The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team has announced a combination substitution for the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ The Netherlands hosted at the Military Boekelo, CCIO4*-L in Enschede, the Netherlands from October 10-13.
Frankie Thieriot Stutes (Occidental, Calif.) and Chatwin have withdrawn their entry and will be replaced by Tamie Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) and Mai Baum, who will join Jennie Brannigan (West Grove, Pa.) aboard Stella Artois and Liz Halliday-Sharp (Ocala, Fla.) aboard Cooley Quicksilver on the team. Matt Flynn (Reddick, Fla.) and Wizzerd will be the new traveling reserve combination, while Caroline Martin (Miami Beach, Fla.) and Danger Mouse will serve as first alternate.
Jennie Brannigan (West Grove, Pa.) and Stella Artois, the Stella Artois Syndicate’s 11-year-old Holsteiner/Thoroughbred mare
Liz Halliday-Sharp (Ocala, Fla.) and Cooley Quicksilver, the Monster Partnership’s eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding
Tamie Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) and Mai Baum, Alexandra Ahearn, Ellen Ahearn, and Eric Markel’s 13-year-old German Sport Horse gelding
The following combination has been named as the traveling reserve:
Matt Flynn (Reddick, Fla.) and Wizzerd, A. Patrick Flynn, Kathleen Flynn, and Merry Go Round Farm’s 10-year-old KWPN gelding
The following combination has been named as first alternate:
Caroline Martin (Miami Beach, Fla.) and Danger Mouse, her and Sherrie Martin’s 11-year-old Warmblood gelding
Due to an untimely bout with enteritis, Chatwin’s fitness and competition schedule leading up to Boekelo were interrupted, and while the horse is fully recovered, it was decided in conjunction with U.S. Team Vet Dr. Susan Johns and Chef d’Equipe Erik Duvander that it would not be in the combination’s best interest to travel and compete at Boekelo.
“The opportunity to represent my country on the international stage is not something I take lightly. In addition to always advocating for Chatwin’s well-being as my first priority, it is incredibly important to me that the U.S. Eventing Team always be represented by the very best possible performances," said Thieriot Stutes. "At this time, Chatwin is not as fit as he needs to be after recovering from enteritis, and we would not be contributing our very best performance on behalf of our country and teammates. I look forward to still attending Boekelo to cheer on the team.”
The FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ The Netherlands will take place at the Military Boekelo-Enschede. Dressage will begin on Thursday, October 10, followed by the cross country and show jumping phases, set to take place on Saturday, October 12, and Sunday, October 13, respectively.
The competition also serves as a test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The competition rules are based on the Tokyo 2020 competition format with teams of three plus one reserve. Full FEI Regulations for Equestrian Events at the Olympic Games are available here.
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In 2002, at the age of 15, I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Maine while Tremaine Cooper was there building some cross-country jumps. I helped him build a trakehner, not realizing that this day would set the course for my future. A few weeks later he called asking if I could help him at Millbrook Horse Trials. From there I helped Tremaine during most of my school vacations and throughout the summers. After graduating high school I kept at it never looking back. I lived the gypsy lifestyle for about six years going from coast to coast and event to event. In 2013 my wife Kathryn and I settled down in Lexington, Kentucky. These days I spend roughly 60-75 percent of my time on the road preparing events or building private schooling areas. I’ve had the privilege of being involved with some really great events around the states and have cultivated many friendships all over the country. In 2019 I was asked to be a part of Team Evans Olympic cross-country building crew. As I write this I am on my third trip to Tokyo. Here’s a day in Tokyo . . .
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