USA Pan American Games Big & Small Tour Squads Selected

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Steffen Peters riding Rosamunde in Florida CDI this year. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters riding Rosamunde in Florida CDI this year. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, April 10, 2015–The United States Big and Small Tour squads to compete in Europe for a place on the Pan American Games team were announced Friday but Laura Graves and Verdades will not go but will still be candidates for the team.

The squads are (with their qualifying average):

BIG TOUR
Steffen Peters of San Diego, California/Legolas 92, 13-year-old Westfalen gelding, owned by Four Winds Farm – 77.330
Steffen Peters/Rosamunde, eight-year-old Rhineland mare, owned by Four Winds Farm – 74.587
Allison Brock of Wellington, Florida/Rosevelt, 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion, owned by Claudine & Fritz Kundrun – 72.440
Kathleen Raine of Murieta, California/Breanna, 15-year-old Hanoverian mare, owned by Kathleen Raine – 72.108

SMALL TOUR
Kimberly Herslow of Stockton, New Jersey/Rosmarin, 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding, owned by Kiroli Enterprises LLC – 73.086
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz of Reston, Virginia/Rassing’s Lonoir, 11-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, owned by Olivia LaGoy-Welz – 72.941
Sabine Schut-Kery of Thousand Oaks, California/Sanceo, nine-year-old Hanoverian stallion, owned by Alice Womble – 72.399
Kasey Perry of Orangevale, California/Goerklintgaards Dublet, 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding,owned by Diane Perry – 71.465

Kimberly Herslow on Rosmarin. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kimberly Herslow on Rosmarin. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The combinations will compete in at least two competitions in Europe. The designated CDIs are Munich, Germany; Lipica, Slovenia; Aachen, Germany and Achleiten, Austria.

Based on performances, the American team most likely of two Big Tour and two Small Tour will be selected by mid-June for the Pan Ams to be held in Toronto in mid-July.

The unique format of mixed levels of horses is being implemented for the Pan Ams for the first time. The results are critical as only one team which must include a Grand Prix combination will earn a place in the starting lineup at Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year.

Canada is the other major contender for that place.

Failure to get the Rio slot from the Pan Ams would mean trying to qualify enough individuals to make up a so-called “composite” team.

Laura of Geneva, Florida had asked as provided for in the rules to be excused from the European tour because she was concerned about the effects of extensive travel on her Verdades, the 13-year-old KWPN gelding, on which she is ranked No. 10 in the world.

The horse will fly to Las Vegas this weekend for the pair to compete in the World Cup Final.

If the pair had been named to the European tour, Verdades would have to fly to Europe next month, complete at least two shows then return to the United States ahead of going to Toronto.

Instead, she will work with Debbie McDonald, her coach, at Hailey, Idaho in preparation for the Pan Ams this year and the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next year.

One of the highlights of the European tour is expected to be Steffen Peters competing the eight-year-old Rosamunde at the Aachen CDI5*, the biggest stage in the world for dressage that would fulfill his plans to show the superstar in a big stadium..

The European tour is one of the most ambitious championship preparation programs ever undertaken by the United States with four Grand Prix and four Prix St. Georges/Intermediate 1 combinations participating.

Other combinations from Under 25 and Young Horse Divisions as well as several more Grand Prix pairs will compete in Europe including the Nations Cup series.