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Eight USEF Developing Dressage Program Participants Awarded Training Grants

RELEASE: October 1, 2013
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: USEF Communications Department

Lexington, KY- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and its High Performance Dressage Committee have awarded training grants to eight participants of  the 2013 USEF Developing Dressage Program. The grants have been made possible by a generous gift from Akiko Yamazaki and Red Husky Foundation through the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation. These grant recipients were chosen following review of their performances in 2013 observation and training sessions, and after a review of their training and competitions plans for 2013 and 2014.

USEF Developing Coach, Debbie McDonald, and USEF Developing Coach Advisors, Lendon Gray, Scott Hassler, Jeremy Steinberg, and Anne Gribbons, have selected the following eight combinations to receive training grants (in alphabetical order):

Nora Batchelder (Williston, Florida) on her own Bahai
Bahai is a 2004 Hanoverian mare

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Florida) on Patricia Stempel’s Danilo
Danilo is a 2004 Hanoverian gelding

Brian Hafner (Penngrove, California) on his own and Dr. Rebecca Hafner’s Lombardo LHF
Lombardo LHF is a 1999 Hanoverian gelding

Kimberly Herslow (Stockton, New Jersey) on Kiroli Enterprises LLC’s Rosmarin
Rosmarin is a 2005 Hanoverian gelding

Jami Kment (Palmyra, Nebraska) on her own Zania
Zania is 2004 Dutch Warmblood mare

Sarah Lockman (Rancho Cucamonga, California) on Pamela Munson’s Vinterpol
Vinterpol is a 2002 North American Dutch Warmblood stallion

Silva Martin (Unionville, Pennsylvania) on Rosa Cha W Syndicate’s Rosa Cha W
Rosa Cha W is a 2004 Warmblood mare

Jessica Jo Tate (Wellington, Florida) on Elizabeth Guarisco’s Faberge
Faberge is a 2003 Westphalian gelding

The 2013 USEF Developing Dressage Program would also like recognize the following participants who demonstrate great potential for the future of dressage in the United States;

Elizabeth Ball (Cardiff, California) and Cadence, LLC’s Avanti

Allison Dechant Nimmo (Littleton, Colorado) and Deborah Carter’s Rufus

Susan Dutta (Wellington, Florida) on J. Tim Dutta’s Lumberjack 12

Christopher Hickey (Colora, Maryland) on Hilltop Farm Inc.’s Witness Hilltop

Katie Robicheaux (Wellington, Florida) on her own Avignon T

Caroline Roffman (Wellington, Florida) and her own Her Highness O

Sabine Schut-Kery (Thousand Oaks, California) and Rhea Scott’s Marques

David Wilson (Anaheim Hills, California) and Marban, Inc’s W Royal Winner

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