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WEG Show Jumping Selection Trials

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Following the completion of the U.S. Equestrian Federation Selection Trials for the U.S. Show Jumping Team, the USEF's Ad Hoc Committee on Selection approved the following 15 horse-and-rider combinations to the Show Jumping Long List for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky.
 

While Laura Kraut and Cedric have amassed a spectacular international record together, including a team gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Bejing, China, there’s one type of class they haven’t won all that much: grand prix.   

But Cedric jumped to the top of the $150,000 CN U.S. Open Grand Prix CSIO****  today, March 7, in Wellington, Fla., edging out Danny Boy and Beezie Madden, who took second.

“I think this is only the second grand prix win of his career, because normally we’re jumping in trials or Nations Cups,” said Kraut.

After a disappointing 27th placed finish in the third leg of the U.S. Equestrian Federation Show Jumping World Equestrian Games Selection Trials on Wednesday, Todd Minikus and his Pavarotti returned to competition in top form today, March 5. The pair won the $30,000 1.60-meter Classic and USEF WEG Selection Trial 4, held in conjunction with the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla.

Before the U.S. Equestrian Federation World Equestrian Games Selection Trials even began last week, McLain Ward had already secured a spot on the USEF World Equestrian Games Show Jumping Long List. But that couldn’t make him rest on his laurels.

Ward rode Rothchild to the top of the $40,000 USEF Selection Trial No. 3, today Mar. 3, boosting them to a tie for fourth in the USEF WEG Standings with 9 total faults. Richard Spooner and Cristallo now sit at the top of the standings after notching a single time fault today.

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The U.S. Equestrian Federation Ad Hoc Committee on Selection has named the horse and rider combinations of Lauren Hough on Quick Study and Laura Kraut on Cedric to the Show Jumping Long List for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be held in Lexington, Ky., Sept. 25-Oct. 10.

Rodrigo Pessoa wasn’t the only rider pleased with tonight’s results in the $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix and USEF WEG Selection Trial 2. While the Brazilian rider may have taken the lion’s share of the purse in the class, Laura Kraut and Lauren Hough left the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center with nothing—and they were thrilled.

Todd Minikus and Pavarotti lead the way after the first Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Trial, held Feb. 25 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla.

Minikus, of neighboring Loxahatchee, Fla., clocked the fastest clear round (0/83.24) to take the lion’s share of the purse in the $40,000 USEF WEG Trial 1 over Margie Engle aboard Hidden Creek’s Campella (0/84.03) and Rich Fellers and Flexible (0/87.30).

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