Thursday, April 14, 2016

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

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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

View more information about CDIO3* Odense.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members. The USEF is especially grateful to individuals who give generously of their time and money to support the equestrian teams.
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Thursday, March 31, 2016

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

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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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Monday, March 16, 2015

Traurig Named U.S. Dressage Young Horse Coach

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Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Traurig as the U.S. Dressage Young Horse Coach, pending contract negotiations.

Learn more about Christine Traurig.

"I am so fortunate to have this opportunity of becoming the Young Horse Coach. All my life as a rider, trainer, and horsewoman, my biggest passion has been to develop horses to the best of their athletic abilities. My goal for this program is to make America a country that produces top-quality international horses to field Championship Teams and Junior/Young Rider Teams so that one day we can proudly say: MADE IN AMERICA!"

Traurig joins the U.S. Dressage Program led by Robert Dover, USEF Chef d'Equipe/Technical Advisor, which includes Debbie McDonald, U.S. Dressage Developing Coach, George Williams, U.S. Dressage Youth Coach, and Charlotte Bredahl-Baker, Assistant U.S. Dressage Youth Coach.

"I am thrilled that Christine has been named as our new Young Horse Coach. She brings enormous talent and years of experience with young horses and top coaching at all levels," said Dover. "Christine will build upon the last decade of great work by Scott Hassler. Our world-class machine, with adequate funding, will produce sustainable excellence, resulting in medals for America."

Traurig will begin her coaching duties once Hassler steps down on May 1, 2015.
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Friday, March 13, 2015

USEF Updates USA II Team for Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup CDIO3*

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Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has updated the entry for the USA II Team for the Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup CDIO3*, run in conjunction with the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, March 24-28, 2015 in Wellington, Fla. Chris Hickey and Ronaldo will replace Tina Konyot and Wyoming as one of the two Small Tour combinations.

USA II Team

The USA II Team will be composed of the following combinations:

Big Tour

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) with Patricia Stempel’s Danilo
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.

Small Tour

Chris Hickey (Wellington, Fla.) with Cecelia Stewart’s Ronaldo
Ronaldo is a 2006 Danish Warmblood gelding.

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

Debbie McDonald will serve as Chef d’Equipe for USA II Team.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

USEF Names Combinations for Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup CDIO3*

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Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the athlete-and-horse combinations representing the United States at the Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup CDIO3*, running in conjunction with the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, March 24-28, 2015 in Wellington, Fla. The U.S. will field two teams each composed of two Big Tour and two Small Tour combinations.

USA I Team

The USA I Team will be composed of the following combinations:

Big Tour

Laura Graves (Plymouth, Fla.) with her own Verdades
Verdades is a 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding.

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

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.

Robert Dover will serve as Chef d'Equipe for USA Team I.

USA II Team

The USA II Team will be composed of the following combinations:

Big Tour

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) with Patricia Stempel's Danilo
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.

Small Tour

Tina Konyot (Palm City, Fla.) with Bruce Grivetti's Wyoming
Wyoming is a 2001 Hanoverian gelding.

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

Debbie McDonald will serve as Chef d'Equipe for USA II Team.

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Monday, February 09, 2015

Raine Triumphs in Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* presented by Diamante Farms Grand Prix Special

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Wellington, Fla.- Competition in the CDI5* presented by Diamante Farms came to a conclusion on Saturday at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival  with the United States leading the way in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle Test.

After a third-place finish on Thursday in the Grand Prix, Kathleen Raine (Murrietta, Calif.) and Jennifer Mason, David Wightman, and her own 14-year-old Hanoverian mare, Breanna, went two spots better to earn victory for the Americans. The pair completed the Grand Prix Special on a score of 72.667%.

"Being in Europe really helped her suppleness and her whole way of going. I can see it in her reaction, her consistency, and the atmospheres we were able to experience there, which we don't really have here. It helped to boost her confidence," said Raine after having spent much of 2014 training and competing in Europe.

Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silven and Divertimento earned a score of 72.000% to collect second-place honors as Jill Irving and Degas 12 of Canada finished in third on a mark of 69.078%.

Find full results from the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* presented by Diamante Farms Grand Prix Special here.

Earlier in the day the U.S. completed a clean sweep on of the top placings in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix Special. Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and Four Winds Farm’s eight-year-old Rheinlander mare, Rosamunde, led the way with a score of 73.745%. Charlotte Jorst (Reno, Nev.) and Kastel Denmark’s 12-year-old KWPN stallion Kastel’s Nintendo finished in second-place on a score of 69.608%, with Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Patricia Stempel's  11-year-old Hanoverian gelding Danillo finishing  with a score of 69.136% to collect third place.

Find full results from the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix Special here.

Learn more about the Adequan Global Dressage Festival here.

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Friday, February 06, 2015

Peters and Legolas 92 Secure Second-Place Finish in Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* presented by Diamante Farms Grand Prix Freestyle

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Wellington, Fla. – Friday evening at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* presented by Diamante Farms hosted 15 combinations from six nations in Grand Prix Freestyle competition. The United States’ three-time National Champions, Steffen Peters and Four Wind’s Farm LLC’s Legolas 92, led the way for the home nation finishing in second-place.

Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and the 14-year-old Westphalian gelding earned a score of 76.200% to finish less than three points behind the winners.

“What an amazing honor to ride in this stadium here tonight, it was not just a pleasure to be here; it was an honor. I’m so proud we can compete with any other venue in the world,” said Peters.  “On top of that I was super happy with Legolas he was still a bit nervous but controlled and it was a very good start to the World Cup season 2015.”

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Patrcia Stempel's 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Doktor, earned a fifth-place finish for the United States on a score of 74.975% to secure two spots in the top five for the United States.

Denmark’s Lars Petersen and Mariett claimed victory for the second night in a row after scoring 79.175% and compatriot Mikala Gundersen riding My Lady rounded out the top three on a score of 75.725%.

Find full results from the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* presented by Diamante Farms Grand Prix Freestyle here.

Learn more about the Adequan Global Dressage Festival here.

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Raine Leads U.S. Effort in Grand Prix Test at Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* presented by Diamante Farms

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Wellington, Fla. - The Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* presented by Diamante Farms got underway Thursday evening with 20 combinations from five nations completing the FEI Grand Prix Test. Kathleen Raine and her veteran, Breanna, were the top performers of the 10 U.S. entries, slotting into third-place.

"I was so happy with her, it was a really fun ride in a great atmosphere," reflected Raine. "I'm so lucky to have such a special horse."

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Adrienne Lyle Announces Retirement of Wizard

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Wellington, FL – United States dressage competitor Adrienne Lyle has announced the retirement of Wizard, her Olympic and World Equestrian Games partner. The 16-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Weltmeyer-Pica, Classiker) is owned by Peggy Thomas.

Highlights of Lyle and Wizard’s long partnership include representing the United States at the 2012 London Olympic Games as well as at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, where they contributed to a fourth place team finish. They were the 2008 Brentina Cup champions.

Lyle said: “Wizard enjoys being turned out and goes in turnout daily. One day this winter after coming in to be ridden, he just didn't feel right. After having our vet here in Florida evaluate him, it looks to be a strain in a suspensory.

“Everyone involved in Wizard's life wants his health and happiness to be our number one priority. The Thomas family, Debbie McDonald and I made a decision that we would not push Wizard's rehab to be ready to try for the World Cup Final this year. Given Wizard’s age, we have made the decision to get him happy and comfortable and give him the retirement he deserves.

“My partnership with Wizard began in 2007, when I came to Debbie McDonald as a working student and was given the ride on Wizard shortly thereafter. As everybody knows, it takes an amazing team to get a horse and rider to the top level of our sport, and I have had the most incredible team you could think of!

“For the past eight years, I have had the amazing support of the Thomas family, who allowed me to ride Wizard and compete him around the country and around the world. I have had Debbie McDonald's incredible coaching every step of the way as well as Bob McDonald running the farm and handling the logistics of Wizard's jet-setting life. Wizard took me around the world to places I never thought I'd get to be.

“I am eternally grateful to all of those involved in Wizard's career for allowing me to have this amazing journey with him. He will return with me to the Thomases’ River Grove Farm in Idaho and join Brentina in her retirement there.”
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Big and Small Tour Dressage Combinations Enjoy Successful USEF Dressage Observation and Strategy Sessions

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Lexington, Ky. - Nineteen promising dressage athletes took part in USEF Dressage Observation and Strategy Sessions over two weeks in November. As Big and Small Tour combinations worked with USEF Chef d’Equipe/ Technical Advisor Robert Dover at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, N.J., November 3-4 and at Epona Farms in Thousand Oaks, Calif., November 12-13.

"These back-to-back sessions were a huge boost to my certainty that America is growing infinitely in its depth of top, world-class combinations in both the Small and Big Tours,” said Dover. “There is an obvious feeling of optimism and excitement in the air across our nation as we head into 2015 and the Pan American Games, as well as the Olympic Games in 2016.”

The following combinations took part in the Gladstone Sessions:

Heather Blitz (Medfield, Mass.) and her own Paragon
Allison Brock (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Claudine Kundrun’s Rosevelt
Jane Hannigan (Harvard, Mass.) and Ruling Cortes LLC’s Ruling Cortes
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (Reston, Va.) and her own Rassing’s Lonoir
Silva Martin (Unionville, Pa.) and the Rosa Cha W Syndicate’s Rosa Cha W
Cesar Parra (White House Station, N.J.) with Michael and Sarah Davis’ Van the Man and Simply Nymphenburg
Sara Spofford (Watertown, Va.) and her own Lagrima
Alice Tarjan (Frenchtown, N.J.) with her own Elfenfeuer

The following combinations took part in the Thousand Oaks Sessions:

Beth Ball (Cardiff, Calif.) and Cadence LLC’s Liaison and Avanti
Jan Ebeling (Moorpark, Calif.)and Ann Romney, Amy Ebeling and Beth Meyer’s Rassolini
Leslie Morse (Hidden Hills, Calif.) and her own King’s Excalibur and King’s Ruby
Allison Nimmo Dechant (Littleton, Colo.) and Deborah Carter’s Rufus
Shannon Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and Jen Hlavacek’s Weltino’s Magic
Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92 and Rosamunde
Michelle Reilly (Encinitas, Calif.) and Sharon Roberts’ Umeeko
Rebecca Rigdon (Encinitas, Calif.) and Tessa Matheson’s Versace
Guenter Seidel (Cardiff, Calif.) and Erin Boddaert’s Zero Gravity and his own Rey del Mundo
Nick Wagman (San Diego, Calif.) and Beverly Gepfer’s Don Johnson
Dawn White O’Connor (Cardiff, Calif.) and Carla Hayes’ Aristo
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Personal Best for Graves - Full Recap

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The U.S. Dressage Team closed out an extremely successful 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with two top 10 finishes in Friday’s Freestyle. Fifteen of the world’s best combinations headed into the d'Ornano Stadium to stake their claim on the final medals of the FEI World Dressage Championships. Laura Graves continued her meteoric rise to the top level of the sport by earning a fifth place finish on Friday afternoon, while Steffen Peters once again demonstrated why he is so highly regarded with a 10th place finish.

Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and her own Verdades were welcomed into the d’Ornano Stadium by massive cheers by the capacity crowd and did not disappoint as they performed an extremely technical Freestyle. The 12-year-old KWPN gelding matured exponentially over the week as the nerves from earlier in the week were long gone and he looked every bit a championship veteran to score 82.036%.
For the Grand Prix and Special tests, Graves kept singularly focused but on Friday she did allow herself to take in the World Championship atmosphere.

“I try to turn it all off but a little bit today I let myself enjoy it because he’s had such a good two test earlier in the week,” said Graves. “I did let myself look-up and take it all in and everyone was just cheering and he just walked in like he’s done it a thousand times.”

Graves has owned Verdades since he was six months old and has diligently prepared the gelding and believes that her long term plan was instrumental in their phenomenal World Championship debut.

“We try to do things really methodically and it proves when you do that plan and doing what you know is right; you get there.”

Peters (Sand Diego, Calif.) and Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92 completed their 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games experience by earning a 77.321% in the Freestyle. The three-time National Champions demonstrated their trademark piaffe and passage.

“The piaffe and passage were great; when he’s this excited the walk can be difficult but he was great,” said Peters of the 12-year-old Westphalian gelding. “I’m very happy.”

The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games double Bronze medalist was not only pleased with Legolas 92’s performance in the Freestyle but with how the horse performed throughout the week.

“It (the atmosphere) was good, the crowd was very energetic and wonderful. My hat goes off to Legolas; it’s been a hard three days and he’s still energetic. This is one the best Freestyles he’s ever done and to do that at a major competition like the World Games is fabulous.”

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro claimed the Freestyle Gold on a score of 92.161% and now the British combination are the reigning World, Olympic, European and World Cup champions. Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill of Germany claimed Silver on a score of 88.286%, with The Netherlands’ Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival NOP scoring 85.714%.
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