Jeremy Steinberg has announced he’s stepping down as the U.S. Equestrian Federation Youth Dressage Coach, a post he’s held since 2011.
“It has been an absolute pleasure working with everyone over the last three years, and I will miss working with the youth of the U.S. more than words can express,” said Steinberg. “I would like to be spending more time at home riding and training myself and continue to push to one day make a U.S. team myself.”
The U.S. Equestrian Federation has named eight horse-and-athlete combinations to the short list for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France) U.S. Dressage Team. Mandatory Outings will be held for short-listed combinations at CDI**** Fritzens in Austria, July 4-7, and CDIO***** Aachen in Germany, July 15-20. The following eight horse-and-athlete combinations have been named to the short list (in ranked order): Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and Four Winds Farm's Legolas 92. Legolas 92 is a 12-year-old Westphalian gelding.
Sometimes, you have to try a bit less to win a bit more, or at least that’s what McLain Ward has learned about Rothchild. “This year in Florida, he performed beautifully and I made a few mistakes in jump-offs trying too hard to win,” Ward said. “This summer I tried to just take a step back and ride his round, and the result is that he's now won two big grand prix [classes].”
The Irish team fought tooth and nail to prevail over the U.S. “Stars” team in the $125,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ presented by Scotiabank at the Spruce Meadows Continental Tournament CSIO in a repeat of last year’s results in the class.
“The Americans were pressing us very hard, and we just kept pulling in clear rounds. It was a fantastic achievement for all of us,” said Conor Swail or the Irish team.
For Lucinda Fredericks it certainly was not an unlucky Friday the 13th. The Australian was the only participant below the 40-point mark in the dressage. The 12-year-old gelding Flying Finish and Fredericks presented themselves in an experienced, accurate and expressive test.
U.S. rider Phillip Dutton sits in 10th after dressage with Mighty Nice after they finished with a score of 46.0. Boyd Martin slotted into 12th with a 47.8 aboard Shamwari; Martin’s ride from Thursday, Otis Barbotiere, dropped to 33rd place.
The United States will be represented by two teams at the CSIO***** Spruce Meadows 'Continental’ Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup. The Nations Cup competition takes place June 12 in Calgary, Alberta.The Stars Team has drawn third in the order, and the Stripes Team will jump first, with the Stars Team as the declared point team.
As Day 1 of dressage at the Luhmühlen CCI**** drew to a close, a first-time four-star competitor and law student, Elaine Pen, has the lead.
The only U.S. rider to do dressage on Day 1 was Boyd Martin, who rode into 13th on Otis Barbotiere on a score of 58.5. Martin rides Shamwari on Day 2 of dressage, as will Phillip Dutton on Mighty Nice.