The U.S. Equestrian Federation on Tuesday announced the three athlete-and-horse combinations that have been selected to the U.S. Dressage Young Rider European Tour this spring. The athletes will be led by USEF Youth Coach George Williams.
The following athlete-and-horse combinations have been selected for the U.S. Dressage Young Rider European Tour for 2022, listed in alphabetical order:
- Erin Nichols (Yorba Linda, California) and Handsome Rob AR, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Diane Nichols
- Mackenzie Peer (Leawood, Kansas) and Ansgar, her own 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
- Christian Simonson (Ventura, California) and Zeaball Diawind, a 10-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Christina Morgan
“With Christian, Mackenzie and Erin, we have three very talented young riders,” Williams said. “It is exciting to see them have this wonderful opportunity to gain invaluable European experience in the international arena and compete against some of the best young riders in the world.”
The combinations will compete as a team in the Youth Nations Cup at the Hagen Future Champions CDIOY to be held June 14-19 in Hagen, Germany. The athletes may also opt to compete as individuals at Internationaux de Dressage de Compiègne, May 19-22, in Compiègne, France. The U.S. Dressage Young Rider European Tour is supported by Discover Dressage.
Additionally, the three senior athlete-and-horse combinations have been selected to represent The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team at the FEI Dressage Nations Cup France CDIO5* at Internationaux de Dressage de Compiègne. The team also will be led by Williams.
The following athlete-and-horse combinations have been selected for the FEI Dressage Nations Cup France CDIO5* listed in alphabetical order:
- Susie Dutta (Wellington, Florida) and Don Design DC, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Susie and J. Tim Dutta
- Ben Ebeling (Moorpark, California) and Indeed, a 14-year-old Danish Warmblood mare owned by Vantage Equestrian Group II, LLC
- Jan Ebeling (Moorpark, California) and Bellena, a 12-year-old Hanoverian mare owned by Ann Romney