Three, not two, American riders will now compete in the 5-year-old division of the 2004 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses, Verden, Germany, July 9-11.
Hilltop Farm’s Royal Prince, with Susanne Hassler riding, and Iron Spring Farm’s Sir Sinclair, with Dorie Addy-Crow, qualified for Verden by earning the championship and reserve championship respectively in the USEF/Markel Insurance Young Horse Selection Trials, held May 29-30 at three U.S. sites.
But German-based U.S. rider Lisa Wilcox received an invitation to the World Championships for Young Horses, based on her top-10 status on the FEI/BCM World Rider Ranking. She stands sixth, and all riders ranked in the top 10 are allowed to bring a horse to the World Championships without having to perform at the required national qualifiers.
Wilcox, who is the top rider and trainer for the Oldenburg stallion farm Gestut Vorwerk in Cappeln, Germany, will either ride the 5-year-old Oldenburg-licensed stallion Rubinero (Rubinstein–Ex Libris) or the 5-year-old Oldenburg-licensed stallion Revan (Rubinstein–Goldl