USA Combinations Set for Aachen’s World Equestrian Festival
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A United States team of four combinations were named Thursday to compete in the Nations Cup CDIO5* at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany at the end of June along with two pairs for the CDI4* small tour and one in the Under-25 Division for the first time.
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Nations Cup in Aachen’s dressage program June 26-30 is the third of four legs of a new series being tested this year.
The U.S. team announced by the U.S. Equestrian Federation is:
– Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, California and Rafalca, 16-year-old Oldenburg mare (Argentinius x Ratine x Rubinstein) owned by Ann Romney, Amy Ebeling and Beth Meyer;
– Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida and Doktor, 10-year-old Oldenburg geding (Diamond Hit x Gurena x Renoir I) owned by Patricia Stempel;
Doktor is a 2003 Oldenburg gelding
– Tina Konyot of Palm City, Florida on Calecto V, 15-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion (Come Back II x Bahera x Rastell) and owned by Tina, and
– Steffen Peters of San Diego, California on Legolas 92, 11-year-old Westfalen gelding (Laomedon x Furstin x Florestan II) owned by Akiko Yamaki’s Four Winds Farm.
Jan and Rafalca and Tina and Calecto were on the U.S. team at the Olympics in London last summer. Steffen and Legolas competed at Horses & Dreams in Hagen, Germany last month, the first competition outside the United States for the pair while Shelly and Doktor will be competing in Europe for the first time.
Shelly will ride Danilo, a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding (De Niro x Annabelle x Andiamo) also owned by Patricia Stempel, in the Prix St. Georges/Intermediaite I CDI4*.
Caroline Roffman of Wellington, Florida will ride Her Highness O, 10-year-old Hanoverian mare (Hohenstein x WildLady O x Weltmeyer) that she owns, in the small tour.
Caroline, aged 24, will also compete Sagacious HF, 14-year-old KWPN gelding (Welt Hit II x Judith x Cocktail) in the Under-25 division. Sagacious is owned by Al Guden’s Hyperion Farm.
The combinations received funding from the U.S. Equestrian Federation and Caroline also was awarded a Dutta Corp. sponsored flight to compete and train in Europe.