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US Eventing Team Wins FEI Nations Cup Eventing Competition at Great Meadow International

Photo Credit: Anna Purdy.

Jennie Brannigan Captures Second Individual Title

The Plains, Va. – The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team won the FEI Nations Cup™ CICO3* at the Great Meadow International, presented by Adequan, for the second consecutive year. The team of Jennie Brannigan, Lynn Symansky, Phillip Dutton, and Boyd Martin defeated teams from Canada and Great Britain in the only FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing competition outside Europe. Brannigan also captured her second individual title at Great Meadow, having won previously in 2015.

Cross country course designer Mike Etherington-Smith reversed the direction and order of the fences from last year with the intention of generating interest for both the competitors and spectators. The change proved to be challenging for some, though not for the U.S. team. All four riders completed the course without any jumping penalties.

Brannigan had an unforgettable day. The Reddick, Fla. resident went third in the team order and secured the victory for the U.S. incurring only 1.6 time faults on Nina Gardner’s Cambalda. Brannigan came into the final day in fourth place and catapulted to the top spot with a final score of 49.8 penalties.

“The first time I came it was so exciting because it earned me a spot as a traveling alternate for the Pan Am Games, which was quite special to me,” said Brannigan. “It’s such an honor to get to ride for your country and ‘Ping’ has been an incredible horse in a lot of ways and is wonderful to me. I really appreciate him stepping up to the plate.”

By the time second U.S. team rider Lynn Symansky took to the course, two riders were eliminated from the British team and the Canadians had already secured a team score. The Middleburg, Va. resident jumped clear, finishing just above the optimum time on Donner, owned by The Donner Syndicate, LLC. They incurred 1.2 time faults for a three-phase score of 50.1 penalties, which was good enough for second place individually. Symansky was originally the alternate, but was named to the team after Buck Davidson, Jr. withdrew Carl Segal and Sherrie Martin’s Copper Beach.

“It’s such a great cohesive group. Everybody just works together and supports each other. We’re all out here to win and do the best that we can,” said Symansky. “It was awesome. The whole way around I heard people cheering me on, saying, ‘Come on Lynn, you can do it!’ It’s cool to ride at your hometown event. It was an honor.”

U.S. pathfinder Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa. was the first rider to complete the course within the optimum time of 6 minutes and 33 seconds, finishing within two seconds at 6:31. Riding Steady Eddie, owned by Denise Lahey, Pierrie Colin, George and Gretchen Wintersteen, the Olympic veteran finished on his dressage score of 58.3 penalties.

“He came through for me; he was the only horse that finished on his dressage score,” said Martin of the New Zealand Thoroughbred. “It was a bit hard to gauge the course because the first rider Justine Dutton (GBR) fell and second rider Jessica Phoenix (CAN) was held on the course, but I zipped around and everything rode really well.”

Dutton, of West Grove, Pa., already knew that the U.S. had won the Nations Cup prior to going out, but an individual win was on the line. Riding Kristine and John Norton’s I’m Sew Ready, the six-time Olympic veteran finished outside the optimum time adding 5.6 time faults to his cumulative score of 51.6 penalties and putting him in third place.

“My teammates did it all for me. Jennie came home and I had a minute to go before I went in the box and they said she only had a couple of time faults,” said Dutton. “I thought it was a good run for the horse. He’s not the fastest, but I think I could have done a little better job at the galloping fences. Overall, though, I think it was a good run for him and pleased that he went so well.”

The winning score for the U.S. was 151.5 penalties. Team Canada finished on 168.6 penalties for second place. Because Great Britain failed to have the required three qualifying scores, they were awarded a drop score penalty of 1000 points, and finished third.

Full Results

From Classic Communications and the US Equestrian Communications Department

US Eventing Team Ready to Ride in Great Meadow International CICO3*

The Plains, Va. – All U.S. horses passed the horse inspection for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team competing in the FEI Nations Cup™ CICO3* at the Great Meadow International, presented by Adequan®. The team consisting of Boyd Martin, Jennie Brannigan, Lynn Symansky and Phillip Dutton will be the third and final team in the order.

“This is a really good team,” says Joanie Morris, acting as Chef d’Equipe. “We’re looking forward to this weekend. It’s always great to come to Great Meadow. The consensus is that the cross-country course is a step up from last year; it’s always interesting to see how these courses evolve. The facility is beautiful and they should be commended for all their efforts. We are really excited to be here and can’t wait to get started!”

Boyd Martin will be the sole U.S. team member competing in dressage on Friday afternoon with the remaining three to go on Saturday.

The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team will compete in the following order:

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) aboard Steady Eddie, a 2003 New Zealand Thoroughbred owned by Denise Lahey, Pierrie Colin, and George and Gretchen Wintersteen. Martin is a two-time Olympic veteran (2012, 2016) and two-time FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) competitor (2010, 2014). He was also a 2015 Pan American Games team gold medalist.

Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) riding Donner, a 2003 Thoroughbred gelding owned by The Donner Syndicate, LLC. Symansky is a 2011 Pan American Games team gold medalist and WEG veteran (2014). She also won the Bromont CIC3* (2014) and was second at the Great Meadow International CIC3* in 2015.

Jennie Brannigan (Reddick, Fla.) on Nina Gardner’s Cambalda, a 2002 Thoroughbred Cross gelding. Brannigan was named as an alternate to the U.S Team for the Pan American Games in 2015 and won the CIC3* at Great Meadow and The Fork that same year.

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) rides anchor on Kristine and John Norton’s I’m Sew Ready, a 2004 Dutch Warmblood gelding. Dutton is a six-time Olympic veteran, earning team bronze (2004) and individual bronze (2016) for the U.S. Dutton is a six-time WEG veteran and a two-time Pan American Games team gold medalist (2007, 2015) and individual silver medalist (2007). Dutton has the distinction of winning the Rolex/USEF CCI4* Eventing National Championship a record five times.

Buck Davidson (Unionville, Pa.) originally was scheduled to ride Sherrie Martin and Carl Segal’s Copper Beach, but withdrew in an effort to rest the horse who received stitches last week.

“He’s a super horse and he is sound, but Buck decided to withdraw him to save him for another weekend. It’s just some bad timing for everyone,” said Morris. “Buck will be a great asset for the team this weekend and will be our biggest fan.”

Learn more about the Great Meadow International and catch all the activity live on the USEF Network.

From Classic Communications and the US Equestrian Communications Department

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

From the US Equestrian Communications Department

US Equestrian Names Eventing High Performance Summer Training Lists for 2017

Lexington, Ky. – The US Equestrian Eventing High Performance Program is designed to achieve Olympic qualification and medals in the current Games cycle, in addition to building a sustainable foundation for the success of future championships. The Eventing High Performance Program consists of the Elite, Development, and Emerging Athlete Programs. For the 2017 Summer Training Lists, a two-tiered system was introduced for the Development Program, and no changes have been made to the Emerging Athlete Program list of participants. The following combinations have been named to the 2017 Summer Training Lists for the Elite Program and Tier 1 and Tier 2 Development.

Elite Program

These are athlete/horse combinations that have established themselves as having met the criteria, or demonstrated potential to meet the criteria, required to be competitive at CCI3* and CCI4* events and championships.

Hannah Sue Burnett (The Plains, Va.) with Jacqueline Mars’s Harbour Pilot and Mary Ann Ghadban’s Under Suspection

Matt Brown (Cochranville, Pa.) with Blossom Creek Foundation’s Super Socks BCF

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) with Kristine and John Norton’s I’m Sew Ready, HnD Group’s Mighty Nice, and Thomas Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Ann Jones, and Caroline Moran’s Z

Lauren Kieffer (Middleburg, Va.) with Team Rebecca, LLC’s Veronica and Marie Le Menestrel’s Meadowbrook’s Scarlett

Marilyn Little (Frederick, Md.) with Jacqueline Mars, Robin Parsky, and Phoebe and Michael Manders’s RF Scandalous

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) with the Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate’s Blackfoot Mystery

Tier 1 Development

Tier 1 is designed to support experienced international athletes who have horses that are on a trajectory to reach the Elite criteria in the next four years and experienced international athletes who have horses that do not meet the Elite criteria but remain in contention for selection for the next World or Olympic Games.

Will Coleman (Charlottesville, Va.) with The Conair Syndicate’s Tight Lines and Four Star Eventing Group’s OBOS O’Reilly

Buck Davidson (Unionville, Pa.) with Carlevo LLC’s Carlevo

Phillip Dutton with the Revelation Group’s Fernhill Revelation

Lauren Kieffer with Debbie Adams and Jacqueline Mars’s D.A. Duras

Boyd Martin with Lucy Boynton Lie’s Cracker Jack

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

Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) with The Donner Syndicate, LLC’s Donner

Sharon White (Summit Point, W.Va.) with her own Cooley on Show

Tier 2 Development

Tier 2 is designed for athletes who have not previously attained team selection or Elite criteria that are on a trajectory to achieve Elite status in this or the next four-year period.

Katherine Coleman (New Orleans, La.) with Kalai, LLC’s Back to Business

Lillian Heard (Hamilton, Va.) with her own LCC Barnaby

Kurt Martin (Middleburg, Va.) with his and Carol and William Martin’s DeLux Z

It is important to note that inclusion or exclusion on a Training List has no impact on selection for Games and championships. These lists will be reviewed in November of 2017.

Learn more about US Equestrian’s Eventing High Performance Program.

From the US Equestrian Communications Department

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.

From the US Equestrian Communications Department

Polish Medal Winners in the History of European Championships

PJan Lipczyński and Elektron, European Championships, Horsens, Denmark, 1981/private source of Jan Lipczyński.

Strzegom, 26.06.2017 – 52 years ago, for the first time in history, rider representing Poland won the European Champion title in Eventing. Sixteen years later white & red team reached for bronze medal. Waiting for the prize giving ceremony of 33rd European Championships, which will take place in Strzegom in August, we go back through the history of this competition to bring to mind the biggest Polish achievements.

First European Championships took place in 1953 in Badminton in Great Britain. 40 riders from 5 countries competed that time but Polish team had to wait four more years for its debut in the event at this level. In 1957 in Copenhagen Jan Kowalski and Litawor finished the competition at 13th place. Two years after that in British Harewood white & red team was close to podium but finishing the competition at 4th place.

Marian Babirecki & Volt

First and so far the only one Polish rider who reached the highest step of the podium of Europeans was Marian Babirecki riding Volt. In Moscow, then capital of Soviet Union, in 1965 Polish rider was the best among 38 others and won gold medal. Although he was only 14th after dressage, great cross-country ride and clear show jumping gave Marian Babirecki the victory. There is a video record from this event available at Polish journals: (,30638,strona-2).

Babirecki was considered to be the most comprehensive rider in the history of Polish equestrian after Second World War. He was not only successful show jumping, dressage and eventing rider but also jockey who was second in Velká pardubická in 1956. After the end of his athlete career Babirecki moved to Cuba where he was couch of national equestrian team. After few years, he stepped back and worked in trained profession of wood engineer. Babirecki was also a scuba diver and during one of his diving session in Atlantic Ocean he died tragically.

Medallists form Horsens

Polish equestrian fans had to wait for another success till 1981 the year when top eventing riders competed in Horsens in Denmark. White & red won bronze medal in team classification.  The authors of this success were: Mirosław Szłapka and Erywań, Jan Lipczyński and Elektron, Krzysztof Rafalak and Dajak, and Mirosław Ślusarczyk and Ekran.

For Jan Lipczyński, then 24 years old, it was the first event at Championship level.   ”In early ‘80 Polish riders started to have some achievements in international competitions so heading towards Championships we had combat-ready attitude but we didn’t consider ourselves as possible winners,” he recalls. ”Taking part in Europeans was a huge experience for us. Going through the cross-country course at this level was making big impression even at the well experienced eventers. The format of the competition was completely different at that time. The cross-country phase had a different level of toughness, different distance, which was close to 30 km, also fences had different dimensions, huge ‘waggons’ were jumped. Nowadays the difficultness of the cross-country is about technical tasks, not the size of the fences and for this reason the safety of riders and horses has grown. It used to look totally different. The toughness of the cross was determined by the size of the fences and falls were not unusual.”

”The dimension of some of the fences were so large that sometimes, after official course inspection, they were changed,” recalls Krzysztof Rafalak, who was also debutant at the Championships level in Horsens.  ”I was the last one starting in the team. After Mirek Ślusarczyk misfortune on the cross-country course, I felt pressure to do everything to finish my ride so that we could be classified as a team.”

Seven national teams taking part did not survive till the end of competition; only six managed to do that.

”It was a very challenging competition. 40% of the horses didn’t complete it. Two of the fences were especially difficult: bascule bridge and triple bar and those two caused most of the problems,” recalls Mirosław Szłapka, who a year before Horsens Championships competed in Olympic Games in Moscow and was placed six there.  ”I still remembered the level of toughness of cross-country course in Moscow so the one in Horsens was friendly in my opinion. Hilly terrain was similar to Biały Bór land where we had training camp before Championships. Contrary to the one in Moscow this cross-country was fair for horses.”

Mirosław Szłapka in the individual classification was placed 5th. In the dressage test he was placed second by two judges and 19th by third. If the marks were all at the same level he would have a chance to stand on podium.

Bronze medal at European Championships for Seniors is so far the biggest achievement of Polish eventing after Second World War. ”After winning the medals we were euphoric, we had a feeling that the history is just happening,” says Jan Lipczyński. ”When the stress and pressures came down, we were extremely happy,” adds Krzysztof Rafalak.


Julia Krajewski Secures Biggest Career Win at Luhmühlen with Samourai Du Thot

Julia Krajewski on Samourai du Thot (FEI/Eric Knoll)

Nicola Wilson (GBR) and Bulana clinch second with overnight leader Bettina Hoy third on Designer 10 (GER)

It was an emotional moment for Germany’s Julia Krajewski when she realised she had scored the biggest win of her career after steering Samourai du Thot to victory at her home event, Luhmühlen CCI 4* presented by DHL, fifth leg of the FEI Classics™.

Krajewski, 28, was third year last year at her first attempt, but now she goes home with the big prize after the fairytale failed to come true for cross country leader Bettina Hoy (GER), who is 26 years her senior.

“If I hadn’t taken a pull, my horse wouldn’t have hit fence eight as he didn’t want to touch a pole. I thought ‘damn’, but there were so few clear rounds and when Bettina had her fence and time faults, that’s how it happens sometimes and you’re a four-star winner!” — Julia Krajewski (GER), winner

There had been little difference in the leaderboard after a straightforward cross country phase, but a challenging jumping track certainly shook up the order, with only four clear rounds without time penalties from the 34 finishers.

Krajewski, second after Saturday’s cross country, hit the back rail of fence eight, and Britain’s Nicola Wilson, third before jumping on Bulana, jumped clear but added a frustrating three time faults to finish a mere 0.7 behind in second place, a career best for the 2012 Olympic team silver medallist who has been a solid pathfinder for the British team.

“It was an expensive time fault or two, but Bulana gets better and better and better.” — Nicola Wilson (GBR), runner-up

Hoy’s problems started with a sticky jump over the fifth fence on Designer 10 and the horse then didn’t get high enough over the sixth for a rail down. That, plus three time penalties, dropped the newly crowned national champion (Hoy won the German championships earlier in the day) to third place.

Marilyn Little (USA) was clear to move up to fourth place on RF Scandalous and Maxime Livio (FRA), currently runner-up in the FEI Classics, was also foot-perfect, rising six places to fifth on Opium de Verrieres.

Livio has now managed to narrow the gap with runaway FEI Classics™ leader Michael Jung (GER) to just six points, and Wilson has sprung from 11th place in the rankings to third, so a thrilling finish is guaranteed at the finale at Burghley (GBR) in September.

By Kate Green

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Bettina Hoy Retains Luhmühlen Lead with Designer 10 after Cross Country

Bettina Hoy (GER) and Designer 10 (FEI/Eric Knoll)

Julia Krajewski (GER) holds on to second place with Samourai du Thot and Nicola Wilson (GBR) moves up into third on Bulana

Bettina Hoy (GER) proved she is at the very top of her game when retaining her lead after cross country at Luhmühlen CCI 4* presented by DHL, fifth leg of the FEI Classics™ series. In a remarkable double, the in-form rider is also heading the three-star competition at Germany’s most famous eventing venue which is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Hoy, 54, has more than three decades’ experience of Luhmühlen’s wooded tracks and testing water complexes – she competed here in the 1982 World Championships – and she punched the air with delight as a perfectly timed round on Designer 10 kept her in pole position. However, she will need all her expertise in the jumping phase as the price of one rail covers the top four riders.

“My watch stopped working around the seven minute mark, which left me a little unsure about the time, but I know he is a really fast horse, so I knew I would be able to just go for it!” — Overnight leader Bettina Hoy (GER)

Julia Krajewski (GER) and Samourai du Thot, third last year, thrilled a bumper home crowd enjoying brilliant sunshine and great sport with their superb performance. They are still in second place and clearly laid the ghost of an unhappy elimination at the Rio Olympics last year.

“I felt Sam was fitter and more mature this year so I pushed from the beginning and didn’t have one bad moment. I’m very proud of him.” — Second-placed Julia Krajewski (GER)

Nicola Wilson (GBR) showed all her horsemanship to contain her bold mare, Bulana, and they moved up to third place after Marilyn Little (USA) and RF Scandalous, third after Dressage, picked up 6.8 time penalties and slipped to ninth. The 50 penalties initially awarded to Little for missing a flag at a skinny brush arrowhead were removed after the Ground Jury reviewed video footage of the incident.

“The course was an absolute pleasure to ride and will have been good for horses competing at this level for the first time.” — Third-placed Nicola Wilson (GBR)

Otherwise, the leaderboard is little changed at the top, apart from the departure of Astier Nicolas and Molokai, fifth after dressage, after the French Olympic gold medallist was unseated at the water complex at 19.

Britain’s Sarah Bullimore (Lilli Corinne) has moved up two places to fourth and within a fence of the leader after a clear round eight seconds inside the optimum time of 11 minutes 11 seconds. Maxime Livio (FRA), currently second in the FEI Classics™ series leaderboard, has moved up a place to 11th on Opium de Verrieres, but he will need to finish in the top 10 if he is to add any more points.

By Kate Green

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Leanne Williams
Manager Press Relations
+41 79 314 24 38

At Luhmühlen:

Dr. Friederike Stüvel-Huck
Press Officer
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Triple Olympian Bettina Hoy (GER) Has Designs on Luhmühlen Crown

Bettina Hoy (GER) and Designer 10 (FEI/Libby Law)

Julia Krajewski (GER) second with Samourai du Thot and Marilyn Little (USA) third on RF Scandalous

Bettina Hoy (GER), who is currently enjoying a rich run of form, leads after Dressage at Luhmühlen CCI 4* presented by DHL (GER) and has a great chance of winning her home country’s premier event, the fifth leg of the FEI Classics™, since triumphing here in 2005 on Ringwood Cockatoo.

Triple Olympian Hoy, 54, who divides her time between competing, caring for her elderly parents and training the Dutch Eventing team, is renowned for her artistry in the Dressage arena and showed the way to younger riders with a mark of 36.0 on her 13-year-old Westphalian gelding Designer 10.

“Designer was really relaxed today. I was a little annoyed about the small fault we had in the first extended trot, but otherwise he felt great. In fact, the last trot was so good I almost forgot to halt for the final salute!” — Bettina Hoy (GER)

Julia Krajewski (GER), who made a sparkling four-star debut here last year when third on the athletic Selle Francais Samurai du Thot, is second on 37.1 and US rider Marilyn Little, riding the mare RF Scandalous, a newcomer to this level, is third on 38.0. Britain’s Nicola Wilson conjured a mark of 38.7 on the lively black mare Bulana, a notably bold cross-country performer, for overnight fourth.

Michael Jung (GER), the clear leader in the FEI Classics™ series, is not riding in the 4* at Luhmühlen, but Maxime Livio (FRA), currently second in the standings and winner of Pau and runner-up to Jung at Kentucky, is and is lying in 12th place on Opium de Verrieres. Badminton winner Andrew Nicholson (NZL), third on the Classics leaderboard, is 29th on Tesio ahead of what promises to be an exciting cross-country day.

“Everything has been built beautifully with some big jumps, which should not be underestimated. [New course-designer] Mike Etherington-Smith [GBR] has created something very different, which has been positively received.” — Hans Melzer, German team trainer

Luhmühlen, Germany’s main championship venue, is celebrating its 60th anniversary – it’s the second oldest event in the FEI Classics™ after Badminton – and has received a royal visit from its patron.

“There is so much that is excellent about Luhmühlen: the course, the way it’s run, the hospitality and the way everyone is treated. Over 60 years there have been so many people who rose to the occasion.” — HRH The Princess Royal

By Kate Green

Press contacts:


Leanne Williams
Manager Press Relations
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At Luhmühlen:

Dr. Friederike Stüvel-Huck
Press Officer
+49 17 153 829 00

Jacqueline B. Mars and USET Foundation Launch the Giltedge Endowment Fund Challenge

David O’Connor and Giltedge. Photo By: Shannon Brinkman.

Gladstone, N.J. – May 31, 2017 – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a transformational fundraising initiative, the Giltedge Endowment Fund Challenge, made possible through the generosity of Jacqueline B. Mars.

The goal of the initiative is to raise $1,500,000 to firmly establish the Giltedge Endowment Fund for the discipline of eventing. Mars has generously pledged a million dollars, of which up to $500,000 she will match $1 for $1 from gift commitments made by Dec. 31. Mars invites fellow eventing enthusiasts to help her in creating a legacy for the United States eventing high performance program by contributing to the Giltedge Endowment Fund. This endowment will create a reliable source of funding that can be drawn upon year in and year out to supplement the USET Foundation’s annual funds and provide increased support for the high performance programs.

In 2012, Mars, USET Foundation honorary trustee, eventing horse owner and longtime loyal supporter of equestrian sport, generously established the Giltedge Challenge. That challenge raised over $1.5 million in annual program support for the eventing high performance program over the last quadrennial from 2013-2016.

With deep appreciation for Mars’ leadership, and the many loyal and generous supporters of the USET Foundation, the comprehensive fundraising program achieved great success. The 2017 Giltedge Endowment Fund Challenge will now provide stability and permanence that will ensure funding for future generations. These invaluable resources will also serve as a catalyst and supplement the traditional monies raised from generous supporters each year to ensure a comprehensive, medal-winning program from the emerging and development level to the elite level, which will create a pathway to the podium for our eventing athletes well into the future.

“I was very encouraged by the success of the Giltedge Challenge,” said Mars. “That initiative helped to support and sustain the United States high performance eventing program over the course of the last quadrennial. I am pleased to be able to build on the success of that effort by establishing the Giltedge Endowment Fund Challenge. I hope this challenge will inspire others to join me in creating a legacy for U.S. high performance eventing.”

The USET Foundation asks you to consider a gift commitment to help grow the Giltedge Endowment Fund. Your commitment will create momentum, raise sights and signal to others the seriousness and significance of both current and deferred philanthropy to the future of our sport, while creating a lasting legacy, supporting the great tradition of United States equestrian sports now and ensuring its continued excellence in the future.

For more information about making a donation to the Giltedge Endowment Fund Challenge, please contact Jim Wolf at or call 908-234-1251.

For more information on the USET Foundation, visit

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