The 2017 FEI Nations' Cup series is about to kick off with the first CDIO out of eight taking placing in Wellington, Florida on 21 - 25 March 2017. The United States Equestrian federation has announced the team that will represent the U.S.A on home turf. The American team won the FEI Nations Cup series in 2016 and are seeking to renew that title.
The 2017 FEI Nations Cup show circuit includes eight competition starting in Wellington (21 - 25 March) and moving to Europe with seven more installment in Kiev (5 - 7 May), Compiegne (18 - 21 May), Uggerhalne (1 - 5 June), Rotterdam (22 - 25 June), Falsterbo (13 - 16 July), Aachen (19 - 23 July) and Hickstead (27 - 30 July).
The American team competing at the 2017 CDIO Wellington includes:
- Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Patricia Stempel’s Doktor, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding
Direct Reserve Horse: Patricia Stempel’s Danilo, a 2004 Hanoverian gelding
- Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (Haymarket, Va.) and her own Lonoir, a 2004 Danish warmblood gelding
- Arlene Page (Wellington, Fla.) and her own Woodstock, a 2003 Dutch warmblood gelding
Direct Reserve Horse: Page’s Dr. House, a 2005 Oldenburg gelding
- Lisa Wilcox (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Jacqueline Shear’s Galant, a 2006 Belgian warmblood gelding
One combination has been named as the reserve combination:
- Katherine Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) and Jane Clark’s Alcazar, a 2005 Dutch warmblood gelding
Robert Dover will serve as the Chef d’Equipe.
In addition, there will be two U.S. teams competing in the CDIO U25 running concurrently with the Nations Cup CDIO3*. The following combinations will make up one team:
- Anna Buffini (San Diego, Calif.) and her own Sundayboy, a 1999 Dutch warmblood gelding
- Sean Sierra Keasler (Wellington, Fla.) and her own Lux Stensvang, a 2002 Danish warmblood gelding
- Kerrigan Gluch (Wellington, Fla.) and Hampton Green Farm’s HGF Brio, a 2005 Andalusian stallion
Debbie McDonald will serve as the Chef d’Equipe.
The following combinations will make up the other team:
- Kaitlin Blythe (Rougemont, N.C.) and Maryanna Haymon’s Don Principe, a 1999 Hanoverian gelding
- Molly Paris (Charlotte, N.C.) and her own Countess, a 2002 Danish warmblood mare
- Genay Vaughn (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Starr Vaughn Equestrian, Inc.’s Donarweiss GGF, a 2001 Hanoverian stallion
George Williams will serve as the Chef d’Equipe.
Photo © Astrid Appels