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November 21, 2013

USEF Announces 2014 Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Participants

Caitlin Silliman has been named to the 2014 Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program with Catch A Star. Photo by Lisa Slade.

The U.S. Equestrian Federation and its Eventing High Performance Department has announced the participants for the 2014 Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program. For the second year, a Developing Rider will be defined as a rider, 25 and under, who has achieved a qualifying result at the CCI** level.

Chef d’Equipe David O'Connor will lead the Developing Riders/Eventing 25 program and coach the accepted athletes. In addition to lessons under saddle, there will be a classroom component to this program. Topics will include theory, training and course design. There will also be presentations by guest speakers on subjects including veterinary care and stable management.

The following horses and riders have been chosen by the Eventing Selection Committee and approved by the Eventing High Performance Committee to take part in the 2014 Developing Riders/ Eventing 25 Program. These combinations have been invited to take part in training sessions with O’Connor in California and Ocala, Fla.

California Training Session

The following combinations have been selected to participate in training sessions at a location still to be confirmed, Jan. 14-17, 2014:

*Helen Bouscaren (San Ramon, Calif.) and her own Ben. Ben is a 9-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. 

Cori Davis (Shingle Springs, Calif.) and her own A Golden Effort. 
A Golden Effort is a 9-year-old Thoroughbred gelding.

Avery Klunick (Midland, Texas) and her own and Chip Klunick’s In It To Win It.
 In It To Win It is a 10-year-old New Zealand Sport Horse gelding.

Brynn Littlehale (Saratoga, Calif) and her own Forgotten Emblem.
 Forgotten Emblem is a 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. 

Emily Pestl-Dimmit (Renton, Wash.) and Michele Pestl's Airlington. 
Airlington is a 10-year-old Bavarian Warmblood gelding.

MacKenna Shea (Tacoma, Wash.) and her own Landioso. 
Landioso is an 11-year-old Bavarian Warmblood gelding.

Kimberly Steinbuch (Castro Valley, Calif.) and her own Pikture This.
 Pikture This is a 13-year-old Hanoverian-Thoroughbred.

*This pair has been “talent spotted” on to this list. 

Florida Training Session

The following combinations have been selected to participate in training sessions generously hosted at Meredyth South in Ocala, Fla., Jan. 20-24, 2014:

Nora Battig (Granite Bay, Calif.) and her own Steppin’ Out.
Steppin’ Out is an 8-year-old Trakehner-Thoroughbred mare

Alexandra Blyskal-Sacksen (Landenberg, Pa.) and her own Sparrow's Nio.
 Sparrow's Nio is a 10-year-old Connemara-Thoroughbred gelding.

Zach Brandt (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and his own Cavallino Cocktail. 
Cavallino Cocktail is an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare.

Jenny Caras (Marietta, Ga.) and her own Fernhill Fortitude or Fernhill Stowaway.
 Fernhill Fortitude is a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, and Fernhill Stowaway is a 7-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.

Danielle Dichting (Roswell, Ga.) and her own The Graduate. 
The Graduate is a 15-year-old Sachsen-Anhaltiner gelding.

Sarah Dunkerton (Soso, Miss.) and her own and Richard Dunkerton's Matapeake.
 Matapeake is a 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding.

*Ariel Grald (Randolph Center, Vt.) and Carol Rittenhouse's LBF Oleagh's Image.
 LBF Oleagh's Image is an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare. 

Katherine Groesbeck (Temecula, Calif.) and her own Oz The Tin Man. 
Oz The Tin Man is a 16-year-old Anglo-Arabian gelding.

Emily Renfroe (Magnolia Springs, Ala.) and her own Walk The Line.
 Walk The Line is an 11-year-old Hanoverian mare.

Caitlin Silliman (Chestertown, Md.) and her own Catch A Star.
 Catch A Star is a 13-year-old Holsteiner-Thoroughbred mare.

Lizzie Snow (Milwaukie, Ore.) and Diane Snow's Ringfort Tinkaturk. 
Ringfort Tinkaturk is an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding.

Julie Wolfert (Bucyrus, Kan.) and her own Buenos Aires.
 Buenos Aires is a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding.

*This pair has been “talent spotted” on to this list. 

Florida Alternate

Meghan O’Donoghue (Carbondale, Ill.) and her own Pirate.
 Pirate is an 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. 

O'Donoghue and Pirate have already been named to the World Class list and invited to participate in High Performance Training Sessions with O'Connor. Due to limited space in the 2014 Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program, they will be invited to participate in this Florida Training Session if a spot becomes available.

 
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