USA Squad Selected for Europe to Decide World Equestrian Games Team
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LEXINGTON, Kentucky, May 1, 2018–A squad of nine American rider and horse combinations selected to go to Europe was announced Tuesday to vie for the United States team for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in September.
The combinations to make the short list after the Florida and California winter circuits will compete at some top events in Europe, culminating in the Nations Cup at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany in July.
The squad announced by the U.S. Equestrian Federation is:
—Laura Graves, 30, of Geneva, Florida and Verdades, 16-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Laura and Curt Maes. Grand Prix average of 80.195%
—Adrienne Lyle, 33, of Ketchum, Idaho and Salvino, 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Elizabeth B. Juliano – 75.159%
—Steffen Peters, 53, of San Diego, California, and Rosamunde, 11-year-old Rhinelander mare owned by Four Winds Farm – 73.891%. and Suppenkasper, 10-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Four Winds Farm – 73.181%
—Kasey Perry-Glass, 29, of Wellington, Florida and Dublet, 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, owned by Diane Perry – 73.576%
—Sabine Schut-Kery, 49, of Thousand Oaks, California, and Sanceo, 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion, owned by Alice Womble – 73.297%
—Steffen Peters, 53, of San Diego, California, and Suppenkasper, 10-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Four Winds Farm – 73.181%
—Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, 34, Haymarket, Virginia, and Lonoir, 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, owned by Olivia and Mary Anne McPhail – 72.848%
—Shelly Francis, 59, Loxahatchee, Florida, and Danilo, 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding, owned by Patricia A. Stempel – 72.635%
—Ashley Holzer, 54, of New York, and Havanna, 11-year-old Hanoverian mare, owned by Diane Fellows – 71.200%
In addition to the official squad, Adrienne Lyle also planes to take Horizon, 11-year-old Oldenburg mare, owned by Elizabeth B. Juliano, that began Grand Prix in March and has an average score of 70.935 per cent while Shelly Francis is already in Europe with both Danilo and Doktor, 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding, owned by Patricia A. Stempel and an average of 71.870 per cent.
Shelly Francis/Danilo, Laura Graves/Verdades, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz/Lonoir, Adrienne Lyle and Salvino, Kasey Perry-Glass/Dublet; Steffen Peters/Rosamunde and Sabine Schut-Kery/Sanceo are on the USEF Elite list.
The short listed combinations are required to competed in two of the designated events in Europe, that are: Compiègne, France CDIO5*/CDI3* Nations Cup May 17-20; Rotterdam, Netherlands CDIO5*/CDI3* Nations Cup June 21-24; Leudelange, Luxembourg CDI4* July 3-8 and Aachen CDIO5*/CDI4* Nations Cup July 17-22. Aachen will be required for all short listed combinations.
The U.S. squad will be based at Jewel Court Stud in Wuustwezel, Belgium. Jewel Court has facilities in Wilton, Connecticut and Wellington, Florida led by Eliane Cordia van Reesema.
The schedule for dressage at the WEG is:
Sept. 11–Horse Inspection
Sept. 12-13– Grand Prix
Sept. 14–Grand Prix Special
Sept. 16–Grand Prix Freestyle