USA Olympic Observation Event Guide Compiled by dressage-news.com
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June 9, 2021
Details of the riders and horses in the U.S. observation event that will be the final competition before the team of three and a reserve are selected for the Olympics in Tokyo starting July 23. The start list with times (U.S. ET) for the Grand Prix at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida Wednesday night.
The event of the Grand Prix Wednesday night and the Grand Prix Special Friday night will be streamed live on the USEF Network.
8:15 –Susan Dutta, 52, of Wellington, Florida and Figeac DC, 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding, both owned by Tim and Susan Dutta.
Susie has trained and competed more than a dozen different horses to international Grand Prix, Small and Medium Tour
on both sides of the Atlantic as well as national levels. She was U.S. Intermediate 1 national champion in 2002, as well
as North American champion the same year. She was reserve on the 2003 Pan American Games team and a member of
2007 Pan Am gold medal team.
Highest Grand Prix score on Figeac 70.630% (April 2021) Grand Prix Special: 71.447% (March 2021)
8:24 —Nick Wagman, 47, of San Diego, California and Ferano, 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Elizabeth Keadle.
Nick competed Ferano in the pair’s first international event at Small Tour in California three years ago. The pair moved up to
Grand Prix in 2020 and along with Don John competed at Wellington’s Global Dressage Festival and Temecula, California this year.
Highest Grand Prix score: 70.217% (Feb. 2021) Grand Prix Special: 71.638% (Jan. 2021)
8:33 —Adrienne Lyle, 36, of Wellington, Florida and Harmony’s Duval, 13-year-old American-bred Dutch Warmblood gelding
owned by Duval Partners LLC
Harmony’s Duval was first competed internationally at Small Tour in Wellington in 2017. The duo oved up to Big Tour in 2019 with
immediate success, four victories in six starts at the Global Dressage Festival and two wins at Tryon in spring. Duval was next shown
at Leudelange, Luxembourg on the horse’s first European tour to win the Grand Prix. At the premier World Equestrian Festival in
Aachen, Germany the pair placed fourth in the CDI4* Grand Prix Special. Adrienne and Harmony’s Duval were on the gold medal
Nations Cup team in 2020 and the silver medal team in 2021 when the pair won five of eight starts on the Global circuit.
Highest Grand Prix score: 75.391% (July 2019) Grand Prix Special: 75.581% (Mar. 2019)
8:42 —Jennifer Williams, 41, of Olympia, Washington and Millione, 18-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Millione Partners, LLC
Jennifer and Millione were the 2020 United States Grand Prix champions and were on the U.S. silver medal Nations Cup team.
Highest Grand Prix score: 71.783% (Mar. 2021) Grand Prix Special: 73.958% (Mar. 2021)
9:10 —Alice Tarjan, 41, of Oldwick, New Jersey and Candescent, 11-year-old 2010 Hanoverian mare owned by Alice
Alice, known for finding young horses online and successfully developing them to young horse championships, brought Candescent
to Grand Prix in 2020, the first of a string she has begun competing at top levels. The pair have started six times at CDI Grand Prix
in the 2020 and 2021 Global Dressage Festival in Wellington.
Highest Grand Prix score: 69.544% (Mar. 2020) Grand Prix Special: 72.702% (April 2021)
9:19 —Jessica Howington, 41, of Wellington and Cavalia, 14-year-old KWPN mare owned by Jessica
Jessica has competed three different horses at international levels, including Cavalia and as an amateur. This year, she moved Cavalia up to
open division with improving results throughout the winter and spring circuits.
Highest Grand Prix score: 71.109% (Dec. 2020) Grand Prix Special: 71.447%
9:28 –Susan Dutta, 52, of Wellington, Florida and Don Design DC, 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Tim and Susan Dutta
Don Design’s first competitions with Susie were in Europe in 2019. Returning to the U.S. in 2020, the partnership won a CDI3* Grand Prix in
Wellington in November and on the 2021 Global Dressage Festival winter circuit earned two second places and two third places.
Highest Grand Prix score: 71.304% (Feb. 2021) Grand Prix Special: 71.745% (April 2021)
9:37 —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
Ben put aside his love of jumping to follow his father, 2012 Olympian Jan Ebeling and 2003 Pan American Games, into dressage.
His first success was junior team gold at the 2017 North American Youth Championships followed by a year competing on both sides
of the Atlantic including the prestigious Young Rider Nations Cup in Hagen, Germany. After the 2019 Florida winter circuit, Ben
and Illuster competed in the major European youth events. In 2020, the pair competed in the Under-25 division in Florida and California
to win 12 of 17 starts. In 2021, the duo moved up to senior Grand Prix on the highly competitive Florida Global circuit logging three
victories and being on the U.S. silver medal Nations Cup team.
Highest Grand Prix score: 73.326% (Feb. 2021) Grand Prix Special: 75.170% (Feb. 2021)
9:46 —Charlotte Jorst, 56, of Reno, Nevada and Kastel’s Nintendo, 18-year-old KWPN stallion owned by Kastel Denmark
The partnership of Charlotte and Nintendo has hopscotched across the United States and Europe in seven years of Big Tour competitions.
The resume includes six Nations for the United States, five of them in Europe and on a gold medal team at the Global Dressage Festival
in Wellington in 2019. A highlight of their career was to compete at the 2016 World Cup Final in Sweden.
Highest Grand Prix score: 73.456% (April 2021) Grand Prix Special: 73.392 (Mar. 2017)
10:10 —Nick Wagman, 47, of San Diego, California and Don John, 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Beverly Gepfer
Nick and Don John began their international career at Small Tour in 2015 moving up to Grand Prix in 2018, but at that time in
California. By 2019, the pair were producing results to earn their first tour of Europe that included riding for the U.S. in
Nations Cups in France and the Netherlands. The Global Dressage Festival winter circuit was on their schedule for 2020 aiming for a place on the American team for the Olympics but the Games were postponed for a year. Nick and Don John returned to Wellington in 2021 and put themselves into contention, logging three first place and four second place finishes in Florida and California with outstanding scores.
Highest Grand Prix score: 74.478% (Mar. 2021) Grand Prix Special: 77.319% (Mar. 2021)
10:19 —Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, 37, of Haymarket, Virginia and Rassing’s Lonoir, 17-year Danish Warmblood gelding owned by
Olivia and Mary Anne McPhail
Olivia and Lonoir have experienced a roller-coaster ride in their Grand Prix career. From a Small Tour start in 2014 to a European swing
in 2015 as a prospect the Pan American Games team that summer. The pair graduated to Grand Prix in 2016 and by the following year
established their credentials for another European tour, this time on the American team that captured Nations Cup gold at Rotterdam,
then team silver at the most prestigious event, the World Equestrian Festival CHIO in Aachen, Germany.Successful performances at the 2018
Global Dressage Festival in 2018 came next followed by another European tour of the premier shows over the summer. The, an issue with Lonoir’s
feet took the horse out of competition for 18 months. The horse came back better than ever in 2020. Coronavirus caused cancellation of the 2020
World Cup Final and again in 2021, after Olivia and Lonoir had earned the scores to be invited to the annual world championship. Neverthless,
the duo continued their Olympic campaign with scores in the spring to make them team contenders.
Highest Grand Prix score: 76.152% (April 2021) Grand Prix Special: 76.021% (April 2021)
10.28 —Steffen Peters, 56, of San Diego, California and Suppenkasper, 13-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Four Winds Farm
and Akiko Yamazaki
The most successful American rider currently competing, with four Olympics, two for team bronze medals; four World Equestrian Games, including team silver (2018) and bronze (2006) plus two individual bronzes (2010); 2009 World Cup champion as well as team andindividual gold at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games. The 2018 WEG team silver was on Suppenkasper. In pursuit of competing at his fifth Oympics, Steffen and Suppenkasper, nicknamed “Mopsie” for the apparent need during his development by Germany’s Helen Lagehanenberg to go on a diet, have strung together 21 straight victories in Florida and California from the beginning of 2020.
Highest Grand Prix Score: 77.413% (Nov. 2020) Grand Prix Special: 77.340% (Nov. 2020)
10:37 —Adrienne Lyle, 36, of Wellington, Florida and Salvino, 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Betsy Juliano LLC
Adrienne and Salvino are the top ranked American combination, and the only pair competing for a place on America’s Olympic team to have
become one of the few at the top of global dressage to have score 80% at Grand Prix, and only the third American to do so
(Steffen Peters on Ravel and Laura Graves on Verdades are the other two). Adrienne rode Wizard at the 2012 Olympics and at the
2016 World Equestrian Games. Salvino was bought by a syndicate of Americans, with the driving support of Akiko Yamazaki, as an American
team prospect for Adrienne, before Betsy Juliano took over as the sole owner and supporter. Adrienne has justified the investment–
on the 2018 World Equestrian Games team that won silver at Tryon, one of 18 of the globe’s top combinations to compete at the 2019
World Cup Final in Sweden and a strong of six victories with no defeats in 2020 and 2021 events to qualify for the American Olympic team
Highest Grand Prix Score: 80.065% (April 2021) Grand Prix Special: 80.830% (April 2021)
10:46 —Sabine Schut-Kery, 52, of Napa, California and Sanceo, 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Alice Womble
Sabine and Sanceo have been prominent for American dressage since the first world championship as a six-year-old in 2012.
Three years later the pair competed successfully at Small Tour in Europe to be named to the United States team for the
2015 Pan American Games to take team gold. Their elevation to Grand Prix in 2018 has been successful. In the campaign for a team
spot, Sabine and Sanceo won all four starts on the Global winter circuit.
Highest Grand Prix score: 75.022% (Mar. 2021) Grand Prix Special: 77.468% (Feb. 2021)