The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced updates to the 2019 Elite, Development Pre-Elite and Development Potential training lists of the U.S. Eventing Pathway Program.
The following athletes have been approved by the Eventing Sport Committee at the recommendation of U.S. Eventing Performance Director Erik Duvander, with input from his performance advisory team.
Elite Training List
The Elite Program aims to support athlete and horse combinations demonstrating the ability to contribute to medal-winning potential at the world championship level, measured against world-leading performances and looking to compete at the next Olympics or world championship. The following combinations have been named to the Elite Training List:
• Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pennsylvania) and Z, Thomas Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Caroline Moran and Ann Jones’s 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding
• Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pennsylvania) and Tsetserleg, Christine Turner’s 12-year-old Trakehner gelding
Development Pre-Elite Training List
The Development Pre-Elite Program aims to identify and support athlete and horse combinations that have the perceived potential to meet Elite status within the next two to four years, with the target of competing on a championship team in the next four to six years.
• Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (Ocala, Florida) and Deniro Z, The Deniro Syndicate and Ocala Horse Properties’ 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
• Caroline Martin (Miami Beach, Florida) and Islandwood Captain Jack, Caroline and Sherrie Martin’s 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding
• Boyd Martin and Long Island T, Long Island T Syndicate’s 13-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding, as well as On Cue, Christine Turner’s 13-year-old English Sport Horse mare
• Doug Payne (Aiken, South Carolina) and Starr Witness, Doug Payne, Laurie McRee and Catherine Winter’s 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, as well as Vandiver, Debi Crowley, Jessica Payne and Doug Payne’s 15-year-old Trakehner gelding
• Tamie Smith (Murrieta, California) and Mai Baum, Alexandra Ahearn, Ellen Ahearn and Eric Markell’s 13-year-old German Sport Horse gelding
• Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Virginia) and Under Suspection, Mary Ann Ghadban’s 15-year-old Holsteiner mare, as well as RF Cool Play, The Donner Syndicate LLC’s 11-year-old German Sport Horse gelding
• Frankie Thieriot Stutes (Occidental, California) and Chatwin, The Chatwin Group’s 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding
Development Potential Training List
The Development Potential Program aims to focus athletes on education aimed at equipping them with the necessary tools and skills to have the perceived talent to reach Elite status in the next four to eight years, with the goal of Pre-Elite targets by the age of 30.
• Maya Black (Clinton, Washington)
• Jenny Caras (Cartersville, Georgia)
• Katherine Coleman (New Orleans)
• Hallie Coon (Ocala, Florida)
• Sydney Elliott (Bossier City, Louisiana)
• Matthew Flynn (Reddick, Florida)
• Ariel Grald (Vass, North Carolina)
• Allie Knowles (Lexington, Kentucky)
• Alex O’Neal (Ocala, Florida)