The teams have been announced for the 2019 USEF/USET Foundation Futures Team Challenge at the Carolina International CCI in Raeford, N.C. More than 60 applications were received for the team opportunities and after reviewing the applications the following athlete and horse combinations were selected for the two teams. The athletes will participate in a training session in the two days prior to the start of Carolina International.
Leslie Law’s Team:
Alexandra Baugh with Mr. Candyman
Cosby Green with Highly Suspicious
Chris Talley with Sandro’s Star
Madison Temkin with Dr. Hart
Erik Duvander' s Team:
Hallie Coon with Celien
Sydney Elliott with QC Diamantaire
Ariel Grald with Leamore Master Plan
Caroline Martin with Danger Mouse
Overview: The 2019 USEF / USET Foundation North American Futures Team Challenge has been established with the USET Foundation and is administered by the USEF to complement the Eventing High Performance Program. Selection to the team under this Challenge does not represent selection to a recognized US Team but is designed to try and replicate the experience of competing on and within a Team environment and thus is a training opportunity embedded within an existing competition.
Objective: To prepare future senior team athletes by providing our Emerging and Development Potential athletes with two days of team training and experience in an unofficial team competition environment at North American competitions; to provide education and experience of working within a Team structure and compete as a Team at a competition. Evaluate the implementation to continuously improve US Team experience and environment.
Deliverables: Two-day educational program, preparing for Carolina International and Bromont, including: expectations of being a Team rider, general routines during preparation and how to operate at a Team event. It will also include dressage test ride reviews and show jumping practice. Erik Duvander and Leslie Law will coach and serve as Chef d’equipes for the two Teams. Access to administrative assistance from the USEF office throughout the process and to the USEF Team vet at Bromont.
All the major contenders passed the eventing final horse inspection at the Tokyo Olympics and will carry on to contest the show jumping phase in a few hours’ time.
The ground jury (Nick Burton, GBR, Christina Klingspor, SWE, and the U.S.A.’s Jane Hamlin) and vets only failed to accept one horse - Fantastic Frieda, ridden by Poland’s Joanna Pawlak, who had completed the cross-country in 41st place with a refusal and 25.2 time-faults.
The FEI has announced that the Swiss horse Jet Set, ridden by Robin Godel has had to be euthanized after pulling up extremely lame on the Sea Forest Cross Country Course during Equestrian Eventing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on August 1, 2021.
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 . . .
The British team cemented their gold medal position at the Tokyo Olympics with three magnificent cross-country performances, all clear inside the time. Added to that, their first rider, Oliver Townend, holds pole position individually after the dressage leader, Germany’s Michael Jung, picked up 11 penalties for triggering a frangible device.