Throwback Thursday: We Knew Them When - The WEF Nations Cup Team

Feb 27, 2014 - 11:30 AM


For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re taking a look at the U.S. team members for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival tomorrow night, Feb. 28. They’re all familiar faces in the pages of the Chronicle—we’ve been writing about them all since their pony-riding days.

Want to see these four represent the United States against 11 other teams in the Nations Cup? Click over to the Chronicle’s live streaming of the class starting at 6:30 p.m. EST on Feb. 28!

In 1990, at the age of 14, McLain Ward won the $30,000 Rolex USET Show Jumping Talent Derby at the Hampton Classic (N.Y.) riding the 6-year-old Thoroughbred Polarized. 

In the Chronicle article about the win, Paula Rodenas included this quote from McLain…

“I’d like to win the equitation finals,” he said. “And go to the Olympics by the time I’m 18. If you set goals outside of your reach, you’ll get farther than you might if you don’t set any.”

Cathrin Cammett Photo

In 1983, Laura Kraut was riding junior hunters. Here, she’s riding Winning Hand to a championship at the Hunter Hill Dogwood Classic in Alpharetta, Ga. This photo ran in the June 24, 1983 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Linda McFarland Photo

The youngest member of the team, Brianne Goutal was riding ponies in 2001 when this photo was taken celebrating her grand pony hunter championship and reserve with Church Mouse (left) and Silver Spring at the Old Salem (N.Y.) spring show. 

Nancy Degutis Photo

Beezie Madden wasn’t always the ultimate professional horseman. In 1983, she showed Storytime to the amateur-owner jumper division championship at the Motor City Horse Show (Mich.).

Pennington Photo


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