The US Equestrian Federation and the United States Dressage Federation have announced the first USEF/USDF Young Horse Emerging Program member list.
Coaching U.S Young Horses to 2028 Olympics
Athletes selected for the program will meet with Christine Traurig, USEF Dressage Young Horse Coach, to discuss their goals for the coming year and receive one-on-one training and educational program opportunities to help assist them in achieving their goals.
“With the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles on the horizon, the Young Horse Program plays an integral role in identifying the talent and the potential in horses for future U.S. teams and to give them the foundation to achieve excellence,” said Traurig. “I am excited to work with these talented combinations and their personal support teams towards their future goals.”
Combinations Listed for 2021 Program
Combinations are selected to the USEF/USDF Young Horse Emerging Program based on their performance during training & evaluations sessions, observation events, the FEI World Breeding Championships and results at USEF National Championships or CDIs.
The USEF Dressage Young Horse Coach in consultation with the USEF Dressage Coaching Staff met to decide which combinations were currently eligible for program membership.
The USEF/USDF Young Horse Emerging Program list will be continually reviewed and may be updated to recognize additional athlete/horse combinations.
2021 USEF/USDF Young Horse Emerging Program Member List
The listed combinations are:
- Willy Arts (Hanford, Calif.) with Koning DG, D G Bar Ranch’s KWPN Stallion and L Primo DG, D G Bar Ranch’s KWPN Stallion.
- Michele Bondy (Wilsonville, Ore.) with Sonnenberg’s Kain, Sonnenberg Farm, LLC’s Dutch Warmblood Gelding.
- Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) with Bellarini, Susan Shattuck’s Hanoverian Mare and Mecheri, Leslie Waterman’s Hanoverian Mare.
- Bridget Hay (Flemington, N.J.) with Bedelia, her own Oldenburg Mare.
- Lindsey Holleger (Middletown, N.Y.) with MW Bodacious, Jennifer Vanover’s Oldenburg Stallion.
- Emily Miles (Paola, Kan.) with Daily Show, Leslie Waterman’s Hanoverian Stallion and Sole Mio, Leslie Waterman’s Hanoverian Stallion.
- Marcus Orlob (Annandale, N.J.) with Flambeau, Jeanette Pinard’s Danish Warmblood Gelding, Glory Day, Alice Tarjan’s Danish Warmblood Stallion and Spirit of Joy, Jeanette Pinard’s Westphalian Gelding.
- Rebecca Rigdon (Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.) with Jagger, Ad Astra Collective’s KWPN Gelding.
- Jennifer Schrader-Williams (Olympia, Wash.) with Joppe K, Joppe Partners LLC’s KWPN Gelding.
- Christian Simonson (Ventura, Calif.) with Sky-Man, Clifton Simonson’s Hanoverian Gelding.
- Alice Tarjan (Oldwick, N.J.) with Gjenganger, her own Danish Warmblood Mare and Summersby II, her own Oldenburg Mare.
- Jennifer Truett (Lebanon, Ohio) with Absolute Dream, her own Westphalian Gelding
Interesting to note is that two owners have no less than three horses listed: Alice Tarjan and Leslie Waterman.
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