Updated Lists for USEF Emerging Athlete and Dressage Development Programs

Sun, 09/09/2018 - 19:35
Aleyna Dunn and Bivera won individual test gold at the 2017 North American Junior  Riders Championships :: Photo © ESI Photography

The United States Equestrian Federation has updated the member lists to the Discover Dressage "Emerging Athlete" Program and "Dressage Development" Program.
The Emerging Athlete Program aims to provide strategic guidance and educational opportunities to athletes under the age of 25. Led by USEF Dressage Youth Coach George Williams and USEF Dressage Assistant Youth Coach Charlotte Bredahl-Baker, the program will provide access to educational opportunities and competition planning for qualified athletes.

Riders part of the Emerging Athlete program are:

  • Aleyna Dunn (Solana Beach, Calif.) and Bivera, her 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare
  • Benjamin Ebeling (Moorpark, Calif.) and Behlinger, Amy Roberts Ebeling, Ann Romney, and Elizabeth Meyer’s 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding
  • Kerrigan Gluch (Wellington, Fla.) and Bolero CXLVIII, Hampton Green Farm’s 14-year-old P.R.E. stallion
  • Kerrigan Gluch and HGF Brio, Hampton Green Farm’s 13-year-old Andalusian stallion
  • Kerrigan Gluch and Vaquero HGF, Hampton Green Farm’s 11-year-old Andalusian stallion
  • Isabel Linder (Clarkston, Mich.) and Elvis, Hai Wei’s 14-year-old Westphalian gelding
  • Callie Jones (Henderson, Ky.) and Don Philippo, her 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding
  • Tillie Jones (Lincoln, Neb.) and Apachi, a 13-year-old KWPN gelding she owns with Tish Jones
  • Rebekah Mingari (Depauw, Ind.) and Allure S, Kerrin Dunn’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare
  • Natalie Pai (Wellington, Fla.) and Unlimited, Melanie Pai’s 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
  • Chase Shipka (Marshall, Va.) and Zigal, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding she owns with Darcie Shipka
  • Christian Simonson (Ventura, Calif.) and FRH Rassolini, Christina Morgan’s 15-year-old Hessen Warmblood stallion
  • Anna Weniger (Apex, N.C.) and Don Derrick, Dawn Weniger’s 14-year-old NRPS gelding

The aim of the Dressage Development Program is to provide strategic guidance and resources to selected athletes with the perceived ability to make the podium or contribute to podium scores.

This program is overseen by the USEF Development Coach with the assistance of the USEF Dressage Youth and Young Horse Coaches, as well as the USEF Dressage Technical Advisor. 

Submitted to the Development program are:

  • Lauren Asher (Littleton, Colo.) and Honnerups Event, her 13-year-old Danish Warmblood mare
  • Lauren Asher and West Side, Select Equine International’s 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
  • Jennifer Baumert (Wellington, Fla.) and Handsome, Betsy Juliano LLC’s 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding
  • Patti Becker (Wadsworth, Ill.) and Freedom, Anne Ramsay’s 11-year-old Oldenburg stallion
  • Heather Blitz (Wellington, Fla.) and Praestemarkens Quatero, her nine-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding
  • Michael Bragdell (Colora, Md.) and Qredit Hilltop, Hilltop Farm Inc’s 10-year-old Oldenburg stallion
  • Michael Bragdell and Sternlicht Hilltop, Hilltop Farm Inc’s eight-year-old Hanoverian stallion
  • Niki Clarke (Temecula, Calif.) and Coral Reef Scoobidooh, Coral Reef Ranch’s nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding
  • Lehua Custer (North Hollywood, Calif.) and F.J. Ramzes, Wendy Sasser’s eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
  • Claire Darnell (Port Townsend, Wash.) and Harrold S, her six-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
  • Kristina Harrison (Burbank, Calif.) and Finley, her eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
  • Aaron Janicki (Mount Vernon, Wash.) and Heron, his six-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
  • Katie Johnson (Greenwood Village, Colo.) and Eastwood, Kylee Lourie’s nine-year-old KWPN gelding
  • Jodie Kelly-Baxley (Destin, Fla.) and Caymus, Beth Godwin’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
  • McKenzie Milburn (Bothell, Wash.) and San Corazon, Janice Davis’s 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding
  • Amy Miller (Fullerton, Calif.) and Encore, her nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
  • Alyssa Pitts (Snohomish, Wash.) and Quintessential HIT, her nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding
  • Jennifer Schrader-Williams (Yelm, Wash.) and Millione, Millione Partners LLC’s 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding
  • Melissa Taylor (Wellington, Fla.) and Dixie WRF, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare she owns with Marcia Pepper
  • Carly Taylor-Smith (Malibu, Calif.) and Rosalut NHF, Nikki Taylor-Smith’s eight-year-old Oldenburg gelding
  • Dawn White-O’Connor (Cardiff, Calif.) and Bailarino, Four Winds Farm’s 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding

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