Jul 27, 2018

US Equestrian Announces 2018 Fall Eventing Grant Recipients and Updates Training List

By USEF - Edited Press Release
Tamra Smith and Fleeceworks Royal, winners of the Rebecca Farm Adeuqan USEA Gold Cup CIC3*. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

The US Equestrian (USEF) has announced the recipients of 2018 Land Rover/USEF Eventing Competition Grants and USET Foundation Jacqueline B. Mars International Competition Grant, and approved the following athletes for the 2018 Fall Eventing Training List.

The following athletes have received funding for FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ The Netherlands in Boekelo, The Netherlands, from October 11-14, 2018:

Doug Payne (Aiken, S.C.) received a USET Foundation Jacqueline B. Mars International Competition Grant.

Will Faudree (Southern Pines, N.C.) received half of a Land Rover/USEF Eventing Competition Grant.

Sharon White (Summit Point, W.Va.) received a USET Foundation Jacqueline B. Mars International Competition Grant.*

Tamra Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) received a USET Foundation Jacqueline B. Mars International Competition Grant.

The following combinations have received funding for the Pau CCI4* in Pau, France, from October 24-28, 2018:

Will Coleman (Charlottesville, Va.) and Tight Lines, The Conair Syndicate’s 11-year-old French Thoroughbred gelding, received a Land Rover/USEF Eventing Competition Grant.*

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and I’m Sew Ready, Kristine and John Norton’s 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, received a Land Rover/USEF Eventing Competition Grant.*

Kim Severson (Charlottesville, Va.) and Cooley Cross Border, The Cross Syndicate’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, received half of a Land Rover/USEF Eventing Competition Grant.*

*The noted athlete and combinations are still listed on the reserve list for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) Tryon 2018. Veronica, Team Rebecca, LLC’s 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, has been withdrawn as a WEG reserve horse for Lauren Kieffer.

Funding for overseas events is only considered upon receipt of an application. Land Rover funding can be revoked at any time should a combination suffer a loss of current form and/or performance, or if veterinary concerns are found regarding a horse. Prior to departure, all horses will be evaluated for soundness by a USEF-approved veterinarian.

2018 Training Lists Updated

The US Equestrian High Performance Program is designed to achieve Olympic qualification and medals in the current Games cycle, in addition to building a sustainable foundation for the success of future championships. The Eventing High Performance Program consists of the Elite, Development, and Emerging Athlete Programs.

The Elite Program consists of athlete/horse combinations that have established themselves as having met the criteria or demonstrated potential to meet the criteria required to be competitive at CCI3* and CCI4* events and championships.

Elite Training List

Will Coleman (Charlottesville, Va.) and Tight Lines, The Conair Syndicate’s 11-year-old French Thoroughbred gelding

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and I’m Sew Ready, Kristine and John Norton’s 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, and Z, the 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding owned by Thomas Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Caroline Moran, and Ann Jones

Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (Ocala, Fla.) and Deniro Z, The Deniro Z Syndicate’s 10-year-old KWPN gelding

Lauren Kieffer (The Plains, Va.) and Vermiculus, Jacqueline Mars’s 11-year-old Anglo-Arabian gelding*

Marilyn Little (Frederick, Md.) and RF Scandalous, the 13-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Jacqueline Mars, Michael Manders, and Phoebe Manders

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and Tsetserleg, Christine Turner’s 11-year-old Trakehner gelding

Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) and Donner, The Donner Syndicate, LLC’s 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding

Tier 1 of the Development Program is designed to support experienced international athletes who have horses that are on a trajectory to reach the Elite criteria in the next four years. Tier 1 also includes experienced international athletes who have horses that do not meet the Elite criteria, but remain in contention for selection for the next World or Olympic Games.

Tier 1 Elite Development Training List

Will Coleman (Charlottesville, Va.) and OBOS O’Reilly, Four Star Eventing Group’s 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding

Buck Davidson (Unionville, Pa.) and Copper Beach, Sherrie Martin and Carl Segal’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding

Doug Payne (Aiken, S.C.) and Vandiver, a 13-year-old Trakehner gelding he owns with Jessica Payne and Debi Crowley, and Getaway, Lisa Wall’s 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding

Kim Severson (Charlottesville, Va.) and Cooley Cross Border, The Cross Syndicate’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding

Erin Sylvester (Cochranville, Pa.) and Paddy The Caddy, Frank McEntee’s 10-year-old Irish Thoroughbred gelding

Sharon White (Summit Point, W.Va.) and Cooley on Show, her 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding

Will Faudree (Southern Pines, N.C.) and Hans Dampf, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables

Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) and Under Suspection, Mary Ann Ghadban’s 14-year-old Holsteiner mare

Tier 2 of the Development Program is designed for athletes who have not previously attained team selection or Elite criteria and are on a trajectory to achieve Elite status in this or the next four-year period.

Tier 2 Development Training List

Jordan Linstedt (Duvall, Wash.) and Revitatvet Capato, her 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding

Tamra Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) and Fleeceworks Royal, Judith McSwain’s eight-year-old Holsteiner mare

Caroline Martin (Miami Beach, Fla.) and Islandwood Captain Jack, a nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding she owns with Sherrie Martin*

Sydney Conley Elliott (Bossier City, La.) and Cisko A, Carol Stephens’s 12-year-old Westphalian gelding

Jenny Caras (Cartersville, Ga.) and Fernhill Fortitude, Fernhill Fortitude Syndicate’s 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding*

*also in the Emerging Athlete Program

Inclusion or exclusion on a Training List does not imply or preclude an athlete for selection for a Games and Championships.


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