The United States Equestrian Federation has announced the short list of horse and rider combinations from which the U.S. team for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, will be picked.
Two Grand Prix combinations and five small tour combinations have been selected as the Pan Am Games allow for mixed teams. The scores of the Big tour pairs will count for a 1.5 coefficient.
The following Big Tour horse-and-athlete combinations have been named to the Short List (in alphabetical order):
- Charlotte Jorst (Reno, Nev.) and Nintendo, Kastel Denmark’s 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion
- Nick Wagman (San Diego, Calif.) and Don John, Beverly Gepfer’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
The following Small Tour horse-and-athlete combinations have been named to the Short List (in alphabetical order):
- Nora Batchelder (Williston, Fla.) and Faro SQF, the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding she owns with Andrea Whitcomb
- Jennifer Baumert (Wellington, Fla.) and Handsome, Betsy Juliano LLC’s 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding
- Ashley Holzer (Wellington, Fla.) and Valentine, her nine-year-old Hanoverian mare
- Sarah Lockman (Wildomar, Calif.) and First Apple, Gerry Ibanez’s nine-year-old KWPN stallion
- Endel Ots (Wellington, Fla.) and Lucky Strike, Max Ots’s nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding
All combinations on the Short List will create an agreed-upon competition plan with Chef d’Equipe Debbie McDonald, in consultation with the Selectors.
The team is anticipated to be announced in late June. Chef d’Equipe Debbie McDonald will lead the U.S. Dressage Team in Lima from July 28-29 and July 31.
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