The US Equestrian Federation has updated U.S. Dressage Elite and Pre-Elite Lists with Grand Prix riders for 2019.
The Elite Program was established to provide support and resources to athlete/horse combinations that have proven they are internationally competitive. Combinations qualify for the program based on scores received at CDI3*/CDIO3* or above competitions in the last 12 months.
Membership is reviewed twice annually and new members may be added on a rolling basis.
The Elite Program includes:
- Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Danilo, Patricia Stempel’s Hanoverian gelding
- Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and Verdades, her and Curt Maes’s KWPN gelding
- Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (Haymarket, Va.) and Lonoir, her Danish Warmblood gelding
- Adrienne Lyle (Wellington, Fla.) and Salvino, Betsy Juliano LLC’s Hanoverian stallion, and Harmony’s Duval, Duval Partners LLC’s Dutch Warmblood gelding
- Kasey Perry-Glass (Wellington, Fla.) and Goerklintgaards Dublet, Diane Perry’s Danish Warmblood gelding
- Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and Suppenkasper, Four Winds Farm and Akiko Yamazaki’s KWPN gelding
The Dressage Pre-Elite List underpins the Elite Program and seeks to provide support and guidance to those combinations in the 69-73% Grand Prix score range so they are able to succeed in reaching Elite Member status (consistent 73%+ score range). View the complete criteria.
The Pre-Elite Program now includes:
- Katherine Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) and Alcazar, Jane Clark’s Dutch Warmblood gelding
- Ashley Holzer (Wellington, Fla.) and Havanna 145, Diane Fellows’s Hanoverian mare
- Charlotte Jorst (Reno, Nev.) and Kastel’s Nintendo, Kastel Denmark’s Dutch Warmblood stallion
- Nick Wagman (San Diego, Calif.) and Don John, Beverly Gepfer’s Dutch Warmblood gelding
Photo © Petra Kerschbaum