21 Riders from 8 States Named as Recipients of Kundrun Dressage Development Program

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Anna Marek and Einstein, among the first recipients of support from the Kundrun Dressage Development Program. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Jan. 30, 2020

Twenty-one riders from eight states have been selected as recipients of support by the Kundrun Dressage Development Program, announced by the U.S. Equestrian Federation Thursday. Designed to support future American team prospects, the lineup includes four riders with two horses.

Combinations in the program are:

Nora Batchelder of Williston, Florida with Faro SQF, 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Nora and Andrea Whitcomb

Jennifer Baumert of Wellington, Florida with Handsome, 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Betsy Juliano LLC

Michael Bragdell of Colora, Maryland with Qredit Hilltop, 12-year-old Oldenburg stallion, and Sternlicht Hilltop, 10-year-old Hanoverian stallion both owned by Hilltop Farm Inc.

Niki Clarke of Temecula, California with Coral Reef Scoobidooh, 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Coral Reef Ranch

Lehua Custer of North Hollywood, California with F.J. Ramzes, 10-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Wendy Sasser

Claire Darnell of Moorpark, California with Harrold S, eight-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Claire

Kristina Harrison of Burbank, California with Finley, 10-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Kristina

Sara Hassler of Chesapeake City, Maryland with Harmony’s Boitano, 14-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Leslie Malone

Chris Hickey of Wellington with Straight Horse Zackonik, 10-year-old Danish Warmblood mare owned by Cecelia Stewart

Jennifer Hoffmann of Carlsbad, California with Rondoro Noblesse, nine-year-old Austrian Warmblood stallion owned by Jennifer

Katie Johnson of Greenwood Village, Colorado with Paxton, nine-year-old Westfalen gelding owned by Kylee Lourie

Rachel Chowanec Kaney of Orangeburg, South Carolina with Parsifal BRH, 11-year-old Andalusian stallion owned by Rachel

Jodie Kelly-Baxley of Destin, Florida with Caymus, 13-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Beth Godwin

Jami Kment of Palmyra, Nebraska with Gatino Van Hof Olympia, nine-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Jami and Elaine Vandeventer

Sarah Lockman of Wildomar, California with Balia, Summit Farm’s eight-year-old Westfalen mare, and First Apple, 10-year-old KWPN stallion both owned by Summit Farm

Anna Marek of Dunnellon, Florida with Dee Clair, 12-year-old KWPN mare owned by Diane Morrison and Einstein JP, 11-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Anna

Endel Ots of Wellington with Lucky Strike, 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Max Ots

Jennifer Schrader-Williams of Olympia, Washington with Millione, 17-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Millione Partners, LLC

Melissa Taylor of Wellington with Dixie WRF, 12-year-old KWPN mare owned by Melissa and Marcia Pepper

Alice Tarjan of Oldwick, New Jersey with Candescent, 10-year-old Hanoverian mare, and Harvest, eight-year-old KWPN stallion both owned by Alica

Carly Taylor-Smith of Malibu, California with Rosalut NHF, 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Nikki Taylor-Smith.

The program was created with a substantial gift from Claudine and Fritz Kundrun, longtime supporters of U.S. dressage including riders and horses on teams at the 2000 and 2016 Olympics.

Riders are selected for the program through evaluation sessions held throughout the year. Once named to the program, competition and training targets are agreed on and key performance indicators monitored by the U.S. Development Coach to measure progress. Athletes in the program will have access to grants for national and international events.

Charlotte Bredahl, current development coach, said: “Our evaluation sessions serve as a way to help identify athletes or athlete/horse combinations with the perceived potential to represent the U.S. in international competitions and contribute to future medal-winning teams. During our last evaluation session we had a very exciting group and have added several athletes to the Kundrun USEF Development Program list. We also saw some additional talented combinations participate in the evaluation sessions and we are looking forward to seeing these combinations continue their development in the coming months, which will hopefully lead to their addition to the program in the future.”