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2013 CHIO AACHEN

Aachen, Germany

June 21-30, 2013


The following athletes have been named by the United States Equestrian Federation to represent the U.S. at CHIO Aachen.

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Dressage CDIO5* Team/Individuals CDIO5*/CDI4*/CDI-U25 June 26-30, 2013

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Dressage - CDIO5* Team

Jan Ebeling

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Born: September 14, 1958 Residence: Moorpark, California Rafalca – 1997 Oldenburg mare owned by Ann Romney, Beth Meyers, and Amy Ebeling

Jan Ebeling and his well-known partner Rafalca became a team when the mare moved to Ebeling’s stable in 2006. Competing later that year at the USEF Festival of Champions in Gladstone, New Jersey, Ebeling and Rafalca finished third in the National Intermediaire I Championship. In the fall of 2007, Ebeling was awarded a USEF training grant and made the decision to train in Germany, taking his three horses. Ebeling’s string was successful there; proving European experience is invaluable to U.S. dressage competitors. In 2007, Ebeling and Rafalca debuted in the Grand Prix arena during the FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas where they performed a Grand Prix Exhibition Test in front of a full house prior to the actual competition. After receiving a standing ovation for their performance, Ebeling realized that Rafalca had the talent to become an international Grand Prix horse. The pair had top finishes on their way to the FEI World Cup Final in 2009,

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Dressage - CDIO5* Team including at the CDI-Ws at Pebble Beach, Saugerties,

then won the Grand Prix Special at the Dressage at

and Devon.

Flintridge Show.

In 2010, Ebeling took Rafalca and Sandrina to

Ebeling and his wife, Amy, own and operate their

the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Festival of

own training and sales facility, The Acres, in Moorpark,

Champions. On the second weekend, Ebeling and

California. In the spare time that Ebeling can find away

Rafalca were sixth in the Grand Prix Test and third in

from the horses, he enjoys playing soccer, biking, and

the Freestyle.

driving the tractor with his son, Ben

Ebeling and Rafalca had a strong 2010/2011 World Cup Qualifying season finishing second in the North American League. The pair entered the 2011 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final after having won both the Grand Prix and the Freestyle at The Festival of the Horse CDI-W in Burbank, California during the first weekend in April. At the 2011 Reem Acra/FEI World Cup Dressage Final, Ebeling and Rafalca were the top-placing Americans in both the Grand Prix Test and the Freestyle. Ebeling started off 2012 by winning the Grand Prix Special at Dressage Getaway Inc. At the Mid-Winter Dressage Festival, the pair was first in the Freestyle and second in the Grand Prix Test. Ebeling and Rafalca finished second in both the Grand Prix for Freestyle and the $5,000 FEI Rancho Valencia Grand Prix Freestyle. The pair went on to represent the U.S. at the Reem Acra/FEI World Cup Finals, where they finished 17th in the Grand Prix Test and 15th in the Grand Prix Freestyle. Ebeling and Rafalca continued to impress at the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions and Selection Trials for the U.S. Dressage Team in June when they finished in third place in the Grand Prix National Championship. Ebeling and Rafalca represented the United States at the 2012 London Olympic Games later that summer. Ebeling began 2013 by winning a Prix St. Georges class at the Mid-Winter Dressage Fair with Donatello. He then won a Prix St. Georges class with Breitan at The Dressage Affaire. At The Festival of the Horse, Ebeling and Rafalca won the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle classes. He also took home top honors in the $5,000 FEI Grand Prix Freestyle with Rafalca at the Del Mar National Dressage Show. The pair 2013 CHIO Aachen

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Dressage - CDIO5* Team

Shelly Francis

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Born: December 16, 1958 Residence: Loxahatchee, Florida Doktor – 2003 Oldenburg gelding owned Patricia Stempel (CDIO5* Team) Danilo - 2004 Hanoverian gelding owned by Patricia Stempel (CDIO4* Small Tour)

Shelly Francis grew up in Bar Harbor, Maine, where her family still owns a 30 acre farm. For most of the last twenty years, she has quietly been achieving strong results in Prix St. Georges and Grand Prix competition. In 1996, with Pikant, Francis was second alternate for the U.S. Olympic team. In 1997, the pair won the USDF Grand Prix Champion Horse of the Year, and went on to compete at the 1998 FEI World Equestrian Games in Rome. Francis began 2009 by winning the Grand Prix Special with Dominion at the Gold Coast Opener. The pair then won the Grand Prix Test and finished second in the Grand Prix Special in the CDI3* at the Wellington Classic Spring Challenge. At the 2009 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions, Francis finished sixth in the USEF National Intermediaire I Championship with Wig Wam and ninth in the USEF National Grand Prix Dressage Championship with Dominion.

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Dressage - CDIO5* Team In 2012, Francis began the year with a second place finish in the Prix St. Georges Test and third place finish in the Intermediaire I Test in the CDI1* with Doktor at the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge II. The pair competed in another CDI1* at the International Horse Sport Champions Cup, finishing second in the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I Tests. Francis and Doktor were on the winning U.S. Nations Cup team at the WEF Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO3* presented by Stillpoint Farm in April. The pair then finished in 11th place in the USEF National Intermediaire I Championship at the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions. Francis kicked off 2013 with first place finishes in the Grand Prix Special with Doktor and the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I Tests with Firlefanz. At the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge II, she and Danilo won the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I Tests. The pair won the same two classes in the CDI1* at the International Horse Sport Champions Cup, where Francis also finished second in the Grand Prix Test and Grand Prix Freestyle with Doktor. She partnered with Danilo again to win the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I Tests at the Wellington 5*, presented by Diamante Farms. Francis and Doktor were on the winning Nations Cup team at the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* presented by Stillpoint Farm, where they finished second in the Grand Prix Test and Grand Prix Freestyle and were third in the Grand Prix Special.

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Dressage - CDIO5* Team

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Tina Kinyot

Born: September 12, 1961 Residence: Palm City, Florida Calecto V – 1998 Danish Warmblood stallion owned by Tina Konyot

For Tina Konyot, horses are truly second nature. Her family spans five generations of horsemanship and circus ring performance. Konyot’s grandfather, Arthur Konyot, occupied center ring in the acclaimed Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He then trained horses owned by numerous celebrities and was inducted into the Circus Hall of Fame in 1974. Konyot’s father, Alex Konyot, also a member of the Circus Hall of Fame, started an equine training facility in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In the course of his more than 80-year career, he played a role in guiding multiple young riders to huge successes including six-time U.S. Olympian Robert Dover. Konyot began riding at a very young age and has been honing her skills ever since. In the 1990s, she spent five years training and showing in Europe: two years as a student of Herbert Rehbein, then Rudolf Zeilinger, and after that, Klaus Balkenhol. Konyot returned to the U.S. in 1999 with

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Dressage - CDIO5* Team the young stallion, Justice, to compete in the final

night they earned a third place finish in the Freestyle.

Olympic Selection Trial where they finished seventh.

In the fall, the pair finished second in the Grand Prix

Early in 2000, Konyot won the Grand Prix at the Palm

Test, Grand Prix Special, and Grand Prix Freestyle at

Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W.

the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of

In 2004, Konyot partnered with Sally Miller’s mare, Anna Karenina, winning the Grand Prix Test at the

Champions. Konyot and Calecto V started off 2012 by winning

Florida Dressage Classic in Wellington in only their

the Grand Prix Freestyle and finishing second in the

third outing. The pair was short listed for the 2004

Grand Prix Test at the Gold Coast Opener. At the

Athens Olympic Games and finished seventh in the

WEF Dressage Classic, the pair took top honors in the

Selection Trials.

Grand Prix Special and placed second in the Grand

Konyot began competing Calecto V in early 2007,

Prix Test. Konyot and Calecto V’s 2012 continued to

and the big black stallion has gone from strength-to-

impress going into the summer as the pair contested

strength in just a few short years. In his first Grand

the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions

Prix Freestyle, Konyot guided him to the win at the

and Selection Trials for the U.S. Dressage Team in

World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle at Dressage at Devon

Gladstone, New Jersey. The pair won the third round,

in September of 2009.

the Grand Prix Test, with a score of 80.149% and

The pair was on a tear in 2010, winning eight Grand

finished second in the other three rounds to finish

Prix Tests, seven of those consecutively. In February,

second overall in the Grand Prix Championship for the

they won the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle

second year in a row. Later that summer, Konyot and

at the 2010 Wellington Classic, followed by wins in the

Calecto V represented the United States at the 2012

Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special a month later at

London Olympic Games.

the Palm Beach Dressage Derby. In April at the Kentucky Cup CDI3* Alltech FEI World

Konyot and Calecto V have started off 2013 by winning at almost every turn. The pair won FEI Grand

Equestrian Games Test event, the pair captured the

Prix Tests at the International Horse Sport Dressage

Grand Prix and were then awarded their highest score

Premiere, the Gold Coast Opener, and the Wellington

to date in the Grand Prix Freestyle.

Classic Spring Challenge. Konyot and Calecto V then

In July, Konyot and Calecto V traveled to Germany

took top honors in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle at

to compete in the prestigious CDIO Aachen, where

the Florida Dressage Classic. At the WEF Dressage

they placed tenth in the Grand Prix Special and eighth

Classic, the pair was victorious in the FEI Grand Prix

in the Freestyle.

and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle. Knoyot and Calecto V

The pair then returned stateside to contest

finished third in the Grand Prix Freestyle and fifth in

the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Festival of

the Grand Prix Test at the Wellington 5*, presented by

Champions. Konyot and Calecto V dominated the

Diamante Farms during the Adequan Global Dressage

Grand Prix division winning all four tests on their way

Festival.

to being crowned the National Grand Prix Champion. That fall they represented the U.S. at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky,

Konyot teaches and trains at her farm in North Stonington, Connecticut, and at her parents’ farm in Stuart, Florida.

where they helped the U.S. to a fourth place finish and qualified for the Grand Prix Special. In March 2011, Konyot and Calecto V were second in the Grand Prix Test, behind WEG teammate Steffen Peters, at the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach presented by Polo Club International. The following 2013 CHIO Aachen

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Dressage - CDIO5* Team

Steffen Peters

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Born: September 18, 1964 Residence: San Diego, California Legolas 92 – 2002 Westphalian gelding owned by Four Winds Farm

Originally from Germany, Steffen Peters, moved to the U.S. in 1985 and began riding for his adopted country in 1992. Since this time Peters has represented the U.S. at numerous championships and earned many National Titles. Peters won his first Olympic medal, a Team Bronze, at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games aboard Udon. He and Floriano were the alternates on the 2004 Athens Olympic team. In 2006, Peters and Floriano swept all three phases of competition at the 2006 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Grand Prix Dressage Championship in Gladstone, New Jersey, landing them the anchor spot on the Bronze medal-winning team at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games. 2007 was a breakout year for Peters and Lombardi 11. They traveled to New Jersey from California to win the USEF/Collecting Gaits Farm Festival of Champions at the Grand Prix level and traveled to Aachen,

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Dressage - CDIO5* Team Germany, to represent the U.S. in the CDIO3*. With Ravel, Peters amassed a remarkable record.

At the 2011 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions, Peters dominated in the Grand

Under Peters’ expert guidance, the Dutch Warmblood

Prix and Intermediaire I divisions. With Ravel, Peters

gelding went from strength to strength. Ravel won

took home top honors in USEF Grand Prix National

every single competition he entered leading up to

Championship. Peters and Weltino’s Magic then won

the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, including

the USEF Intermediaire I National Championship.

the 2008 USEF Selection Trials for Dressage. At the

Peters partnered with Weltino’s Magic to represent

Olympic Games, he ended up fourth by the slimmest

the U.S. at the 2011 Pan American Games in

of margins, behind horses far more experienced.

Guadalajara, Mexico. The pair performed beautifully,

It was Ravel’s first competition outside the United

bringing home Team and Individual Gold Medals for

States.

the U.S.

Ravel and Peters dove into 2009, winning the

In 2012, Peters and Ravel again swept the World

Grand Prix at the Exquis Dressage World Masters in

Dressage Masters CDI4* Palm Beach presented by

Wellington, Florida, with an impressive effort. At the

International Polo Club. Peters then competed on

Rolex FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, Ravel and

Legolas 92 in the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of

Peters re-wrote history, beating out nine-time (and

Champions and Selection Trials for the U.S. Dressage

defending) World Cup champion Anky van Grunsven

Team where the pair nearly swept the Grand Prix,

and Isabell Werth to win both the Grand Prix and

winning three of the four rounds and defending his

the Freestyle. In July, Ravel and Peters travelled to

2011 Championship with an overall score of 77.653%.

Germany for the CDIO Aachen, where the pair won

Later that summer, Peters and Ravel traveled to the

all three tests; the Grand Prix, the Grand Prix Special,

United Kingdom where they participated in the 2012

and the Grand Prix Freestyle. This impressive sweep

London Olympic Games for the United States.

marked the first time an American combination had ever achieved this feat. In 2010, Ravel and Peters travelled to Wellington,

Peters began 2013 with third place finishes in the CDI5* Grand Prix Test and Grand Prix Freestyle at the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach. He then

FL, to take part in Exquis World Dressage Masters

won two Intermediaire I Tests with Vaya Con Dios at

competition. They beat some of the very best in the

the CDS San Diego Mid-Winter Show and the Mid-

world on their way to winning the Grand Prix Test and

Winter Dressage Fair. At The Dressage Affaire, Peters

placing second in the Freestyle.

won four classes; the Grand Prix Test and Grand

That fall the pair was the anchor for the U.S.

Prix Freestyle with Legolas 92 and the Intermediaire

Team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

I and Prix St. Georges Tests with Vaya Con Dios.

in Lexington, Kentucky. Peters collected the first

He then won the Grand Prix Test and coming in

Individual Championship medals of his career when he

second in the Grand Prix Freestyle with Legolas 92

rode Ravel to the Bronze in the Grand Prix Special and

at the Wellington 5*, presented by Diamante Farms

the Freestyle.

during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Peters

Peters and Ravel started the 2011 season by doing

rounded out his spring season by winning the CDI

something that had eluded them in the previous

Prix St. Georges with Vaya Con Dios and two other

two years at the World Dressage Masters Palm

Prix St. Georges Tests with Aristo at the Dressage at

Beach presented by International Polo Club. They

Flintridge Show.

were victorious in the Grand Prix Test, for a third consecutive year, and the following evening won the

Peters and his wife, Shannon, operate a busy training facility in the San Diego area.

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Caroline Roffman

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Born: September 5, 1988 Residence: Wellington, Florida

Sagacious HF – 1999 Royal Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Hyperion Farm, Inc. (CDI-U25) Her Highness O – 2003 Hanoverian Mare owned by Caroline Roffman (CDIO4* Small Tour)

Caroline Roffman is a dressage rider and trainer who came up through the ranks of the Dressage Young Riders program and at age 24 is already a top contender in the FEI small tour, Grand Prix, and Young Horse program. She had much success in the junior and young rider divisions. Roffman won five medals during her Junior/Young Rider career and was awarded the Fiona Ban Memorial Trophy for highest scoring young rider. In 2009, Roffman finished second in the FEI Young Rider Individual Test and fourth in the FEI Young Rider Team Test with Accent Aigu FRH at the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions. At the CDI Saugerties, she and Bulgari 5 won the CDI Young Rider Team Test, Young Rider Individual Test, and Young Rider Freestyle. The pair went on to win the FEI Young Rider Individual Test and the FEI Young Rider Freestyle at Dressage at Devon. At the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region

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Dressage - Individuals 3 Dressage Championships, Roffman and Bulgari 5

Dressage Derby and the Intermediaire Freestyle at the

won the FEI Young Rider Championship.

WEF Dressage Classic. At the Wellington 5*, presented

Roffman began the 2010 by winning the Prix St.

by Diamante Farms during the Adequan Global

Georges Test with Bulgari 5 at Dressage at Equestrian

Dressage Festival, Roffman and Sagacious HF won

Lakes. With Bon Chance, she won the Five-Year-Old

the Intermediaire II Test and the Young Rider Grand

Championship at the Markel/USEF Young Horse

Prix Test. She and Her Highness O helped Team U.S.A.

Dressage National Championships. At the Collecting

I win the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* presented

Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions,

by Stillpoint Farm, where the pair also received third

Roffman and Bulgari 5 finished fourth in the Prix St.

place individual honors after scoring a 74.050% in the

Georges Test and sixth in the Intermediaire I Test.

FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle and a 72.263% for their

She finished out the year by receiving the FEI Rising

FEI Intermediaire I Test. At the same competition,

Star Award in Taipei, Taiwan from HRH Princess Haya,

Roffman and Sagacisous HF won the Intermediaire II

the president of the FEI.

Test and the Young Rider Grand Prix Test, making her

She started of 2011 by winning the FEI Young Rider

the first rider from the United States to receive an

Grand Prix with Beemer at the Palm Beach Dressage

invitation to compete at Aachen in the Young Rider

Derby. The pair won the USEF Young Adult “Brentina

(25 and Under) Grand Prix.

Cup” National Championship at the Collecting Gaits

While in Europe, Roffman and Her Highness O had

Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions. Roffman

two second place finishes at the Compiegne CDI in

also took home three Reserve Championships at

France. The pair earned a 70.500% in the Prix St.

the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage National

Georges Test and a 72.700% in the Intermediaire I

Championships aboard San City, Bon Chance, and Pie

Freestyle.

that year. Roffman represented the U.S. for the first time

Roffman currently trains out of her own Lionshare Dressage, and has trained with top names like Lars

at WEF Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO3*

Petersen, Steffen Peters, Kyra Kyrklund, Debbie

presented by Stillpoint Farm in April 2012. She won

McDonald, and Anky van Grunsven. She competes her

a Team Gold medal during the first Global Dressage

horses across the country and runs a thriving dressage

Festival Nations Cup. Roffman and Pie also were

training and sales business out of Lionshare.

awarded the Champion Equine Insurance Dressage Style Award, presented to the horse that receives the highest collective marks in paces, impulsion, and submission. The pair was named the U.S. Intermediaire I National Champions during the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions, where they topped the nation’s best riders with scores up to 75%, winning the Prix St. Georges Test and the Intermediaire I Test. Roffman also found success with Her Highness O, winning the USEF National Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Dressage Championship. With Her Highness O, Roffman kicked off 2013 with wins in the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I Tests at the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge I and in the CDI1* at the Gold Coast Opener. The pair then won the Intermediaire I Test at the Palm Beach 2013 CHIO Aachen

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Susan Dutta

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Born: January 9, 1969 Residence: Wellington, Florida Currency DC – 2000 Oldenburg gelding owned by Tim Dutta Inc. (CDI4* Big Tour)

Susan Dutta’s competitive highlights include numerous top placings at some of the nation’s most prestigious events in the Grand Prix, Freestyle, Open, and Intermediaire divisions. In the first-ever Coupe des Ameriques in 2002 in Blainville, Canada, Dutta captured an Individual Gold, a Team Gold, and a Team Bronze. That same year, she was the Intermediaire National Champion. In 2003, Dutta was the reserve rider for the Pan American Games. In 2007, she was able to represent her county and be part of the Team Gold medal winning effort at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. Dutta splits her time between Germany where she competes her Grand Prix horses and trains with Rudolf Zeilinger, and Wellington, Florida, where her family resides. In late 2009, Dutta began making a name for herself in Europe with Currency DC, Manette DC, and Golden Choice DC. All three horses racked up solid results, competing on the Sunshine Tour and in a handful of German shows in the spring. In May, Currency

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Dressage - Individuals DC was second in the Grand Prix Special at the CDI3*

Dutta’s other horses at the Grand Prix level, earning

Hamburg Dressage Derby.

two fourth place finishes at the NEDA Fall Dressage

Dutta and Currency DC have been long-time

Festival and winning the FEI Grand Prix De Dressage

partners, winning the USEF/Markel Young Horse

at the Wellington Classic Autumn Challenge that fall.

Dressage National Six-Year-Old Championships in

Kicking off 2012 with Currency DC, the pair had a

2005. Since then the pair has been steadily rising

fourth place finish in the FEI Grand Prix De Dressage

through the ranks, competing in the Intermediaire

at the Golden Coast Opener. The pair finished in fifth

I and Developing Horse classes and debuting at the

place at the FEI Olympic Grand Prix Special at the

Grand Prix level in early 2010.

Palm Beach Dressage Derby. Dutta and her string

Throughout the rest of the summer of 2010, Dutta

of Grand Prix horses earned many Top 10 finishes

continued training with Zeilinger and competing at

throughout 2012, including third place at in the CDI3*

Pompadour and Vierzon in France the first two weeks

Grand Prix in Leudelange, Luxembourg and 10th place

of July. Her hard work paid off when she returned to

in the CDI3* in Deauville, France on Currency DC.

the States in the fall and rode Manette DC to second

Dutta began 2013 with a win aboard Lumberjack

place finishes in the CDI Grand Prix and Grand Prix

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Freestyle at the 2010 NEDA Fall Dressage Festival. At

Wellington Dressage show, the pair won the Prix St.

the 2010 Dressage At Devon event, the pair rode to a

Georges and Intermediaire I Tests. Dutta also finished

fifth place finish in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle. They

third in the Grand Prix Special with Currency DC.

would get the blue ribbon at the Gold Coast Festival

Dutta and Currency DC won the Grand Prix Special

that November for their last show of the season.

and finished third in the Grand Prix Test at the WEF

The 2011 International Horse Sport Champions Cup

Dressage Classic. The pair then represented the U.S.

would prove to be extremely successful for Dutta as

in the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* presented

she would pilot Currency DC to a win in the CDI3*

by Stillpoint Farm, helping Team U.S.A II claim a

Grand Prix Special and Manette DC to a second place

second place finish. Dutta and Currency DC finished

finish in the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle. Manette

third in the Grand Prix Freestyle and fourth in the

DC would get his 2011 victory in the Grand Prix De

Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special. She also won the

Dressage class at the Gold Coast Dressage Finale I

Intermediaire Freestyle with Lumberjack 12.

at Dutta’s next show, also earning second in the FEI

Dutta currently trains with Jurgen Koschel in

Grand Prix Special in the Gold Coast Dressage Finale II

Germany. She has placed in the top three at both

event. In June, Dutta would have an amazing show at

national and international competitions on her mounts

the CDI3* Raleigh and Capital Dressage Classic, taking

Currency DC and Lumberjack at the Prix St. Georges

multiple top seven finishes on her young horse Golden

level.

Choice DC and winning both the $3,000 FEI Grand Prix and $3,000 FEI Grand Prix Freestyle on Currency

Dutta and husband Tim own the Dutta Corporation, an international horse transportation business.

DC. Dutta took her string of horses across the border to the Milton, Canada event in mid-June, finishing third and fourth on Currency DC and Manette DC. Golden Choice DC earned his first Grand Prix victory at the HITS on the Hudson in August also taking second in his second test of the show. On Manette DC, Dutta finished third in the CDI Grand Prix Special at HITS. Golden Choice DC proved that he could compete with 2013 CHIO Aachen

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Dressage - Chef d’Equipe Germany in front of a crowd of 65,000. This victory was the first time an American had won in Aachen since 1960, and Dover considers it the high point of his distinguished career. He made his international team debut at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, finishing in 17th place in the individual competition on Romantico while the U.S. placed sixth in the team competition. Dover returned to the Olympic Games in 1988 in Seoul, where he finished in 13th place. At the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, Dover won his first medal, helping to lead the U.S. to a Team Bronze medal. In 1994, Dover was named “Male Equestrian of the Year” by the U.S. Olympic Committee after winning the Team Bronze medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games in The Hague and finishing 5th individually. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, he won his second Olympic medal when the U.S. finished in third place to Photo Credit: USEF Archive

Robert Dover

Born: June 7, 1956 Residence: Wellington, Florida Chef d’Equipe

win the Team Bronze medal for the second straight time. At the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Dover captained the U.S. team and helped lead the Americans to another Bronze medal, finishing behind Germany and The Netherlands. Dover clinched his sixth Games berth in 2004. In Athens, the veteran rode FBW Kennedy. He won the Team Bronze medal and finished 6th individually. To finish out his career in 2005, Dover placed 4th in the

Robert Dover has earned more honors than any other U.S. Dressage rider, competing in six consecutive Olympic Games for the United States, as well as on four FEI World Equestrian Games teams and at seven FEI World Cup Finals. Dover began riding when he was 13-years old, graduated as an “A” pony clubber, and specialized in dressage when he was 19. After attending the University of Georgia, he saw his equestrian career take off in the 1980’s. After his first Olympic appearance in 1984, Dover helped the U.S. capture the North American championship the following year. In 1987, Dover defeated six-time Olympic Gold medalist Dr. Reiner Klimke to win the Aachen Grand Prix in

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2005 FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas. He has also taught and given clinics all over the world, sat on many USEF committees, and is one of the Founders of the Equestrian Aid Foundation, which helps people in the horse world suffering from any life threatening illness or injury.


Driving

Driving CAIO-4

June 25-30, 2013

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Driving

James Fairclough

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Born: July 25, 1958 Residence: Newton, New Jersey

Caletta 5 – 2002 Austrian Warmblood mare owned by Dhr. Koos de Ronde Celina 6 – 2001 Austrian Warmblood mare owned by Dhr. Koos de Ronde Chiron – 2007 KWPN gelding owned by Dhr. P.W.C. de Ronde Zamoro Olt – 2004 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Dhr. P.W.C. de Ronde Zastron – 2004 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Dhr. P.W.C. de Ronde

James Fairclough made history at the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, as part of the group that won the Team Silver Medal. Prior to this, the best finish the U.S. had ever garnered at a FourIn-Hand World Championship was fourth place in 1984 and 1986. Fairclough qualified for the 1992 USET Four-In-Hand World Championship squad, but declined so he could remain eligible for the 1993 World Pair Driving Championship, serving instead as the team’s Chef d’Equipe. Fairclough has won the USET Four-In-Hand Championship four times — in 1982, 1994, 2001 and 2011. He also has been reserve champion nine times. In 1997, Fairclough won the advanced Four-in-Hand

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Driving division at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions,

Advanced Pair Horse Championship at the Kentucky

the Yellowframe Farm Combined Driving Event and

Classic Combined Driving Event.

the Gladstone Driving Event. He also finished a close

Fairclough and his wife, Robin, a well-known hunter/

second in the USET Four-In-Hand Championship,

jumper trainer, own and operate Top Brass Farm in

which was held at the Fair Hill International. Fairclough

Newton, New Jersey.

won the 1992 and 1993 USET Pairs Championships. His seventh place finish at the 1993 World Pair Driving Championship was the U.S.’s best, earning him the 1993 USET Pairs Championship. One month later, Fairclough was reserve champion in the USET FourIn-Hand Championship at the Fair Hill International. Fairclough was a member of the Gold medal team at the 1991 World Pairs Championship in Zwettl, Austria, and was the highest-placed American, finishing fourth. In July 2002, he helped the U.S. to a second place team finish at CAIO/CAIP-A in Breda, The Netherlands. In 2004, Fairclough won the CAI-A Allentown Fourin-Hand in New Jersey and finished third in the CAI-A National Four-in-Hand Championship in Ocala, Florida. In 2008, Fairclough once again represented the U.S. in Beesd, The Netherlands, at the Four-In-Hand World Driving Championships. Fairclough finished off the 2009 season with a solid fourth place finish at the USEF National Four-In-Hand Driving Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. Fairclough started off the 2010 competition season strongly, finishing in second place at the Little Everglades CDE in January. In March, he claimed Reserve Champion honors at the USEF Four-in-Hand National Championships held at Live Oak. He finished the year by winning the Team Silver medal for the U.S. at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. In 2011, Fairclough won the Advanced Multiple Horse class at the Laurels at Landhope event and his fourth Four-in-Hand National Title. In April of 2012, he won the Advanced Four-InHand Horse division at the Southern Pines Combined Driving Event. During the summer, Fairclough traveled to Riesenbeck, Germany to represent the U.S. in the 2012 FEI Four-in-Hand Driving World Championships, where he helped the team claim the Team Bronze medal. He finished out the year by winning the USEF 2013 CHIO Aachen

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Driving

Chester Weber

Photo Credit: Shannon Brinkman

Born: June 3, 1975 Residence: Ocala, Florida

Boy W – 2000 Royal Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Chester Weber Para – 1997 Royal Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Chester Weber Senate – 2000 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Chester Weber Splash – 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Jane Clark Uniek – 2001 Royal Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Jane Clark

Chester Weber consistently has ranked as a top U.S. driver and is listed among the Top 10 internationally. His success in combined driving started early. At age 18, he was the youngest driver to be named to the United States Equestrian Team (USET) and to qualify for the World Pairs Driving Championship. By 1999, Weber had won 12 consecutive advanced combined driving events and then transitioned to Four-in-Hand driving, where he not only has made a name for himself internationally, but also has amassed an unprecedented streak of eight national championships in a row. Weber was the U.S. Four-In-Hand National Champion in March 2008

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Driving at the CAI Live Oak in Ocala, Florida. With this sixth

in June at the CAI-B Garden State CDE, and in Canada

national title under his belt, Weber headed to Europe

at the Bromont International CAI-A. He and his team

where he enjoyed a very successful summer. In July,

completed the 2010 season by representing the U.S.

Weber won the Time Shuttle prize at the prestigious

at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, where

CHIO Aachen, posting a score of 36.48. He and his

they won the Team Silver medal.

team finished Aachen winning third place overall in

In 2011, Weber kept up his winning streak, collecting

the Four-In-Hand division, less than one point behind

victories at Sunshine State, Little Everglades, and Live

the second place finisher. The culmination of his 2008

Oak before traveling to Europe. Weber dominated on

European tour was at the Four-in-Hand World Driving

a tour to Europe in the summer of 2011. He won all

Championships held in Beesd, The Netherlands, where

three CAI4s he entered in Europe, picking up victories

he took the Silver medal.

in Hungary, Austria, and Germany.

Weber had another banner year in 2009. He

Weber kept his streak alive in 2012, winning the

won again at the Live Oak CAI in Ocala in March. In

Sunshine State, Little Everglades International, and

October, Weber was able to achieve a feat that no

Live Oak Four-in-Hand Horse divisions. He traveled to

other American Four-In-Hand driver has been able

Europe in June where he won the CAI-A4 competition

to do when he captured his unprecedented seventh

out of 38 drivers in Lahden, Germany before finishing

straight national championship.

ninth and fourth respectively in Austria and The

Weber has amassed many impressive honors on the international circuit. In 2002, he helped the U.S.

Netherlands. At the 2012 FEI Four-in-Hand Driving World

Driving Team earn a Silver medal at the FEI World

Championships in Riesenbeck, Germany, Weber

Equestrian Games and placed fifth individually in the

claimed the Individual Silver medal and helped the

renowned competition held in Jerez, Spain. The next

U.S. team earn Bronze. Upon returning to the states,

year, he claimed his first, USEF Four-In-Hand National

he won the Advanced Four-In-Hand Horse divisions at

Championship title.

the Hermitage Classic and Kentucky Classic Combined

In July 2004, Weber became the first American to win the prestigious German Fahrderby held at CAI-A

Driving Events. In 2013, Weber began the year with wins in the Little

Riesenbeck. In 2005, Weber decided not to compete

Everglades International and Live Oak International

overseas. In the U.S., he recorded several wins

FEI Four-in-Hand Horse divisions. He then traveled

including his third consecutive national title. He won

to Europe and claimed the win in the Four-in-Hand

each of the competitions he entered, which included

division at the Saumur CAI-A4 in France.

three CAI and two CDE competitions. Weber was

In addition to his rigorous competition schedule,

again selected to represent the U.S. at the FEI World

Weber actively promotes the sport of driving. In 2009

Equestrian Games in 2006, where the team took

he was the Chef d’Equipe for the U.S. team at the

eighth place. Again in 2007, Weber made the choice

2009 and 2011 World Pony Driving Championships

to compete his horses only in the U.S. and again won

in Greven, Germany. He currently is on the USEF

every competition he entered that year, including

Board of Directors, the High Performance Driving

another national combined driving championship.

Committee, the National Driving Committee and the

In 2010, Weber won at every turn. In March, he collected his eighth straight USEF Four-in-Hand

Safety Committee, and is Chairman of the Active Athletes Committee.

National Championship on home turf at his family’s Live Oak Plantation. Prior to his win at Live Oak, Weber claimed top honors at the Sunshine State CAI. Weber continued his domination by picking up wins 2013 CHIO Aachen

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Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team

Eventing CICO3*

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Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team

Tiana Coudray

Photo Credit: Mike McNally

Born: August 8, 1988 Residence: Ojai, California

Ringwood Magister – 2001 Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Jatial, Inc.

Tiana Coudray started riding lessons in the third grade but with a busy international Irish Dancing career, she didn’t hit the eventing scene until 2003. With newly purchased King Street, Coudray worked her way up from Novice to Advanced in a few years’ time. The rider’s success at both the lower and Advanced levels enabled Coudray to win the USEA Young Rider of the Year an unprecedented three times in 2005, 2007, and 2009 with multiple mounts. After years of partnering with King Street, Coudray brought her young horse Ringwood Magister onto the upper level scene with a splash in 2008 when the pair placed second in the Twin Rivers CCI2*. The pair then traveled to the FEI North American Junior and Young Riders Championships where they placed fourth in the CCI2*. After the Championship, the team would move on to the Twin Rivers Fall CIC2* a 2013 CHIO Aachen

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Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team few months later to grab another second place finish. The pair’s first trip out in 2009 would result in a win

Coudray and Ringwood Magister saw success on the international scene in 2012. At the Saumur CCI3*

at the Advanced level of the Ram Tap Horse Trials in

in France, the pair had an impressive 11th place finish

early February and a third place finish two months

against some of the best riders in the world. In June,

later in the Advanced division at the Twin Rivers Horse

Coudray and Ringwood Magister finished fifth at the

Trials. They would move back up to placing in the top

Barbury Castle Horse Trials CIC3*, the last Mandatory

levels in May at the 2009 Jersey Fresh Three-Day

Outing for the Olympic Selection Trials, where they

Event, finishing third in the CIC3*.

were the highest-placed American pair. Later that

Coudray ran two horses at The Event at Rebecca Farm in July, finishing eighth in the CIC3*-W with Ringwood Magister and winning the CIC1* division

summer, the pair competed for the United States at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Coudray made a statement in 2013 by beginning

with Regal Promise. Twin Rivers Fall Horse Trials

the year with a 17th place finish at the Mitsubishi

would be Ringwood Magister’s next top performance

Motors Badminton Horse Trials CCI4* with Ringwood

when the gelding and Coudray placed second in the

Magister.

CIC3*division. Coudray and Ringwood Magister began 2010 with a big splash by winning the CIC3* at Galway Downs. Coudray had top placings with two mounts at Twin Rivers, taking fourth place on both Master Hill in the CCI2* division and Regal Promise in the CCI1*division respectively. Ringwood Magister returned to the lineup in a big way at the Jersey Fresh Three-Day Event when Coudray would pilot him to victory in the CCI3*. Coudray travelled to Montana that summer for The Event at Rebecca Farms, winning the CCI2* division on Master Hill. She finished the show season on a high note at the Boekelo CCI3* in The Netherlands where she rode Ringwood Magister to a sixth place finish. 2011 was an exciting year for Coudray as she won her first Advanced run of the year on Ringwood Magister in the Advanced A division at the Twin Rivers Winter Horse Trials before riding Master Hill to a third place finish in the Advanced AA at the Southern Pines Horse Trials. Coudray would return to the scene of her last CIC3* victory in May at the Jersey Fresh Three-Day Event with Master Hill, finishing second in the same division. Ringwood Magister and Coudray then travelled to England to set up their training base there. In September 2011, the pair finished on their dressage score at the Fidelity Blenheim Horse Trials CCI3* collecting second place honors.

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Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team American Games team in 2003, winning Team Gold, and were sixth individually. After relocating to Southern Pines, North Carolina in 2004, Faudree and Antigua were the traveling reserve at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and went on to complete Badminton in 2005. They finished that year with a win in the American Eventing Championships (AEC) and a second place finish at Fair Hill. In 2006, Faudree and Antigua finished sixth at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* and then represented the U.S. at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen. In 2007, Antigua finished the Burghley CCI4* in September, which meant he achieved something truly remarkable in the sport of eventing. He became the only horse in history to complete the following four CCI4*s in the world: Adelaide (Australia), Burghley (England), Badminton (England), and Rolex Kentucky (United States). A remarkable feat in itself, he also Photo Credit: Shannon Brinkman

Will Faudree

Born: October 4, 1981 Residence: Hoffman, North Carolina Pawlow – 1999 Irish Thoroughbred gelding owned by Jennifer Mosing

jumped clean around the cross country at all four events. In 2009, Antigua was retired, and Faudree found a new star in Pawlow. The pair picked up second place finishes at Pine Top Horse Trials and Millbrook Horse Trials. They also finished in 10th place in the CCI3* at Jersey Fresh, Pawlow’s first three star. Faudree and Pawlow capped off their 2009 season by traveling to England and placing in the Top 15 at the hotly contested Blenheim CCI3*. In 2010, Faudree and Pawlow won an Advanced division at Southern Pines and placed fourth in the

Will Faudree fell in love with eventing at age seven while watching the 1988 Olympic Games. Growing up on a cattle ranch in West Texas, horses were always a major part of his life. After graduating from high school in 2001, he was a member of the North American Young Rider Championships (NAYRC) Gold medal-winning team riding the ex-racehorse The Big Easy. Faudree then became a working student for Olympian Phillip Dutton and purchased Antigua, a horse that would vault him onto the center stage of the eventing scene. Faudree and Antigua were part of the U.S. Pan

CIC3* at The Fork. In April, the pair contested the horse’s first CCI4* at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone, placing 15th. Faudree and Pawlow completed their season by placing second in the Advanced division at the Land Rover USEA American Eventing Championships in September. The following month, Faudree and the promising Irish-bred mare, Andromaque, placed 12th in their first CCI3* at Boekelo in The Netherlands. Faudree started off 2011 with a third place finish in the Advanced division at The Fork Horse Trials aboard Andromaque. He had impressive performances at Jersey Fresh, winning the CIC3* with Pawlow 2013 CHIO Aachen

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Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team and finishing sixth with Andromaque. Faudree then traveled to Europe for the summer to compete. At Luhmuhlen, Faudree and Andromaque finished 11th in the CIC3*. He also completed the CCI4* with Pawlow. Additionally, he represented the U.S. at the London Olympic Test Event riding DHI Colour Candy. Faudree had another top placing at Hartpury Horse Trials, finishing fifth with Andromaque in the CIC3*. Faudree and Pawlow teamed up at the Blenheim CCI3* where they finished eighth. The 2012 season began well for Faudree. He and Pawlow finished in second place in the Advanced division at Southern Pines II Horse Trials. At the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone, Faudree and Andromaque finished the CCI4* competition in 16th place. Faudree then went on to finish third in the CIC3* at Jersey Fresh aboard Pawlow. At the Bromont Three-Day Event, he had stellar performances with Andromaque and Pawlow in the CIC3*, finishing in second and fourth place respectively. In June, Faudree and Andromaque took their talents to England where they finished 10th in the Barbury Castle CIC3*. Upon returning to the states, Faudree won the Plantation Field CIC3* with Pawlow. Faudree began 2013 with a win aboard Andromaque in an Advanced division at the Pine Top Farm Spring Advanced Horse Trials. At the Southern Pines Horse Trials II, he took the top two places in an Advanced division, winning with Andromaque and coming in second with Pawlow. Faudree and Pawlow then finished in sixth place in the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover. He had impressive performances at Jersey Fresh, winning the CIC3* with Andromaque and finishing second in the CCI2* with Riesling De Buissy. In May, Faudree represented the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team at the Saumur CCI3* with Andromaque. The pair had a stellar weekend, finishing in fifth place against top-class competitors. Faudree runs a training and coaching business out of his Gavilan Farm in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

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Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team

Marilyn Little

Photo Credit: Shannon Brinkman

Born: December 1, 1981 Residence: Frederick, Maryland RF Smoke on the Water – 2005 Wurttemberger gelding owned by Raylyn Farms Inc. and Phoebe and Michael Manders

After much success competing at the international Grand Prix level in show jumping, Marilyn Little took up the sport of eventing in the fall of 2010. In 2011, Little went from competing at Preliminary to the Advanced and CCI3* level. She started off the year by winning the Preliminary Rider division aboard Udonna at the Rocking Horse Winter II Horse Trials. The pair then moved up to Intermediate and finished third in the Open Intermediate division at Red Hills International. Little competed at the Advanced level for the first time at Five Points Horse Trials, winning the division on RF Rovano Rex and finishing fourth with RF Easy Going. At Plantation Field Horse Trials, Little won her first international eventing competition, winning the CIC3* with RF Rovano 2013 CHIO Aachen

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Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team Rex. She also finished fifth with RF Smoke on the

In May, Little represented the Land Rover U.S.

Water in the CIC1* division. Little ended the year with

Eventing Team for the first time at the Saumur CCI3*.

a ninth place finish at the Fair Hill International CCI3*

With RF Smoke in the Water, she finished in eighth

with RF Rovano Rex.

place against a field of top competitors. Just a few

Little kicked off 2012 by winning the Advanced division at the Rocking Horse Winter II Horse Trials riding RF Demeter. At Red Hills International, Little won the CIC2* with RF Smoke on the Water and finished second in the CIC3* with RF Rovano Rex. Little’s success continued at The Fork. She had two third place finishes at the competition; in the CIC3* with RF Demeter and in the CIC2* with RF Smoke on the Water. Little competed in her first CCI4* competition at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone, finishing in an impressive ninth place with RF Demeter. At the Bromont Three-Day Event, she and RF Smoke on the Water finished in fourth place in the CCI2*. She traveled to Europe for the summer and finished eighth in the Malmo CIC3*-W in Sweden with RF Smoke on the Water. Upon returning to the states, the pair finished fifth in the Plantation Field CIC3*. Little ended her year at the Fair Hill International Horse Trials, finishing second in the CCI3* division with RF Smoke on the Water, claiming the Reserve Champion title in the USEF National CCI3* Eventing Championship, and coming in fourth with RF Demeter. Little began 2013 with a third place finish with RF Demeter in the Advanced division at the Rocking Horse Winter II Horse Trials. At Red Hills International, she finished second in the CIC3* with RF Smoke on the Water and second and third in the CIC2* with RF Azarah and RF Black Pearl respectively. Little traveled to The Fork International Horse Trials in early April, claiming fourth place with RF Demeter in the CIC3* and coming in second and fifth in the CIC2* with RF Black Pearl and Mr. Medicott. She and Mr. Medicott then finished second in the Ocala Horse Properties International CCI2*. Little then partnered with RF Demeter in the Jersey Fresh CIC3* to finish in fourth place.

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weeks later, Little and RF Demeter finished seventh at the Luhmuhlen CCI4* in Germany.


Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team

Clark Montgomery

Photo Credit: Mike McNally

Born: May 20, 1981 Residence: Wiltshire, UK

Universe – 2001 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Jessica Montgomery

Clark Montgomery grew up in Texas but made the move to the East coast in 1999 to further his eventing career. Montgomery has taken his eventing career seriously, training with top riders and coaches such as Karen and David O’Connor and Mark Phillips among others on his rise to the upper levels of the sport. His career has also taken him to European events where he has seen the top levels of the events on the continent for multiple years. Montgomery won international events such as the 2008 Knaptoft CIC1* in England in addition to placing in multiple events in Europe during the 2008 season when he was based in the UK. In 2011, he also received a Land Rover Competition Grant that allowed him to return to England and compete at the Blenheim CCI3* where he finished fifth on Loughan Glen. In October of 2010 Loughan Glen and Universe helped Montgomery 2013 CHIO Aachen

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Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team sweep the top two spots in the CCI2* at Fair Hill International in October, helping the talented rider to earn USEF National CCI2* Eventing Champion and Reserve honors. Montgomery and Loughan Glen won their first CCI3* event at Bromont in 2011 Montgomery began 2012 by winning an Advanced division with Loughan Glen at the Southern Pines Horse Trials II. The pair then finished sixth in an Advanced division at The Fork Horse Trials, where Montgomery also finished seventh in the CIC3* with Universe. He and Universe had another strong performance, finishing eighth in the Jersey Fresh CIC3*. He started his summer by finishing third in the Bromont CIC3* with Loughan Glen, adding nothing to their dressage score. The pair then traveled to England where they finished 15th in the Barbury Castle CIC3*. Upon returning to the states, Montgomery won an Advanced division with Loughan Glen and finished fourth with Universe in the CIC3* at the Plantation Field Horse Trials. For his performances throughout the year, Montgomery ended his year by representing the U.S. at the CCIO3* competition at Boekelo. Montgomery relocated his training base to England at the end of 2012 and has found success there. He began 2013 with a seventh place finish in the Belton CIC3* with Universe. The pair then contested the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials CCI4*, finishing in 27th place in the horse’s first attempt at the CCI4* level.

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Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team competition in 2004. O’Connor made the switch from being an international competitor to being a leader of equestrian sport. He served as the USEF president from 2004-2012. O’Connor also served as the International Technical Advisor to the Canadian Eventing Team from 2006-2012, coaching Canada to Individual Gold and Team Silver medals at the 2011 Pan American Games as well as Team Silver medals at the 2007 Pan American Games and the 2010 Alltech/ FEI World Equestrian Games. He took over as the U.S. International Technial Advisor in 2013. With his wife, legendary eventer Karen O’Connor, he runs a premier eventing training facility, teaching some of the best horses and riders in the country.

Photo Credit: USEF Archive

David O’Connor

Born: January 18, 1962 Residence: The Plains, Virginia Chef d’Equipe

David O’Connor is one of the most famous names in U.S. eventing. Throughout his career, he had top placings both nationally and internationally, representing the U.S. on numerous occasions. O’Connor won a Team Silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, a Team Bronze medal at the 1998 FEI World Equestrian Games, and Team Gold and Individual Silver medals at the 1999 Pan American Games, all with his legendary mount Giltedge. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics Games, O’Connor won Individual Gold with Custom Made as well as a Team Bronze medal with Giltedge. At the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games, he and Giltedge won a Team Gold medal. O’Connor retired from international 2013 CHIO Aachen

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Jumping

Jumping CSIO5*

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Jumping

Laura Kraut

Photo Credit: Shannon Brinkman

Born: November 14, 1965 Residence: Royal Palm Beach, FL Always a top competitor in Grand Prix circles, Laura Kraut’s success began before Cedric. Kraut was a member of the U.S. jumping team at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and in the 2000-2001 competition season she was honored as reserve champion AGA Rider of the Year. In 2002, Kraut was a member of the U.S. team which won the first outdoor Nations Cup held in the U.S.; and at the Samsung Nations Cup Series, she was named Leading Rider after tying for first place on Liberty. Later that same year, Kraut was a U.S. team alternate at the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games in Spain. The following year, she was the top-placed American at the World Cup Final, where she tied for fifth. In 2004, Kraut was a member of the second place team in the $50,000 Samsung FEI Nations Cup in Florida, and helped the U.S. secure a fourth place overall finish in the Samsung Super League. Kraut spent much of the 2005 summer representing the U.S. in the competitive Samsung Super League series in Europe. She helped the U.S. secure wins in Aachen, Germany and La Baule, France, and second place 2013 CHIO Aachen

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Jumping in Rome, Italy and in Hickstead, England, riding both Anthem and Miss Independent. With Miss Independent, Kraut was third overall at

this time placing third as a team. The pair capped off their summer in Europe by winning the Valkenswaard VDL Groep Grand Prix in

the FEI World Equestrian Games qualifiers in March

The Netherlands. They then finished their season by

2006 in Wellington, FL. Kraut’s placing at the qualifier

representing the U.S. at the 2010 Alltech FEI World

earned her a spot on the U.S. Show Jumping Team

Equestrian Games.

for the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen,

In 2011, they hit the ground running, jumping many

where the combination helped bring home a Team

scorching rounds at the FTI Winter Equestrian

Silver medal.

Festival. Along the way they won the $78,000

Kraut was an integral part of the U.S. team in the

Adequan CSI2* Grand Prix and the $150,000 FEI

Samsung Super League in 2007. Riding Anthem, she

World Cup CSI3*- W presented by Spy Coast

was part of the all-female team that romped to victory

Farm. They finished off their season in Wellington

at CSIO Hickstead in July and second two weeks later

by winning the premiere class of the circuit, the

in Dublin, Ireland. In August, Kraut had a big European

$500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI5* with

victory with Cedric; together they won the Grand

a lightning fast jump-off round.

Prix at the CSI3* Hachenburg in Germany over a very competitive field.

Over the summer of 2011, Kraut and the KWPN mare Teirra jumped to top finishes in Europe;

Cedric defied gravity and expectation at the 2008

including a strong showing at CHIO Aachen where

Olympic Games in Hong Kong for Kraut. They ran the

they collected third place finishes in the STAWAG-

board at the 2008 USEF Olympic Games Selection

Preis class and in the Warsteiner Preis class. In July,

Trials for Show Jumping, jumping clear in the first

Kraut and Cedric jumped to fourth place at the Global

round and never looking back. This set them up

Champions Tour stop in Chantilly, France.

beautifully for their impressive Olympic performance.

At the 2012 USEF Selection Trials for the U.S. Show

He was foot perfect in the team portion of the

Jumping Team, Kraut rode Teirra to a seventh place

competition and was an integral part of the Team

finish with a clear round in the first trial. Kraut had

Gold medal-winning effort for the U.S.

both Teirra and Cedric named to the USEF Long List

In the summer of 2009, Kraut once again demonstrated great success in Europe. She and Cedric were part of the U.S. teams on both tour two

for the U.S. Show Jumping Team for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Kraut finished out a successful FTI Consulting

and three of the Meydan FEI Nations Cup. In Aachen,

Winter Equestrian Festival by winning the $100,000

on tour two, the pair jumped two clear rounds.

FTI Rider Challenge with Teirra. In Europe, Kraut and

Cedric was also third in the Barcelona Grand Prix.

Woodstock O won the CSI4* Gazet van Antwerpen in

Additionally, Kraut had a successful summer with

Belgium.

Anthem winning the Madrid Grand Prix and placing second at the Grand Prix of Valencia. In the winter of 2010, Kraut and Cedric once again

At the Gene Mische American Invitational, Kraut and Cedric finished sixth in the American Invitational. The pair then won the $25,000 Spring 2 Grand Prix. At

showed their skill by winning the $150,000 CN US

the Kentucky Spring Horse Show Observation Event

Open on the strength of a lightning fast jump-off

for the U.S. Show Jumping Team, Kraut and Cedric

round. In the summer of 2010, Kraut and Cedric were

finished fourth in the $50,000 Hagyard Lexington

on the winning team at the Meydan FEI Nations Cup

Classic CSI3*. Kraut and Cedric competed in the two

stop in Rotterdam where they were faultless in both

Observation Events at the Devon Horse Show in early

rounds. In July, Cedric and Kraut were part of the U.S.

summer, taking home fourth place honors in the

team for the Meydan FEI Nations Cup at CHIO Aachen,

$100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon.

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Jumping Kraut spent the summer of 2012 in Europe where

Wotsamillion and finished second in the Grand Prix

she started out at the Aalst, Belgium show. She was

with Jubilee Douilly in Madrid. Kraut made a stop with

successful, finishing third and sixth on Woodstock

Cedric on the Global Champions Tour in Germany,

O in two CSI3* classes. She followed that up with a

winning the Grand Prix of Wiesbaden CSI5* after

third and two fourths in CSI5* classes at the Global

three immaculate clear rounds. She then won a CSI3*

Champions Tour (GCT) Cannes, France event before

class with Wundine in Norten-Hardenberg, Germany.

winning two CSI5* classes in The Netherlands at Rotterdam with Cedric and Woodstock O. Her success

Kraut makes her home in Royal Palm Beach, Florida and enjoys spending time with her son, Bobby.

continued into the Aachen, Germany show where she pulled off three Top 4 placings in CSIO5* classes. She then won two CSI4* classes at the Geesteren event with Teirra. Her victories continued in Chantilly, Beervelde, La Coruna, Verbier, and Gijon where she won at least one class at each show. Kraut finished out her European tour strongly with two CSI5* wins with Cincinatti La Silla and Cedric at the GCT Lausanne event. Upon returning to North America, Kraut picked up another win at the Toronto CSI4* - W with Teirra. Kraut began 2013 with a fifth place finish in the $100,000 Trump Invitational CSI2* Grand Prix with Cedric. She then collected a win in the $15,000 1.40M Grand Prix at The Ridge at Wellington with Maranon LS. During Week Two at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), Kraut had yet another win, this time with Jubilee Douilly in the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Rd2. The following week at the FTI WEF, the pair finished third in the $50,000 CSI2* Grand Prix. During Week Six, Kraut and Cedric won the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Rd6. She and Cedric partnered again to help the U.S. team win the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm during Week Eight. The following week, the pair finished fifth in the $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Rd9. In mid-March, Kraut and Maranon LS finished second in the 1.40m Grand Prix at The Ridge at Wellington. During the final week of FTI WEF, she partnered with Woodstock O to finish second in the $33,000 FEI Spy Coast Farm 1.45 Classic. Kraut then finished in sixth place in the American Invitational with Cedric at the Gene Mische American Invitational. Kraut traveled to Europe and won a CSI5* class with 2013 CHIO Aachen

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Jumping

Beezie Madden

Photo Credit: Sportfot

Born: November 20, 1963 Residence: Cazenovia, New York Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Beezie Madden has been riding since the age of three and made her Grand Prix debut in 1985. Four years of continued success followed, including participation on winning U.S. Nations Cup teams, leading to her being named the 1989 United States Olympic Committee’s Female Equestrian of the Year. Madden was the first woman—and the first U.S. rider—to ever reach the top three in the Gandini Show Jumping World Ranking List (achieved in 2004), and she was the first woman to pass the $1 million mark in earnings for jumping. Additionally, she has won back-to-back honors as USEF Equestrian of the Year— the first rider ever to do so. In 2004, she breezed through the Olympic Selection Trials, finishing in first place on Authentic. With her contribution of double-clear rounds in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, she helped the U.S. team win the Gold medal. While her success on U.S. soil earned her the American Grand Prix Association (AGA) Rider of the Year title that year. Madden added Team and Individual Silver medals to her resume at

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Jumping the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen,

Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. During the

Germany.

first week, she and Simon won the $30,000 Adequan

Madden’s greatest accomplishment in 2007 involved

Grand Prix. During Week Four, she collected a second

her win at the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen in July.

place finish with Cortes ‘C’ in the WEF Challenge Cup

Madden again rode Authentic for this prestigious

series. For a second straight year, Madden and Prima

win over 40 of the world’s best riders. To add to this

won the $50,000 G&C Farm Jumper Derby during

honor she was named leading rider in Aachen.

Week Six.

Madden enjoyed another incredible year in 2008

In the 2012 USEF Selection Trials Madden finished

with Authentic. She won her second consecutive

eighth with Cortes ‘C’, with a clear round in Trial

Team Gold medal at the 2008 Bejing Olympic Games,

Four. At two Observation Events for the U.S. Show

where they won an unbelievable jump-off to also pick

Jumping Team held at the Kentucky Spring Horse

up Individual Bronze.

Show, Madden took home top honors in the $50,000

In 2010, Madden teamed up with Coral Reef Via

Hagyard Lexington Classic and finished third in the

Volo to win the $75,000 Equine Couture/Tuff Rider

$75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix with Simon and

Grand Prix in Florida. In the summer they traveled to

fourth with Cortes ‘C’.

Europe, where they won the Grand Prix of Aachen and

Madden then competed Coral Reef Via Volo in

placed third in the Grand Prix of Dublin. At the Spruce

the U.S. Show Jumping Team Observation Events

Meadows “Masters” CSIO5*, the pair won the $50,000

at Spruce Meadows. The pair had a clear first

CANA Cup and was part of the winning U.S. Team in

round in the Husky Energy Classic, sending them

the Nations Cup in September. That same month they

to a jump-off where the team would ultimately end

picked up wins at the American Gold Cup.

the night finishing second. Madden returned to

2011 saw Madden win at home and on foreign soil.

Spruce Meadows two weeks later for their “Canada

In March, she and Coral Reef Via Volo were part of

One” CSI4*-W where she had five Top 4 finishes,

the winning U.S. team in the $75,000 FEI Nations

highlighted by a victory in the Akita Drilling Cup with

Cup presented by G&C Farm at the FTI Consulting

Cortes ‘C’.

Winter Equestrian Festival. In April, Madden travelled

Later that summer, Madden traveled to Europe

to Leipzig, Germany to compete in the 2011 Rolex/

where she placed second in a CSI5* class aboard

FEI World Cup Finals, where she tied for fourth place

Simon in Chantilly, France and third in a CSI2* class

honors overall.

aboard Vanilla in Zuidwolde, The Netherlands. That

Madden kept up her strong form throughout the

August, Madden represented the United States at

summer of 2011. With Cortes ‘C’, Madden claimed her

the 2012 London Olympic Games with Coral Reef Via

first victory on the Global Champions Tour winning

Volo.

the VDL Groep sponsored Global Champions Tour

At the Spruce Meadows “Masters,” Madden

Grand Prix of Valkenswaard. Later that month,

collected a win and second place finish with Coral

Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo won the Longines

Reef Via Volo in two CSIO5* classes as well as another

International Grand Prix of Rotterdam (CHIO).

second place finish with Simon. At the Kentucky

The year ended on a high-note for Madden. After

National, Madden finished second in the $32,000 CSI

collecting third place in the $75,000 Grand Prix

Prix De Lexington. Madden then finished third with

de Penn National with Cortes ‘C’, she travelled to

Cortes ‘C’ at the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand

Guadalajara, Mexico to represent the U.S. at the 2011

Prix.

Pan American Games. Riding Coral Reef Via Volo, she won Team Gold and Individual Silver medals. Madden started 2012 competing at the FTI

Madden began 2013 with a fourth place finish with Simon in the $82,000 Adequan Grand Prix CSI2* in Week Five of the FTI Consulting Winter 2013 CHIO Aachen

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Jumping Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The following week was a successful one with Madden taking top honors in both the $125,000 FEI W-Cup Grand Prix CSI3* presented by Spy Coast Farm and the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF with Cortes ‘C’ and Coral Reef Via Volo respectively. During Week Eight of the FTI WEF, Madden rode Simon on the winning U.S. team in the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm and finished second on Cortes ‘C’ in the $150,000 CSIO4* Grand Prix presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty. In the final week of the FTI WEF, Madden finished sixth with Simon in the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI5*. In April, Madden traveled to Sweden and won the 2013 Rolex/FEI World Cup Final, a title that had eluded her. With Simon, she finished on only eight faults and became only the fifth woman to ever win a Rolex/FEI World Cup Final. Upon returning to the states, Madden finished second in the $25,000 Grand Prix of North Salem with Coral Reef Via Volo at the Old Salem Farm May II Show. She and Vanilla finished fifth in the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon at the Devon Horse Show. She then traveled to Spruce Meadows, finding much success there. Madden won the $35,000 ATCO Energy Solutions Cup with Wrigley and the $35,000 RBC Capital Markets Winning Round with Amadora on the same day during the “National” CSI5* Tournament. She and Wrigley then claimed second place honors in the $175,000 NEXEN Cup Derby. During the “Continental” CSIO-W 5* Tournament, Madden won the $60,000 Great-West Life Cup with Coral Reef Via Volo and finished fourth with Simon in the $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix. Married since 1998, Madden and her husband, horseman John Madden, reside in Cazenovia, NY.

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Vaulting

Vaulting CVIO3*

June 20-23, 2013

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Vaulting- Individual Female second place finishes in the Gold Individual Female divisions at the Garrad’s 2010 Spring Classic and the Woodside Vaulters Spring Fest. Divita then won the Individual Female CVI2*division at Chilliwack in Canada. She finished fifth in the Gold Individual Female Championship at the USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championship. Divita completed her season by representing the U.S. at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games where she vaulted to seventh place individually. In 2012, Divita had a second place finish in the Gold Individual Female division at the Face the Coast competition. Two weeks later, she finished second again at the Garrod’s 2012 Spring Classic. Divita then traveled out of the country for two successful CVI3* competitions, finishing third in the 2012 CVI Chilliwack in Canada. Only a week later, she went to Germany to compete in the Krumke CVI3*, placing fourth. Divita Photo Credit: Shannon Brinkman

Alicen “Ali” Divita Born: April 30, 1989 Residence: Redwood City, California

Pino del Rio – 2004 Westphalian gelding owned by Julie Divita

remained in Germany to compete in the Aachen CVIO3*, finishing in a respectable tenth place out of 32 competitors. She then represented the U.S. at the 2012 FEI World Vaulting Championship in Le Mans, France where she finished in 11th place. Divita began 2013 with a third place finish in the Gold Individual Female division at the Garrod’s 2013 Spring Classic. Divita is a student at the University of CaliforniaBerkeley. Additionally, she has served as the assistant coach for the Woodside trot and tiny tot classes for the last several years.

Ali Divita started vaulting when she was 12-yearsold. She is a fierce competitor who doesn’t let much get in her way. In the summer of 2003, Divita broke her left arm and was unable to compete or practice until two weeks before nationals when her cast came off. She won every event she competed in and earned first place overall for the Bronze competition. In 2004, Divita was the USEF/AVA Women’s Silver National Champion. Divita began the 2010 season by earning a second place finish at the CVI2* in Leipzig, Germany, in January. During the spring, she claimed two more

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Vaulting - Individual Female

Mary Garrett

Born: January 25, 1990 Residence: Seal Beach, California Leon 364 – 1998 Wurttemberger gelding owned by Renz Wolfgang

Photo Credit: Shannon Brinkman

in Lexington, KY, Garrett won a Team Gold medal alongside her FACE teammates. In 2011 at the USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championship, Garrett finished third in the Women’s Gold Individual division. Later that year, she finished in second place at the Vaulting in Vegas IV competition in the Women’s Gold Individual division. Garrett had a great start to 2012, finishing second

Mary Garrett began vaulting with Valley View Vaulters in 2002, and joined FACE in 2008 as a member of FACE: “The Wall,” coach Devon Maitozo’s second team. With “The Wall,” Garrett had the opportunity to train and compete in Germany for the summer of 2009, where she developed a taste for international team vaulting. Garrett has competed individually for several years. At the 2004 USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championship, Garrett won the Copper division.

in the Mozart Memorial Vaulting Classic + Selection Trials Women’s Gold Individual division. At the CVI Kentucky and North American Young Riders Vaulting Challenge, she again finished second in the Women’s Gold Individual division. A few weeks later Garrett finished second yet again at the USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championship. She began 2013 with a second place finish in the Gold Individual Female division at the Mozart Memorial Vaulting Classic.

She finished in fourth place at the 2009 Kentucky Vaulting Cup in the Gold Women’s CVI2* aboard the FACE team’s current horse, Palatine. At the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2013 CHIO Aachen

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Vaulting- Individual Female and Silver (2007). Also in 2007 she was the AVA/ USEF National Champion at the Silver level. She was ranked among the Top 10 U.S. female vaulters the in 2008 and 2009. Ioannou competed in her first individual international competition in April 2010, at the CVI1* in Ermelo, The Netherlands, finishing in eighth place. In the summer of 2010, she won the Gold Individual Female division at the AVA Region II Championship and finished third in the same division at the USEF/ AVA National Vaulting Championship. In 2011, Ioannou finished fifth in the CVI2* Individual class at the Saratoga CVI in California. She had a 10th place finish in the Gold Individual Female Championship in the USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championship to end her season. Ioannou claimed third place in the Gold Individual Female division at the Woodside Vaulters Spring Photo Credit: Primo Ponies Photography

Elizabeth Ioannou

Fest in 2012. She finished second in the CVI3* at the 2012 Chilliwack CVI in Canada in June. She then was named as a substitute for the 2012 FEI World Vaulting

Born: February 22, 1996 Residence: Saratoga, California

Championship.

Jarl – 1998 Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Lasse Kristensen & Emma Seely

the Great Falls Vaulters and Topaz Vaulters Spring

In 2013, Ioannou began the year with a second place finish in the Vault into Spring competition in the Gold Individual Female division. She then had wins at both Fest and Garrod’s 2013 Spring Classic. When she is not training or doing schoolwork,

At just 17-years-old, Elizabeth Ioannou competes both individually and as part of the Mt. Eden A Team. Ioannou began vaulting at age seven, gaining many accolades in the short time since. As a nine-year-old Ioannou was the flyer on Mt. Eden’s National Champion A Team. At age 10 she was a member of the National Champion F.A.M.E. team that won the Silver medal at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. As a member of the Mt. Eden team, Ioannou was also on the 2009 National Champion A Team. Ioannou has also enjoyed a great deal of success vaulting individually. She was the AVA National High Point Champion at Copper (2005), Bronze (2006),

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she enjoys shopping, scary movies, “Glee,” and the occasional donut.


Vaulting - Individual Male Vegas II. Roberts had continued success in 2010, placing fifth at the USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championships, which also served as the USEF Selection Trials for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. In October of 2010, Roberts represented the U.S. for the first time at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. In 2011, Roberts finished third in the Gold Individual Male Championship at the USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championship. He also won the Gold Individual Male division at Vaulting in Vegas IV. Roberts had a big year in 2012. In April at the Mozart Memorial Vaulting Classic & Selection Trials, he finished third in the Gold Individual Male division. A month later at the Garrod’s 2012 Spring Classic, Roberts had another third place finish. He then won the Individual Male CVI2* at the Woodside Vaulters Spring Fest and finished second in the Individual Photo Credit: Shannon Brinkman

Kristian Roberts

Born: March 17, 1993 Residence: Moss Beach, California Leon 364 – 1998 Wurttemberger gelding owned by Renz Wolfgang

Senior Men CVI3* at the 2012 CVI Chilliwack event in Canada. Roberts traveled to Aachen, Germany where he competed in the CVIO3*, finishing eighth in the Individual Male division. In August at the USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championship, Roberts won the Gold Individual Male Championship. He then went on to represent the U.S. at the 2012 FEI World Vaulting Championship in Le Mans, France. He began 2013 with a win at the Garrod’s 2013 Spring Classic in the Individual Male division.

Kristian Roberts began vaulting just seven years ago at age 13. Roberts accepted an invitation from the Palmer family of the Half Moon Bay Vaulting Club to give the sport a try, and he has been hooked ever since. He spent his first year competing in the trot and Copper divisions and has since made an impressive move up the ranks. In 2008, Roberts was the Silver Men Overall Champion at the USEF/AVA National Championships. In 2009, he began competing in the Gold division and put in consistent performances all year, taking third at the CVI2* Kentucky Cup and winning at Vaulting in 2013 CHIO Aachen

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Vaulting- Pas de Duex Sisters Cassidy and Kimberly Palmer have found success competing as Individuals as well as in Pas de Deux and Team divisions. In 2004, Cassidy earned AVA/USEF National C Team Championship with her Half Moon Bay/Woodside Composite teammates. Kimberly was the winner of the Bronze Women’s division at the 2005 AVA/USEF National Championship. At the 2009 Kentucky Cup CVI2*, Cassidy and Marisa Hamar won the Pas de Deux division performing to the Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ USA.” Cassidy also finished fifth in the Individual Female division. Both Palmer sisters gained international experience in 2009 at the CVI2* in Saumur, France. Cassidy started off 2010 by winning the Gold Individual Female division at the Great Falls Vaulters and Topaz Vaulters Spring Fest. The sisters competed in the Chilliwack CVI2* during the summer, winning Photo Credit: Sarah Miller/MacMillian Photography

Cassidy Palmer

Born: June 27, 1993 Residence: Half Moon Bay, California

Kimberly Palmer

Born: June 1, 1995 Residence: Half Moon Bay, California Leon 364 – 1998 Wurttemberger gelding owned by Renz Wolfgang

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the Pas de Deux division, with Kimberly finishing fourth in the Individual Female division. In 2012, at the CVI Kentucky and North American Young Riders Vaulting Challenge, Kimberly won the CVIJ2* Individual Female division. At the same competition, Cassidy had a fourth place finish in the CVI3*. A few weeks later, Kimberly finished third in the USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championship in the Gold Individual Female Championship.

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