US Equestrian has announced an update to the U.S. Eventing Team for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. Unfortunately, Tamie Smith has withdrawn Fleeceworks Royal, Judith McSwain’s 10-year-old Holsteiner mare, as announced through Smith's Facebook page. Smith’s direct reserve horse Mai Baum, a 13-year-old German Sport Horse gelding owned by Alexandra Ahearn, Ellen Ahearn, and Eric Markell, will replace Fleeceworks Royal. A direct reserve horse is an automatic replacement should the original horse on which an athlete was named need to be substituted.
Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) and Mai Baum join the following athlete-and-horse combinations on the Pan American Games U.S. Eventing Team previously announced.
Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) with Tsetserleg, Christine Turner’s 12-year-old Trakehner gelding
Direct Reserve: On Cue, Turner’s 13-year-old English Sport Horse mare
Doug Payne (Aiken, S.C.) with Starr Witness, an eight-year-old KWPN mare owned by Payne, Laurie McRee, and Catherine Winter
Direct Reserve: Vandiver, a 15-year-old Trakehner gelding owned by Debi Crowley, Jessica Payne, and Doug Payne
Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) with RF Cool Play, The Donner Syndicate LLC’s 11-year-old German Sport Horse gelding
The following athlete-and-horse combination has been named as the Traveling Reserve to the U.S. Eventing Team:
Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (Ocala, Fla.) with Cooley Quicksilver, The Monster Partnership’s eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding
The 2019 U.S. Pan American Eventing Team is subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.
In preparation for the Pan American Games, members of the U.S. Eventing Team will compete at the Maryland International CCI3*-S, July 5-7, as well as The Barbury International Horse Trials CCI3*-S, July 4-7. The Pan American Games eventing competition will take place August 1-4 at the Equestrian Club Militar La Molina. The 18th edition of the Pan American Games will gather around 6,700 athletes, who will participate in 39 sports and 61 disciplines, of which 22 disciplines are qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The U.S. Eventing Team must secure a team gold or silver medal-finish at the Pan American Games to earn qualification for Tokyo.
View more information about the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.
The 2020 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast Championships kicked off today at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland following the successful completion of the FEH Central Championships at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas this past Thursday. Twenty-three horses were presented today to Championship judges Robin Walker and Susan Graham White – four in the FEH East Coast 4-year-old Championship and 18 in the FEH East Coast 3-year-old Championship.
After a rainy night, the footing for the FEI cross-country drained nicely and held up well throughout the morning. Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp held on to her overnight lead aboard Fernhill By Night and added 4.8 time faults to her double clear show jumping round to take home the win in the CCI4*-S. Not one rider was able to make it through the finish flags within the time allowed, but the top 28 had no jumping penalties.
The CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S divisions were able to complete their show jumping before the torrential rain interrupted the competition for the CCI2*-S division.
The 2020 United States Eventing Association (USEA) Future Event Horse (FEH) Central Championships took place yesterday, September 24 at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas. With four new champions crowned, this marked one of the first USEA Championships to be held in 2020. Jayne Lloyd, the organizer of the Championships shared, “Everyone had a nice day with their youngsters. The quality of horses is getting better and better. Haras [Hacienda] is a lovely facility to put this on – great stabling, great footing, all indoor because we’ve had some bad weather the past few days. But overall, I think it all went really well.”