With just two days to go before the Nations Cup at the CSIO Wellington (Fla.), U.S. Equestrian Federation officials have this afternoon (March 8) announced the team members.
They are: Margie Engle on her 2000 Olympic partner Hidden Creek’s Perin; Kent Farrington on Madison, the 2005 American Grand Prix Association Horse of the Year; McLain Ward and his 2004 Olympic partner Sapphire; and Beezie Madden on her 2004 Olympic partner Authentic.
The U.S. team alternates are Aaron Vale on Artur 28, Molly Ashe on Neuville, and Alison Firestone on Secret Love.
It’s a top-notch team to take on a record nine other teams, from Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela.
Those team members are:
- Ireland (the 2005 winners)—Kevin Babington, Darragh Kerins, Niall Grimes, and Conor Swail.
- Canada—Ian Millar, Eric Lamaze, Chris Pratt and Mario Deslauriers.
- France—Herve Godignon, Philippe Rozier, Katie Prudent and Yann Candele.
- Great Britain— Nick Skelton, Robert Smith and Tim Gredley.
- Brazil—Rodrigo Pessoa, Keri Potter Pessoa, Sergio Campos and Fabio Leivas.
- The Netherlands— Leopold Van Asten, Harry Smolders and Emile Tacken.
- Argentina— Federico Sztyrle, Max Amaya, Pato Muente and Ramiro Quintana.
- Mexico—will chose between Ivan Camora, Jaime Guerra, Santiago Lambre, Eduardo Salas and Guillermo Williams.
- Venezuela—will choose between Pablo Barrios, Victoria Vargas D’Agostino, Juan Ortiz, Leopoldo Paoli, Andres Rodriguez, and Irma Rubesa.
The Nations Cup starts on Friday evening at 7 p.m. Molly Sorge of the Chronicle staff will be there to provide online coverage.