US Equestrian recently announced a newly reinvented U.S. Eventing Pathway Program that would launch in 2019, spearheaded by U.S. Eventing Performance Director Erik Duvander. The program looks to create a “culture of competitiveness” and provide a more clearly defined pathway for eventing athletes in the United States. One change to the program was the reorganization into the Elite, Development Pre-Elite, Development Potential, and Emerging Athlete training lists.
The following U.S. athletes have been approved by an Ad Hoc Group of the Eventing Sport Committee on the recommendation of Duvander, with input from his Performance Advisory Team for the 2019 Eventing Elite, Development Pre-Elite, and Development Potential training lists. Full criteria for the U.S. eventing training and pathway criteria can be found here.
The Elite Program looks to support athlete and horse combinations demonstrating the ability to contribute to medal-winning potential at the World Championship level, measured against world-leading performances and looking to compete at the next Olympic or World Championship.
2019 Elite Training List:
Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Z, Thomas Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Caroline Moran, and Ann Jones’s 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding
Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) and Donner, The Donner Syndicate, LLC’s 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding
The Development Pre-Elite Program aims to identify and support athlete and horse combinations that have the perceived potential to meet Elite status within the next two to four years, with the target of competing on a championship team in the next four to six years.
2019 Development Pre-Elite Training List:
Liz Halliday Sharp (Ocala, Fla.) and Deniro Z, The Deniro Syndicate and Ocala Horse Properties’ 10-year-old KWPN gelding
Caroline Martin (Miami Beach, Fla.) and Islandwood Captain Jack, her and Sherrie Martin’s nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding
Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and Long Island T, Long Island T Syndicate’s 12-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding
Doug Payne (Aiken, S.C.) and Getaway, Lisa Wall’s 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding
Tamie Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) and Fleeceworks Royal, Judith McSwain’s nine-year-old Holsteiner mare
Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play, The Donner Syndicate, LLC’s 10-year-old German Sporthorse gelding
Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection, Mary Ann Ghadban’s 14-year-old Holsteiner mare
Frankie Thieriot Stutes (Occidental, Calif.) and Chatwin, The Chatwin Group’s 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding
The Development Potential Program looks to focus athletes on education aimed at equipping them with the necessary tools and skills to have the perceived talent to reach Elite status in the next four to eight years, with the goal of pre-elite targets by the age of 30.
2019 Developing Potential Training List:
Maya Black (Clinton, Wash.)
Jenny Caras (Cartersville, Ga.)
Katherine Coleman (New Orleans, La.)
Hallie Coon (Ocala, Fla.)
Sydney Elliott (Bossier City, La.)
Ariel Grald (Vass, N.C.)
Alex O’Neal (Reddick, Fla.)
The Emerging Athlete Eventing 18 and Eventing 25 Program participants were announced in early December. Caras and Coon have been removed from the Eventing 25 Program and moved to the 2019 Developing Potential Training List.
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On Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Central time, join Eric Dierks for a live stream interview with David O'Connor. David was an alternate for the 1988 Summer Olympics, and riding Wilton Fair, was part of the U.S. team at the 1990 World Equestrian Games, where he placed 35th individually and the team finished fourth.
Billy Jackson was introduced to horses at a young age through his local 4-H program. “One of my mom's close friends was a large animal vet and she really encouraged me to stay with it,” Jackson said. As an adult, he is a Marketing Project Manager, and when he’s not at work, he’s a lower level eventer based at Poplar Place Farm.
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It is with great disappointment and regret, which we know will be shared by many, that we announce the cancellation of the 2021 Badminton Horse Trials which was due to be held “behind closed doors” between May 5 and May 9. This cancellation also includes the BE90 and BE100 Championships (May 4 and 5).