helping each other out. We got along really well; there was a good harmony. Robert [Dover] was amazing! He was always there, always helping, answering any questions. It was wonderful to have him there.”

Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) with Jane Clark’s Alcazar had entertaining funk music in her freestyle to songs such as “Uptown Funk,” “Superstition,” and “Play That Funky Music”. She managed to produce several quality movements with the 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding but struggled with tension in the blustery conditions. They performed a one-and-a-half canter pirouette and nice trot half-pass zig zags. Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar received a score of 66.000% to finish in ninth place.

Host nation Denmark claimed top honors in the Nations Cup with a score of 436.521. Sweden was second on a score of 435.204 and Germany was third on a score of 412.113. Therese Nilshagen (SWE) and Dante Weltino OLD won the Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 75.425%, and Agnete Kirk Thinggaard (DEN) and Jojo AZ were second on a 73.975% followed by Kathleen Keller (GER) and Daintree 3 in third on a score of 71.600%.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team Remains in Fifth after Day Two at CDIO3* Odense

7 months ago

Beatrice Marienau and Stefano 8 (Ridehesten.com)
Beatrice Marienau and Stefano 8 (Ridehesten.com)
Odense, Denmark
- Beatrice Marienau and Stefano 8 and Susan Dutta and Currency DC had solid performances as they represented The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team on the second day of the Nations Cup competition at the Odense Horse Festival sponsored by Ecco on Sunday. Two combinations from each of the seven nations performed the Grand Prix Special in front of the Ground Jury of Lars Andersson (SWE), Magnus Ringmark (SWE), Hans-Christian Matthiesen (DEN), Francis Verbeek (NED), and Lone Dichmann (DEN) in the Helgstrand Arena. The U.S. team stayed in fifth place with a score of 335.724.

Marienau (Oak Creek, Colo.) had a lovely test with her own Stefano 8, riding well in the cool, blustery conditions. She and the 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding had great half-passes at the trot and canter and made the tempi changes look easy. However, they struggled with the extended trot movements early in the test when Stefano 8 broke to the canter. Overall, they produced a strong effort to score 67.294% and finish in ninth place.

“Even though we all are trying to cope with the weather, Stefano 8 has been very relaxed and is in super form. He was super responsive at all times,” Marienau said. “My coach, Arnd Erben, and I have been working on putting more expression into my test and taking a bit more risk; therefore, with more risk sometimes there are little bobbles. Otherwise, ‘Fino’ had amazing changes and super parts in the piaffe and passage.”

Marienau had high praise for her first Nations Cup experience explaining, “Besides another great learning experience, being at an amazing European competition, getting the team experience with a wonderful, supportive, and fun team, and Robert [Dover] never getting tired of helping us anywhere and everywhere, it was one of the most fun rides I had. A great thanks goes to my super groom, Alex Luber, who always makes sure that ‘Fino’ looks so amazing!”

Dutta (Wellington, Fla.) and Tim Dutta’s Currency DC had an improved performance from yesterday’s Grand Prix Test. They had nice trot work and good tempi-changes, with only occasional tension. Dutta and the 2000 Oldenburg received a score of 66.490% to finish in 12th place.

Host country Denmark is at the top of the Nations Cup leaderboard with 362.546, followed by Sweden in second with 360.779 and Germany in third with 340.513. In the Grand Prix Special, Cathrine Dufor (DEN) and Atterupgaards Cassidy won on a score of 75.961%. Juliette Ramel (SWE) and Buriel K.H. placed second with a 72.137% followed by Rose Mathisen (SWE) and Zuidenwind 1187 with a 71.922%.

The Nations Cup competition comes to a close on Monday with Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar and Jennifer Hoffmann and XXXL Rubinio NRW competing in the ECCO Grand Prix Freestyle. The Team results are determined by adding up the three best results per team in the Grand Prix Test, the two best results in the Grand Prix Special, and the best result in the Grand Prix Freestyle.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team Sits in Fifth after Day One at CDIO3* Odense

7 months ago

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar (Carly Muma)
Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar (Carly Muma)
Odense, Denmark
- The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team began the Nations Cup competition at the Odense Horse Festival sponsored by Ecco on Saturday. Led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover, the team of Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Susan Dutta, Jennifer Hoffmann, and Beatrice Marienau performed the Grand Prix Test in front of the Ground Jury of Jo Graham (GBR), Maria Colliander (FIN), Francis Verbeek (NED), Elke Ebert (GER), and Hans-Christian Matthiesen (DEN) in the Helgstrand Arena. The team is in fifth place with a score of 201.94. Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar lead the way for the U.S. with a score of 69.000% in eighth place.

As the final combination to enter the arena for the CDIO3*, Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) and Jane Clark’s Alcazar had a lovely test, painting a polished picture for the judges. The duo performed excellent half-passes at the trot and canter and great one-tempi changes. However, she and the 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding had a bobble in the two-tempi changes.

“He was last to go, so it was a long way on a cold and windy day. I was thrilled with him,” Bateson-Chandler said of Alcazar. “This is his first Nations Cup team experience. He was very genuine and I couldn’t ask for more.”

Marienau (Oak Creek, Colo.) had a wonderful start to her Nations Cup debut with her own Stefano 8. She and the 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding had a smooth test with quality movements in their European debut as a combination. They finished in 12th place with a score of 67.160%.

Also making her Nations Cup debut, Hoffmann (Duisburg, Germany) also kicked off her Nations Cup debut with her own 2003 Westphalian stallion XXXL Rubinio NRW. The pair had a solid performance with the added pressure of being on a team to score 65.780%, finishing in 20th place.

Dutta (Wellington, Fla.) put forth a determined effort with Tim Dutta Inc’s Currency DC. They produced several nice movements, including great trot half-passes. However, the test lacked fluidity at times, and the 2000 Oldenburg gelding displayed some tension. They finished in 25th place with a score of 63.220%

Two combinations will compete in Sunday’s Grand Prix Special presented by Sport Event Denmark, while the other two combinations will compete in Monday’s ECCO Grand Prix Freestyle.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team Ready for CDIO3* Odense

7 months ago

The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team for CDIO3* Odense (Carly Muma)
The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team for CDIO3* Odense (Carly Muma)
Lexington, Ky.
- The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team has settled in at the Odense Horse Festival sponsored by Ecco taking place in Denmark, May 14-16. The team of Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Susan Dutta, Jennifer Hoffmann, and Beatrice Marienau will compete in the CDIO3* Nations Cup competition led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover. The U.S. will go last in the order of seven nations as they aim for a solid performance.

“We had a super training day today for the whole team, and the vet inspections went perfectly, so I’m really looking forward to the Grand Prix tomorrow,” Dover said. “Everybody looks great, and I’m very, very hopeful that they have a really great showing here.”

With her upper-level dressage career beginning just a few years ago, Marienau (Oak Creek, Colo.) will compete on her first Nations Cup team in Odense in the leadoff position. Last year, she reached a personal goal by competing at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp. with her own Stefano 8. Marienau and the 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding have continued to flourish this year, winning the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival V CDI-W.

Following Marienau, California native Hoffmann (Duisburg, Germany) also makes her Nations Cup debut with her own XXXL Rubinio NRW. She has spent several years training and competing in Europe, establishing herself on the international stage. Earlier this year, Hoffmann and the 2003 Westphalian stallion were sixth in the Grand Prix Special at CDI3* Nieuw en Sint Joosland in The Netherlands.

Going next for the U.S., Dutta (Wellington, Fla.) will ride seasoned competitor Tim Dutta Inc’s Currency DC. With a partnership that dates back to 2005, Dutta has developed the 2000 Oldenburg gelding into a proven performer. Recently, Dutta and Currency DC finished seventh in the Grand Prix Special at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CDI4*.

Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) is a 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games veteran and will bring valuable experience to the team with Jane Clark’s Alcazar as the anchor combination. She and the 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding have scored top results since their partnership began in 2013. This year on the Florida circuit, the pair won the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 and finished third in the CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby.

Competition begins Saturday with all combinations competing in the Grand Prix Test. Two combinations will compete in Sunday’s Grand Prix Special presented by Sport Event Denmark, while the other two combinations will compete in Monday’s ECCO Grand Prix Freestyle.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

USEF Names The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team for CDIO5* Compiegne

7 months ago

Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named four athlete-and-horse combinations for the CDIO5* and two combinations for the CDI3* at Compiegne May 19–22, 2016. Both competitions are designated observation events for determining the 2016 U.S. Olympic Dressage Team.

The following athletes and horses will compose The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team for the CDIO5* (in alphabetical order):
Allison Brock (Loxahatchee, Fla.) with Claudine and Fritz Kundrun’s Rosevelt, a 2002 Hanoverian stallion

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) with Patricia Stempel’s Doktor, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding

Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and her own Verdades, a 2002 KWPN gelding

Kasey Perry-Glass (Orangevale, Calif.) with Diane Perry’s Goerklintgaards Dublet, a 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding

The following athletes and horses will compete in the CDI3* (in alphabetical order):
Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) with Patricia Stempel’s Danilo, a 2004 Hanoverian gelding

Arlene “Tuny” Page (Wellington, Fla.) and her own Woodstock, a 2003 KWPN gelding

Further information regarding the U.S. Olympic Dressage 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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Thursday, April 14, 2016

USEF Names The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team for CDIO3* Odense

8 months ago

Lexington, Ky.
- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the athlete-and-horse combinations who will represent The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team at CDIO3* Odense, May 12-16, 2016, in Odense, Denmark. Robert Dover will serve as the Chef d’Equipe.

The following combinations will make up The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team (in alphabetical order):

Katherine Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) and Jane Clark’s Alcazar, a 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding
Susan Dutta (Wellington, Fla.) and Tim Dutta Inc’s Currency DC, a 2000 Oldenburg gelding
Jennifer Hoffmann (San Diego, Calif.) and her own XXXL Rubinio NRW, a 2003 Westphalian stallion
Beatrice Marienau (Oak Creek, Colo.) and her own Stefano 8, a 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team Wins CDIO3* Wellington

8 months ago

Wellington, Fla.
– Another day of brilliant performances assured The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team the win in the 2016 Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. On Wednesday, the U.S. team of Shelly Francis, Laura Graves, Kasey Perry-Glass, and Arlene “Tuny” Page came out strong, all placing in the top six in the FEI Grand Prix test on day one of team competition. In today’s team finale, the FEI Grand Prix Special test, the team, led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover, marked improved scores and claimed victory on a total of 454.698. Placing second on 428.708 was Canada. Spain finished third on a total of 414.421.

“The Nations Cup here in Wellington has been a tremendous competition again this year and is really growing in quality each year,” said Dover. “I am so thankful to the sponsors of this show, Stillpoint Farm and Adequan. I am extremely proud that America won this Nations Cup again this year. Even more importantly, I was hoping for our riders to achieve personal bests and with each class grow more confident, and that’s what I saw today. I couldn’t be more proud of all of them.”

This Nations Cup event allows for nations to formulate their teams with both Big and Small Tour combinations with Big Tour combinations receiving a 1.5% bonus to their scores. Two countries were represented by Small Tour combinations: Spain and Costa Rica. Three countries were represented by Big Tour combinations: Canada, the United States of America, and Australia. Denmark entered a mixed team of two Small Tour and one Big Tour combination.

U.S. team anchor, Graves (Plymouth, Fla.), cemented victory for the U.S. with her 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding, Verdades, scoring a personal best in the Grand Prix Special, a 78.294%, giving them a 79.794% with the added 1.5%. The pair was on point throughout the test, showcasing great harmony and expression to win the class by four percentage points.

“Nations Cups are always a lot of fun, and being a part of a team is just something you don’t say no to. I love that we were able to put America at the top of the podium. To compete with such a strong team always feels really secure,” said Graves. “We achieved two personal bests [in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special] so I could not be more thrilled.”

Perry-Glass (Wellington, Fla.) and Diane Perry’s Goerklintgaard’s Dublet, a 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding, showcased great poise in their Nations Cup debut at the Grand Prix level. The pair had one mistake in the changes on centerline, adding extra one-tempis, but were able to also produce a personal best score of 74.882%, putting forward a 76.382% to the team total and placing second.

“We have had a really fun week. I love the team; we have all gotten along really well and supported each other,” said Perry-Glass. “I was really proud of Dublet. Yesterday we had a little less expression, but then today I was able to push him a little bit harder. This is his first year [at the Grand Prix level], but he is letting me have a conversation with him in the ring and push him a little bit more – keeping him happy, that is my biggest goal.”

Page (Wellington, Fla.) and her own Woodstock, a 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding, were first out for the U.S. marking a competition score of 72.422% and placing fifth. It was evident that Page’s partnership with Woodstock has grown throughout the season, and the pair was wonderfully fluid throughout the test.

“I am really proud of the season Woodstock has had. It’s been a breakout year for him. I am really proud of the development of my horse, just from yesterday to today. He was a little bit more on his game today. He felt like he was in just the right place to develop more power and expression. When you get a chance to stand on the highest spot on the podium, it’s a good feeling,” said Page. “I want to acknowledge the addition of The Dutta Corp. as our team sponsors. This is going to be a huge step in developing strength and depth in all our programs. It certainly benefits us as we get to travel first class.”

Veterans of team competition, Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Patricia Stempel’s Doktor, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding, produced a consistent and bold test that was unfortunately marred by an error of course, garnering a 2% penalty to mark a competition score of 71.088%, good for seventh place.

“The team part of this has been fun; it’s always fun to do. I had a little tough ride yesterday. I started off really going for it today and had a blank moment, but otherwise it was really fun. It’s always nice to win,” said Francis.

Complete Grand Prix Special results

The U.S. will be represented in the Grand Prix Freestyle by Graves, Perry-Glass, and Page. The Freestyles will take place Friday evening at 7 p.m. ET.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

USEF Dressage Owners Task Force: Meet Beth Meyer

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I met Jan Ebeling in 2003, when he was a clinician at Larkspur in Littleton, MA.  While riding in the clinic and observing him work with the other riders, I was impressed with his professionalism and brilliant teaching methods. He encouraged everyone to see the importance of the basic building blocks of dressage, such as straightness and rhythm, and how they related to a perfect shoulder-in and ultimately to the Levels. Jan focuses on the theories of classical dressage. While I still wanted to learn the nuts and bolts of how to get the perfect shoulder-in, I was thrilled to see that I was set on the journey to lightness and harmony with my horse.
Beth Meyer with Rafalca
Later that year, I saw Jan win a spot on the Pan American team at Gladstone. Watching him ride in the pouring rain with a champion’s confidence in his horses and himself was something I will always remember. (At Gladstone, Jan qualified two horses for the Pan American Games, Liberte and Feleciano.) In 2007, when asked to join Amy and Ann as the third owner of Rafalca, I assented without a moment’s hesitation.  Since Gladstone, I have watched Jan compete Rafalca in shows in the US; Stuttgart, Germany; four World Cup Finals; as a member of the US Team in Aachen; and member of the 2012 US Olympic Team in London.  With dignity and sensitivity, in 2014, Jan retired Rafalca in Central Park in New York. Jan’s meticulous preparation for each show, including Rafalca’s retirement exhibition, always brings me back to the first time I saw him compete at Gladstone.  Nothing is left to chance and that includes building the best possible Support Team: grooms, farriers, veterinarians, shippers and others important to success.  Jan’s own work ethic and eagerness to continue training under the world’s best professionals provide a clear role model for all dressage aspirants. I would be remiss not to mention Jan’s generosity in serving on committees and governing bodies for High Performance Dressage.

Living in Cambridge, MA, I haven’t been able to enjoy the rich learning atmosphere of the Acres and seeing Jan, Rafalca and my partners on a daily basis. I have made up for it by making visits to California, going with Jan to horse shows and on horse buying trips to Europe for friends and myself.  For me, the buying trips are the equivalent of 100 lessons at home. Jan rides each horse to check suitability and then I get on and Jan instructs me, as in a lesson, to go back to the basics of getting the horse straight and through.  If I falter or am nervous, it usually means the horse isn’t the right one for me and we move on to the next horse or barn. With Jan’s help, I have purchased two Hanoverians in Germany, World Fashion and Flamenco Girl. Both mares are talented and striking chestnuts with huge, funny personalities.  I have competed World Fashion up to Prix St. Georges and will be competing Flamenco Girl this year working on my USDF Silver Medal. To sum up the past eight years, my life has been enriched a million fold by knowing Jan, Amy, and Ben, being one of the Amigos, and part of the Acres Family.   In terms of the future, I am eagerly looking forward to watching Jan present our stallions Rassolini and Breitan in competition.

I am currently also involved in helping another rider, Jennifer Marchand, reach her dreams in the world of High Performance Dressage by buying a share of Contendion, a talented Hanoverian gelding. Jennifer’s biography is listed on the Dressage Owners Task Force website, ExperienceDressage.com under Matches. 

What advice would I give to someone who loves dressage and wants to embark in similar journeys of horse ownership? The best advice I can give is to seek a rider who loves the discipline; has a good work ethic; recognizes the brilliance and needs of our equine partners; and has a passion for learning. There are no shortcuts in correct training. I do subscribe to having formal agreements and paying attention to the ABCs of Syndication found on ExperienceDressage.com.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Media Guides for Hagen and Rotterdam

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Friday, May 08, 2015

U.S. Dressage Combinations Ready for European Competition

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Lexington, Ky. - The U.S. Dressage team is ready for an exciting summer of European competition, as American combinations will contest renowned shows, in addition to the 2015 Dressage Pan American Games European CDI Observation Event Squad, who arrived at their base in Germany a week ago. Following successful fundraising efforts and the continued generosity of the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members, an additional 13 combinations have been awarded grants by the USEF to compete and train in Europe.

Dressage Pan American Games European CDI Observation Event Squad

Members of the Squad arrived at Gut Ising in Germany on April 30 having traveled well on the flight arranged by The Dutta Corp. As part of its sponsorship of USEF Dressage Programs, The Dutta Corp. covered a portion of the expenses for the trip.

The squad will continue to train under the guidance of Chef d'Equipe Robert Dover in preparation for the first Observation Event at CDI3*/5* Munich, May 13-17.

European Competition and Training Grants                                                    

The following combinations have been awarded European Competition and Training Grants (in alphabetical order):

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) with Patricia Stempel's Doktor and Danilo
Doktor is a 2003 Oldenburg gelding.
Danilo is a 2004 Hanoverian gelding.

Catherine Haddad-Staller (Wellington, Fla.) with Rowan O'Riley's Mane Stream Hotmail
Mane Stream Hotmail is a 2002 Oldenburg gelding.

Brian Hafner (Penngrove, Calif.) with his own and Rebecca Hafner's Lombardo LHF
Lombardo LHF is a 1999 Hanoverian gelding.

Charlotte Jorst (Reno, Nev.) with Kastel Denmark's Kastel's Nintendo
Kastel's Nintendo is a 2003 Dutch Warmblood stallion.

Devon Kane (Wellington, Fla.) with Diamante Farms' Destiny
Destiny is a 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding.

Tuny Page (Wellington, Fla.) with her own Alina and Woodstock
Alina is a 1998 Danish mare.
Woodstock is a 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding.

Kasey Perry (Orangevale, Calif.) with Diane Perry's Trostruplund's Scarlet
Trostruplund's Scarlet is a 1999 Danish Warmblood mare.

European CDIOs

Promising American combinations are set to compete in four European Nations Cups over the summer.

CDIO5* Rotterdam and CDIO5* Hagen

The following combinations will represent the U.S. at CDIO5* Rotterdam, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 18-21, and at CDIO5* Hagen, in Hagen, Germany, July 8-12 (in alphabetical order):

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) with Patricia Stempel's Doktor
Doktor is a 2003 Oldenburg gelding.

Charlotte Jorst (Reno, Nev.) with Kastel Denmark's Kastel's Nintendo
Kastel's Nintendo is a 2003 Dutch Warmblood stallion.

Tuny Page (Wellington, Fla.) with her own Woodstock
Woodstock is a 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding.

*Kathleen Raine (Murrieta, Calif.) with Jennifer Mason, David Wightman, and her own Breanna
Breanna is a 2001 Hanoverian mare.

*Should Raine and Breanna be named to the U.S. Pan American Games Team or as alternates to the U.S. team, Katherine Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) and Jane Clark's 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding Alcazar would replace them on the Rotterdam and Hagen teams.

CDIO5* Falsterbo

The following combinations will represent the U.S. at CDIO5* Falsterbo, in Falsterbo, Sweden, July 9-12 (in alphabetical order):

Susie Dutta (Wellington, Fla.) and Tim Dutta Inc.'s Currency DC
Currency DC is a 2000 Oldenburg gelding.

Catherine Haddad-Staller (Wellington, Fla.) with Rowan O'Riley's Mane Stream Hotmail
Mane Stream Hotmail is a 2002 Oldenburg gelding.

Brian Hafner (Penngrove, Calif.) with his own and Rebecca Hafner's Lombardo LHF
Lombardo LHF is a 1999 Hanoverian gelding.

Devon Kane (Wellington, Fla.) with Diamante Farms' Destiny
Destiny is a 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding.

CDIO3* Hickstead

The following combinations have been named to represent the U.S. at CDIO3* Hickstead, in Hickstead, England, July 15-19, additional combinations may be named pending approval by the USEF Dressage High Performance Committee (in alphabetical order):

Katherine Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) with Jane Clark's Alcazar
Alcazar is a 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding.

Jennifer Hoffman (San Diego, Calif.) with her own XXXL Rubinio NRW or Farinelli
XXXL Rubinio NRW is a 2003 Westphalian stallion.
Farinelli is a 1999 Westphalian gelding.

*Kasey Perry (Orangevale, Calif.) with Diane Perry's Trostruplund's Scarlet
Trostruplund's Scarlet is a 1999 Danish Warmblood mare.

*Should Perry be named to the U.S. Pan American Games Team or as an alternate to the U.S. Team with Goerklintgaards Dublet she will not compete at CDIO3* Hickstead.

USEF Developing Dressage Program

Two participants of the USEF Developing Dressage Program, supported by the ongoing gift through the USET Foundation Trustee Akiko Yamazaki/Red Husky Foundation, have been awarded grants to train and compete in European U-25 competitions. Chase Hickock (Wellington, Fla.) with Hyperion Farm, Inc.'s 1999 Royal Dutch Warmblood gelding Sagacious HF and Genay Vaughn (Elk Grove, Calif.) with Starr Vaughn Equestrian, Inc's 2001 Hanoverian stallion Donarweiss GGF will compete at two European CDI-U25s in July.

USEF Dressage Young Rider European Tour

Based on the ranking and selection process for the USEF Dressage Young Rider European Tour, the following combinations have been named for the U.S. Team for CDIO-Y Hagen, in Hagen, Germany, June 16-21, 2015 (in ranked order):

Catherine Chamberlain (Murrieta, Calif.) with Kimberly Pribble's Avesto Van Weltevreden
Avesto Van Weltevreden is a 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding.
*Chamberlain will also be an alternate on her own 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding Verdicci.

Ayden Uhlir (Wellington, Fla.) with her own Sjapoer
Sjapoer is a 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding.

Barbara Davis (Wellington, Fla.) with Michael Davis' Feivel Mousekewitz
Feivel Mousekewitz is a 2001 Hanoverian gelding.

Cassidy Gallman (Poway, Calif.) and her own 2000 Hanoverian gelding Grand Makana will serve as first alternates and Lindsey Brewin (San Ramon, Calif.) and her own 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding Vaillant will serve as second alternates.

Both Chamberlain and Uhlir have received grants to compete on the USEF Dressage Young Rider European Tour.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Listen to Steffen Peters Reaction to his Third Place Ride with Legolas in the WCF Grand Prix

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Hear Laura Graves' Reaction to her Grand Prix Test at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

U.S. Riders Familiarize on Wednesday

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The U.S. jumpers had their training session Wednesday moring, while the dressage riders utilized the afternoon for familiarization.

Beezie Madden/Simon and Hardin Towell/Lucifer V


Laura Kraut/ Nouvelle, Todd Minikus/Babalou, and Rich Fellers/Flexible


McLain Ward/Rothchild, Lucy Davis/Barron, and Katie Dinan/Stakorado


Kirsten Coe/Baronez, Karl Cook/Jonkheer Z, and Vinton Karrasch/ Coral Reef Baloufino


Laura Graves and Verdades


Steffen Peters and Legolas 92
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

View the 2015 FEI World Cup Final Media Guide

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Learn More about the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals Riders

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Friday, April 10, 2015

USEF Names Dressage Pan American Games European CDI Observation Event Squad

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Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named eight athlete-and-horse combinations to the 2015 Dressage Pan American Games European CDI Observation Event Squad. The squad is composed of four Big Tour and four Small Tour combinations, which will compete in designated European CDI Observation Events. Additionally, Laura Graves and her own 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding, Verdades, have been approved to be considered for the Pan American Games Dressage Team without competing in the European Observation Events per the Dressage Selection Procedures for the 2015 Pan American Games under the following provision:

An athlete named to compete at the European CDI Observation Event Squad may request special consideration for selection without competing in the Observation Events by submitting a written request prior to or during the European CDI Observation Events to the Selectors who will approve or disapprove the request based on these factors: 1. An athlete/horse combination that has demonstrated proven ability to succeed at CDI competitions (See definition on page 15). 2. Previous international experience of the athlete and/or horse.

The following combinations have been named to the 2015 Dressage Pan American Games European CDI Observation Event Squad (in ranked order):

Big Tour
Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) with Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92
Legolas 92 is a 2002 Westphalian gelding.

Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) with Four Winds Farm’s Rosamunde
Rosamunde is a 2007 Rheinlander mare.

Allison Brock (Loxahatchee, Fla.) with Claudine and Fritz Kundrun’s Rosevelt
Rosevelt is a 2002 Hanoverian stallion.

Kathleen Raine (Murrieta, Calif.) with Jennifer Mason, David Wightman, and her own Breanna
Breanna is a 2001 Hanoverian mare.

Small Tour

Kim Herslow (Stockton, N.J.) with Kiroli Enterprises LLC’s Rosmarin
Rosmarin is a 2005 Hanoverian gelding.

Olivia Lagoy-Weltz (Reston, Va.) with her own Rassing’s Lonoir
Rassing’s Lonoir is a 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding.

Sabine Schut-Kery (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) with Alice Womble’s Sanceo
Sanceo is a 2006 Hanoverian stallion.

Kasey Perry (Orangevale, Calif.) with Diane Perry’s Goerklingtgaards Dublet
Goerklingtgaards Dublet is a 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding.

It is anticipated that combinations will compete in at least two of the designated European CDI Observation Events.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors. Without the support of these organizations and those that generously donate to them, as well as the USEF membership, it would not be possible to run these programs.
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

USA I Team Wins Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup

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USA I Team stands atop the podium at the Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup (SusanJStickle.com)Wellington, Fla. - The USA I Team, led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover, maintained its day-one lead to claim victory in the 2015 Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup with strong performances from all four team members. On Thursday at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Small Tour combinations performed the FEI Intermediaire I Test, with Big Tour pairs riding the FEI Grand Prix Special Test. A total of 23 Small Tour combinations went down the centerline and seven Big Tour competitors closed out the second session, with each Big Tour combination earning an additional 1.5% bonus points toward its Team scores.

USA I claimed victory by a healthy margin, finishing on a total of 452.599, with the Canada I Team earning the second-place honors on 438.966, followed by Canada II in third on a score of 424.774. The Debbie McDonald-led USA II Team missed out on a podium finish by a fraction of a point, finishing fourth on 424.211.

“It was a fight down to the end and I couldn’t be more proud, not only of my Team I, but also of Team II,” said Dover. “These riders really stepped up to the plate and it was glorious to watch.”

USA I Team

As the first U.S. competitors into The Stadium, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and her own Rassing’s Lonoir earned a 71.368% in the Intermediaire I.
Kim Herslow and Rosmarin (SusanJStickle.com)
With a nearly impeccable performance, Kim Herslow (Stockton, N.J.) and Kiroli Enterprises LLC’s 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding Rosmarin earned their best-ever Intermediaire I score and the best mark in Nations Cup competition on Thursday with a 76.158%.

“Everybody really tried their hardest and we really pulled together as a team,” said Herslow. “I really enjoyed the experience and look forward to doing more of it.”

Allison Brock (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Claudine and Fritz Kundrun’s 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion, Rosevelt, produced one of their best scores in the Big Tour to date as they scored 74.255%, a mark which reflected a near flawless performance. With the bonus awarded to Big Tour combinations, they contributed a score of 75.722 % to USA I.

“It’s an honor; it’s a great privilege for all of us. This has been a really positive experience and fun,” said Brock. “There’s a pressure to it but you are supported by your teammates and to win was just amazing.”

As the final rider of the day, Laura Graves (Plymouth, Fla.) cemented victory for USA I with her 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Verdades, scoring 75.882%. Not only did the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games veterans produce the best Grand Prix Special score of the day, they contributed 77.3882 to USA I.

USA II Team
Chris Hickey and Ronaldo (SusanJStickle.com)
Chris Hickey (Wellington, Fla.) and Cecelia Stewart’s nine-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, Ronaldo, produced an expressive effort on Thursday afternoon to score 72.228%, leaving the USA II Team in a competitive position.

Kasey Perry (Orangevale, Calif.) continued to impress in her U.S. team debut as she rode Diane Perry’s 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, Goerklingtgaards Dublet, through tension to earn a mark of 71.079%.

Catherine Haddad Staller (Wellington, Fla.) and Rowan O’Riley’s 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Mane Stream Hotmail, rounded out the USA II Team effort with a score of 69.373%, and with the bonus contributed a score of 70.873.

“I was so proud of every single one of them,” said McDonald. “Chris Hickey brought a personal best for himself today. Kasey Perry was again on a very hot horse and she’s still young at this, but she rode with such composure, and Catherine Haddad Staller is doing an amazing job. We are still trying to find the perfect warm-up and into the arena and finding that strategy.”

With the USA I Team victory, the United States now has 10 points in the FEI Nations Cup Dressage Series, and plans to contend more Nations Cups throughout the 2015 Series.

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USET Foundation Announces Launch of "The Dressage Challenge"

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Wellington, FL - March 26, 2015 - Top U.S. dressage riders and owners gathered with United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation trustees Wednesday evening at the Global Dressage Festival pavilion for a champagne toast to celebrate the establishment of "The Dressage Challenge" and to recognize Claudine and Fritz Kundrun for their generosity.

The Dressage Challenge is an exciting new fundraising effort launched by the USET Foundation specifically for U.S. High Performance Dressage Programs. The Kundruns, longtime horse owners and supporters of U.S. dressage, have made a significant contribution to initiate The Challenge: they will match $1 for every $2 in gift commitments made by Dec. 31, 2015, up to a total of $500,000.

The goal of The Dressage Challenge is to raise $1,500,000 over the next four years to support a world-class program that will put the U.S. on top of the podium at international championships. Gifts are all tax-deductible. Commitments of $25,000 or more made by Dec. 31 are eligible for The Challenge and may be paid over a multi-year period.

USET Foundation Executive Director Bonnie Jenkins announced that donors have already stepped up to join The Dressage Challenge. Patsy and Leet Denton and Rowan O'Riley have made gift commitments to support the new program.

"This is a very exciting opportunity that has the potential to take the United States High Performance Dressage Program to the next level," Jenkins said. "We are so grateful to the Kundruns for their vision and most generous commitment in helping achieve this goal."

The champagne toast was held at the conclusion of the first day of the Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup CDIO3*, and there was plenty to celebrate, as both U.S. teams performed well to sit first and third in the team competition going into the final day.

"I think proof of our interest in being financially supportive was this afternoon: when you see someone like Laura [Graves] come into the arena with her horse, it's all worth it," Fritz Kundrun said. "We wanted to give a chance to gifted people with a passion and help the United States get a little more recognition for the sport."

To learn more about getting involved in The Dressage Challenge, please contact Bonnie Jenkins at bjenkins@uset.org or (908) 234-1251.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

USA I Storms to Early Lead in Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup, USA II Stands Third

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Wellington, Fla.- The 2015 Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup began on  Wednesday at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival with Small Tour combinations performing the FEI Prix St. Georges Test and Big Tour pairs riding the FEI Grand Prix Test. A total of 28 Small Tour combinations went down the centerline and an additional seven Big Tour competitors closed out the evening session, with the latter earning a 1.5% bonus to contribute to their team scores. After the first day of the Nations Cup, the USA I Team, led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover, leads on a score of 223.304, followed by Canada I in second on 216.664. USA II, led by Chef d’Equipe Debbie McDonald are currently placed third on a score of 209.980.

“I’m thrilled about all of our USA riders today,” said Dover. “I just couldn’t be more proud, Deb and I couldn’t be happier, all these riders and horses are phenomenal.”

USA I Team

First down the centerline for the USA I Team on Wednesday afternoon was Olivia LaGoy-Weltz with her own Rassing Lonoir. In her U.S. team debut LaGoy-Weltz (Reston, Va.) and the 11-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding finished on a score of 71.605% in the FEI Prix St. Georges Test.

The 2013 Intermediaire I National Champions, Kim Herslow (Stockton, N.J.) and Kiroli Enterprises LLC’s Rosmarin, rounded out the Small Tour effort for USA I scoring 73.684% with  the 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding producing a consistent test.

Allison Brock (Loxahatchee, Fla.) impressed in her U.S. team debut scoring 72.200% in the FEI Grand Prix Test on Claudine and Fritz Kundrun’s 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion, Rosevelt. With the point bonus awarded to Big Tour combinations, they contributed a score of 73.700% to USA I.

As the final combination of the day, Laura Graves (Plymouth, Fla.) and her own Verdades did not disappoint, scoring a 74.420%. The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games veterans scored the highest mark of the day in the Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup and contributed 75.920% to the USA I Team.

“It does usually put pressure on you to go as the anchor, but all three of my teammates were great before me, so there was no pressure,” joked Graves. “It is an honor to be part of this team.”

USA II Team

Chris Hickey (Wellington, Fla.) and Cecelia Stewart’s nine-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding Ronaldo led-off for the USA II Team earning a score of 69.184% in Small Tour competition, with the highlight of their FEI Prix St. Georges Test coming in the trot tour.

As the final U.S. Small Tour competitors of the day, Kasey Perry (Orangevale, Calif.) and Diane Perry’s 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding Goerklingtgaards Dublet posted the top Small Tour score of the day, a 73.816%. Perry was able to harness the gelding’s exuberance to produce a powerful, expressive effort. 

“He was really hot in the warm-up and a little bit around the ring. But, having the team support behind me was wonderful,” said Perry. “Once I went down centerline he just checked in, settled  down, and was great.”

The final combination for USA II on Wednesday was Big Tour combination, Catherine Haddad Staller (Wellington, Fla.) and Rowan O’Riley’s Mane Stream Hotmail. The 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding became unsettled in the canter tour to finish on 65.480% and contributed a score of 66.980% to USA II.

The Stilllpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup finishes Thursday afternoon with Small Tour competitors performing the Intermediaire I and Big Tour combinations heading down the centerline in the Grand Prix Special.
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Media Guide for 2015 Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup CDIO3*

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