US Equestrian Announces Members of Emerging Athlete & Dressage Development Programs

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Kerrigan Gluch on Vaquero HGF. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Sept. 5, 2018–US Equestrian on Wednesday announced the updated member lists to the Discover Dressage USEF/USDF Emerging Athlete Program and Dressage Development Program.

The Emerging Athlete Program aims to provide strategic guidance and educational opportunities to athletes under the age of 25. It’s led by Youth Coach George Williams and Assistant Youth Coach Charlotte Bredahl-Baker.

Rider/horse combinations to fulfill criteria for the Emerging Athlete Program are:

Aleyna Dunn of Solana Beach, California and Bivera, her 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare;

Benjamin Ebeling of Moorpark, California and Behlinger, 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Amy Roberts Ebeling, Ann Romney and Elizabeth Meyer;

Kerrigan Gluch of Wellington, Florida and Bolero CXLVIII, 14-year-old P.R.E. stallion owned by Hampton Green Farm;

Kerrigan Gluch and HGF Brio, 13-year-old Andalusian stallion owned by Hampton Green Farm;

Kerrigan Gluch and Vaquero HGF, 11-year-old Andalusian stallion owned by Hampton Green Farm;

Isabel Linder of Clarkston, Michigan and Elvis, 14-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Hai Wei;

Callie Jones of Henderson, Kentucky and Don Philippo, her 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding;

Tillie Jones of Lincoln, Nebraska and Apachi, a 13-year-old KWPN gelding she owns with Tish Jones;

Rebekah Mingari of Depauw, Indiana and Allure S, 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Kerrin Dunn;

Natalie Pai of Wellington and Unlimited, 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Melanie Pai;

Chase Shipka of Marshall, Virginia and Zigal, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding she owns with Darcie Shipka;

Christian Simonson of Ventura, California and FRH Rassolini, 15-year-old Hessen Warmblood stallion owned by Christina Morgan, and

Anna Weniger of Apex, North Carolina and Don Derrick, 14-year-old NRPS gelding owned by Dawn Weniger.

Jennifer Baumert and Handsome. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The aim of the Dressage Development Program is to provide strategic guidance and resources to selected athletes with the perceived ability to make the podium or contribute to podium scores. The program is overseen by the USEF Development Coach with the assistance of the youth and young horse coaches, and the Technical Advisor. The Program is supported by The Red Husky Foundation.

Rider/horse combinations are:

Lauren Asher of Littleton, Colorado and Honnerups Event, her 13-year-old Danish Warmblood mare;

Lauren Asher and West Side, 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Select Equine International;

Jennifer Baumert of Wellington and Handsome, 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Betsy Juliano LLC;

Patti Becker of Wadsworth, Illinois and Freedom, 11-year-old Oldenburg stallion owned by Anne Ramsay;

Heather Blitz of Wellington and Praestemarkens Quatero, her nine-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding;

Michael Bragdell of Colora, Maryland and Qredit Hilltop, 10-year-old Oldenburg stallion owned by Hilltop Farm, Inc.;

Michael Bragdell and Sternlicht Hilltop, eight-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Hilltop Farm, Inc.;

Niki Clarke of Temecula, California and Coral Reef Scoobidooh, nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Coral Reef Ranch;

Lehua Custer of North Hollywood, California and F.J. Ramzes, eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Wendy Sasser;

Claire Darnell of Port Townsend, Washington and Harrold S, her six-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding;

Kristina Harrison of Burbank, California and Finley, her eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding;

Aaron Janicki of Mount Vernon, Washington and Heron, his six-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding;

Katie Johnson of Greenwood Village, Colorado and Eastwood, nine-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Kylee Lourie;

Jodie Kelly-Baxley of Destin, Florida and Caymus, 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Beth Godwin;

McKenzie Milburn of Bothell, Washington and San Corazon, 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Janice Davis;

Amy Miller of Fullerton, California and Encore, her nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding;

Alyssa Pitts of Snohomish, Washington and Quintessential HIT, her nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding;

Jennifer Schrader-Williams of Yelm, Washington and Millione, 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Millione Partners LLC;

Melissa Taylor of Wellington and Dixie WRF, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare she owns with Marcia Pepper;

Carly Taylor-Smith of Malibu, California and Rosalut NHF, eight-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Nikki Taylor-Smith, and

Dawn White-O’Connor of Cardiff, California and Bailarino, 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Four Winds Farm.