Friday, June 03, 2016

Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team Qualifies for Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final following CSIO4* Langley

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Langley, B.C. – The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping team wrapped up the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ North America, Central America and Caribbean Nations Cup qualifying competitions at CSIO4* Langley, British Columbia Friday. The team of Karl Cook, Richard Fellers, Christine McCrea, and Jonathan McCrea finished in fourth place on a total of 17 faults. The U.S. has now secured a spot in September’s Furusiyaa FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final in Barcelona, Spain. Mexico finished first on 12 faults and will join the U.S. at the Final. Canada placed second in the Nations Cup with 14 faults, and Ireland in third with 16 faults.

“Our goal today was to solidify qualification for the Nations Cup Final, so it was a successful day in a fantastic venue. I am proud of the combinations that we sent out today and we're looking forward to Barcelona,” said Chef d'Equipe DiAnn Langer.

Jonathan McCrea (East Windsor, Conn.) and Windsor Show Stables’ Special Lux tackled the Peter Holmes-designed course first for the U.S. He and the 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding went clear to start the competition on a high note for the U.S. team. Cook (Woodside, Calif.) with Signe Ostby’s Tembla followed second in the order. He and the 2004 Zangersheide mare came out determined, but ended on nine faults with faults at the open water and fence nine and one time fault. Riding third in the order, Christine McCrea (East Windsor, Conn.) and Windsor Show Stables’ 2005 Holsteiner mare, Nektarina B, picked up another score of nine with rails at obstacles six and 11b as well as a time fault. Fellers (Sherwood, Ore.) with Harry and Mollie Chapman’s Flexible anchored the team. He and the 1996 Irish Sport Horse stallion made light work of the course, going clear. The U.S. went into the second round in third place on nine faults.

In the second round, Christine McCrea turned in the U.S. team’s only clear round, while Mexico maintained their lead and Canada marked three clear efforts.

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Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team Ties for Second Place at CSIO5* St. Gallen

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Lauren Hough and Ohlala (CSIO St. Gallen/Katja Stuppia)
Lauren Hough and Ohlala (CSIO St. Gallen/Katja Stuppia)
St. Gallen, Switzerland
– The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team tied for the Silver medal with France, Germany, and Sweden in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™, presented by Longines at CSIO5* St. Gallen on Friday. Under the guidance of Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, the team of Lucy Davis, Margie Engle, Lauren Hough, and Todd Minikus rode against stiff competition in Switzerland to finish on 12 faults. This marks the third Silver-medal performance for the U.S. in three weeks, with the same team placing second at CSIO5* La Baule and the team of Kent Farrington, Laura Kraut, Callan Solem, and McLain Ward also placing second at CSIO5* Rome. All three competitions served as observation events for members of the Short List for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team.

“It went great today. It is almost every week where we have the same reaction to how the day went,” said a pleased Ridland. “We were up against strong teams. This is now our sixth Nations Cup of the year since Ocala, which is more Nations Cup than anyone else here. We have been on a streak that is working out pretty well; we have kept the streak alive, and we are pretty happy. Lauren [Hough]’s double-clean round was fantastic.”

Eight nations rode over a substantial but straightforward course designed by Switzerland’s Gerard Lachat. With the U.S. team going second in the order, Hough (Wellington, Fla.) and Ohlala, The Ohlala Group’s 2004 Swedish Warmblood mare, earned the first clear round of the day in the Nations Cup. Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.) was next for the U.S. with Old Oak Farm’s Barron and incurred four faults when the 2004 Belgian Warmblood knocked a rail at fence five, the vertical following the open water. Engle (Wellington, Fla.) and Royce, Elm Rock Partners, LLC’s 2004 Oldenburg stallion, knocked a rail early on in their round at fence three, as well as one of the problematic fences on course, the plank oxer at fence 11, for an eight-fault round. Riding in the anchor position, Minikus (Loxahatchee, Fla.) had a solid round with Babalou 41, Jack Snyder and Two Swans Farm’s 2005 Oldenburg mare, but had an unlucky rail at 7A of the triple combinations for four faults. Following round one, the U.S. was in a three-way tie for second with Ireland and Switzerland on eight faults.

Heavy rain came down during round two, adding an additional factor to navigating a clear round, but the U.S. team was able to deliver solid performances. Hough and Ohlala set the tone with another faultless performance, earning one of four double-clear rounds. Davis and Barron improved to have a lovely clear round. Engle put in a determined effort with Royce, but a late-falling rail at fence eight, the oxer after the triple combination, gave the pair four faults. Minikus rode Babalou 41 well under the pressure, but had a rail at fence 11. The U.S. Team finished two rounds in an impressive field on 12 faults. Ireland edged out the competition to claim top honors in the Nations Cup on eight faults.
Hough was thrilled with her talented partner, saying, “Ohlala jumped amazing today. It was difficult conditions, more towards the second half of the day, but she felt very, very good in the first round and even better in the second round.”

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News Flash: Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team Ties for Second in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ at CSIO5* St. Gallen

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
- The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team has tied for the Silver medal at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™, presented by Longines at CSIO5* St. Gallen. The team consists of Lucy Davis and Barron, Margie Engle and Royce, Lauren Hough and Ohlala, and Todd Minikus and Babalou 41. The U.S. tied for second place with France, Germany, and Sweden. This event served as the third of four observation events as part of the selection process for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team.

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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team to Compete at CSIO5* St. Gallen, CSIO4* Langley

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Lexington, Ky. – Members of the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team will compete in two pivotal Nations Cup competitions tomorrow. Four athletes on the Short List for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team will go up against seven teams at CSIO5* St. Gallen, Switzerland. The competition is a designated observation event as part of the selection process for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team. Elsewhere, four athletes will look to clinch a spot for the United States in the 2016 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final against three teams in the final North American qualifier at CSIO4* Langley, British Columbia. Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland will lead the team of Lucy Davis, Margie Engle, Lauren Hough, and Todd Minikus at CSIO5* St. Gallen and Chef d'Equipe DiAnn Langer will guide Karl Cook, Rich Fellers, Christine McCrea, and Jonathan McCrea at CSIO4* Langley. Both teams drew second in the order at their respective Nations Cup competitions.

Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ at CSIO5* St. Gallen

The same combinations that earned a Team Silver medal in the Nations Cup at CSIO5* La Baule three weeks ago are hoping to go one better at St. Gallen. Hough (Wellington, Fla.) will ride Ohlala, a 2004 Swedish Warmblood mare owned by The Ohlala Group, in the lead-off position for the U.S. The talented mare came into her own in 2015, contributing to multiple medal-winning efforts, highlighted by Team and Individual Bronze medals at the Pan American Games.

Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.) will be second in the order with longtime mount, Barron, a 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Old Oak Farm. In 2015, Davis and Barron contributed to the triumphant U.S. win at the 100th running of the Nations Cup of Germany, and were part of the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team that finished fourth at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final.

Next for the U.S. will be Engle (Wellington, Fla.) and Elm Rock Partners, LLC’s Royce, a 2004 Oldenburg stallion. The pair produced a solid record in 2015, including wins as part of the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team at the FEI Nations Cup presented by Kingsland Equestrian at CSIO4* Wellington and at HITS Thermal in the $65,000 Sunshine Classic CSI5*.

Minikus (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Jack Snyder and Two Swans Farm’s Babalou 41, a 2005 Oldenburg mare, will be the final U.S. combination. The pair has contributed to multiple medal-winning efforts as members of the Hermès U.S Show Jumping Team, including a win in February at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ presented by Edge Brewing Barcelona at CSIO4* Ocala. Earlier in the year, the pair topped the $130,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI3* at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ at CSIO4* Langley

Pathfinding for the team will be Jonathan McCrea (East Windsor, Conn.) with Windsor Show Stables’ Special Lux. McCrea returns to Nations Cup Competition after a tying for a Team Silver medal as part of the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team at CSIO4* Coapexpan in April. He and the 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding won the $100,000 Grand Prix CSI3* at the Split Rock Jumping Tour: The Bourbon International in 2015.

Going second in the order will be Cook (Woodside, Calif.) with Signe Ostby’s Tembla. Cook will make his first Nations Cup appearance at the high performance level at CSIO4* Langley. He and the 2004 Zangersheide mare won the $50,000 Card Flex Grand Prix at the 2016 Desert Circuit VII in March. They picked up a string of second place Grand Prix finishes on the West Coast circuit in 2015 including the $50,000 Sunshine Series Grand Prix at the National Sunshine Series I, the $45,500 Grand Prix of the Pacific at the Del Mar International Welcome Week, and the $50,000 Grand Prix of Showpark at the Showpark All Seasons Summer Tournament, and the $50,000 Card Flex Grand Prix at Desert Circuit VII.

Christine McCrea (East Windsor, Conn.) with Windsor Show Stables’ Nektarina, a 2005 Holsteiner mare, will be the penultimate U.S. combination. This will be their first Nations Cup together for the relatively new partnership. McCrea also contributed to the tying Silver Medal winning effort at CSIO4* Coapexpan.

The seasoned Nations Cup combination of Fellers (Sherwood, Ore.) with Harry and Mollie Chapman’s Flexible, a 1996 Irish Sport Horse stallion, will anchor the U.S. team. Fellers and Flexible won the $25,000 Smartpak Grand Prix and $50,000 Osphos Grand Prix at the 2016 Desert Circuit V and won both the $126,000 CSI3*Longines World Cup Qualifier at the 2015 Summer Fort Classic.

FEI TV will live stream both competitions tomorrow beginning at 8:15 a.m. ET with CSIO5* St. Gallen followed by CSIO4* Langley at 6:50 p.m. ET.
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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Ward Claims Loro Piana Grand Prix at CSIO5* Rome

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McLain Ward and HH Azur won the Loro Piana Grand Prix (Stefano Secchi)
McLain Ward and HH Azur won the Loro Piana Grand Prix (Stefano Secchi)
Rome, Italy
– McLain Ward and HH Azur outcompeted a field of 50 combinations, and went double-clear, to win the Loro Piana Grand Prix at CSIO5* Rome on Sunday. Only 13 combinations advanced to the jump-off, which included Americans Laura Kraut and Kent Farrington.

Seven combinations, including Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) with Old Willow Farms, LLC’s Zeremonie, posted a clear first round over Uilano Vezzani’s challenging course. Farrington (Wellington, Fla.), with Amalaya Investments’ Voyeur, nearly had a clear round, but had a rail down at the last fence for four faults.

Ward (Brewster, N.Y), with Double H Farm and Francois Mathy's HH Azur, posted the fastest time out of the 13 combinations advancing to the jump-off at 40.45.  He and HH Azur edged out Sweden’s Peder Fredricson and H&M All in by over two seconds. Kraut and Zeremonie went double-clear to place third. Farrington and Voyeur also went clear in the jump-off to place fifth.

This is Ward and HH Azur’s second Grand Prix victory this year. They won the $380,000 Suncast® Grand Prix CSI5* during week seven of the Winter Equestrian Festival in February.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team Ties for Second Place at CSIO5* Rome

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Kent Farrington and Voyeur (Stefano Secchi)
Kent Farrington and Voyeur (Stefano Secchi)
Rome, Italy
– The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team tied for the Silver medal with France in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Longines at CSIO5* Rome in Italy on Friday. Led by Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland, the team of Kent Farrington, Laura Kraut, Callan Solem, and McLain Ward battled through a tough competition to finish on 12 faults. This marks the second Silver-medal performance for the U.S. in two weeks, having placed second at CSIO5* La Baule where the U.S. was represented by Lucy Davis, Margie Engle, Lauren Hough, and Todd Minikus. Both competitions served as observation events for members of the Short List for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team. Great Britain won the Nations Cup at Rome for the second consecutive year on a total of four faults.

“Second-place in this company is good,” said Ridland. “We always want to win and were in position to win both [at La Baule] and here, but we are happy with the performance today. Out of the five Nations Cups we have competed in this year, we have been in the top two in all of them and have done so with 19 different horses. There were some great athletes here and we are very pleased with the overall result.”

Course designer Uliano Vezzani presented a large, straightforward 5* track that proved to require every bit of determination to produce a clear round. Leading off for the U.S. in round one with a clear effort was Farrington (Wellington, Fla.) and Amalaya Investments’ 2002 KWPN gelding, Voyeur. Entering the arena next for the U.S. was Solem (Glenmoore, Pa.) and Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC’s VDL Wizard, a 2003 KWPN gelding. The pair got out of their rhythm a bit mid-course and had rails at fences 6 and 8A. Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) and Old Willow Farms, LLC’s 2007 Holsteiner mare, Zeremonie, had a solid round, but tipped a rail down in the triple combination at fence 4B. Team anchor Ward (Brewster, N.Y.) expertly guided Double H Farm & Francois Mathy’s HH Azur over the course and through the timers with zero faults in the 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare’s first Nations Cup appearance. The U.S. entered round two on four faults, tied for second with Italy, The Netherlands, and France.

McLain Ward and HH Azur (Stefano Secchi)
McLain Ward and HH Azur (Stefano Secchi)
Round two proved, as always, to be influential, with almost half the number of clear rounds turned in as seen in round one. Farrington and Voyuer were again in good form, but had an unlucky rail at the final fence. Both Solem and VDL Wizard and Kraut and Zeremonie had the rail at fence 7, a tall skinny, down, giving the U.S. a total of eight faults. The pressure was on Ward and HH Azur as the final combination for the U.S. and they delivered a foot-perfect clear round, giving them one of only four double-clear efforts in the field. With Great Britain sitting on four faults, anchor rider John Whitaker needed to produce a round with no more than seven faults to avoid a three-way jump-off between Great Britain, the U.S., and France. Whitaker never looked in doubt, delivering a double-clear effort and the win for Great Britain.

Ward was very pleased with his talented young mare, posting a double-clear performance in her first Nations Cup, “I thought she was incredible, as she has been,” said Ward. “She is amazing and came here and performed how I thought she would. We are very pleased with the team. [Another] second-place finish is a good step on the road going towards the Olympic Games.”

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team Heads to CSIO5* Rome

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Rome, Italy
– Members of the Short List for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team will compete this week in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Longines at CSIO5* Rome in Italy. The competition is a designated observation event that will help determine the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team. Led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team will include Kent Farrington, Laura Kraut, Callan Solem, and McLain Ward. The U.S. has drawn second in the order of eight teams.

“All the horses jumped fantastic today. Everyone is ready and excited for tomorrow’s Nations Cup,” said Ridland. “We are continuing to do what we have done all year, which is to field teams with horses that have not yet competed in a Nations Cup in 2016. Zeremonie will be the only returning horse, having jumped double-clear in the Nations Cup at Wellington earlier this year. Similar to two weeks ago in La Baule, we are up against some very strong teams. We certainly have as good of a shot as anyone.”

Leading off for the U.S. will be veteran competitor Farrington (Wellington, Fla.) with Amalaya Investments’ Voyeur, a 2002 KWPN gelding. The pair amassed an impressive record of wins in 2015 at world-class competitions across the globe, including the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final, the $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping at Lexington, the $400,000 Pan American Cup and the $400,000 RBC Grand Prix, both presented by Rolex at Spruce Meadows, and the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix presented by H&M at CSI5* Hamburg.

Solem (Glenmoore, Pa.) and Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC’s VDL Wizard, a 2003 KWPN gelding, will go next in the U.S. order. In 2015, the pair was a part of the winning Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team at CSIO4* Coapexpan. 2016 has been a break-out year for the longtime partners; in April they competed in their first FEI championship at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, finishing seventh as the top-placed Americans.

Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) will ride a rising talent in her barn, Old Willow Farms, LLC’s Zeremonie, a 2007 Holsteiner mare. The pair spent much of 2015 competing in Europe where it marked multiple top 10 placings. This spring they were a part of the winning Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team in the FEI Nations Cup at CSIO4* Wellington.

Riding as the team anchor, Ward (Brewster, N.Y.) will partner with Double H Farm & Francois Mathy’s HH Azur in the 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare’s first Nations Cup appearance. This outstanding mare has proven to be a force in Ward’s string, bringing in an impressive winning haul in 2015, topping the $132,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Toronto and the $75,000 Big Ben Challenge, presented by Hudson’s Bay Company at the Royal Horse Show®, the $400,000 ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the $35,000 RBC Capital Markets Cup at Spruce Meadows, and the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix. During week seven of the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival this winter, the pair won the $380,000 Suncast® Grand Prix.

Start lists, course maps, and results

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

USEF Names Athletes for Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Teams at CSIO5* Rome, St. Gallen, and Rotterdam

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Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that the following athletes have been named to the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Teams competing in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping events at CSIO5* Rome, May 25-29, CSIO5* St. Gallen, June 1-5, and CSIO5* Rotterdam, June 22-26. These competitions are designated observation events as part of the selection process for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team. Robert Ridland will serve as the Chef d'Equipe.

The following athletes will represent the U.S. at CSIO5* Rome and CSIO5* Rotterdam:
Kent Farrington (Wellington, Fla.)
Laura Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.)
Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.)
Callan Solem (Glenmoore, Pa.)
McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.)

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The following athletes will represent the U.S. at CSIO5* St. Gallen:
Lucy Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Margie Engle (Wellington, Fla.)
Lauren Hough (Wellington, Fla.)
Reed Kessler (Lexington, Ky.)
Todd Minikus (Loxahatchee, Fla.)

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team Finishes Second in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at CSIO5* La Baule

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Lucy Davis and Barron (Eric Knoll)
Lucy Davis and Barron (Eric Knoll)
La Baule, France
- The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team took the Silver medal in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at CSIO5* La Baule in France on Friday. Led by Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland, the team of Lucy Davis, Margie Engle, Lauren Hough, and Todd Minikus put in solid rounds to finish on four faults. This performance sets an excellent tone for the summer as the event served as the first of four observation events for members of the Short List for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team, as part of the selection process for the Team. The field of eight nations was stacked with some of the world's top talent, producing a close competition to the very end. The Netherlands topped the leaderboard on one fault and the home country of France came in third on five faults.

"It definitely went well today; we beat some really good teams. Going head-to-head with the best in the world is why we are here," said Ridland. "To come out with four clear rounds right off the bat was impressive. It was a great effort. The course was not tricky or highly technical, but it wasn't easy. This is a wonderful show with a great crowd; it was great to be back here at one of the best shows in the world."

The Americans had a foot-perfect round one, with the first three combinations, Hough (Wellington, Fla.) and The Ohlala Group's Ohlala, Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Old Oak Farm Inc.'s Barron, and Engle (Wellington, Fla.) and Elm Rock Partners, LLC's Royce, all turning in clear rounds. These performances put the U.S. forward to round two in a four-way tie for the lead on zero faults. Anchor combination, Minikus (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Jack Snyder and Two Swans Farm's Babalou 41, put in a round one performance in an effort to qualify for Sunday's Grand Prix. The pair also produced a clear round, giving the U.S. the only clean sheet in round one.

Round two did not start as smoothly as round one, with lead combination Hough and Ohlala pulling three rails. Davis and Barron got the U.S. back on track with a second clear round that was followed by another double-clear effort from Engle and Royce. When the order got down to the final combinations for each nation, the competition was extremely tight. The U.S. and The Netherlands were on zero faults, followed closely by Switzerland and Great Britain on four faults. Going before the U.S. in the order, Switzerland's anchor rider had the last fence down to add four faults to their score, and the Dutch came home with one time fault. The pressure was on Minikus and Babalou 41 as they entered the arena. The pair had a solid round over the wet ground, but an unfortunate rail at fence four meant it would be the Silver medal for the U.S.

"They all handled the pressure great," said Ridland of his team in round two. "That part of it is the fun part, and they certainly all buckled down. Margie and Lucy were able to duplicate their clear round one efforts and we were more than in the game when Todd went in. It was ours to win, and Todd came really close; the horse had a little slip in the turn and then the rail down, but that's show jumping. With so many great teams here, we are pretty pleased with today."

Margie Engle and Royce (Eric Knoll)
Margie Engle and Royce (Eric Knoll)
"The course was straight forward, and we had a lot of clears in first round," said Engle. "I was really pleased with how Royce jumped as he is fresh off a break. It did take him a little bit to get used to the footing because it was soft, but he handled it well. They raised the jumps a bit in round two, and he felt even better. He held his composure and kept his energy level up which was nice - he was super. The whole team here felt really positive; everyone has been in good spirits."

This Nations Cup competition marked the fourth of the year for the U.S., having showcased great results in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup events at Ocala and Coapexpan, where they placed first and second, respectively. The U.S. also finished second at the FEI Nations Cup in Wellington.

"The year is young, but so far we are having a really good year," said Ridland. "We have competed in four Nations Cups with 16 different horses, that shows incredible depth in both the riders and horses we have."

Complete Results

All members of Friday's U.S. team will move forward to Sunday's Grand Prix Longines - Ville de La Baule.

The U.S. will head to CSIO5* Rome, May 26-29, 2016, for the second observation event for the Short List for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team Heads to CSIO5* La Baule

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La Baule, France
– Members of the Short List for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team will compete this week in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at CSIO5* La Baule in France. The competition is a designated observation event as part of the selection process for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team. Led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team will include Lucy Davis, Margie Engle, Lauren Hough, and Todd Minikus. The U.S. has drawn fifth in the order of eight teams.

“We are down to [our Short List of] 10 combinations and we have half of them here. We want to win tomorrow, but it’s going to be tough. It is a really stacked field, everyone has brought their A-team. We are ready though, this is what we came for. Our horses all went really well today and we are ready to give them a run for their money,” said Ridland.

Pathfinding for the U.S. will be veteran competitor Hough (Wellington, Fla.), who will ride Ohlala, a 2004 Swedish Warmblood mare owned by The Ohlala Group. The talented mare came into her own in 2015, contributing to multiple medal-winning efforts with Hough. The pair aided the U.S. team to a second-place team finish in the 2015 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Edge Brewing Barcelona at CSIO4* Ocala. At the Pan American Games, Ohlala impressed in her first championship competition, securing Team and Individual Bronze medals for Hough.

Next in the order will be Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.) aboard Barron, a 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Old Oak Farm. In 2015, Davis and Barron contributed to the triumphant U.S. win at the 100th running of the Nations Cup of Germany, and were part of the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team that finished fourth at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final.

Engle (Wellington, Fla.) and Elm Rock Partners, LLC’s Royce, a 2004 Oldenburg stallion, will be the penultimate U.S. combination. The pair produced a solid record in 2015, including wins as part of the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team at the FEI Nations Cup presented by Kingsland Equestrian at CSIO4* Wellington and at HITS Thermal in the $65,000 Sunshine Classic CSI5*.

Anchoring the U.S. team will be Minikus (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Jack Snyder and Two Swans Farm’s Babalou 41, a 2005 Oldenburg mare. The pair has contributed to multiple medal-winning performances as members of the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team, including a win in February at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Edge Brewing Barcelona at CSIO4* Ocala. Earlier in the year, the pair topped the $130,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI3* at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup competition at La Baule gets underway on Friday at 2 p.m. local time and can be watched live on FEITV.org.
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team Gives Valiant Effort for Second Place Tie at CSIO4* Coapexpan

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Richard Spooner and Big Red went double-clear (photo by Anwar Esquivel).
Richard Spooner and Big Red went double-clear (photo by Anwar Esquivel).
Xalapa, Veracruz
– The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team consisting of Christine McCrea, Jonathan McCrea, Richard Spooner, and Ali Wolff nearly forced Mexico and Canada into a three-way jump-off at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at CSIO4* Coapexpan today. However, Mexico’s Jose Antonio Chedraui Eguia went double-clear to secure the victory for Mexico, resulting in a two-way tie for second between the U.S. and Canada. With 12 faults, the U.S. picked up 85 points in the North America, Central America & Caribbean region of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Series. The U.S. heads to CSIO3* Langley, the last of the region’s Nations Cup Final qualifying competitions, in second place with 185 points behind Mexico at 190 points.

“All week we knew that this was going to be a tough competition. All three teams could have won at the end, and we were in position for a three-way tie. Richard did what he was supposed to do. His double-clear was perfect, especially with a relatively new ride. He needed to be clean. Chris’ second round was great and a nice improvement from the first round; she’s getting used to a new horse, too. Ali’s clean round was amazing and just a well-ridden ride. Jon was just a hair off clean in both rounds with the stallion. Obviously, we would have loved to have won; it’s disappointing not to when we were so close. It was a fantastic event. The footing was amazing and the facilities are as good as they get,” said U.S. Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland.

Jonathan McCrea (East Windsor, Conn.) with Candy Tribble’s Aristoteles V took to the Guilherme Nogueira Jorge designed course first for the U.S. Team. He and the 2005 KWPN Stallion had a smooth performance until they knocked a rail at 11a, the first element of the triple combination. Last year’s CSIO4* Coapexpan Team Gold-medalist, Ali Wolff (New Albany, Ohio), followed with her and John Wolff’s Quirie 2. She and the 2007 German Warmblood gelding clipped a rail at obstacle nine for four faults.

Christine McCrea (East Windsor, Conn.) with Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stables’ Dynamo, a 2003 Belgian Warmblood gelding, had trouble at fence seven, the triple combination, and the final oxer, for a total of 12 faults. Riding in the anchor position, Richard Spooner (Agua Dulce, Calif.) with Gerardo and Alfonso Pasquel’s Big Red mastered the course beautifully for a clear round. The U.S. ended the first round on eight faults, just behind Mexico and Canada, each with four faults.

In typical Nations Cup competition fashion, victory came down to the final round. Behind by four faults, the U.S. dug deep to remain in contention. Johnathan McCrea and Aristoteles V entered the ring first coming out of the break. They turned in a strong performance with a single rail down at fence six for a score of four faults. Wolff and Quirie 2 came through for the U.S. with an excellent clear round, and Christine McCrea and Dynamo made critical adjustments for a solid round despite a fault at the water. Tied with Canada on a best score of 12 faults, Spooner and Big Red needed a clear round. The pair remained focused to come through for the U.S with another clear round. Canada’s 2008 Olympic Gold medalist Eric Lamaze also earned a double-clear, which left the U.S. and Canada tied on 12 faults, only one rail behind Mexico going into the home team’s last ride. As the crowd held its breath, anticipating a three-way jump-off, Chedraui Eguia went clear to end the United States’ chance for victory.

“This was a super team. The first round was a little difficult for us. We pulled together for the second round. Our horses jumped fast, but Mexico just jumped better. I couldn’t be happier with Big Red’s double-clear. A horse doesn’t come along like that every day. His owners, the Pasquels, are part-Mexican. It’s nice having support from U.S. owners, but it is great that we can have support from other nations, too,” said Spooner.

All four U.S. riders will compete in the Grand Prix Veracruz on Sunday beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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

2 months ago

Lexington, Ky.
-  The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the athlete-and-horse combinations who will represent the United States on the 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

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

4 months ago

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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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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Hear Beezie Madden's and Rich Feller's thoughts on the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Final

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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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