Laura Graves Among 11 Senior, Five U25 Riders Added to USA Development Program

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Laura Graves on SenSation HW at her training center in central Florida. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Dec. 18, 2020

Laura Graves, former world No. 1 with Verdades, and the seven-year-old Sensation HW have been added to the USA Development program of 11 senior riders and five Under-25.

The list of riders to the Kundrun USEF Development Program named for sponsors Claudine and Fritz Kundrun was announced Friday by the U.S. Equestrian Federation.

The combinations named to the program are:

Claire Darnell of Moorpark, California and Harrold S, her eight-year-old KWPN gelding

Susie Dutta of Wellington, Florida and Don Design DC, 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding, owned by Susie and Tim Dutta

Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida and Sensation HW, seven-year-old Westfalen gelding, owned by Carol McPhee

Kristina Harrison of Burbank, California and Finley, her 10-year-old KWPN gelding

Jennifer Hoffmann of Carlsbad, California and Rondoro Noblesse, her nine-year-old Austrian Warmblood stallion

Lindsey Holleger of Middletown, New York and MW Ave Maria, seven-year-old Oldenburg mare, owned by Jennifer Vanover

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

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

Anna Marek of Dunnellon, Florida and Dee Clair, 12-year-old KWPN mare, owned by Diane Morrison

Amelia Newcomb of Simi Valley, California and Harvard, her eight-year-old KWPN gelding

Alice Tarjan of Oldwick, New Jersey and Donatella M, nine-year-old Oldenburg mare; Candescent, 10-year-old Hanoverian mare and Harvest, eight-year-old KWPN stallion, all owned by Alice

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

U25

Hope Cooper of Concord, Massachusetts and Hot Chocolate W, 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding, owned by Mary Mansfield

Benjamin Ebeling of Moorpark, California and Illuster Van De Kampert, 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, owned by Nuvolari Holdings, LLC and Amy Ebeling

Kerrigan Gluch of Ocala, Florida and Vaquero HGF, 13-year-old Andalusian stallion, owned by Hampton Green Farm

Sara Hassler of Wellington and Harmony’s Boitano, 14-year-old KWPN gelding, owned by Leslie Malone

Natalie Pai of Wellington and Utopie D’ouilly, 12-year-old Selle Francais mare, owned by Melanie Pai

The USF described the program as a showcase of some of the country’s most promising up-and-coming dressage talent.

Charlotte Bredahl, USEF Development Program Coach, said: “Developing the talent for future years is especially vital as we move into the new Olympic quadrennial, and we hope to see these combinations transition to the Elite Program over the next several years, if not sooner. In addition to our current membership list, I’m inspired with how many other talented athletes and horses we have seen throughout the year and I’m looking forward to hopefully welcoming more of them to the list in 2021.”