The U.S. Equestrian Federation Eventing High Performance Committee has approved the following athletes to the High Performance Spring Training Lists for 2017.
As the programs continue to evolve following the post Rio Olympic Games review, the USEF is working to develop more detailed criteria that allows athletes, owners and trainers to better understand what is required to be named to these lists.
Selectors evaluated several factors to determine athletes and horses for each set of lists: current form, consistent and quality results in past competitions, potential to make a valuable contribution in a team setting, as well as suitability and age of the horse for the identified championship (where applicable).
The athletes will work with U.S. Eventing Technical Advisor David O’Connor to set goals and determine schedules for the horses on which they were named. Athletes will receive a specified amount of funding per horse to be designated directly towards coach and/or performance support as agreed to by O’Connor and the athlete.
For the purposes of the Spring Training Lists for 2017, the Elite List is designated as athlete/horse combinations with the potential to compete at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (N.C.) based on current form. The Developing List is designated as athlete/horse combinations or athletes with perceived championship potential in the next four years or beyond.
Being or not being on a training list has no impact on selection for games and championships. The list will be reviewed in June of 2017.
Hannah Sue Burnett (The Plains, Va.) with Jacqueline Mars’ Harbour Pilot, a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding
Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) with Caroline Moran, Simon Roosevelt and Thomas Tierney’s Fernhill Cubalawn, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding, and the HnD Group’s Mighty Nice, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding
Lauren Kieffer (Middleburg, Va.) with Team Rebecca LLC’s Veronica, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, and Marie Le Menestrel’s Meadowbrook’s Scarlett, a 9-year-old Thoroughbred-cross mare
Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) with the Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate’s Blackfoot Mystery, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, and Gloria Callen’s Welcome Shadow, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred-cross mare
Matt Brown (Cochranville, Pa.) with Blossom Creek Foundation’s Super Socks BCF, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding
Will Coleman (Charlottesville, Va.) with The Conair Syndicate’s Soupcon de Brunet, a 10-year-old Anglo-Arabian gelding, and Tight Lines, a 9-year-old French Thoroughbred gelding
Phillip Dutton with Thomas Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Ann Jones and Caroline Moran’s Z, an 8-year-old Zangersheide gelding
Lillian Heard (Hamilton, Va.) with her own LCC Barnaby, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding
Lauren Kieffer with Debbie Adams and Jacqueline Mars’ D.A. Duras, an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
Marilyn Little (Frederick, Md.) with Jacqueline Mars, Robin Parsky, and Phoebe and Michael Manders’ RF Scandalous, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding
Meghan O’Donoghue (Carbondale, Ill.) with Chase and Darcie Shipka’s Palm Crescent, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding
Doug Payne (Aiken, S.C.) with his own and Debi Crowley and Jessica Payne’s Vandiver, a 12-year-old Trakehner gelding
Tamie Smith (Temecula, Calif.) with Alexandra and Ellen Ahearn and Eric Markell’s Mai Baum, a 10-year-old German Sport Horse gelding
Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) with The Donner Syndicate LLC’s Donner, a 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding