Sabine Schut-Kery & Sanceo “Not Ready” to Compete for USA Short List for European Shows to Select Team for World Championships

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Sabine Schut-Kery and Sanceo. File photo. © Ken Braddick/DRESSAGE-NEWS.com

April 29, 2022

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Sabine Schut-Kery and Sanceo, a star partnership for the United States historic silver medal team at the Tokyo Olympics, are not ready to compete ahead of the deadline to be selected for a “short list” for Europe to decide on the team for the world championships.

“Unfortunately, we are not ready to compete,” Sabine responded to dressage-news.com ahead of the CDI3* in Temecula, California next week that is the last opportunity to qualify for a squad of about eight rider and horse combinations ahead of the May 8 deadline.

“I made this decision with great confidence knowing that this is in the best interest of Sanceo.”

Sabine, who also rode Sanceo on the 2015 Pan American Games gold medal team, said she going week by week in making plans.

“It’s not always as black and white as we wish when working with horses and a timeline,” she said of the selection criteria for the world championships in Herning, Denmark Aug. 6-14.

“This is why our sport can give us the highest highs and the lowest lows.

“The qualification timeline for WEG (world championships) is not in our favor.”

Nick Wagman and Don John, the traveling reserve for the U.S. team at Tokyo, will compete at Temecula.

Nick, of San Diego, California said that Don John, 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, is “in good form.”

“We will see how it goes,” he told dressage-news.com.

Although the world championships may appear out of the question for Sabine of San Ramos, California and the 16-year-old Hanoverian stallion, selection criteria allows a waiver of the rules.

The pair have not competed since Tokyo last July after spending the winter at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida before returning to California.

Sabine and Sanceo vaulted into international stardom at Tokyo when the pair placed third to be the top scoring American combination in the Grand Prix Special that determined Olympic team medals.

Adrienne Lyle on Salvino and Steffen Peters on Suppenkasper that were also on the U.S. silver medal team at the 2018 World Equestrian Games were team mates of Sabine and Sanceo in Tokyo.

Adrienne and the 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion with a Grand Prix average of 77.533% top the U.S. rankings with Steffen and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding second on 76.652%.

The European competitions to be considered for selection of a team of four combinations are CDIO5* Nations Cups in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Aachen, Germany at the end of June.