USEF Announces Updated Dressage Squads for 2018

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:14
American Dressage News

The US Equestrian Federation has announced the updated dressage squads with the 2018 WEG year approaching. The USEF uses different terminology to refer to its squads ands goes for Elite Program list, Pre-Elite list and Development Program list.

“We just wrapped up our series of Elite Program home visits and Pre-Elite Training and Observation sessions,” said Dover. “I am very happy and excited by the quality of the horses and the riding. Our veterans are in fantastic form and the new faces on the horizon for American dressage are looking extraordinary. There is no doubt the depth of great combinations is increasing exponentially.”

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. View the complete criteria.

The Elite Program riders are:

  • Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and Verdades, her 15-year-old KWPN gelding
  • Charlotte Jorst (Reno, Nev.) and Kastel’s Nintendo, Kastel Denmark’s 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion
  • Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (Haymarket, Va.) and Lonoir, her and Mary Anne McPhail’s 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding
  • Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) and Salvino, Salvino Partners, LLC’s 10-year-old Hanoverian stallion
  • Kasey Perry-Glass (Orangevale, Calif.) and Goerklintgaards Dublet, Diane Perry’s 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding
  • Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and Rosamunde, Four Winds Farm’s 10-year-old Rheinlander mare

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.

Pre-Elite Program Listed riders:

  • Katherine Bateson Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) and Alcazar, Jane Clark’s 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
  • Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Danilo, Patricia Stempel’s 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding and Doktor, Patricia Stempel’s 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding
  • Catherine Haddad-Staller (Wellington, Fla.) and Semper Fidelis, Rowan O’Riley’s 11-year-old Oldenburg mare
  • Chase Hickok (Wellington, Fla.) and Sagacious HF, Hyperion Farm, Inc.’s 18-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
  • Ashley Holzer (New York, N.Y.) and Havanna 145, Diane Fellows’ 10-year-old Hanoverian mare
  • Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) and Horizon, Betsy Juliano’s 10-year-old Oldenburg mare
  • Arlene Page (Wellington, Fla.) and Woodstock, her 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
  • Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and Suppenkasper, Four Winds Farm’s nine-year-old KWPN gelding
  • Kathleen Raine (Murrieta, Calif.) and Breanna, her and Jennifer Mason’s 17-year-old Hanoverian mare
  • P.J. Rizvi (Greenwich, Conn.) and Breaking Dawn, her and Ashley Holzer’s 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
  • Dawn White-O’Connor (Cardiff, Calif.) and Legolas 92, Four Winds Farm’s 15-year-old Westphalian gelding

The Dressage Development Program has also identified several combinations for membership in 2017. The Development Program continues to be generously supported by USET Foundation Trustee Akiko Yamazaki and her Red Husky Foundation.

Debbie McDonald, US Equestrian Dressage Development Coach, brings over 10 years of experience in helping the Development Program grow and moving athlete/horse combinations along the dressage pathways. “I am so excited about how our programs are moving forward,” McDonald shared. “With these new lists coming to life, I think it will generate enthusiasm to fill riders’ pipeline of horses. By now recognizing them early, we can hopefully help direct riders and coaches on plans and goals. They will now feel there is an interest in them and their success. I think we all are inspired by these programs.”

The Development Program Listed riders:

  • Nora Batchelder (Williston, Fla.) and Fifi MLW, her eight-year-old Hanoverian mare
  • Jennifer Baumert (Wellington, Fla.) and Handsome, Betsy Juliano’s 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding
  • Patti Becker (Wadsworth, Ill.) and Freedom, Anne Ramsay’s 10-year-old Oldenburg stallion
  • Kaitlin Blythe (Rougemont, N.C.) and Eden LHF, her eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare
  • Michael Bragdell (Colora, Md.) and Sternlicht Hilltop, Hilltop Farm, Inc.’s seven-year-old Hanoverian stallion
  • Michael Bragdell (Colora, Md.) and Qredit Hilltop, Hilltop Farm, Inc.’s nine-year-old Oldenburg stallion
  • Nicole Levy (Wellington, Fla.) and Floratina, Kate Sanders’ nine-year-old Hanoverian mare
  • Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) and Harmony’s Duval, Duval Partners LLC’s nine-year-old KWPN gelding
  • Amy Miller (Fullerton, Calif.) and Encore, her eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
  • Carly Taylor-Smith (Malibu, Calif.) and Rosalut NHF, Nikki Taylor-Smith’s seven-year-old Oldenburg gelding

Photo © Sue Stickle

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