Feb 29, 2024

USEF Announces Teams for 2024 USEF Futures Team Challenge at Carolina International

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The U.S. Equestrian Federation has announced the combinations selected to compete in the 2024 USEF Futures Team Challenge at the Carolina International CCI and Horse Trials, from March 14-17 in Raeford, North Carolina. The Challenge is designed to replicate the experience of competing within a team environment and thus is a training opportunity embedded within an existing competition at the CCI3* and CCI4* levels.

The 2024 USEF Futures Team Challenge is administered by USEF to complement the Eventing Pathway Programs. Selection to a team under this Challenge does not represent selection to a recognized U.S. team. Selected combinations will attend the pre-competition training taking place two days before the start of competition. Two teams of four combinations led by Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor Bobby Costello and Emerging and Development Coach Leslie Law will contest the unofficial, simulated team competition.

The following combinations have been named to Team Bobby and are listed in alphabetical order:

Christina Henriksen (Keswick, Virginia) and Cisco’s Calor Z, her own 9-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Carrera VDL x Zamira)

Andrew McConnon (Vass, North Carolina) and FVF Top Gun, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (C. Quito x Vignette) owned by FVF Top Gun LLC

Caroline Pamukcu (Springtown, Pennsylvania) and She’s the One, a 9-year-old Anglo-European mare (Jaguar Mail x One to Watch) owned by Sherrie Martin, Mollie Hoff, Caroline Pamukcu, and Andy Hoff

Direct Reserve: HSH Blake, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Tolan R x Doughiska Lass) owned by Caroline Pamukcu, Sherrie Martin, Mollie Hoff, and Deniz Pamukcu

Sharon White (Summit Point, West Virginia) and Claus 63, her own 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Catoo x Tina II)

The following combinations have been named to Team Leslie and are listed in alphabetical order:

Jenny Caras (Buckhead, Georgia) and Sommersby, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Sergeant Pepper x d’Mademoiselle) owned by Jenny Caras and Jerry Hollis

Emily Hamel (Aiken, South Carolina) and Corvett, a 17-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Corrido x Tina XII) owned by Black Flag Option, LLC

Lauren Lambert (Flower Mound, Texas) and Biscotti, her own 12-year-old RPSI gelding (Benidetto x Hey Nurse)

Cassie Sanger (Wilmington, Delaware) and Fernhill Zoro, her own 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Verdi x Oronia Z)

The following combinations have been named as alternates and are listed in alphabetical order:

Lea Adams-Blackmore (Norwich, Vermont) and Frostbite, her own 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Zirocco Blue VDL x Zanna)

Alexandra Knowles (Lexington, Kentucky) and Morswood, a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Ricardo Z x Princess in Arms) owned by Katherine O’Brien

Find out more information on the USEF Futures Team Challenge here.

Competition Information

The dressage phase for the CCI4*-S and CCI3*-S will take place Thursday, March 14, followed by the jumping phase on Friday, March 15. The CCI4*-S and CCI3*-S divisions conclude Saturday, March 16, with the cross-country phase.

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