The United States Equestrian Federation has extended numerous wild cards to top riders to boost the participant list and glamour of the 2017 edition of the U.S. Dressage Championships in Gladstone on 18 - 21 May 2017. With several of America's best riders not having obtained the necessary qualification scores, the entry field for Gladstone was quite lacklustre, absent of celebrity pairs.
USEF therefore offered the entire 2016 U.S Olympic team riders Laura Graves, Steffen Peters, Allison Brock and Kasey Perry-Glass a wild card for Gladstone, but the first three of them declined, wanting to spare their horse looking ahead to the 2018 World Equestrian Games. Perry-Glass accepted.
Riders who had obtained the necessary qualification criteria had to confirm or withdraw their entry so the definite line-up could be drafted.
Ten Grand Prix combinations achieved the criteria but only three of them (Hickok, Rosencrantz, Lagoy) have chosen to compete in Gladstone. Wild card Grand Prix entries are Bateson, Perry-Glass, Holzer, Lyle and Rizvi.
The Grand Prix riders are
- Katherine Bateson-Chandler - Alcazar
- Kasey Perry-Glass - Gorklintgaards Dublet
- Chase Hickok - Sagacious
- Ashley Holzer - Sir Caramello
- Adrienne Lyle - Salvino
- P.J. Rizvi - Breaking Dawn
- Mette Rosencrantz - Marron
- Olivia LaGoy-Weltz - Rassing's Lonoir
Of the original list of 17 qualified combinations, five turned down their entry (Steffen Peters, Shayne Simon, Charlotte Jorst, Jan Ebeling and Kathy Priest). Four riders are filling those five spots: Bridget Hay, Rianna Porter, Rebecca Rigdon, and Tiffany Silverman.
The complete small tour list includes:
- Adrienne Lyle - Horizon
- Jane Cleveland - Monique
- Adrienne Lyle - Harmony's Duval
- Jennifer Baumert - Handsome
- Catherine Malone - Dilona
- Barbie Asplundh - Bittersweet
- Nicole Levy - Floratina
- Jessica Jo Tate - Montana
- Kim Yacobucci - Dona Rosa
- Natalie Pai - Fritz San Tino
- Jessica Jo Tate - Summersby
- Susan Ighani - Liaison
Eight Under 25 riders qualified and seven will compete in Gladstone. Kerrigan Gluch had to decline as she fractured her foot and is in a cast at the moment for a few more weeks.
- Geena Martin - Bon Chance
- Molly Paris - Countess
- Kaitlin Blythe - Don Principe
- Natalie Pai - Unlimited
- Ariel Thomas - Heraldik Star
- Jacquelyn McMaster - Rampart
- Mallory Chambers - Urithmic
The U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions will be divided between two competitions. The Grand Prix, Intermediaire I and Young Adult Under 25 National Championships. The Children, Pony Rider, Junior and Young Rider National Championships will coincide with the USEF Young and Developing Horse Dressage National Championships and USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals taking place at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois, August 24–27, 2017.
Photo © Astrid Appels
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