USA Team, 2 Individuals Selected for Hickstead Nations Cup

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Shelly Francis and Doktor competing in the Nations Cup event in Aachen, Germany and has been named to the USA team for the Hickstead, England Nations Cup. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Shelly Francis and Doktor competing in the Nations Cup event in Aachen, Germany and has been named to the USA team for the Hickstead, England Nations Cup. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

A squad of veteran riders will make up the United States team for the Nations Cup at Hickstead, England next month while America’s up-and-coming star, Caroline Roffman, will ride as an individual in the last of four shows in this year’s pilot series of team events in Europe.

The team, announced Tuesday by the U.S. Equestrian Federation, is:

* Shelly Francis, 54, Loxahatchee, Florida/Doktor, 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Diamond Hit x Renoir 1);

* Arlene Page, 57, Wellington, Florida/Alina, 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare (Michellino x Diamant);

* Kathleen Raine, 47, Murietta, California/Breanna, 13-year-old Hanoverian mare (Brentano II x Weltmeyer), and

*Günter Seidel, 52, Cardiff, California/Coral Reef Wylea, 13-year-old Westfalen mare (Weinberg x Saluut).

Individuals are:

* Caroline Roffman, 24, of Wellington/Sagacious HF, 14-year-old KWPN gelding (Welt Hit II x Cocktail), and

* David Blake, 34, Encinitas, California/Ikaros, 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Akinos x Fernando).

The Nations Cup will be decided by the musical freestyle and not the Grand Prix or combined with the Special as is the case with most team competitions, including Olympics and championships.

The Grand Prix decided the three previous Nations Cup events in this year’s Interational Equestrian Federation (FEI) pilot series–Vidauban, France; Rotterdam, Netherlands and Aachen, Germany.

Shelly Francis and Doktor were members of the United States team that won bronze in the Nations Cup at Aachen last month.

Günter Seidel is one of the country’s most experienced riders with three American bronze medal-winning Olympic teams and several other championship honors on his record while Kathleen Raine has ridden for the United States at world championships and World Cup Finals. Arlene Page competed at the 2006 World Cup Final.

Caroline Roffman of Wellington, Florida was the center of attention at Aachen last month with her standout performances on Sagacious HF as the first American in the highly competitive Under-25 division. that includes a Grand Prix specially tailored for the age group.

She was tipped to be selected for Hickstead that would have been her first Nations Cup team but apparently did not fulfill USEF criteria of a sufficient number of Grand Prix events.