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Chester Weber Secures Major Victory in Aachen

Chester Weber in Saturday’s Marathon (Shannon Brinkman Photo)

Aachen, Germany – A fantastic four-in-hand driving season for American star Chester Weber got even better on Saturday with a hard-earned win at CHIO Aachen. The CAIO4* field full of international talent and former world champions, and the crowd of spectators at the historic show, made the weekend’s win one of the biggest of Weber’s career.

With his and Jane Forbes Clark’s team of KWPN geldings, Weber (Ocala, Fla) took the early lead on Wednesday with a stellar 36.22 score in the dressage phase. He and his team were the only ones to break 40 in the dressage. Weber’s closest competition came from Boyd Exell of Australia, who earned a 41.00 score, and would keep the pressure on for the remainder of the competition.

In the cones phase (at CAIO4* Aachen the cones precede the marathon) Weber was clear through the obstacles. He added 0.66 in time penalties, to finish 6th in the phase, but earned a little breathing room over Exell, who had 3.00 faults total through the cones.

Exell was excellent in the marathon, winning the phase with a 91.63 score, but Weber was game. With a score of 97.60, Weber finished on a total of 134.48 and the win.

“Today was a big day for our team and what will be a highlight of my career,” Weber posted to his Facebook page following the marathon. “We won the CHIO Aachen 2014. I am humbled to drive such a wonderful group of horses and work with such a fantastic staff and have the best sponsor in the world.”

Exell finished second with a total score of 135.63 and Koos de Ronde of The Netherlands was third with 149.54.

For complete results, go to www.chioaachen.com.

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David Marcus Makes Aachen Debut

David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital represented Canada at CDIO5* Aachen. Photo by Arnd Bronkhorst, www.arnd.nl.

Aachen, Germany – Canadian Olympian David Marcus of Campbellville, ON made his debut at the prestigious CDIO5* Aachen, Germany, held July 11 to 20.

Marcus was the sole Canadian representative invited to contest the CDIO5* division at Aachen. Riding Chrevi’s Capital for owner Deborah Miculinic Kinzinger, Marcus placed 28th in Thursday’s Grand Prix from an international starting field of 39 entries. The five-member panel of international judges awarded Marcus a score of 69.18%. The Grand Prix was won by Germany’s Matthias Alexander Rath, who scored 82.30% riding the illustrious Totilas while Helen Langehanenberg, also of Germany, took second place with 81.22% aboard Damon Hill NRW. Adelinde Cornelissen of The Netherlands was the only other rider to break the 80% barrier, earning a score of 80.98% to take third place with the 17-year-old Jerich Parzival.

“I was really happy with my ride in the Grand Prix,” said Marcus, 33. “Every day Capital been getting a little bit better since he arrived here in Germany, and I thought the Grand Prix was one of the better tests that I have had with him.”

Having qualified to move forward to the Grand Prix Special on Saturday, July 19, Marcus pushed for more brilliance from Chrevi’s Capital, a 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Chrevi’s Cavallo x Weinberg). As a result, a mistake in the passage-piaffe tour proved costly, with the pair being awarded a score of 67.84% for 26th place in the final standings. Rath and Totilas again emerged victorious with a score of 84.52%, followed by reigning Olympic champions Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro of Great Britain with 83.15% and Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW in third with 82.07%.

“Overall, I was really happy with the Grand Prix Special,” explained Marcus. “After watching the video of my Grand Prix test, I felt that I had room to take risks and I got a little bit too eager in the Grand Prix Special. I did take risks and pushed him for maximum, but, unfortunately, had a mistake which brought me down in the final placings. Having said that, when I watched the playback, I think the overall quality is the best it’s ever been.”

While Marcus competed in Europe in the lead-up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, this marked his debut at CDIO5* Aachen, considered by many to be the best equestrian competition in the world.

“I definitely feel privileged to be here representing Canada,” said Marcus of the experience. “It’s been great, and it is an amazing horse show. It’s been a very exciting week.”

Competing at Aachen is part of Marcus’s preparation for the upcoming 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games taking place in Normandy, France, from August 23 to September 7.

“I think it was the right decision to come here; I really wanted to have an experience with Capital in a venue such as this with the quality of competition that is here,” said Marcus. “This division is filled with the top riders in the world, and I feel very fortunate to be within that group. I am really happy that we came, and I’ve been very happy with how Capital has handled himself here.

“Unfortunately, Deborah wasn’t able to join us at this show due to her son’s wedding, but we’ve been in communication throughout the week and I have really appreciated her support,” continued Marcus.

While disappointed to miss seeing Chrevi’s Capital compete in Aachen, owner Miculinic Kinzinger noted, “It is an honour that David and Capital were invited to compete in the CDIO5* division at Aachen. It was unfortunate that they had a mistake in the Grand Prix Special, but I applaud David for taking a chance; if it had worked, it would have been a phenomenal test. You don’t win medals by playing it safe!”

Following CDIO5* Aachen, Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital will compete at CDI3* Verden, also in Germany, from August 6 to 10. The pair is currently based in Germany with renowned trainer Jean Bemelmans while Marcus’s own personal trainer, Oded Shimoni, flies back and forth from his base in Wellington, FL to provide his expertise. Both Shimoni and Marcus’s partner, Australian grand prix rider Nicholas Fyffe, were on hand to support Marcus at CDIO5* Aachen.

Marcus first made his grand prix debut at the beginning of 2012 and, six short months later, was competing at the 2012 London Olympic Games. In 2013, he topped the North American World Cup League. The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will mark his world championship debut.

Marcus operates David Marcus Dressage, a full-service dressage training facility located one hour west of Toronto. For more information on David Marcus, please visit www.davidmarcusdressage.com.

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Laura Graves Leads US Dressage Effort Saturday in Aachen

Laura Graves & Verdades (Shannon Brinkman Photo)

Aachen, Germany – Four members of the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team competed for the U.S. at the CHIO Aachen on Saturday. Laura Graves, Adrienne Lyle, and Caroline Roffman rode in the CDIO5* Grand Prix Special, while Shelly Francis rode in the CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle.

Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and Verdades led the U.S. effort with an eighth-place finish aboard Verdades in the Meggle-Prize CDIO5* Grand Prix Special. Graves and her own 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding earned a score of 74.784% for a solid performance in an international field. Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) and Peggy Thomas’ 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Wizard, finished in 13th place on a score of 72.902%, while Caroline Roffman (Wellington, Fla.) and her own 11-year-old Hanoverian mare, Her Highness O, were 29th with a score of 61.314%.

Both Graves and Lyle move on to Sunday’s Grand Prix Freestyle as the CDIO5* comes to close.

In the Philips-Prize CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle, Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Patricia Stempel’s Doktor, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding, had a great performance. The pair executed a solid test to score 71.725% and finish in seventh place.

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Raine and Wilcox Land in Top Seven in CDI4* Aachen’s Lindt-Prize

Kathleen Raine and Breanna (Shannon Brinkman)

Aachen, Germany – The U.S. riders continued to show strong form in CDI4* competition on Friday at CHIO Aachen as both riders landed in the top seven. The United States was represented by Kathleen Raine and Lisa Wilcox in the Lindt-Prize where 10 entries from seven countries performed the FEI Grand Prix Special.

Raine (Murrietta, Calif.) and Jennifer Mason, Kathleen Raine, and David Wightman’s 14-year-old Hanoverian mare, Breanna, earned a score of 71.804% from the Ground Jury of Isabelle Judet, Magnus Ringmark, Stephen Clarke, Dietrich Plewa, and Francis Verbeek-van Rooy. The ninth-place finishers from the 2014 The Dutta Corp/USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship and Selection Trial for the U.S. Dressage Team Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games finished in fifth place.

Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team members Wilcox (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Betty Wells’ 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Denzello, earned a score of 69.922% to finish in seventh place.

Germany’s Isabell Werth and Don Johnson FRH were the winners of the Lindt-Prize with a score of 76.765%.

Dressage competition at CHIO Aachen continues Saturday with the CDIO5* Grand Prix Special and CDI4* Freestyle.

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US Dressage Riders Kick Off Competition at CHIO Aachen

Laura Graves and Verdades (Shannon Brinkman Photo)

Americans Finish Seventh in Lambertz FEI Nations Cup

Aachen, Germany – Six members of the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team took their first steps in competition on Wednesday and Thursday, performing the FEI Grand Prix Test at the prestigious CHIO Aachen, where they are joined by Kathleen Raine. Laura Graves, Adrienne Lyle, Caroline Roffman, and Tina Konyot represented the U.S. in the Lambertz FEI Nations Cup, held as part of the CDIO5* competition, on Thursday, while Shelly Francis, Lisa Wilcox, and Kathleen Raine went down centerline on Wednesday in the HAVENS Horsefeed-Prize.

CDIO5* – Lambertz FEI Nations Cup

The U.S. secured a seventh-place finish on Thursday afternoon in the Lambertz FEI Nations Cup on an overall total of 213.740. Germany proved to be a popular winner on its home turf, finishing on a total of 243.100, with The Netherlands finishing second on a score of 223.380, and Spain earning third place with a team total of 220.600.

Leading the way for the U.S. on Thursday was Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and her own 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Verdades, with a score of 73.000%. The 2014 Reserve National Champions finished 13th individually.

Finishing in 21st and 22nd, respectively, were Roffman and Lyle. Roffman (Wellington, Fla.) and her own 11-year-old Hannoverian mare, Her Highness O, earned a score of 70.400% from the Ground Jury of Dietrich Plewa, Isabelle Judet, Francis Verbeek-van Rooy, Stephen Clarke, and Susan Hoevenaars. Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) and Peggy Thomas’ 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Wizard, scored 70.340% on Thursday.

Konyot (Palm City, Fla.) rode her own 16-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion, Calecto V, to a score of 67.560% to finish in 34th place.

Graves, Roffman, and Lyle head on to Saturday’s Grand Prix Special for the CDIO5*.

Lisa Wilcox and Denzello (Shannon Brinkman Photo)
Lisa Wilcox and Denzello (Shannon Brinkman Photo)

CDI4* – HAVENS Horsefeed-Prize

Three U.S. riders headed down centerline for the Grand Prix Test in the HAVENS Horsefeed-Prize for the Aachen CDI4* on Wednesday. Lisa Wilcox (Loxahatchee, Fla.) led the American effort with Betty Wells’ Denzello by finishing the day in 12th place. She and the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding produced a lovely test to score 69.180%. Shelly Francis and Kathleen Raine had similar performances in front of the judging panel of Francis Verbeek-van Rooy, Susan Hoevenaars, Isabelle Judet, Dietrich Plewa, and Susanne Baarup to tie for 14th place. Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Patricia Stempel’s Doktor, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding, had a good test to score 68.240%. With Jennifer Mason, Kathleen Raine, and David Wightman’s 14-year-old Hanoverian mare, Breanna, Raine (Murrieta, Calif.) also earned a score of 68.240%.

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl of Germany and Unee BB won the HAVENS Horsefeed-Prize with a score of 73.220%, after coming out on top of a tie with fellow German rider Fabienne Lütkemeier and D’Agostino FRH, who were second. Beata Stremler of Poland and Rubicon D were third with a score of 72.400%.

Wilcox and Raine will move on for the U.S. in the Grand Prix Special on Friday, while Francis heads to the Grand Prix Freestyle on Saturday for the CDI4*.

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Hermès US Jumping Team Combinations Named for CSIO5* Aachen’s FEI Nations Cup

Lexington, Ky. – The U.S. has drawn seventh in the order for Thursday’s Mercedes-Benz FEI Nations Cup at CSIO5* Aachen, with four members of the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games set to jump for the United States in Nations Cup competition.

The following four combinations will compose the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team for CSIO5* Aachen’s Mercedes-Benz FEI Nations Cup:

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

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

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

Kent Farrington (Wellington, Fla.) and Amalaya Investment’s Willow
Willow is a 2003 KWPN gelding.

The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team will be led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland on Thursday.

Farrington is already on a roll in Aachen, having won the Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe with Amalaya Investment’s Voyeur on Wednesday.

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Horse & Country TV to Broadcast Rolex Grand Prix Live from Aachen

Horse & Country TV (Sky 280 and on smartphone, tablet and laptop via horseandcountry.tv/everywhere) is proud to announce it will broadcast the Rolex Grand Prix from the CHIO Aachen in Germany on Sunday July 20th. The Rolex Grand Prix is the highlight of nine days of intense competition across multiple disciplines in Aachen, which welcomes more than 350,000 visitors each year. H&C TV’s live coverage of the showjumping will run from 12.50pm to 5.00pm British Summer Time. This is the first time the Rolex Grand Prix from Aachen will be broadcast live in the UK.

The CHIO World Equestrian Festival in Aachen is considered by many to be one of the greatest horse shows in the world. Well-known equestrian presenter, Aly Rowell, will host the show direct from the event. H&C TV will also show comprehensive highlights from the entire CHIO Aachen event, including the Mercedes-Benz Nations’ Cup, the Grand Prix Dressage of Aachen and the Eventing competition, which will feature Zara Phillips and Pippa Funnell.

Jonathan Rippon, Head of Programming at Horse & Country TV, said, “The Rolex Grand Prix at the CHIO Aachen is undoubtedly the highlight of the summer showjumping season and H&C TV will show every minute of the competition live.”

“We had a wonderful reception from our viewers to our first ever live broadcast of the Global Champions Tour from Paris. We are committed to maintaining this level of excellence for our viewers and look forward to a very exciting set of live broadcasts for 2014.”

For more information, please contact Georgie Wells at Revolution Sports + Entertainment: georgina@revolutionsports.co.uk or 0207 592 1207.

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US Vaulters Earn Top Placings in CVIO3* Aachen

The Woodside Vaulters (Dirk Caremans/Hippo Foto/Shannon Brinkman Photo)

Aachen, Germany – The U.S. vaulters had a wonderful showing in the CVIO3*, part of the CHIO Aachen that took place July 11-13. Performing well in the Albert-Vahle-Arena in Aachen, Germany, the U.S. contingent had excellent rounds in the Squad and Pas de Deux competitions as well as respectable showings in the Individual divisions. In the CVIO competition, the U.S. came home with third-place honors.

The Woodside Vaulters demonstrated that they meant business in Aachen, earning great marks in the Squad competition. The squad, consisting of Tessa Divita (Emerald Hills, Calif.), Audrey Kiernan (San Mateo, Calif.), Siddartha Kreaden (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Kristen Kuhn (San Mateo, Calif.), Rachel Polati (Emerald Hills, Calif.), and Miki Yang (Los Altos Hills, Calif.), vaulted on Stanford, a 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Julie Divita and Woodside Vaulters, and were lunged by Julie Divita. In Friday’s Compulsory Test, the girls put forth a solid effort to come in fourth with a score of 6.310. The following day for their Freestyle Test, the Woodside Vaulters impressed with their routine set to music from The Wizard of Oz to finish third on a score of 8.298. The U.S. squad ended up fourth place overall with an average score of 7.254.

In the Pas de Deux division, Kristian Roberts (Moss Beach, Calif.) and Mary Garrett (Mountain View, Calif.) turned heads in their first competition partnering as a pair. They vaulted on Diva 506, an 11-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by RVC Gilching e.V., and were lunged by Carolyn Bland. In Saturday’s Freestyle Round 1, Roberts and Garrett seemed as if they had been competing together for much longer, finishing in fifth place on a score of 7.625. The pair improved their score for Sunday’s Freestyle Round 2, earning 8.308 to come in fifth once more. Roberts and Garrett were fourth overall with a score of 7.966.

Cassidy and Kimberly Palmer (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) also made a solid effort in the Pas de Deux division at the World Equestrian Festival. They partnered with Leon 364, a 16-year-old Wurttemberger gelding owned and lunged by Wolfgang Renz. The Palmer sisters kicked things off by earning a 7.210, putting them in ninth place in Saturday’s Freestyle Round 1. In the second Freestyle Round held on Sunday, the pair was ninth again with a score of 7.127. The Palmers ended up ninth overall with a score of 7.168.

Mary McCormick (Woodside, Calif.) led the U.S. vaulters in the Individual Female division. Vaulting on longtime partner Palatine, a 16-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Sydney Frankel and lunged by Bland, McCormick was 12th in Friday’s Compulsory Test with a score of 7.257. She returned to the ring later that day to score 7.523 in the Technical Test to come in ninth. In Saturday’s Freestyle Test, McCormick improved to sixth with a score of 7.998. At the end of the competition, she was seventh overall with a score of 7.593.

Elizabeth Ioannou (Saratoga, Calif.) finished just behind McCormick in eighth place overall with a final score of 7.529. She vaulted on Jarl, a 16-year-old gelding owned by Lasse Kristensen and Emma Seely, and was lunged by Kristensen. Ioannou began the competition by tying for 13th place in Friday’s Compulsory Test with a score of 7.222. She then earned a score of 7.671 to end up sixth at Technical Test. In Saturday’s Freestyle Test, Ioannou came in 12th on 7.693.

Mary Garrett and Kristian Roberts (Daniel Kaiser photo for Shannon Brinkman Photo)
Mary Garrett and Kristian Roberts (Daniel Kaiser photo for Shannon Brinkman Photo)

Garrett also competed in the Individual Female division, vaulting on Palatine and was lunged by Bland. On Friday she scored 6.566 to come in 23rd in the Compulsory Test and 6.917 to place 15th in the Technical Test. In Saturday’s Freestyle Test, Garrett improved her score to 7.148 to finish 19th. Overall, she ended up 19th with a score of 6.877

Like his Pas de Deux partner Garrett, Roberts also competed as an individual in the Individual Male division. He vaulted on Diva 506 and was lunged by Bland. He started off the competition Friday, earning 6.815 in the Compulsory Test to come in 13th and 6.323 in the Technical Test to place 14th. In Saturday’s Freestyle Test, Roberts scored 6.095 for finish in 18th place. He ended up 17th overall with a score of 6.411.

Colton Palmer (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) rounded out the U.S. effort in Aachen. Competing at the prestigious event for the first time, he vaulted on Glaxtown Billy, a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Mr. & Mrs. John Eccles and lunged by John Eccles. On Friday, he scored 5.885 in the Compulsory Test for 20th place and 5.310 in the Technical Test to come in 18th place. In Saturday’s Freestyle Test, he improved to a score of 5.965 for 19th place. Palmer finished 19th overall on a score of 5.720.

For the CVIO3* Freestyle National Teams competition, the scores of one Squad, one Female, and one Male Freestyle Test were combined to determine the winners. For the U.S., the Woodside Vaulters’ score of 8.054, McCormick’s score of 8.243, and Roberts’ score of 7.415 gave the U.S. a total of 23.712 to achieve third-place honors on Sunday. Germany I won with a score of 25.586, while Germany II came in second with a score of 24.480.

To find out more about the competition, visit http://www.chioaachen.de/en/.

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Roffman Replaces Peters on U.S. CDIO5* Team from CHIO Aachen

Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has updated the entry for the CDIO5* Aachen. Due to being hospitalized with pneumonia, Steffen Peters has withdrawn Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92 from the U.S. team for Nations Cup competition at CDIO5* Aachen and Four Winds Farm’s Rosamunde from Aachen’s CDI4* Small Tour. Peters and Legolas 92 have been replaced on the CDIO5* team by Caroline Roffman and her own Her Highness O, who originally were slated to compete in CDI4* competition.

Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and Legolas 92, a 12-year-old Westphalian gelding, completed their one compulsory Mandatory Outing for the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team at CDI4* Fritzens two weeks ago.

CDIO5*

The following riders will compose the U.S. team for Nations Cup competition at CDIO5* Aachen (listed in alphabetical order):

Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and her own Verdades
Verdades is a 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding.

Tina Konyot (Palm City, Fla.) and her own Calecto V
Calecto V is a 1998 Danish Warmblood stallion.

Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) and Peggy Thomas’ Wizard
Wizard is a 1999 Oldenburg gelding.

Caroline Roffman (Wellington, Fla.) and her own Her Highness O
Her Highness O is a 2003 Hanoverian mare.

CDI4*

The following riders will compete in Big Tour competition at CDI4* Aachen (listed in alphabetical order):

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Patricia Stempel’s Doktor
Doktor is a 2003 Oldenburg gelding.

Lisa Wilcox (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Betty Wells’ Denzello
Denzello is a 2003 Hanoverian gelding.

As the ninth place finisher at the 2014 The Dutta Corp/USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship and Selection Trial for the U.S. Dressage Team Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Kathleen Raine has been invited to compete in Aachen’s CDI4* competition.

Kathleen Raine (Murrieta, CA) and Jennifer Mason, Kathleen Raine, and David Wightman’s Breanna
Breanna is a 2000 Hanoverian mare

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Ebeling Withdraws Rafalca from CDI4* Aachen and Contention for WEG US Dressage Team

Jan Ebeling and Rafalca (provided by Ebeling)

Lexington, Ky. – Jan Ebeling has withdrawn Beth Meyer, Ann Romney, and Amy Ebeling’s Rafalca from the CDI4* Aachen and contention for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team. Ebeling (Moorpark, Calif.) decided that the welfare of the 17-year-old Oldenburg mare was paramount and that it would be in the best interest of World Cup and 2012 Olympic Games veteran to retire from competition.

“With mixed emotions, we regretfully announce that Rafalca will relinquish her bid for the WEG team in Normandy. We will be cheering on Team USA from the sidelines, with so many new horses and riders on the forefront,” said Ebeling. “Foremost, Rafalca’s health and welfare are my highest priority, Rafalca and I have had an exceptional run through the years with the support of so many. Her legacy will live on through her offspring and she has left her mark by expanding the sport of dressage to a broader audience that will be felt for years to come.”

The U.S. Dressage Team and Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover fully supports Ebeling in his decision to put Rafalca’s well-being above all else.

“Jan has shown great strength and grace in determining that Rafalca, having brought him to both the Olympic Games and multiple World Cups, deserves to go into retirement with no regrets and in good health,” said Dover. “I applaud Jan and his supporters and know we will see him back on fantastic horses in the big arena again very soon.”

Members of the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team head to Aachen, Germany to compete in CDIO5* and CDI4* competition, July 16-20.

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