The U.S. Equestrian Federation updated the Dressage Elite Program and Pre-Elite Program lists. “We have conducted a series of training observation sessions with our Pre-Elite combinations, as well as home visits with our Elite athletes on both coasts through the winter and the spring,” said technical advisor Robert Dover. “The standard in both of these groups is growing rapidly and increasing the depth of great combinations.
“We are looking forward to the remaining CDIs in the U.S. this year, strong representation in European CDIOs and CDIs, our national championships, and, of course, hosting the FEI World Equestrian Games [North Carolina] in September,” he continued. “It is guaranteed to be an exciting year, and I feel very optimistic about our eventual selection of a strong team for the FEI Word Equestrian Games in Tryon.”
The Elite Program was established to provide support and resources to athlete/horse combinations that have proven they are internationally competitive. Combinations qualify for the program based on scores received at CDI***/CDIO*** or above competitions in the last 12 months.
In alphabetical order, the following athlete/horse combinations meet the criteria for Elite Program membership:
Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Florida) and Patricia Stempel’s Danilo, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding
Laura Graves (Geneva, Florida) and her and Curt Maes’s Verdades, and 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (Haymarket, Va.) and her and Mary Anne McPhail’s Lonoir, a 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding
Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) and Elizabeth Juliano’s Salvino, an 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion
Kasey Perry-Glass (Wellington, Florida) and Diane Perry’s Goerklintgaards Dublet, a 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding
Steffen Peters (San Diego, California) and Four Winds Farm’s Rosamunde, an 11-year-old Rheinlander mare
Sabine Schut-Kery (Thousand Oaks, California) and Alice Womble’s Sanceo, a 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion
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).
In alphabetical order, the following athlete/horse combinations meet the criteria for Pre-Elite Program membership:
Katherine Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Florida) and Jane Clark’s Alcazar, an 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Florida) and Patricia Stempel’s Doktor, a 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding
Catherine Haddad Staller (Wellington, Florida) and Rowan O’Riley’s Semper Fidelis, a 12-year-old Oldenburg mare
Ashley Holzer (New York City) and Diane Fellows’s Havanna 145, 11-year-old Hanoverian mare
Charlotte Jorst (Reno, Nevada) and Kastel Denmark’s Kastel’s Nintendo, a 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion
Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) and Elizabeth Juliano’s Horizon, an 11-year-old Oldenburg mare
Arlene “Tuny” Page (Wellington, Florida) and her Woodstock, a 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
Steffen Peters (San Diego, California) and Four Winds Farm’s Suppenkasper, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding
Kathleen Raine (Murrieta, California) and her, Jennifer Mason and David Wightman’s Breanna, an 18-year-old Hanoverian mare
P.J. Rizvi (Greenwich, Connecticut) and her and Ashley Holzer’s Breaking Dawn, a17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding