USA’s Jan Ebeling & Rafalca, James Koford & Pharaoh Confirmed for World Cup Final

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Jan Ebeling and Rafalca performing in a World Cup Freestyle qualifier. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Mar. 21–Jan Ebeling and Rafalca and James Koford and Pharaoh will represent the United States at the World Cup Dressage Final at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, April 18-22, the U.S. Equestrian Fedeation confirmed Wednesday.

Jan, 53, of Moorpark, California, will compete the 15-year-old Oldenburg mare (Argentinius x Ratine x Rubenstein) in their third World Cup Final–their previous of the annual global dressage championship at Las Vegas in 2009 and Leipzig, Germany, in 2011. The horse is owned by his wife, Amy, and Anne Romney, whose husband, Mitt, is running to be President of the United States.

Jim, 49, now based in Wellington, Florida, and the 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Ferro x Heureka VH Rampelhof x Carneval/Raleigh) has never before ridden for the United States. The horse is owned by Hannah Shook, one of his students, and Mitzi Presnell.

James Koford and Pharaoh. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The two combinations qualified through the North American League comprising the U.S. and Canada. one of four geographic regions in which horses and riders compete for qualification. The others are the Western and Central European Leagues and the Pacific League. Each league is formatted differently–the Europeans by points awarded for placings, the Pacific through a league competition final and North America by averaging the top two results.