USA Dressage Team Short List Observation Event in Wellington Will Have 4 Foreign Judges on Panel of 5, No Word Yet on Spectators

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International Arena at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center that will be the venue for the United States Olympic dressage team short list observation test June 8-11. Photo courtesy Equestrian Sport Productions

May 18, 2021

The United States Olympic dressage team short list observation event at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center June 8-11 will have four foreign judges on the panel of five in a competition modeled as closely as possible to the Tokyo Games, at night in what are expected to be hot and humid weather. Details on spectators and tickets are still being worked out.

The official requirements for the event were announced by the USEF  Tuesday with the 12 rides and 15 horses following international rules.

The five judges for the event are: Stephen Clarke of Great Britain and Ulrike Nivelle of Germany, both 5* judges, and Agnieska Majewska of Poland, Michael Osinski of the United States and Cesar Torrente of Colombia, all 4* judges. U.S. domestic competitions have typically had a majority of American judges.

The schedule is:

–Horse inspection Tuesday, June 8 to which the public is not admitted;

–Grand Prix Wednesday June 9, and

–Grand Prix Special to Music, Friday June 11.

The Olympic format provides for up to 15 teams of three horses and riders–no drop score–in the Grand Prix with the top eight moving to the Grand Prix Special Music that will decide medals. Individual medals will be decided by the Freestyle.

The USEF has announced significant easing of Covid-19 restrictions, including dropping a requirement of face masks, but show organizers can impose their own requirements.

Equestrian Sport Productions that manages PBIEC has not yet announced whether it will maintain restrictions that have been successful in enabling dressage and hunter/jumper shows for the past year, including the Global Dressage Festival and Winter Equestrian Festival with thousands of riders, grooms, owners and other individuals and more than 2,500 horses from around the world.

The short list comprising 12 riders and 15 horses–three riders have two horses–is:

Adrienne Lyle, 36, of Wellington, Florida and Salvino, 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Betsy Juliano LLC, and
Harmony’s Duval, 13-year-old American-bred Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Duval Partners LLC;

Steffen Peters, 56, of San Diego, California and Suppenkasper, 13-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Four Winds Farm and Akiko Yamazaki;

Sabine Schut-Kery, 52, of Napa, California and Sanceo, 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Alice Womble;

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, 37, of Haymarket, Virginia and Rassing’s Lonoir, 17-year Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Olivia and Mary Anne McPhail;

Nick Wagman, 47, of San Diego, California and Don John, 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Beverly Gepfer, and
Ferano, 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Elizabeth Keadle;

Benjamin Ebeling, 22, of Moorpark, California and Illuster Van De Kampert, 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Sasha Cutter for Nuvolari Holdings and Amy Roberts Ebeling;

Jennifer Schrader-Williams, 41,of Olympia, Washington and Millione, 18-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Millione Partners, LLC;

Charlotte Jorst, 56,of Reno, Nevada and Kastel’s Nintendo, 18-year-old KWPN stallion owned by Kastel Denmark;

–Susan Dutta, 52,of Wellington, Florida and  Don Design DC, 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding, and
Figeac DC, 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding, both owned by Tim and Susan Dutta;

Katherine Bateson-Chandler, 46,of Wellington and Alcazar, 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Jane Clark;

Jessica Howington, 41, of Wellington and Cavalia, 14-year-old KWPN mare owned by Jessica, and

Alice Tarjan, 41, of Oldwick, New Jersey and Candescent, 11-year-old 2010 Hanoverian mare owned by Alice.

Final team selection will be announced by June 21.