USA Announces its First Young Horse Emerging Program of 12 Riders, 18 Horses

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Daily Show and Emily Miles at the world championships in the Netherlands in 2019 who have been named to the first USA Young Horse Emerging Program. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Dec. 23, 2020

The United States has launched its first Young Horse Emerging Program aimed at developing horses for future high performance teams that initially includes 12 trainers and 18 horses.

The program run jointly by U.S. Equestrian and Dressage federations on Wednesday announced the list of members as:

Willy Arts of Hanford, California and Koning DG, five-year-old KWPN stallion and L Primo DG, four-year-old KWPN stallion, both owned by DG Bar Ranch

Michele Bondy of Wilsonville, Oregon and Sonnenberg’s Kain, five-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, owned by Sonnenberg Farm, LLC

Laura Graves of Geneva, Florida and Bellarini, five-year-old Hanoverian mare owned by Susan Shattuck, and Mecheri, five-year-old Hanoverian mare, owned by Leslie Waterman.

Bridget Hay of Flemington, New Jersey and Bedelia, her own four-year-old Oldenburg mare

Lindsey Holleger of Middletown, New York and MW Bodacious, four-year-old Oldenburg stallion, owned by Jennifer Vanover

Emily Miles of Paola, Kansas and Daily Show, six year-old Hanoverian stallion and Sole Mio, six-year-old Hanoverian stallion, both owned by Leslie Waterman

Marcus Orlob of Annandale, New Jersey and Flambeau, four-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding and Spirit of Joy, six-year-old Westfalen gelding, both owned by Jeanette Pinard, and Glory Day, four-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion, owned by Alice Tarjan

Rebecca Rigdon of Cardiff by the Sea, California and Jagger, six-year-old KWPN gelding, owned Ad Astra Collective

Jennifer Schrader-Williams of Olympia, Washington and Joppe K, six-year-old KWPN gelding, owned by Joppe Partners LLC

Christian Simonson of Ventura, California and Sky-Man, six-year-old Hanoverian gelding, owned by Clifton Simonson

Alice Tarjan of Oldwick, New Jersey and Gjenganger, four-year-old Danish Warmblood mare and Summersby II, five-year-old Oldenburg mare, both owned by Alice

Jennifer Truett of Lebanon, Ohio and Absolute Dream, her own six-year-old Westfalen gelding

The program is restricted to American riders and does not include foreign riders based in the U.S. who may be training U.S.-owned horses.

The program provides for athletes to meet with Christine Traurig, USEF Dressage Young Horse Coach, to discuss goals for coming year and receive one-on-one training and educational opportunities. Current training will mostly be online.

“With the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles on the horizon, the Young Horse Program plays an integral role in identifying the talent and the potential in horses for future U.S. teams and to give them the foundation to achieve excellence,” Christine said.

Combinations were selected based on their performance during training and evaluations session, observation events, World Breeding Championships and results at national championships or CDIs.