Aug 23, 2018

Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team Takes on New Olympic Format at FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ Ireland

By USEF - Press Release

Co Cork, Ireland – The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team is set to contest FEI Eventing Nations Cup Ireland at the Millstreet International Horse Trials, August 22 – 26. Led by Chef d’Equipe Erik Duvander, the U.S. team of Buck Davidson with Carlevo, 2018 Karen Stives Endowment Fund Grant recipient Hallie Coon with Celien, and Liz Halliday-Sharp with Deniro Z will look to add experience in the new Olympic eventing format to their resumes. The Millstreet CICO3* will serve as only the second Olympic trial event in 2018 for the new competition format of three counting scores, which will be used at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Meet the Team


Buck Davidson and Carlevo. Shannon Brinkman Photo.

Buck Davidson (Ocala, Fla.) and Carlevo, Carlevo LLC’s 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding. Follow Davidson on Facebook (@BDJEventing), Twitter (@BDJEventing), and Instagram (@buckdavidson).


Hallie Coon and Celien. Libby Law Photography Photo.

Hallie Coon (Ocala, Fla.) and Celien, Hallie and Helen Coon’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare. Follow Coon on Instagram (@halliecoon).

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z. Taylor Pence/US Equestrian Photo.

Liz Halliday-Sharp (Ocala, Fla.) and Deniro Z, The Deniro Syndicate’s 10-year-old KWPN gelding. Follow Halliday-Sharp on Facebook (@hallidaysharpeventing) and Instagram (@lizhallidaysharp).

Last Time Out

The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team recently won a bronze medal at the 2018 FEI Eventing Nations Cup USA, a silver medal at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup Great Britain, and placed fourth at the FEI Nations Cup CICO3* Aachen.

Davidson and Carlevo finished in the top 25 at CICO3* Aachen and in the top 20 at the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event (LRK3DE).

Coon and Celien finished in the top 15 at CIC3* Mallow at the Kilguilkey House International Horse Trials.

Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z placed in the top 10 in the CCI4* at the Luhmühlen Horse Trials.

Career Highlights

  • Davidson: Two-time Alltech WEG competitor (2014, 2010); 2011 Pan American Games Guadalajara team gold and individual bronze medalist; three-time Land Rover/USEF CCI4* Eventing National Champion (2013, 2009, 2003).
  • Coon: US Equestrian Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 Program participant; 2018 Karen Stives Endowment Fund Grant recipient; member of the 2018 silver-medal winning Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team Great Britain with Celien; placed second in the 2018 Ocala International Three-Day Festival CCI1* with Captain Chacco; placed third in the 2017 Virginia Horse Trials CCI2* with Lansdownne; placed fourth in the 2016 Pine Top Advanced Horse Trials CIC3* with Celien.
  • Halliday-Sharp: Two-time FEI World Eventing Championship CCI1* for Young Horses competitor (2017, 2014); named as an alternate with Deniro Z to the 2018 Land Rover U.S. Eventing Squad for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018.

Competition Information

Competition begins Thursday, August 23, with the dressage phase at 9:50 a.m. EST.

View the full schedule and follow the competition results.

Find out more about the Millstreet CICO3* International Horse Trials.

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Stay up to date on the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team by following USA Eventing on Facebook and US Equestrian on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Use #USAEventing and #FEINationsCup.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.

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