Wednesday, April 20, 2016

USEF Names Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team for CSIO4* Coapexpan

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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 United States on the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup competition at CSIO4* Coapexpan, in Coapexpan, Mexico, April 28 through May 1, 2016.

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

Christine McCrea (East Windsor, Conn.) with Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stables’ Dynamo, a 2003 Belgian Warmblood gelding

Jonathan McCrea (East Windsor, Conn.) with Candy Tribble’s Special Lux, a 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Richard Spooner (Agua Dulce, Calif.) with Gerardo and Alfonso Pasquel’s Big Red, a 2005 Warmblood gelding

Ali Wolff (New Albany, Ohio) with her and John Wolff’s Quirie 2, a 2007 German Warmblood gelding

Robert Ridland will serve as Chef d’Equipe.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

USEF Names Short List for the U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team

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Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named 10 athletes and their horses to the Short List for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team. The athletes and their horses will compete in designated CSIO/CSI observation events taking place May 12 – June 26, 2016.

The following athletes and horses have been named to the Short List for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team (in alphabetical order):

Lucy Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Old Oak Farm’s Barron, a 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding

Margie Engle (Wellington, Fla.) and Elm Rock Partners, LLC’s Royce, a 2004 Oldenburg stallion

Kent Farrington (Wellington, Fla.) with Robin Parsky and his own Gazelle, a 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare, and Amalaya Investments’ Voyeur, a 2002 KWPN gelding

Lauren Hough (Wellington, Fla.) and The Ohlala Group’s Ohlala, a 2004 Swedish Warmblood mare

Reed Kessler (Lexington, Ky.) and Kessler Show Stable’s Cylana, a 2002 Belgian Warmblood mare

Laura Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) with Old Willow Farms, LLC’s Deauville S, a 2006 Holsteiner gelding, and Zeremonie, a 2007 Holsteiner mare

Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) with Abigail Wexner’s Breitling LS, a 2006 Dutch Warmblood stallion, Cortes ‘C’, a 2002 Belgian Warmblood gelding, Quister, a 2004 Selle Francais gelding, and Simon, a 1999 KWPN gelding

Todd Minikus (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Jack Snyder’s Babalou 41, a 2005 Oldenburg mare

Callan Solem (Glennmore, Pa.) and Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC’s VDL Wizard, a 2003 KWPN gelding

McLain Ward (Brewester, N.Y.) with Double H Farm & Francois Mathy’s HH Azur, a 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare, and Sagamore Farm's Rothchild, a 2001 Warmblood gelding

Further information regarding the U.S. Olympic Show Jumping 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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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2016 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final Athlete Bios

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Find out more about the U.S. athletes competing in the 2016 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final:

Audrey Coulter
Katie Dinan
Rich Fellers
Charlie Jacobs
Quentin Judge
Peter Lutz
Callen Solem
Hardin Towell
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Thursday, March 03, 2016

CSIO4* Wellington Senior Team Bios

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Find out more about the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team at CSIO4* Wellington:

Georgina Bloomberg
Audrey Coulter
Laura Kraut
Beezie Madden
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Friday, September 11, 2015

CSIO5* Calgary Media Guide Is Now Available

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2015 CSIO5* Gijón Media Guide Now Available

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2015 CSIO5* Hickstead Media Guide Is Available

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Friday, May 29, 2015

CSIO3* Lisbon Media Guide Now Available

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

U.S. Athletes Set for Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Team at CSIO3* Lisbon

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Lexington, Ky. – A team of rising stars is ready to represent the U.S. in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Team at CSIO3* Lisbon on Friday. The talented group is looking to gain valuable experience on the international stage in Portugal, as they are riding on their first Nations Cup team. Led by Chef d’Equipe DiAnn Langer, the U.S. team is made up of Heather Caristo-Williams, Alex Granato, Paige Johnson, and Denise Wilson. Nine nations will compete in the Nations Cup competition, with the U.S. drawing fifth in the order.

Caristo-Williams (Saugerties, N.Y.) will make her Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup debut with her parents’, Holly and Ralph Caristo, Evening Star. She and the 2002 Holsteiner gelding were second in the CSI2* Madrid Grand Prix, and aim to show the same great form in Lisbon.

Granato (Salt Lake City, Utah) will ride Page Tredennick’s Mullaghdrin Rado in his first U.S. team experience. He and the 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding are peaking at the right time, coming off a CSI2*class win at the Longines Global Champions Tour stop in Miami Beach.

Johnson (The Plains, Va.) brings Salamander Farm’s 2003 Belgian Warmblood mare, Dakota, to CSIO3* Lisbon. The pair hopes to capitalize on an already excellent year, including top honors in the $127,000 Engel & Volkers CSI4* Grand Prix in Wellington back in March. 

Wilson (Dousman, Wis.) is experiencing her first summer competing in Europe and with her CSIO3* Lisbon mount, Blue Gate Farm LLC’s 2001 Warmblood gelding, Winter, she finished seventh in the CSI2* Madrid Grand Prix.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team Takes the Win at Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at CSIO4* Coapexpan

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Ali Wolff and Casall (photo by Anwar Esquivel)Xalapa, Mexico –The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team took an emphatic win today in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at CSIO4* Coapexpan. Led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, the U.S. team of Candice King riding Kismet 50, Callan Solem riding VDL Wizard, Ali Wolff riding Casall, and Brianne Goutal riding Nice de Prissey stood atop the podium on the strength impressive jumping efforts, including a double clear round from Wolff. The U.S. has now clinched the North and Central America Division for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in September in Barcelona, Spain.

“All four combinations put in tremendous performances today,” said Ridland. “It was a great team effort from every aspect. This win means a lot as it is one of our big priorities to qualify for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final, and to do so by accomplishing our objective of winning the [North and Central America Division] is great – it does not get much better than this.”

Round One
Leading off for the U.S. was King (Wellington, Fla.) and Bellissimo LLC’s Kismet 50. The pair finished within the time allowed, but had a rail down at fence 11B to add four faults. Heading in next was Solem (Glenmoore, Pa.) and Horseshoe Trail Farm LLC’s VDL Wizard who had the last rail down. Wolff (New Albany, Ohio) and Blacklick Bend Farm’s Casall and Goutal (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) and Remarkable Farms LLC’s Nice de Prissey both gave the U.S. clear efforts to head into round two on just four faults.

Round Two
The U.S. entered round two in the lead on four faults with only a rail separating them from Mexico I and Mexico II, both on eight faults. Pathfinding for the U.S. once again, King had an unlucky rail down at fence nine and incurred a single time fault to add five faults. Solem expertly navigated VDL Wizard to a clear round as the next to go. Wolff headed into the arena knowing a clear round would almost certainly clinch the win for the U.S. As the youngest member of the team at age 25 she and the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding did not let their inexperience show as they put in a second clear effort in what would be the only double clear performance of the day.
Callan Solem and VDL Wizard (photo by Anwar Esquivel)
“It was a great day here – the footing was fantastic and it was such a well-designed course with very fair questions,” said Wolff. “My horse has been jumping great on grass so our goal in round one was to jump clean, which went according to plan. The second round was all mental; I knew he could go clean again so I really tried to just ride what I saw and he kept jumping bigger and better as the course went on. I am thrilled to ride for the U.S. and contribute to the score at such an important event for us.”

“Double clears are always special no matter what, but when the youngest rider on the team does it, it has added special significance. This was a great accomplishment for Ali,” added Ridland.

With the pressure off as the U.S. had already secured victory, Goutal did not let up as the last to go for the U.S., adding only four faults with a rail down at fence 11B to cap off a superb day for the winning U.S. team.

“It is always great to get the win. But more importantly, we were able to do so with four different athlete-and-horse combinations than we had in Ocala for the first Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup qualifier,” said Ridland. “Our strength is in our depth of team. Ensuring that our next generation is solid and gets the opportunity to gain experience at the highest level is paramount. Having our youngest rider accomplish the only double clear of the day is proof of how strong we are as a country.”

Finishing in second was Mexico I on 12, and in third place was Mexico II on 35.


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

CSIO4* Coapexpan Media Guide Is Now Available

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

United States Places Three in Top Ten at Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final

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Beezie Madden and Simon (SusanJStickle.com)Las Vegas, N.V. – The 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final concluded this afternoon with United States jumping elevating its status on the world stage, placing five athletes in the top 20, including three in the top 10. Twenty-nine starters came into the Thomas & Mack Center Arena in Las Vegas, N.V. for Round I with 20 moving forward to Round II, taking on two challenging tracks set by course designer Anthony D’Ambrosio. On a day when clear rounds were at a premium, the U.S. contingent proved its mettle.

Beezie Madden finished the Final as the top-placed American in fourth. Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) came into the third and final leg tied for fifth on on six faults, and moved up the leaderboard on the strength of a clear Round I and a speedy Round II. Abigail Wexner’s athletic gelding, Simon, collected one of only six clear effortss in Round I, and with just one unlucky rail down at fence 10 in Round II stopped the timers in 65.78. Jos Verlooy of Belgium also ended the day on 10 faults, but Madden and Simon maintained their fourth position on the leaderboard with a time that was two seconds faster.

“This was a big goal for me this week and I am super happy with the way the horse went,” said Madden. “I have a fantastic team behind me with a great owner. We had one rub today that cost us quite a bit, but I was really pleased with our result.”

Rich Fellers and Flexible (SusanJStickle.com)All eyes were on Rich Fellers (Sherwood, Ore.) as he entered the arena on a mission to bring the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping trophy back to the U.S. for the third time in four years, but it was not to be. Heading into the day tied for the lead on 0 faults, Fellers and Flexible, owned by Harry and Mollie Chapman had two rails in both rounds, finishing in seventh on 16 faults.

“Flexible gave his all today and at this stage in his career, it is still a dream to be jumping as well as he’s jumping at this level of the sport,” said Fellers. “The competitive side of me is a little disappointed, but from a horsemanship perspective, it is truly a dream and I am so pleased with Flexible.”

In her third World Cup Final appearance, Lucy Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Old Oak Farm’s Barron improved on their 17th-place finish in 2014 to take a top ten finish in 2015, finishing ninth. In Round I, the pair took down a pair of rails at fences two and 12, and in Round II lowered just a single fence to finish on 19 faults.

Kirsten Coe (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) and Ilan Ferder’s Baronez were on point in Round I, taking down only the rail over the liverpool at fence eight to move forward to Round II. Luck was not on their side during their second go asthey collected four downed rails and a time fault to place 19th on 42 faults.

Returning to World Cup Final competition for a 16th time, McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.) and Sagamore Farm’s Rothchild moved forward to Round II after adding eight faults to their total in Round I. Following a rail down at the second and third fences, Ward opted to retire on course and take 20th place.

Also starting for the U.S. in Round I was Vinton Karrasch (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Laura Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), and Karl Cook (Woodside, Calif.). Karrasch and Coral Reef Ranch’s Coral Reef Follow Me II had rails at fences six and the C element of obstacle seven, finishing in 22nd on 29 faults. Kraut and the Evita Group’s Nouvelle got off to a tough start, knocking the rail at fence one, the B element of obstacle three, and at fence five. They placed 24th on 33 faults. Cook and Signe Ostby’s Jonkheer Z collected 20 faults to finish in 27th on 40 faults.

Competing in his 10th World Cup Final, Steve Guerdat of Switzerland, came into today tied with Fellers for first place. After a clear Round I, Guerdat had two rails and a time fault in hand as he entered the arena for Round II. Despite two knock-downs, Guerdat and his mount Albfuehren’s Paille crossed the finish line within the time allowed to win the championship title. Penelope Leprevost of France placed second with a Round II time of 65.30 and nine faults and Bertram Allen of Ireland placed third with a Round II time of 65.87, also on nine faults.

For complete results visit worldcuplasvegas.com.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Hear Rich Feller's Thoughts on his Second-Place Finish in the Speed Leg

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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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Hear Beezie Madden's Thoughts about the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Final

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Hear Thoughts from Rich Fellers and McLain Ward about the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final

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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 Riders Competing in the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final

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North American West Coast League






Western European League

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Monday, April 06, 2015

USEF Submits Entries for the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final

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Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has updated the entry for the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Las Vegas, Nev., April 15-19, with a total of 14 horses declared for competition and an athlete substitution.

The following combinations will represent the United States at the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final (listed in qualifying order from their respective leagues):

North American East Coast League
Todd Minikus (Loxahatchee, Fla.) will ride Two Swans Farm’s Babalou 41
Babalou 41 is a 2005 Oldenburg mare.

Laura Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) will ride the Evita Group’s Nouvelle
Nouvelle is a 2004 KWPN mare.

Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) will ride Abigail Wexner’s Simon
Simon is a 1999 KWPN gelding.

Jack Hardin Towell (Camden, S.C.) will ride Jennifer Gates, LLC’s Lucifer V
Lucifer V is a 2006 Westphalian gelding.

Kirsten Coe (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) will ride and Ilan Ferder, Lovsta Stuteri, and Tal Milstein’s Baronez  and Lovsta Stuteri’s Czardas 30
Baronez is a 2001 Belgian Warmblood mare.
Czardas 30 is a 2003 Hanoverian stallion.

McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.) will ride Double H Farm’s HH Carlos Z and Sagamore Farm’s Rothchild
HH Carlos Z is a 2002 Zangersheide gelding.
Rothchild is a 2001 Warmblood gelding.

Katherine Dinan (Wellington, Fla.) will ride Grant Road Partners, LLC’s Stakorado
Stakorado is a 2005 Hanoverian gelding.

North American West Coast League

Rich Fellers (Sherwood, Ore.) will ride Harry and Mollie Chapman’s Flexible
Flexible is a 1996 Irish Sport Horse stallion.

Karl Cook (Woodside, Calif.) will ride Signe Otsby’s Jonkheer Z
Jonkheer Z is a 2002 Zangersheide stallion.

*Vinton Karrasch (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) will ride Coral Reef Ranch’s Coral Reef Baloufino and Coral Reef Follow Me II
Coral Reef Baloufino is a 1999 Oldenburg stallion.

Coral Reef Follow Me II is a 2005 Westphalian stallion.
*Vinton Karrasch has replaced Susan Artes on the U.S. entry from the North American West Coast League.

Western European League

Lucy Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.) will ride Old Oak Farm’s Barron
Barron is a 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

USEF Announces Athletes for 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final

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Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will be represented by 11 athletes at the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Las Vegas, Nev., April 15-19.

The following athletes have qualified during the 2014-2015 World Cup Qualifying Season in their respective leagues (listed qualification order):

North American East Coast League
Todd Minikus (Loxahatchee, Fla.)
Laura Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.)
Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.)
Jack Hardin Towell (Camden, S.C.)
Kirsten Coe (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.)
McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.)
Katherine Dinan (Wellington, Fla.)

North American West Coast League
Rich Fellers (Sherwood, Ore.)
Susan Artes (South Pasadena, Calif.)
Karl Cook (Woodside, Calif.)

Additionally, Lucy Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.) has qualified as an additional athlete from Western European League.

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

U.S. Completes Historic Week at CSIO Wellington by Winning the CSIO4* Grand Prix presented by Lugano Diamonds and Sweeps FEI Nations Cup Competition

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Wellington, Fla. - A week of unprecedented success for the U.S. at CSIO Wellington came to a close on Sunday with Todd Minikus claiming victory in the CSIO4* Grand Prix presented by Lugano Diamonds and the U.S. Teams completing a clean sweep of FEI Nations Cups presented by Hollow Creek Farm.

Minikus (Wellington, Fla.) and his partner from the United States’ winning effort in the FEI Nations Cup presented by Kingsland Equestrian, Babalou 41, charged to the head of the field in Sunday’s feature Grand Prix on the strength of impressive jumping. The pair was one of 10 combinations to jump faultlessly over Anthony D’Ambrosio’s 14-obstacle course and qualify to return for the jump-off. In their return trip, Minikus and Two Swans Farm’s 10-year-old Oldenburg mare again produced a clear round in a time of 35.77, which no other combination could match.

“That was a nice week,” said Minikus. “Babalou is starting to step up to the big leagues. I think she’s got a big future ahead of her and I couldn’t be happier with her.”

Teammates from the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team, McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.) and Double H Farm’s 13-year-old Zangersheide gelding HH Carlos Z and Margie Engle and Elm Rock Partners, LLC’s 11-year-old Oldenburg stallion also qualified for the jump-off, finishing in eighth and ninth places, respectively.

FEI Nations Cups presented by Hollow Creek Farm

Postponed because of rain on Saturday, the conclusion of the FEI Nations Cups presented by Hollow Creek Farm began with the completion of the first round of the Children’s competition followed by the second round for Children’s competitors. The second rounds of the Junior and Young Riders Nations Cup were then completed, with the second round of the Nations Cup doubling as the first round of Grand Prix competition. All Nations Cup second round clears returned to jump-off for the Hollow Creek Grand Prix titles. Drawing inspiration from the United States win in Friday’s FEI Nations Cup presented by Kingsland Equestrian, the Child Rider, Junior Rider, and Young Rider Teams all surged to victory, ensuring that the home nation won all four Nations Cup held at CSIO Wellington.

Led by Chef d’Equipe Diann Langer, the three U.S. teams of promising young equestrians held the lead after their respective first rounds over Anthony D’Ambrosio’s course and produced strong second rounds efforts to secure victory.

“It was a great day and a great week all the way through,” said Langer. “I thought the teams were the best of the best. I came in feeling very confident, but you never know what can happen and I’m very pleased with them all and so excited.”

FEI Children’s Nations Cup presented by Hollow Creek Farm

The U.S. Child Riders set the tone for the day as they stormed to victory, finishing on a two-round total of zero, ahead of Brazil in second place on four faults and Argentina in third place on a score of five faults.

Yasmin Rizvi (Greenwich, Conn.) jumped in the lead-off position for the U.S. and produced a double clear with immaculate efforts in both rounds of the Nations Cup. In the jump-off, she again was clear with Peacock Ridge, LLC’s 15-year-old KWPN gelding Delilah, finishing in a time of 30.59 to earn second-place honors in the Hollow Creek Farm Children’s Grand Prix.

“It’s really exciting to win, it was my first time on a team and it was really fun,” said Rizvi. “I felt a little more pressure because I didn’t want to let the team down but it was so much more fun to win as a team.”
Catalina Peralta (Geneva, Fla.) added her name to the list of eight double clears with faultless rounds on Frances Land’s Merlin. In the Grand Prix jump-off, the 15-year-old British Warmblood lowered a single rail in a time of 31.70 to finish in 12th place.

Charles Jacobs (Wellington, Fla.) and CMJ Sporthorse, LLC’s 15-year-old Sachsen-Anhaltiner gelding Campesino IV jumped in the third spot for the United States, incurring four-fault trips in both Nations Cup rounds and finishing in 17th in the Grand Prix.

Anchoring the U.S. effort in the Children’s Nations Cup was Sheer Levitin (Delray Beach, Fla.) and her own 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding Nabuco. With clears in both rounds, the combination secured victory for the Americans as well as finishing in 11th place in Grand Prix after having the final rail in the jump-off where they finished in a time of 27.91.

Brazil’s Thales Marino and Balla 12 were the winners of the Hollow Creek Farm Children’s Grand Prix, going clear in the jump-off in a time of 30.40.

FEI Junior Riders Nations Cup presented by Hollow Creek Farm

The Junior Rider Team of Kelli Cruciotti, Lauren Fisher, Madison Goetzmann, and Lucas Porter followed the Children’s victory with a win of their own, finishing on an overall score of one fault. The U.S. headed into the second round on Sunday on a score of one and added nothing more on the strength of three clear rounds.

Cruciotti (Elizabeth, Colo.) jumped first for the United States with Serenity Equestrian Ventures’ 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare Chamonix H and repeated her clear round from Saturday to be one of only two double clears. In the jump-off the pair had a single rail and finished in a time of 32.05 to finish the Hollow Creek Farm Young Rider Grand Prix in sixth place.

“She’s amazing and has a huge heart, and lots of scope and a big stride that I can really use to my advantage,” said Cruciotti of Chamonix H. “She’s a pleasure to ride.”

After incurring one time fault in the first round, Fischer (Bedford, N.Y.) had an improved effort with her own Offenbach Du Granit producing a faultless effort in round two. In the jump-off the 13-year-old Selle Francais gelding had two rails down for eight faults in a time of 30.51 to finish in ninth.

Goetzmann (Skaneateles, N.Y.) and John Madden Sales Inc.’s 12-year-old KWPN gelding Wrigley were clear in Saturday’s first round but jumped a four-fault round on Sunday. The pair completed the Grand Prix in 14th place.

Porter and Phineas, who had a single rail in the first round, jumped clear on Sunday to ensure the U.S. would finish on a score of one. In the jump-off, Sleepy P Ranch LLC’s 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding lowered two rails for eight faults in a time of 33.60 to finish the Grand Prix in 10th place.

Ireland collected second-place honors in Nations Cup competition on 13 faults, as Brazil finished third on a score of 16 faults. Mexico’s Juan Pablo Gaspar and Charlotte were victorious in the Grand Prix, finishing their clear jump-off round in 31.62 seconds.

FEI Young Riders Nations Cup presented by Hollow Creek Farm

The U.S. Young Riders completed the American sweep of Nations Cups at CSIO Wellington as the team of Shawn Casady, Spencer Smith, Chloe Reid, and Michael Hughes finished on a two round total of four faults to finish ahead of Brazil on 24 faults and Ireland in third on 28 faults.

Leading off for the U.S. was Casady (Harriman, Tenn.) and Cavallo Farms, LLC’s 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Twister. The combination duplicated their four-fault effort from round one on Sunday to finish the Grand Prix in sixth place.

Smith (Wellington, Fla.) and Wyndmont’s IV Ever produced two immaculate rounds in the Nations Cup to be one of only two double clear combinations. In the jump-off the pair jumped another fault-free effort in an unmatchable time of 32.84 to win the Grand Prix.

“I thought the course was a real test of consistency,” said Smith of D’Ambrosio’s course. The 2014 Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Medal Finals presented by Randolph College champion has only been riding IV Ever a short time but has quickly built a rapport with the 14-year-old KWPN gelding. “I started riding him at the beginning of the circuit and he’s been really great for me.”

Reid (Washington, D.C.) also looked to add her name to the double-clear list with Chloe D Reid LLC’s 10-year-old Athena, but it was not meant to be as they collected four faults on Sunday. The 2014 Randolph College/USEF Junior Jumper Champions finished the Grand Prix in seventh place.

Anchoring the U.S. effort was Hughes (Allendale, N.J.) and Luxina. Not needed to jump in round one, the pair completed the U.S. effort in round two with a clear round. In the jump off, Christina Fried’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare lowered a single rail in a time of 33.67 to finish in fourth.

The USEF would like to thank the owners and families of the Child Rider, Junior Rider, and Young Rider competitors for their generous support of the future stars of the sport.
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

On the Scene for the The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team Victory

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Head to the USEF Facebook page to find photos from The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team's victory in the FEI Nations Cup presented by Kingsland Equestrian.


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Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team Proves Unbeatable in FEI Nations Cup presented by Kingsland Equestrian at CSIO4* Wellington

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Wellington, Fla. - The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team proved unbeatable in Friday’s FEI Nations Cup presented by Kingsland Equestrian as they romped to victory over eight other teams on a two-round total of eight faults. With their strong performance, the team of Todd Minikus, Candice King, Margie Engle, and McLain Ward secured the sixth American win at CSIO Wellington.

“We’ve always said that winning our home Nations Cup is a priority,” said Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, who two weeks ago led the United States to a second-place finish in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Edge Brewing Barcelona at CSIO4* Ocala. “We’ve had a great two weeks and we used eight different riders for the two Nations Cups and I really think this shows the depth we have.”

Leading off for the U.S. was Minikus (Loxahatchee, Fla.) with Two Swans Farm’s 10-year-old Oldenburg Babalou 41, and the pair jumped two immaculate rounds over Anthony D’Ambrosio’s 12-obstacle track to be one of only three pairs to produce a double clear.

“Although she’s quite green, I think she’s got a big future,” said Minikus of Babalou. “I’m grateful for this experience and getting her this exposure. I’m very happy with her and very proud of her.”

King (Wellington, Fla.) and Bellissimo LLC’s Kismet 50 also jumped a clear in the first round to continue the American momentum. In round two, the 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare lowered the third element of the triple at nine to finish on a score of four faults for their return effort.

Jumping in the third spot for the United States was Engle (Wellington, Fla.) with Royce. The team veterans produced the third faultless effort of round one for the home nation, ensuring the Americans would head into the second round on a score of zero. In round two, Elm Rock Partners, LLC’s 11-year-old Oldenburg stallion collected four faults for a rail at the second fence, sealing victory for the United States.

Ward (Brewster, N.Y.) was set to anchor the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team with Double H Farm’s13-year-old HH Carlos Z. However, it was not necessary for the pair to start in either round as the scores for the first three American combinations proved unassailable.

Finishing in second-place was Canada on 12 faults, with Ireland finishing third on a score of 16.
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Scenes from Thursday at CSIO Wellington

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Head to the USEF Facebook page for more scenes from Thursday at the 2015 CSIO Wellington!

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