Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2024

U.S. Dressage Team Named For CHIO Aachen

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The U.S. Equestrian Federation has announced the athlete-and-horse combinations selected to represent the Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team to compete in the Nations Cup CDIO5* at CHIO Aachen, July 4-6 in Germany. The team will be led by Chef d’Equipe Christine Traurig and Team Leader Laura Roberts.  

The following combinations have been selected to represent the Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team and are listed in alphabetical order:

• Anna Buffini (Rancho Santa Fe, California) and Fiontini, her own 14-year-old Danish Warmblood mare (Fassbinder—Rapitala, Romanov) cared for by Michael Hernandez 

• Anna Marek (Dunnellon, Florida) and Fire Fly, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Briar Junior—Arieka, 00 Seven) owned by Janet Simile and cared for by Katherine Esterline 

• Marcus Orlob (Wellington, Florida) and Jane, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Desperado—Zandra, Metall) owned and cared for by Alice Tarjan 

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• Endel Ots (Wellington, Florida) and Zen Elite’s Bohemian, a 14-year-old Westphalian gelding (Bordeaux 28—Sunshine, Samarant) owned by Zen Elite Equestrian Center and cared for by Caroline Hoerdum 

The U.S. dressage program will also be represented by Steffen Peters (San Diego, California) and Suppenkasper, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Spielberg—Upanoeska, Ips Krack C) owned by Four Winds Farm and Akiko Yamazaki and cared for by Eddie Garcia, as an individual in the CDI4*. 

Two young riders will contest the Aachen CDIY led by USEF Youth Coach George Williams. Alicia Berger (Chicago) will compete Aqua Marin, a 13-year-old Oldenburg  gelding (Ampere—Stedinger Heide, Stedinger) owned by Alicia Berger and Marianne Berger and cared for by Maria Force, while Kat Fuqua (Atlanta) will pilot Dreamgirl, her own 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Spielberg—U-Vira, Goodtimes) mare, cared for by Jose Escobedo.

The multisport CHIO Aachen begins June 28, with the CDI4* starting July 3. The CDIO5* begins July 4. The CDIO5* will include the FEI Grand Prix, the FEI Grand Prix Special and the FEI Grand Prix freestyle, with the final team standings awarded July 6.

The competition will be livestreamed on ClipMyHorse.tv. For more details, visit the event website.

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