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US Equestrian Declares Contingent for World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen

A group of 18 athletes to represent the U.S. across five featured disciplines

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has announced the athletes that will participate in the 2017 World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen, July 14-23, in Aachen, Germany. CHIO Aachen will showcase The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team and Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team in FEI Nations Cup™ action, as well as two additional dressage athlete-and-horse combinations, two eventing athlete-and-horse combinations, four vaulters, and one four-in-hand combined driver in individual competition.

The following athlete-horse combinations will comprise The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team for FEI Nations Cup CDIO5* Aachen led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover:

Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) with her own and Curt Maes’ Verdades, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (Haymarket, Va.) with her own and Mary Anne McPhail’s Lonoir, a 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding
Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) with Salvino Partners, LLC’s Salvino, a 2007 Hanoverian stallion
Kasey Perry-Glass (Wellington, Fla.) with Diane Perry’s Goerklintgaards Dublet, a 2003 Warmblood gelding

The following dressage athlete-horse combinations will compete in the Aachen CDI4*:

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) with Patricia Stempel’s Danilo, a 2004 Hanoverian gelding
Arlene “Tuny” Page (Wellington, Fla.) with her own Woodstock, a 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding

The following athletes will make up the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team for FEI Nations Cup CSIO5* Aachen led by Chef D’Equipe Robert Ridland:

Kent Farrington (Wellington, Fla.)
Lauren Hough (Wellington, Fla.)
Laura Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.)
Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.)
McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.)

Nations Cup horses will be named at a later date.

The following eventing athlete-horse combinations will compete as individuals in the Aachen CICO3*:

Hannah Sue Burnett (The Plains, Va.) with Jacqueline Mars’ RF Demeter, a 2002 Oldenburg mare
Lauren Kieffer (Middleburg, Va.) with Team Rebecca, LLC’s Veronica, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood mare

The following combined driving athlete will compete in the Aachen CAIO4*:

Chester Weber (Ocala, Fla.) competing tentatively with Amadeus, Weber’s 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding; Bastiaan, Fritz Grupe’s 2006 KWPN gelding; Boris, Weber’s 2006 KWPN gelding; First Edition, Weber’s 2009 KWPN gelding; and Splash, Jane Clark’s 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding

The following vaulting athletes will compete in the Aachen CVIO4*:

Daniel Janes (Stanwood, Wash.)
Elizabeth Osborn (Menlo Park, Calif.)
Kristian Roberts (Moss Beach, Calif.)
Emily Rose (Santa Cruz, Calif.)

For more information about the 2017 World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen and a schedule of events, visit chioaachen.de.

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US Equestrian Announces US Dressage Team for FEI Nations Cup CDIO3* Hickstead

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has named the following athlete-and-horse combinations to The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team for FEI Nations Cup™ CDIO3* Hickstead, July 27-30, in Hickstead, England:

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

Susan Dutta (Wellington, Fla.) with Tim Dutta Inc.’s Currency DC, a 2000 Oldenburg gelding

Chase Hickok (Wellington, Fla.) with Hyperion Farm, Inc.’s Sagacious HF, a 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding

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

Robert Dover will serve as the Chef d’Equipe.

Find out more about the event.

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US Equestrian Names Team for FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has announced the following combinations that will make up the U.S. team at the 2017 FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Riders and Juniors in Verona, Italy, September 22-24. The U.S. will be led by Chef d’Equipe Mark Dial.

Katelyn Baldino (Marietta, Ga.) with Synthetic, Melody Blittersdorf’s 2000 Arabian gelding

Eilish Connor (Spring, Texas) with DJB Jolly Roger, Darolyn Butler’s 2002 Arabian gelding

Ragan Kelly (Waco, Texas) with Kharismas Grace, Tracy Kelly’s 2008 Arabian mare

Ainsley Suskey (Iola, Wisc.) with Princess Deelites MHF, Julie Jackson’s 2007 Arabian mare

Annie Whelan (Louisa, Ky.) with Wallace Hill Leo, Amy Wallace-Whelan’s 2004 Half-Arabian gelding

Alternate Horse:

HK Kruizer, Tracy Kelly’s 2005 Arabian gelding

For more information about contributing to and supporting the 2017 team efforts and competition, contact Kristen Brett, director of endurance at kbrett@usef.org.

Find out more about the 2017 FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Riders and Juniors.

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US Equestrian Names US Eventing Team for Great Meadow International CICO3*

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has selected the following athlete-and-horse combinations from a group of applicants to represent the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team in the FEI Nations Cup™ CICO3* at the Great Meadow International presented by Adequan, July 7-9, in The Plains, Va.:

Jennie Brannigan (Reddick, Fla.) with Nina Gardner’s Cambalda, a 2002 Thoroughbred Cross gelding

Buck Davidson (Unionville, Pa.) with Sherrie Martin and Carl Segal’s Copper Beach, a 2006 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) with Kristine and John Norton’s I’m Sew Ready, a 2004 Dutch Warmblood gelding

Doug Payne (Aiken, S.C.) with Debi Crowley and Doug and Jessica Payne’s Vandiver, a 2004 Trakehner gelding

The following athlete-and-horse combinations have been named alternates for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the FEI Nations Cup CICO3*:

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) with Gretchen and George Wintersteen, Pierre Colin, and Denise Lahey’s Steady Eddie, a 2003 Australian Thoroughbred gelding

Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) with The Donner Syndicate, LLC’s Donner, a 2003 Thoroughbred gelding

Watch the live stream on USEF Network of the Great Meadow International presented by Adequan, beginning Friday, July 7 at 5 p.m. ET. Find out more about event.

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US Equestrian Announces US Dressage Team for FEI Nations Cup CDIO5* Falsterbo

Falsterbo, Sweden – US Equestrian has named the following combinations to The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team for FEI Nations Cup CDIO5* Falsterbo, July 14-16, in Falsterbo, Sweden. CDIO5* Falsterbo is the fifth leg of the 2017 FEI Nations Cup series, with CDIO5* Aachan, July 19-23, and CDIO5* Hickstead, July 28-30, remaining.  Teams for these events will be announced at a later date.

Chase Hickok (Wellington, Fla.) with Hyperion Farm, Inc.’s Sagacious HF, a 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding

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

Mette Rosencrantz (Topanga, Calif.) with her own Marron, a 2000 Danish Warmblood gelding

Find out more about FEI Nations Cup™: CDIO5* Falsterbo.

By US Equestrian Communications Department

US Equestrian Announces US Show Jumping Team for FEI Nations Cup CSIO5* Falsterbo

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has named the following athletes to the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team for FEI Nations Cup CSIO5* Falsterbo, July 13-16, in Falsterbo, Sweden. CSIO5* Falsterbo is the second leg of U.S. Show Jumping’s summer CSIO5* Nations Cup European tour, with two remaining stops at FEI Nations Cup CSIO5* Aachen, Germany, July 18-23, and FEI Nations Cup CSIO5* Dublin, Ireland, August 9-13. Teams for these remaining European events will be announced at a later date.

Katie Dinan (Wellington, Fla.)

Chloe Reid (Washington, D.C.)

Alison Robitaille (Upperville, Va.)

Adrienne Sternlicht (Greenwich, Conn.)

Ali Wolff (New Albany, Ohio)

Robert Ridland will serve as Chef d’Equipe for the U.S. Team.

Watch the live stream of FEI Nations Cup CSIO5* Falsterbo on FEI TV, Friday, July 14, at 8:30 a.m. ET.

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US Equestrian Names Teams for SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Jrs. and Young Riders

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has named a group of up-and-coming athletes to the U.S. teams for 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders, August 9-12, in Givrins, Switzerland. Platinum Performance will serve as the title sponsor for the junior and young rider teams at the inaugural championships.

The following athlete-and-horse combinations will represent the U.S. (in alphabetical order):

Platinum Performance U.S. Junior Team

Sam Flarida (Springfield, Ohio) with Katsy Leeman’s Footwork Revolution, a 2010 Quarter Horse stallion

Emma Lane (Gates, N.C.) with Bundy Lane’s Gunner Gump, a 2008 Quarter Horse gelding

Emilia Reutimann (Sherrills Ford, N.C.) with Lisa Reutimann’s Black Hails Gold, a 2010 Quarter Horse gelding

Alternate – Bo Van Duys (Westcliffe, Colo.) with her own and Holly Van Duys’s Wimpy’s Lucky Girl, a 2009 Quarter Horse mare

Platinum Performance U.S. Young Rider Team

Gabriella Kammerer (Mt Sterling, Ky.) with her own Gunners Star, a 2009 Paint gelding

Dani Latimer (Marietta, Okla.) with Fancy Sailor Oak

Cade McCutcheon (Aubrey, Texas) and Tim and Colleen McQuay’s Yellow Jersey, a 2004 Quarter Horse gelding

Jack Medows (Cuba, Mo.) with his own Wimpys Show Stopper, a 2006 Quarter Horse gelding

Alternate – Aubrey Galbraith (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) with Nadine Galbraith’s Cortez Conquistador, a 2008 Quarter Horse gelding

Find out more about the 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders.

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Concussions and Helmet Safety

Watch Dr. Lola Chambless, an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and an equestrian, discuss why it’s important to wear a helmet while participating in equestrian activities to reduce the risk of concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI). She also explains traumatic brain injury and concussion symptoms, what to do if an equestrian sustains a fall or a blow to the head, and how to return to the sport after experiencing one of these head injuries.

This video is brought to you by Charles Owen.

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US Show Jumping Team Secures Spot at FEI Nations Cup Final; Earns Gold at CSIO4* Langley

Photo Credit: Rebecca Berry (Instagram @rebecca_d_berry)

Langley, British Columbia – In the third and final leg of the FEI Nations Cup North America, Central America, and Caribbean League, the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team bested home team Canada and rivals Mexico and Ireland to secure their qualification for the FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final in Barcelona, Spain, September 28 – October 1. The Canadian team claimed silver on 14 faults, just a single point behind the U.S., with Ireland taking home bronze with 25 faults.

The Team of Heather Caristo-Williams, Catherine Tyree, Adrienne Sternlicht, and Margie Engle represented the U.S. in this event, going in with a mere 10 point lead in the division standings, a narrow margin over Canada and Mexico with only two qualifying spots available for the Finals.

“Our number one priority was to qualify for the Nations Cup Final today,” said U.S team Chef D’Equipe, Robert Ridland. “But our second priority was to do it in a way that benefits everyone in the long-term – and that is to give a bunch of different riders experience. We have had 14 riders on four Nations Cup teams so far this year. Some view that as a bit risky, but it has always been a priority for me. Experienced riders and younger riders feed off of one another, in a good way, and that’s what we did today.”

The U.S. team kept their lead ahead of Canada through the first round, finishing with just four penalties. Caristo-Williams (Saugerties, N.Y.) and Nations Cup newcomer, Qui Vive Des Songes Z, the 2006 Zangersheide stallion owned by Holly and Ralph Caristo had a difficult start as they made their way over the Peter Holmes-designed course, earning a score of 22 faults.  However, following second in the order, Tyree (Chicago, Ill.) and Bokai, Mary Tyree’s 2006 KWPN gelding had a beautiful round, dropping just one rail in their second Nations Cup appearance together.

Both Sternlicht (Greenwich, Conn.) with the 2008 Starlight Farm 1 LLC.’s Bavarian Warmblood mare, Cristalline, and Engle (Wellington, Fla.) riding Royce, Gladewinds Partners, LLC’s 2004 Oldenburg stallion, jumped double clear rounds, securing the US’s top spot heading into the second round.

With qualification to the FEI Nations Cup Jumping Finals at stake, the U.S. needed consistent rides in Round two. Caristo-Williams improved on her first round but picked up 12 faults on her second ride of the course. With the pressure on, Tyree and Sternlicht both jumped near-perfect rounds. Tyree picked up a mere four penalties with one rail down and Sternlicht jumped a careful clear round, earning only a single time fault.

Meanwhile, the Canadian home team had returned to the field to battle their way to the top, with clear rounds jumped by Tiffany Foster (CAN), Christopher Surbey (CAN), and Ian Millar (CAN) to add nothing to their first round total. Ireland also put forth a worthy fight. Ireland’s pathfinders, Daniel Coyle and Cita, jumped the only double clear performance of the day.

Team anchor Engle had little room for error as the final rider on course. She and Royce needed to stay within the time, with no more than four faults to secure a U.S. victory. They did exactly that, finishing well within the time but lowering one rail, clinching a team gold medal and winning the division to qualify for the global series Final in Barcelona.

“Days like today are what we do it for,” said Ridland. “There was a lot on the line today. All the teams here felt it – today determined whether they went to Barcelona or not, and that kind of pressure is not always the case. There was more pressure today in a Nations Cup than in others and our riders did a great job responding to that pressure. The course was excellent, the weather perfect and a beautiful facility. This was the result we were looking for and we are pretty happy about it.”

By Julian McPeak, US Equestrian Communications Department

US Dressage Team Readies for FEI Nations Cup CDIO4* Uggerhalne

Mette Rosencrantz and Marron.

Uggerhalne, Denmark – The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team continues their European Nations Cup swing when they compete at FEI Nations Cup CDIO4* Uggerhalne, June 4 and 5. The U.S. team of Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Shelly Francis, Kathleen Raine, and Mette Rosencrantz enter the Grand Prix ring against a field of four teams all focused on solidifying top honors. Chef d’Equipe Charlotte Bredahl-Baker will guide the U.S. when they compete in the following order:

Mette Rosencrantz and Marron: Rosencrantz (Topanga, Calif.) will compete in her first Nations Cup at CDIO4* Uggerhalne. With nine top-five placings since March 2016, Rosencrantz and Marron, her own 2000 Danish Warmblood gelding, are ready to test their skills in a Nations Cup atmosphere. This spring, they placed first in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special at the Rancho Murieta, Calif. CDI in April and first in the Burbank Grand Prix Special in March.

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar: Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) and Alcazar return to competition rested and ready following a brief break following the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). She and Alcazar, Jane Clark’s 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding, capped off competition at the (AGDF) with a first-place finish in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI4* during week 10.

Shelly Francis and Danilo: Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Danilo, Patricia Stempel’s 2004 Hanoverian gelding, led the way for the U.S. Team at CDIO5* Compiègne, placing fifth in the Grand Prix Freestyle. As a member of numerous Nations Cup teams, Francis will use her experience to guide the U.S. at CDIO4* Uggerhalne. The combination began the year with a successful showing during the AGDF with wins in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3* during week 10, followed by the Grand Prix CDI3* during week 11.

Kathleen Raine and Breanna: Raine (Murrieta, Calif.) and Breanna, her own, Jennifer Mason, and David Wightman’s 2000 Hanoverian mare, enter CDIO4* Uggerhalne after placing sixth in the Grand Prix Special at CDIO5* Compiègne. Earlier in the year, the combination collected six top-three placings on the West Coast including back-to-back wins in the Burbank World Cup Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle in March, their first back-to-back victories in six years on the Big Tour.

Find out more about FEI Nations Cup CDIO4* Uggerhalne at the Equitour Aalborg sponsored by ECCO.

By Dana Rossmeier, US Equestrian Communications Department