Inaugural Under-25 & Senior Nations Cup Teams In Florida Depleted

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Tw United States teams and one from Canada in the first Under-25 Nations Cup outside Europe. The teams can have as many s three combinations with two scores counting. © 2017 Ken Braddick/

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 21, 2017–Riders in the Under-25 Nations Cup were excited to be participating in the inaugural event at the Adequan Global Dressage beginning Wednesday despite the loss of one country while the senior team competition with three countries is half the size of previous years.

The United States is competing two teams in the CDI Under-25 which requires Intermediate II/Grand Prix.

One team is made up of Anna Buffini of Del Mar, California on her Sundayboy, 18-year-old KWPN gelding; Sean Sierra Keasler of Wellington and her own Lux Stensvang, 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, and Kerrigan Gluch of Wellington and HGF Brio, a 12-year-old Andalusian stallion owned by Hampton Green Farm. Debbie McDonald is chef d’equipe.

The second U.S. team is Kaitlin Blythe of Rougemont, North Carolina and Don Principe, 18-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Maryanne Haymon; Molly Paris of Charlotte, North Carolina and her own Countess, 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare, and Genay Vaughn of Elk Grove, California and Donarweiss GGF, 16-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Starr Vaughn Equestrian, Inc. George Williams chef d’equipe.

The Canadian team is Mathilde Blais-Tetreault of Montreal on Utah, 16-year-old KWPN gelding, and Tanya Strasser-Shostak of Sainte-Adèle, Quebec on Action Tyme, 17-year-old Oldenburg gelding.

A team for Spain was entered but fell through so Juan Matute, Jr. of Wellington will ride Don Diego Ymas, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding as an individual.

In the CDIO3* Nations Cup, Canada, Spain and the United States have teams, a mix of Big Tour/Small Tour combinations.

CDIO3*NNations Cup teams of Spain, Canada and the United States. © 2-17 Ken Braddick/

The Dutta Corp. U.S. team, all Grand Prix, for the Stillpoint Farm CDIO3* is: Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida and Doktor, 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Patricia Stempel; Olivia LaGoy-Weltz of Haymarket, Virginia and her own Lonoir, a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding; Arlene “Tuny” Page of Wellington, and her own Woodstock, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, and Lisa Wilcox of Wellington and Galant, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Jacqueline Shear. Robert Dover is chef d’equipe.

The Canadian team is: Megan Lane of Loretto, Ontario on Caravella, 16-year-old KWPN mare and Jill Irving of Moncton, New Brunswick and Degas 12, 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding, both at Grand Prix, and Jaimey Irwin of Stouffville, Ontario on Donegal V, nine-year-old KWPN gelding and Tina Irwin of Stouffville on Laurencio, 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding both at Small Tour.

The Spanish team is: Juan Matute, Jr. of Wellington, Florida on Quantico Ymas, 11-year-old gelding owned by Juan Matute at Grand Prix; Paula Matute of Wellington on Legacy’s Cosmico, eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Deborah Ann Berger; Marta Renilla of Tomball, Texas on Rhustler, eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding and Pablo Gomez Molina of Wellington on Furst Fiorano Ymas, 10-year-old Westfalen gelding owned by Yeguada de Ymas at Small Tour.

Guatemala will be represented by Esther Mortimer on Adajio, 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding, as an individual at small tour.

Australia’s Kelly Layne on Von Primaire, 15-year-old KWPN gelding, will compete at big tour as an individual.

Australia rejected a request by U.S.-based riders to compete as it has since 2013 then reversed itself with just four days to go and too late for a team.

Germany’s ranks were depleted by human injuries and changed horse air transport schedules.

Big tour combinations will each receive a bonus of 1.5 per cent for both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special in a format that was devised to accommodate the requirements of the Pan American Games held once every four years, a year ahead of the Olympics.