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Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team and Alternate for the Aachen CICO3*, July 14-16, 2016, in Aachen, Germany.
The following athlete-and-horse combinations will compose the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team (in alphabetical order):
Matt Brown (Cochranville, Pa.) and Blossom Creek Foundation's Super Socks BCF, a 2006 Irish Sport Horse gelding
Hannah Sue Burnett (The Plains, Va.) and Jacqueline Mars' Harbour Pilot, a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding
Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and David Garrett's Indian Mill, a 2005 English Thoroughbred gelding
Now in its eighth year, the USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Program has seen substantial growth and spread across the country. Now that the program has matured, the overseeing committee has decided to implement new rules to continue to make these competitions safer, more fair and more competitive for horses, riders, owners and breeders.
Susan Graham White is the co-chair of the USEA Future Event Horse Committee (FEH), along with Robin Walker an FEI International-level Eventing judge, USEF “R” Dressage judge and a USEF “r” Dressage Sport Horse Breeding judge. She has had a major impact on the new rules, which will be implemented this competition year.
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named four athlete-and-horse combinations to the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team and one traveling reserve for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Four direct reserve horses have also been named. A direct reserve horse would be an automatic replacement should the original horse on which an athlete was named need to be substituted. Eventing competition at the Olympic Games will take place August 5-9, 2016, at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The following athlete-and-horse combinations will compose the Team (in alphabetical order):
THE PLAINS, V.A. - As the excitement grows for the Land Rover Great Meadow International presented by Adequan® and the first FEI Nations Cup™ held outside Europe,world renowned course designer Mike Etherington-Smith is building a world-class 3* cross-country course that will span Great Meadow's magnificent park and unitize its new $1 Million arena.
In addition to hosting several international teams in the first-ever FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing competition to be held outside Europe July 8-10, the Land Rover Great Meadow International presented by Adequan® will also be the final prep for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team before they go to the summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
German rider Andreas Dibowski jumped a faultless clear round in the final Jumping phase to hold on to his overnight lead with It’s Me XX and win Luhmühlen CCI4* (GER), presented by DHL, penultimate leg of the FEI Classics™ 2015/2016.
There was no margin for error for the 50-year-old as second-placed Maxime Livio and Qalao Des Mers (FRA) jumped clear with less than two penalties between the top two.
But Dibowski, veteran of many medal-winning German Eventing teams, held his nerve in front of his enthusiastic home crowd on Susanne Heigel’s 12-year-old ex-racehorse, a son of the Epsom Derby winner Kahyasi.
The experienced German rider Andreas Dibowski has leapt to the top of the leaderboard with a typically fast and determined Cross Country round at Luhmühlen CCI4* (GER), presented by DHL, penultimate leg of the FEI Classics™ 2015/2016.
Dibowski, winner of Germany’s premier event in 2011, has risen from fourth place after Dressage on the 12-year-old It’s Me XX, formerly an English racehorse by Kahyasi. In a brilliantly accurate performance, he finished just one second over the optimum time of 11 minutes 10 seconds.
“I am super happy,” said Dibowski, who turned 50 in March this year. “My horse did a wonderful job. He may be small, but he has the biggest heart.”
When you’re building a cross-country course from scratch, you have the chance to imagine the best possible version of it—to reinvent the wheel in some ways.
Julia Krajewski, a rising star on the German eventing scene, is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after taking the Dressage lead at Luhmühlen CCI4* (GER), presented by DHL, penultimate leg of the FEI Classics™ 2015/2016.
Krajewski and the 10-year-old Selle Francais, Samourai du Thot scored the only sub-40 mark and has taken a narrow 1.2 penalty lead over first-day leaders, Belgium’s Julien Despontin and Waldano 36.
sit anxiously on the edge of our seats *wait patiently* to hear the announcement of which riders will represent Team USA at this summer’s Olympic Games, let’s catch up on the who, what, when and how of this High Performance selection:
Who is eligible to be selected for the U.S. Eventing Team?
Suzanne shares an older blog we can relate to all to well. To hear more of what she has to say, visit her blog: Confessions of an AA Event Rider and Convicted Overthinker.
The countdown continues - we are 50 days away from the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games. Equestrianism will celebrate 104 years in the Olympic movement this summer in Rio de Janeiro.
All equestrian competition, including eventing, will take place at the Deodoro Olympic Park. This park was built for the 2007 Pan American Games, so the layout and landscape will suit eventing well.
The Deodoro Olympic Park is the second largest Rio 2016 Games cluster, and it will also play host to basketball, BMX, canoe slalom, fencing, hockey, modern pentathlon, mountain biking, rugby sevens, shooting and the Paralympic sports of wheelchair fencing, Football 7-a-side and shooting.
The good news for competitors at Luhmühlen CCI4* presented by DHL, penultimate leg of the FEI Classics™ 2015/2016, is that Michael Jung (GER) can’t win it: the runaway series leader, winner of Kentucky and Badminton, does not have a ride at his country’s premier event.
However, this doesn’t mean that it won’t be a German victory; although many leading riders, including last year’s winner Ingrid Klimke (GER) are running their Olympic prospects in the CIC3*, previous winners Andreas Dibowski and Bettina Hoy plus younger riders Julia Krajewski, Claas Romeike and Kai Rüder are flying the flag for the hosts.
A New Zealand win is also well on the cards, with former winners Andrew Nicholson (2013) and Tim Price (2014) returning to the scene of previous successes.