US Equestrian has named the following athletes to the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ Great Britain, Thursday, May 24-27. Athletes are considered by application in accordance with the CIO selection procedures. The Nations Cup competition is part of the Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International Horse Trials and is the second leg of the 2018 FEI Eventing Nations Cup series. In addition, the event is part of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation Karen Stives Endowment Emerging Athletes Tour. Grant recipients will utilize this competition to prepare for the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials, the final competition of the tour, running June 7-10, as well as gain additional team experience. Leslie Law will serve as Chef d’Equipe for the team in addition to his role as the Emerging Athlete Coach for the Karen Stives Endowment Emerging Athletes Tour.
The following athlete-and-horse combinations will compete for the U.S., listed alphabetically:
Katherine Coleman (New Orleans, La.) with Billy Bandit, her 10-year-old Anglo-European gelding, or Monte Classico, Kalai, LLC’s nine-year-old Deutsches Sportpferd gelding.
Hallie Coon (Ocala, Fla.), a 2018 Karen Stives Endowment Fund Grant recipient, and Celien, Hallie and Helen Coon’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare.
Caroline Martin (Miami Beach, Fla.), a 2018 Karen Stives Endowment Fund Grant recipient, with Danger Mouse, Caroline and Sherrie Martin’s 10-year-old Warmblood gelding, or The Apprentice, Sherrie Martin’s 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding.
Find out more about the Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International Horse Trials.
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"No matter how old you are, be open to all disciplines, learn how to ride a dressage horse, a gaited horse, a show jumper. Go fox hunting and point-to-pointing and horse showing. You’ll learn from all of them and when you do decide which discipline you want to do, you’ll be better at it anyway.”
The University of Findlay’s Three-Day Eventing Team was established in 2013, the same year USEA voted and approved the USEA intercollegiate program. The UF team has over 30 members encompassing a variety of majors at the university. The team has access to two indoor arenas, a large outdoor arena, and 70 acres of on-site cross-country fences.
Bellamy, an Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding of unknown breeding, came to Tamra Smith’s farm in Southern California with his mane half-way down his neck and filled with burrs. Bellamy had been sitting in a field for a little over a year after unseating several riders in a row and Smith, known for being good with tricky horses, agreed to take him on.