Nick Wagman and Benjamin Ebeling are the new additions to the American A-squad for dressage, which is called the "Elite List" by the US Equestrian Federation.
US Equestrian announced updates to all six squads/dressage programmes, from young horse level to Grand Prix.
The A-squad, or Dressage Elite Program Members, now includes six riders in total. They are considered the Olympic team potentials for Tokyo.
- Olivia LaGoy-Weltz with Rassing's Lonoir, her and Mary Anne McPhail’s Danish Warmblood gelding
- Adrienne Lyle with Harmony’s Duval, Duval Partner LLC’s Dutch Warmblood gelding and and Salvino, Betsy Juliano LLC’s Hanoverian stallion
- Steffen Peters with Suppenkasper, Four Winds Farm’s and Akiko Yamazaki’s KWPN gelding
- Sabine Schut-Kery with Sanceo, Alice Womble’s Hanoverian stallion
- Nick Wagman with Don John, Beverly Gepfer’s Dutch Warmblood gelding
- Ben Ebeling with Illuster van de Kampert, Amy Ebeling and Sasha Cutter for Nuvolari Holdings, LLC’s Belgian Warmblood gelding.
The B-squad, or Dressage Pre-Elite List, has seven new additions.
The Dressage Pre-Elite List underpins the Elite Program and seeks to provide support and guidance to those combinations in the 69-73% Grand Prix score range so they are able to succeed in reaching Elite Member status (consistent 73%+ score range):
- Charlotte Jorst with Nintendo, Kastel Denmark’s Dutch Warmblood stallion
- Jennifer Schrader-Williams with Millione, Millione Partners LLC’s, Danish Warmblood gelding
- Katherine Bateson-Chandler with Alcazar, Jane Clark’s Dutch Warmblood gelding
- Anna Buffini with FRH Davinia La Douce, her own Hanoverian mare
- Susan Dutta with Don Design DC, her, and J Dutta’s Hanoverian gelding, and Figeac DC, her and J Dutta’s Oldenburg gelding
- Catherine Haddad Staller with Frankie, her own Hanoverian mare.
- Jessica Howington with Cavalia, her own KWPN mare
- Katie Johnson with Quartett, Kylee Lourie’s Brandenburg gelding
- Guenter Seidel with Equirelle, Louise Leatherdale and Leatherdale Farm’s Dutch Warmblood mare.
Updates were also made to the USEF Dressage Development Program Members' List.
Cindy Jackson has been added with Florisson, as well as Jodie Kelly-Baxley (Grayton Beach), and Karin Lipp (Infinity). Alice Tarjan has been added with a third horse (Serenade MF).
The complete Development Program list includes:
- Claire Darnell with Harrold S, her own eight-year-old KWPN gelding
- Laura Graves with Sensation HW, Carol McPhee’s seven-year-old Westphalian gelding
- Jennifer Hoffmann with Rondoro Noblesse, her own nine-year-old Austrian Warmblood stallion.
- Kristina Harrison with Finley, her own 10-year-old KWPN gelding. Jennifer Hoffmann with Rondoro Noblesse, her own nine-year-old Austrian Warmblood stallion
- Lindsey Holleger with MW Ave Maria, Jennifer Vanover’s seven-year-old Oldenburg mare
- Cyndi Jackson (with Florisson, Ann Damiano’s eight-year-old Oldenburg gelding
- Katie Johnson with Paxton, Kylee Lourie’s nine-year-old Westphalian gelding.
- Jodie Kelly-Baxley with Grayton Beach, her own 10-year-old KWPN gelding
- Karen Lipp with Infinity, her own eight-year-old KWPN gelding.
- Sarah Lockman with Balia, Summit Farm’s eight-year-old Westphalian mare, and First Apple, Summit Farm’s 10-year-old KWPN stallion.
- Anna Marek with Dee Clair, Diane Morrison’s 12-year-old KWPN mare
- Amelia Newcomb with Harvard, her own eight-year-old KWPN gelding
- Alice Tarjan with Donatella M, her own nine-year-old Oldenburg mare, Candescent, her own 10-year-old Hanoverian mare, Harvest, her own eight-year-old KWPN stallion, and Serenade MF, her own eight-year-old Hanoverian mare.
- Carly Taylor-Smith with Rosalut NHF, Nikki Taylor-Smith’s 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding.
The Under 25 Squad
The Under 25 squad has been expanded with Chase Shipka on Gladstone Zee T. The list now has five Under 25 combination from across country.
- Hope Cooper with Hot Chocolate W, Mary Mansfield’s 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding
- Kerrigan Gluch with Vaquero HGF, Hampton Green Farm’s 13-year-old Andalusian stallion
- Sara Hassler with Boitano, Leslie Malone’s 14-year-old KWPN gelding
- Natalie Pai with Utopie D’ouilly, Melanie Pai’s 12-year-old Selle Francais mare
- Chase Shipka with Gladstone Zee T, her own 10-year-old KWPN gelding
Emerging Athlete Program
Aimed at providing strategic guidance and educational opportunities to athletes under the age of 25, the USEF/USDF program, led by USEF Dressage Youth Coach George Williams, will provide access to educational opportunities and competition planning for qualified athletes.
Melanie Doughty from Cocoa Beach, FL, and Fascinata are new additions to this list.
- Averi Allen and Superman, Jonni Allen’s 7-year-old Hanoverian gelding
- Melanie Doughty and Fascinata, her own 13-year-old Rheinlander mare
- Hannah Irons and Scolla Bella, Dressage4Kids, Inc.’s 11-year-old Hanoverian mare
- Callie Jones and Don Philippo, her 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding
- Tillie Jones and Apachi, Tillie and Tish Jones’ 15-year-old KWPN gelding; and Qi Gong TF, Tillie and Tish Jones’ 11-year-old Hanoverian mare
- Kayla Kadlubek and Perfect Step, Dressage4Kids, Inc.’s 18-year-old Hanoverian gelding
- Annelise Klepper and Happy Texas Moonlight, Shannon Klepper’s 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding
- Katherine Mathews and Soliëre, Peridot Equestrian LLC’s 16-year-old Hanoverian stallion
- Dennesy Rogers and Chanel, Dorriah Roger’s 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare.
- Christian Simonson and Hemmingway, Christina Morgan’s 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding; and Zeaball Diawind, Christina Morgan’s 8-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding
- Bianca Schmidt and Lou Heart, Eliana Schmidt’s 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding
Young Horse Emerging Program
The USEF/USDF Dressage Young Horse Emerging Program aims to provide strategic guidance and educational opportunities to selected horses in each young horse division of dressage (Four, Five, Six, and Seven-Year-Olds) with the perceived ability to eventually contribute to the Elite Program and achieve Podium scores within three (3) quadrennials.
Two new pairs were welcomed on the list: Emily Donaldson with Minkah and Michelle Gibson with San Raphaella LS
- Willy Arts with Koning DG, D G Bar Ranch’s KWPN Stallion and L Primo DG, D G Bar Ranch’s KWPN Stallion
- Michele Bondy with Sonnenberg’s Kain, Sonnenberg Farm, LLC’s Dutch Warmblood Gelding
- Emily Donaldson with Minkah, Darcy Gaines’ Dutch Warmblood Gelding
- Michelle Gibson with San Raphaella LS, Rejan Giguere and Michelle’s Oldenburg Mare
- Laura Graves with Bellarini, Susan Shattuck’s Hanoverian Mare and Mecheri, Leslie Waterman’s Hanoverian Mare
- Bridget Hay with Bedelia, her own Oldenburg Mare
- Lindsey Holleger with MW Bodacious, Jennifer Vanover’s Oldenburg Stallion
- Emily Miles with Daily Show, Leslie Waterman’s Hanoverian Stallion and Sole Mio, Leslie Waterman’s Hanoverian Stallion.
- Marcus Orlob 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 with Jagger, Ad Astra Collective’s KWPN Gelding
- Jennifer Schrader-Williamswith Joppe K, Joppe Partners LLC’s KWPN Gelding
- Christian Simonson (Ventura, Calif.) with Sky-Man, Clifton Simonson’s Hanoverian Gelding
- Alice Tarjan with Gjenganger, her own Danish Warmblood Mare and Summersby II, her own Oldenburg Mare.
- Jennifer Truett with Absolute Dream, her own Westphalian Gelding.
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