The U.S. Equestrian Federation has named four horse-and-rider combinations to the U.S. Pan American dressage team based on the results of the selection trials held at the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival Of Champions in Gladstone, N.J., Sept. 8-11.
The following horse-and-rider combinations will represent the United States, in order of rank:
1. Steffen Peters and Weltino’s Magic. Weltino’s Magic is a 9-year-old Westphalian gelding (Weltino—Diva, Diamond Boy) owned by Jen and Bruce Hlavacek.
2. Heather Blitz and Paragon. Paragon (Blue Hors Don Schufro—Pari Lord, Loran) is an 8-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Blitz.
3. Cesar Parra and Grandioso. Grandioso is a 10-year-old Westphalian gelding (Grosso Z—Hauptstutbuch Popocateptal, Palisandergrund) owned by Michael and Sarah Davis.
4. Marissa Festerling and Big Tyme. Big Tyme is a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Saros van ‘t Gestelhof—Elvira, Wendekreis) owned by the rider.
There are also four alternate horse-and-rider combinations. They are, in order of rank:
1. Endel Ots on Toscano. Toscano is an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Jazz—Original, Juventus) owned by Kristin Cooper.
2. Shawna Harding on Rigo. Rigo is a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Rotspon—Winnepeg, Weltmeyer) owned by Tonya Rowe.
3. Heather Mason on Warsteiner. Warsteiner is an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Riverman—Welona, Roemer) owned by the rider.
4. Lisa Wilcox on Pikko del Cerro HU. Pikko del Cerro HU is an 8-year-old Hanoverian stallion (Pik L—Rohweena, Rohdiamant) owned by Horses Unlimited.
The Pan American Games will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico, and will run Oct. 14-30. For more information on the Pan American Games, visit their website. Be sure to follow all of the Chronicle’s coverage of the Pan American Games on www.chronofhorse.com.