The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced March 21 the two riders who will represent the United States at the 2012 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final to be held in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, on April 18-22.
Jan Ebeling, 53, on Rafalca (Argentinius—Ratine, Rubinstein) and Jim Koford, 49, on Pharaoh (Ferro—Heureka VH Rampelhof, Carneval), were chosen through the World Cup qualifying events during the 2011-2012 season to represent the North American League. The two horse-and-rider teams were chosen based on the average of their best two results in qualifying competitions.
This will be the third World Cup Final for Ebeling, Moorpark, Calif., atop Rafalca, a 15-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Ann Romney and Amy Ebeling. They qualified with an average of 74.20 percent.
Koford, Raleigh, N.C., began showing Pharaoh in the Grand Prix in 2011. The two best results from Pharaoh, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Hannah Shook and Mitzi Presnell, averaged 73.37 percent.