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Cover photo: Robert Knudsen

28 Jackie Kennedy Onassis

White House Equestrian

36 The Facts about Concussions

Safety, signs and symptoms, and prevention


8 Sponsors

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12 Juniors’ Ring

European Tours

16 Seen and Heard

Rising to the Occasion

Gochman Girls at 2015 US Pony Finals

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Time to Ride Challenge

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ummer is one of the busiest seasons for equestrians across the country, especially this year with the excitement of an Olympic Games building. In this edition of Equestrian Magazine, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) takes a look at the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team and the U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Team that will compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Since the U.S. is in the midst of a presidential election, Equestrian Magazine takes readers back to the archives with a story about one of the country’s most beloved equestrians to ever grace the White House, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. When this beloved former first lady was one year old, her mother put her on a horse for the first time. She was trotting and cantering at age three on a pony named Rusty, and Jerry, a miniature horse that belonged to an East Hampton riding stable. Concussion awareness has become a central topic in mainstream media recently. Education on prevention, signs and symptoms, action plans, and helmet safety is paramount to avoiding the repercussions of a potentially dangerous concussion. This edition of Equestrian Magazine gives readers tips on how to prevent and treat a concussion. Sophie and Mimi Gochman, sisters from Wellington, Fla., competed in the 2015 US Pony Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park and were both successful in their respective divisions. In the “Day in the Life” feature, the girls take readers through a day of competition at the US Pony Finals. With these articles, along with an inside look at the Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show, the Time to Ride Challenge, and competitive European tours to give Young Riders international experience, the summer edition of Equestrian Magazine is sure to have something for everyone.

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Equestrian magazine (ISSN 1548-873X) is published five times a year: Horse of the Year Special Edition, Spring/Spectator’s Guide, Summer, Fall, Winter, by the United States Equestrian Federation®, 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511; Phone: (859) 258-2472; Fax: (859) 231-6662. (ISSN:1548-873X). NOTE: Effective Issue 1 of 2015, Equestrian magazine will be published and provided electronically and only four editions will have a limited number of printed copies. Only the Horse of the Year Special Edition will provided in the U.S. Mail. USEF is not responsible for the opinions and statements expressed in signed articles and paid advertisements. These opinions are not necessarily the opinions of USEF and its staff. While the Federation makes every effort to avoid errors, we assume no liability to anyone for mistakes or omissions. It is the policy of the Federation to report factually and accurately in Equestrian and to encourage and to publish corrections whenever warranted. Kindly direct any comments or inquiries regarding corrections to the Colby Connell or by direct dial 859-225-2024. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Equestrian, 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. Canadian Publications Agreement No. 40845627. For Canadian returns, mail to Canada Express, 7686 #21 Kimble Street Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, L5S1E9. (905) 672-8100. Reproduction of any article, in whole or part, by written permission only of the Editor. Equestrian: Publisher, United States Equestrian Federation®, Chief Executive Officer, William J. Moroney (859) 225-6912. Director of Advertising, Kim Russell (859) 225-6938. Copyright © 2016. Equestrian is the official publication of the United States Equestrian Federation, the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sport in the USA, and is an official publication of USEF.

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ipeline is the term often used by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Sport departments when describing the channels through which horses and riders are helped to grow and develop to the next level. Two such USEF programs in 2016 are the Karen Stives European Developing Tour and the USEF Dressage Young Rider European Tour. The purpose of both tours is to give up-andcoming athletes the experience to represent their country in international championships in the future. Twenty-year-old Jenny Caras (Cartersville, Ga.) was afforded the special opportunity of participating in the inaugural Karen Stives European Developing Tour with the help of a Karen Stives Endowment Fund for High Performance Eventing Grant. She traveled to England to compete in her first overseas competition at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials, June 8-11, as part of the tour. Under the guidance of USEF Eventing Developing Rider Coach Leslie Law, Caras competed in the Bishop Burton College Under 25 CCI3* division with some of Europe’s rising eventing stars, riding her own Fernhill Fortitude. She and the

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2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding demonstrated great poise and determination throughout the competition, beginning with their dressage test when they earned a personal best score of 48.9 at this level. Caras gave “Forty” a bold ride around arguably the toughest cross-country course they had ever faced, adding 7.6 time penalties to their score. The competition came to a close with the final phase taking place over a massive show jumping course with no combinations going double-clear in the division. Caras and Fernhill Fortitude were unlucky to have a 12-fault round, but finished in an impressive ninth place in their European debut. “It was a really good experience to be over here and compete against the best of the best. I am thankful that I had the opportunity,” Caras said. “It was a beautiful event, and really unlike anything we have at home, with the masses of people here, and it is such a lifestyle here with people traveling from event to event. It’s a great thing for our country to get international experience because it’s tough [in North America] since you can only go to Canada or you are just in the States. To come here and get your eyes opened is a huge thing, so I’m really lucky to be able to have done it.”


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Left: Jenny Caras and Fernhill Fortitude tackle the CCI3* crosscountry course at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials in West Yorkshire, England. Right: Lauren Asher and De Noir perform their dressage test at the Future Champions event in Hagen, Germany.

During the USEF Dressage Young Rider European Tour, three aspiring athletes participated in two competitions. Lauren Asher (San Diego, Calif.), Barbara “Bebe” Davis (Wellington, Fla.), and Kerrigan Gluch (Wellington, Fla.) competed in the CDI-Y Compiègne, May 19-22, and CDIO-Y Hagen, June 7-12. With the support of USEF Dressage Youth Coach George Williams, the athletes got their first taste of European competition in Compiègne, France. Asher, Davis, and Gluch handled the newfound pressure well at CDI-Y Compiègne, even when things did not go to plan. The highlight of the competition was Asher finishing in fourth place in the Young Rider Freestyle with her own De Noir 3, a 2000 Hanoverian gelding, on a score of 71.958%. Next, Asher, Davis, and Gluch headed to the competitive Future Champions event in Hagen, Germany, a Nations Cup competition for Pony Riders, Children, Juniors, and Young Riders for the disciplines of dressage and show jumping. Competing in the CDIO-Y division, the girls had respectable performances in a field of tough competitors, finishing fifth in the Nations Cup competition. For Asher, the tour met all of her expectations and was an excellent learning experience. “It was definitely every-

thing I thought it would be. I guess you could say I had done enough research to imagine how the sport would be here, and it was pretty spot-on. The quality of horses and riding is amazing, so I was not surprised how we ended up at shows. Realistically, I would have liked to have done better, but the quality is so high here; there is a higher standard for the level of training. Being from California, it was nice to have a full class of Young Riders since I am used to only three or four other competitors in a class. It was also wonderful to be part of a team with Kerrigan and Bebe. I didn’t really know them before the tour, but we got to know each other and talk about our different experiences, with them being based in Germany and me being based in The Netherlands. It was a really fun, family experience at the shows with our support teams and George.” Traveling and competing in Europe is challenging in a number of ways, especially when there is a language barrier. Asher stated that being familiar or fluent in other languages can help significantly. “For me, something that really enhanced the experience was that I speak four languages: English, Dutch, French, and Spanish. With the geography of

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the U.S., it isn’t really a necessity to know multiple languages, but being in Europe it is a huge help. While I was based in The Netherlands, I was able to take my lessons in Dutch. Another time I was able to help Kerrigan order shavings in Germany because the vendor spoke no English. It was a true international experience with the different countries and languages. Having that skill set made the experience better for me.” The athletes of this year’s Karen Stives European Developing Tour and the USEF Dressage Young Rider European Tour are hard-working individuals who are dedicated to their respective sports. They had commendable performances in their European debuts and came away from their experiences with newfound knowledge about themselves and their horses as they take the next steps in their competitive careers. Without a doubt, they are ones to watch in the future.

USEF Dressage Young Rider European Tour participants Bebe Davis, Lauren Asher, and Kerrigan Gluch with USEF Dressage Youth Coach George Williams at the Future Champions event in Hagen, Germany


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“I couldn’t have asked for more from that horse. He rises to the occasion every time. Everything can go wrong at a show and he takes it all in stride. Nothing phases him.” - Pamela Hardin on Quaterjack, the National Division Champions at the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships sponsored by Deloitte and Selection Event for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

I’m super excited that both ‘Legolas’ and ‘Rosie’ were in the top three every time, with good scores and good tests. It is a lot about preserving the form we have right now and proving consistency in Rotterdam.

- Steffen Peters on his performances with Legolas 92 and Rosamunde at CDI4* Roosendaal

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Top: Participants in the 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships sponsored by Deloitte and Selection Event for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games are all smiles after receiving their ribbons at the end of the competition. Bottom: McLain Ward and HH Azur, winners of the Loro Piana Grand Prix at CSIO5* Rome.

It is almost every week where we have the same reaction to how the day went. We were up against strong teams. This is now our sixth Nations Cup of the year since Ocala, which is more Nations Cups than anyone else here. We have been on a streak that is working out pretty well; we have kept the streak alive, and we are pretty happy.



- Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland following the team’s second-place tie in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™, presented by Longines at CSIO5* St. Gallen.

Top: Lauren Kieffer and Veronica claimed their second Rolex/USEF CCI4* National Championship title after finishing second in the 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover. Bottom: The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team (Shelly Francis, Allison Brock, Kasey Perry-Glass, Laura Graves, and Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover) won top honors in the Nations Cup competition at CDIO5* Compiègne.

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[6:00 a.m.] We woke up to the loud ringing of the hotel wake-up call. Although we went to bed early (9 p.m.), we were slightly reluctant to get out of the comfortable bed. But we were definitely excited to start the magical day of Pony Finals. Thankfully, we had laid out our clothes the night before, so our perfectly clean show clothes were patiently waiting to be worn. Sophie wore her show jacket with a charcoal lining, a pair of tan jodhpurs, her lucky belt with her old ponies’ names engraved on metal plates, her lucky purple pineapple socks, and a white show shirt. Mimi wore similar attire, with her own lucky belt and socks. [6:30 a.m.] We headed out of the Marriott Griffin Gate Hotel, with a granola bar in hand, to the Kentucky Horse Park. [6:45 a.m.] We arrived at the show to find Scott Stewart, our main trainer, ready to coach us on our modeling skills. He reminded us how to complement our ponies’ conformation. For example, for some ponies it may be better to keep them compact, and for others it may be better to encourage them to stretch their necks. We then put on our garters and understraps, put up our hair, and put our jackets on. All the while, we took care to not get dirty. Neatness really counts in the model.

[7:00-10:00 a.m.] While Section B was jogging, the ringmaster had Section C, Sophie’s section, file into the ring. After the judges looked at all the ponies, Section C jogged back to the in-gate. Mimi’s section repeated the same procedure. We thanked our grooms and went back to the exhibitors’ tent to wait for the results. The tent had snacks for us to munch on. While watching the other models finish, we caught up with some friends and talked to Scott and Amanda about ways that we could have improved our modeling and about tactics for the upcoming under-saddle sections. [10:00-10:15 a.m.] Finally, the model was over, and we asked Mom to check our hair. Dad brought us a snack, a bacon and egg sandwich, which has plenty of protein. The under-saddle overlaps the model to save time. With over one-hundred ponies, time becomes precious. 20  Equestrian  Summer 2016


[7:30 a.m.] Amanda Derbyshire, our other trainer, informed us that Sophie was in Section C, and Mimi was in Section D, for the Small Pony Hunter model and hack. There are usually about 11 sections, starting with Section A. Since we were not in the first sections, we arrived at the Walnut Ring just before Section A entered the ring. We headed down the hill to find our ponies, whom the grooms had led up to the ring, and were still fussing over, making them as perfect as possible. We also try to help a bit with grooming, while trying to stay clean. After Section B entered the ring, Sophie entered with the other ponies at the in-gate, while Mimi finished cleaning up her pony.

[10:15-10:30 a.m.] We practiced for the hack, and our coaches gave us even more advice on how to stay by ourselves and keep our ponies concentrating on our aids instead of the crowd. [10:30-11:30 a.m.] We put on our show coats again and rode on the flat in our respective sections. Our ponies were pretty well-behaved, so there were no problems there. [11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.] With the hack and model completed, we were now free to focus on our large ponies’ jumping class, which was held in the later part of the afternoon. From the Walnut Ring, we rode back to the barns on our golf cart, knowing we probably made it into the top 20 ponies for the smalls. There were more sections to go, but we felt a sigh of relief knowing that we had made no major mistakes so far. Back at the barn, we mounted the large ponies to practice jumping with our coaches. We schooled in the rings that were specifically set up for this. We had to make sure we were wearing our correct numbers, or we could have been disqualified from the entire show! This rule exists so that the show officials can make sure the right rider is on the right pony. [12:30-12:45p.m.] We walked the large pony course with both Scott and Amanda. Scott told us to keep our ponies’ pace consistent in this huge ring, because sometimes ponies and riders can get too excited in this atmosphere. [12:45-1:45 p.m.] Again, we were hungry, and it was time for the big lunch buffet at the tent. While we ate, we watched some of the early riders in the class. [1:45-3:00 p.m.] We had some time, so we went to look at vendor booths and just hung out. The vendors had, as always, a great supply of bows, belts, and everything one can imagine for yourself or your pony. One of our favorite activities was to stand on the Theraplate vibrating plates and

laugh with our friends. We stopped in to see Charles Ancona, who makes our jackets, and he checked some fits on a few jackets. Usually a farm sponsors an ice cream treat, so we, of course, made our way to the stand. [3:00-3:20 p.m.] We got back on our ponies to school for the class. [3:20-4:30 p.m.] We jumped in the big ring, feeling a bit nervous. We made some mistakes and had some good moments. Since we had the smalls and the mediums along with the pony medal class to do in the following days, even though we did not place, we felt like we got our feet wet and could continue the next day with improved riding. [4:30 p.m.] At the end of a sweltering day, we made our way back to the barn. Everyone was exhausted, yet we still had to take care of our ponies and equipment. We helped roll up the bandages, put the tack away, and cleaned our boots. Before going to our dinner, we fed, as always, the ponies some treats and their dinners. The last thing we did before leaving the Horse Park was to check the order of go and to ask Amanda what time we should be at the barn the next day.

[6:00 p.m.] We drove to our favorite dinner tradition in Lexington – Japanese food! We were still in our riding clothes! [7:30p.m.] In preparation for the next day, we went to the grocery store to buy carrots for the horses and snacks and water for ourselves. [8:00 p.m.] After getting back to the Griffin Gate, we played with our friends in the lobby. We set up pillow “fences” in the carpeted area. We were still in our show clothes! [8:45 p.m.] We headed up to our room, took showers, and laid out fresh show clothes for the next day. We telephoned the lobby to ask for a 6 a.m. wake-up call, so the next morning we could begin the process all over again. We fell asleep to dreams of good rounds and good ribbons. *The highlights of the 2015 US Pony Final results for Sophie and Mimi were that Mimi was Reserve Champion Overall with Dr. Betsee Parker’s Love Me Tender in the Small Regular Pony Hunters. After a bit of a rough week with the hunters, Sophie won the Marshall & Sterling/US Pony Medal Finals riding Ponies and Palms Show Stables LLC.’s Rico Suave’. Summer 2016

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he 80th Annual Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show at The Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., was a resounding success, as it has been since its inception in 1937. Held from July 4-9, the Show featured six days of family fun, excitement, and intense competition, including the USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final. It is also the world’s largest outdoor American Saddlebred show and the first leg of the “Saddlebred Triple Crown.” The Show opened July 22, 1937, with a crowd of 5,000 people, $10,000 in prize money, and 216 horses from 16 states. After all the bills were paid, everyone was shocked to learn they made roughly around $5,500 on the first show. With unanimous approval of the members, the League decided to host a second show the next year. Now, 80 years later, the Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show is still a prestigious event, garnering a regular attendance of 30,000 people each year and attracting nationally renowned competitors. The Show has generated millions of dollars for charitable and civic organizations in Central Kentucky and has an impressive yearly economic impact on the local community. This year’s Horse Show Chair, Katy Ross, became a member of the Junior League of Lexington and naturally gravitated toward getting involved in the show. “I got involved with the Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show through my involvement with the Junior League of Lexington,” said Ross. “I am very passionate about two things - horses and historic preservation. The Junior League of Lexington hosts the Charity Horse Show as its primary fundraiser and the headquarters of the Junior

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League of Lexington is the historic Bodley Bullock House in Gratz Park. I joined the Junior League because of these two facts and quickly became involved with various boards and committees and felt that the Charity Horse Show was the place where I could use my skills and experience to benefit the League, and also the exhibitors, the most.” Producing and organizing such a prestigious event is no small feat, but Ross was up to the task. “The hardest part of planning the show is balancing the show commitments with my job and other commitments,” said Ross, who is also the Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Council. “It takes an incredible amount of time to put together all of the aspects of the show and each lady only chairs the Charity Horse Show for one year, so you’re not quite sure what you’re getting into when you make that initial commitment.” While balancing the commitments involved in running a successful horse show can be daunting, the rewards have certainly out-weighed the stress for Ross. “There are two things that I consider the most rewarding about planning the show. First are the smiles on everyone’s faces the week of the show. From the exhibitors getting their blue ribbons and trophies, to the kids in the stick horse race, to the people standing on the apron of the Red Mile just enjoying the event with their friends and family, everyone seems to be having a great time and have a smile on their face, even when it’s incredibly hot or raining! The second comes months later when the Junior League of Lexington awards its annual grants. The funds raised by the Charity Horse Show allows the Junior League of Lexington to give out more than $30,000 in annual grants to better the


Inside Perspective

Opposite: 2016 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final Champion Reagan Upton (right) and Reserve Champion Kristen Dull (left) in the moments before the announcement of the championship winner. Top Left: 2016 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final Champion Reagan Upton and her mount, Oh Night Divine, during their victory pass Top Right: Representatives from the USEF were on hand for the Final Mid-Left: The Lexington Junior League Horse Show saw great crowds throughout the entire show. Left: 2016 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final Reserve Champion Kristen Dull and her mount, In Your Sights, during their victory pass.

ton community, provide tens of thousands of volunteer hours annually, and preserve the historic Bodley Bullock House. Knowing that those are the results of all of this work makes it completely worth it.” The American Saddlebreds and their riders were the real stars of the week. They compete in several different events, including three- and five-gaited, fine harness, park, country, and show pleasure classes. The pleasure division also includes driving, hunter, and western classes. On Wednesday, July 6, a field of 19 competitors vied for the 2016 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final title to kick off the evening session. Reagan Upton (Birmingham, Ala.) took home the crown with an impressive display of equitation skills.

the tradition of the medal program was extended to the adult amateur exhibitor by offering the USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final. The Final was created for adult amateur riders to continue to participate in the discipline of saddle seat equitation. Since its inception, the event has been held at the Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show. This year, the Show opened on the Fourth of July and concluded Saturday, July 9. “The Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show is a great event, even for people who don’t know a thing about horses,” said Ross. “We truly have something for everyone. We have our annual Family Night, which includes a stick horse race for the kids, pony rides, bounce houses, and face painting. For the music lover, we have bands playing after the Monday and Friday night classes. We have shopping nightly in our Gaited Gallery. For the foodies, we have great food and drinks available either on the apron or in the Red Mile Clubhouse. Friday evening we have a silent auction. Thursday night we Paint the Red Mile Pink. We are hosting the July Tops in Lex Preview Party on Wednesday night. And our newest event is our third annual Dog Show, which was held Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Round Barn at the Red Mile. With all of the events going on, it is sometimes easy to forget that we have some of the best horses and riders in the world showing, but there truly is something for everyone!”

“The Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show is a great event, even for people who don’t know a thing about horses.” When asked how it felt to be the Gold medal winner, Upton said through tears, “It’s surreal. I’m 27-years-old; a poor trainer’s kid. I never had a nice horse when I was a kid. You always have to have a nice horse as a kid and I could never compete with everybody else. At 27 to finally be able to do it is so cool.” The American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) equitation medal was established in 1937 by the fourth President of the AHSA, Adrian Van Sinderen, as part of his strategy to connect horse people across the United States. In 2001,

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: Equestrian

At Glen-Ora on September 25, 1962, Jacqueline shows off her jumping abilities on Sardar while President Ayub Khan of Pakistan looks on

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Horses have had a long history at America’s most famous residence, The White House. From President Zachary Taylor’s war veteran Old Whitey grazing on the prestigious lawns to President Teddy Roosevelt’s frequent trail rides along the Potomac and Rock Creek Parks, equestrian sport has been important to so many who have resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Looking back in the Equestrian Magazine archives from 2004, we share the story of one of the most accomplished and admired equestrians, First Lady Jackie Kennedy.

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“Here, from the age of five on, Jacqueline, in full riding habit, could be seen endlessly putting her mother’s horses, a procession of ladies hunters, through their paces,” her first cousin John H. Davis wrote. “I remember how determined an equestrian Jacqueline became as she began thirsting after blue ribbons in the many East End horse shows she entered.” “I remember going out to Lasata’s stables on late summer afternoons,” Davis recalled, “and finding Jacqueline after a day of relentless riding, in the stall with one of her horses, grooming the animal with the most loving care, currying its mane and tail, hugging it, kissing it.” In the summer of 1934, Janet and Jacqueline, who was known as Jackie, won third prize in the family class at the East Hampton Horse Show. Sitting on her piebald pony Dance Step with her right hand holding the reins, five-year-old Jackie was photographed accepting a silver cup from an official. Immaculately dressed in a riding outfit and derby, she stared into the camera with a mature and confident gaze, a portent of the woman she would become. As is the case with every young rider, there were disappointments and setbacks. There was a photograph of a frustrated Jackie at age five leading her forlorn-looking pony, Buddy, after a defeat in a lead line class at a Smithtown, Long Island, horse show. When she was six years old, Jackie took a tumble during a jumping class at the Southampton Horse Show. Determined to continue and finish, she hopped up and tried to scramble back on the pony – on the wrong side. By the time she was eight, Jackie had a pony of her own. At the age of 12 or 13, she rode her mother’s chestnut mare, Danseuse, a horse she adored and nicknamed Donny. Her beloved Danseuse, a Virginia-born mare sired by Runantel out of Graceful Carrie, won many championships and remained with the Bouvier family for 20 years. Years later when the mare died, Jackie created a photographic history of the mare’s life and wrote a warm tribute. “Danseuse was a family horse and every child had a ride on her,” she wrote. “She was such a lady. Her coat glinted in the sun when she was brushed and shining. She knew how lovely she was and flicked her tiny feet out in front of her as she trotted. There was a soft, pink spot at the end of her nose and she would snuffle softly when she knew you had an apple for her.” As a child, Jackie liked to read and write stories and poems, which she illustrated with drawings. However, her greatest passion during her childhood and teenage years was horses. She won the South



t the 1940 National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden, Miss Jacqueline Bouvier, on her chestnut mare, Danseuse, competed against the nation’s best young equestrians in the finals of the ASPCA (American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Alfred Maclay Trophy for Horsemanship and the ASPCA Good Hands Cup. It was a double-victory at the Southtown Horse Show on Long Island that qualified the young rider to compete. “Jacqueline Bouvier, an 11-year-old equestrian from East Hampton, Long Island, scored a doublevictory in the horsemanship competition,” The New York Times reported. “Miss Bouvier achieved a rare distinction. The occasions are few when a young rider wins both contests in the same show.” While she did not take championship honors at the Finals, those that watched her ride that day saw a pretty, dark-haired girl with pigtails and wide-set brown eyes dressed in boots, jodhpurs, jacket, and derby. As she jumped the fences, the young equestrian showed courage, grace, and exceptional determination; the same traits that a grieving nation would admire in Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy after her husband, President John F. Kennedy, was tragically killed in Dallas in November 1963. Born on July 28, 1929, in Southampton, Long Island, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was the first child of Janet Norton Lee and John Vernou Bouvier III. A second daughter, Caroline Lee, was born four years later. John Bouvier, nicknamed “Black Jack,” was a well-to-do financier. Janet Bouvier was a skillful and daring horsewoman, who won many prizes throughout the East, capturing the hunter championship three times at the annual National Horse Show. The Bouviers lived on Park Avenue in Manhattan and spent each summer in Wildmoor at East Hampton near Grandfather Bouvier’s splendid summer house, Lasata, where Janet kept her horses. Her most famous steeds were a bay named Arnoldean and three magnificent chestnuts: Stepaside, Clearanfast, and Danseuse. When Jacqueline was one year of age, Janet put her on a horse for the first time. With her mother or father at the other end of a lead line, she was trotting and cantering at age three on a pony named Rusty, and Jerry, a miniature horse that belonged to an East Hampton riding stable. She took to jumping over low fences without fear. Later, she rode full-size horses at Lasata.

Jacqueline riding with John Jr. on Sardar, while Caroline rides alongside on her pony, Macaroni, at Glen-Ora on November 19, 1962 A young Jacqueline Bouvier, with her mother, Janet Lee Bouvier, in 1935, after they won third prize in the family class at the East Hampton Horse Show on New York’s Long Island

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Hampton Horse Show in the childrenunder-nine class in the summer of 1937, an accomplishment that made the entire Bouvier family proud. In 1938, she captured another blue ribbon at the East Hampton Horse Show. By the following summer, the young equestrian won her class at Southampton, the major horse show of the 1939 season on the East End of Long Island. “I can still see Jackie in her pigtails and riding outfit – top hat, Ascot tie, long leather boots,” recalled Samuel Lester, who exercised horses at the East Hampton Riding Club. “She was soon bringing home blue ribbons by the box load.” In June 1940, Janet obtained a divorce from Jack Bouvier in Nevada. While at the Lazy A Bar Ranch outside Reno, Jackie rode a mustang pony named Banjo and a more spirited horse called Wagstaff, which she galloped across the Nevada desert in a western saddle. Later that summer, the girls joined their father on Long Island, where Jackie won every event in the under-20 division of the East Hampton Horse Show, earned two top prizes at the East End horse shows, and took high honors at the National Horse Show. In the fall, Janet and the two girls moved into an apartment in lower Manhattan, near the Chapin School for Girls, which Jackie attended. Her father paid for Danseue’s keep at Durland’s livery stables on Manhattan’s West 66th Street, allowing Jackie to ride the mare in Central Park. In 1941, 12-year-old Jackie again spent the summer on Long Island, where at the East Hampton Horse Show she won blue rosettes in the hunter hacks class, the horsemanship class for children under 14, the riding competition for children under 16, and the ladies’ hunter contest for the Hamlin Memorial Challenge Cup. Overall, Jackie finished in second place in horsemanship to a fellow rider named William Steinkraus, who went on to win the first-ever individual U.S. Olympic Gold medal in equestrian sport in 1968. 32  Equestrian  Summer 2016

On June 21, 1942, Janet married Hugh D. Auchincloss, Jr., a multimillionaire investment banker, who owned a 75-acre estate called Hammersmith in Newport, R.I., and Merrywood, a 46-acre estate in McLean, Va. Jackie grew to love Merrywood, riding on the trails overlooking the Potomac and later fox-hunting in the open countryside. In 1944, Jackie, at age 15, became the undisputed champion equestrian of her age group on Long Island’s East End. Riding aboard Danseuse, she won at all the shows at Southampton, East Hampton, Bridgehampton, and Smithtown. That fall, Jackie entered Miss Porter’s Boarding School in Farrington, Conn., where she began her three-year preparation for college. Jackie pleaded with Grandfather Bouvier to have Danseuse boarded in the local stables, and he agreed. Soon after Danseuse arrived, Jackie wrote a letter home. “Every day since Donny came, I’ve gone up and groomed her, and last night I went up to see her before the lecture. And Sue [Jackie’s roommate] locked me in the stall with her. I was practically late, but it was so much fun. She is very happy in a box stall between two horses whom she kisses through the bars, and she is wearing a stolen blanket which I snitched from another horse!” In the fall of 1947, Jackie entered Vassar College, where she joined the Riding Club, competing in the horse shows, gymkhana, and cross-country rides. During the school year of 19491950, Jackie attended the Sobornne, writing her father that she adored Paris, where she enjoyed wandering through the Louvre and the gardens of Les Tuileries. Jackie wrote that she even had a chance to ride a horse in the Bois de Boulogne. Jackie finished her last year of college at George Washington University. In early June 1951, she was introduced by friends to John (Jack) Kennedy, a young Congressman from Massachusetts. In November 1952, Jackie and her cousin John Davis talked about Jack


over lunch in Washington, D.C., where she worked as the Inquiring Camera Girl for the Washington Times-Herald. Jackie confided that Jack was allergic to animal hair, especially horse hair. “Imagine me with someone allergic to horses!” Jackie exclaimed. Both she and Davis had a good laugh over that. On September 12, 1953, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who had been elected to the U.S. Senate the year before, were married at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, R.I. On November 27, 1957, Jackie gave birth to a daughter, Caroline Bouvier Kennedy. A few weeks after Jack Kennedy was elected President, a son, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr., was born on November 25, 1960. Caroline and John Jr. had a menagerie at the White House. The most famous pet was Caroline’s pony, Macaroni, which was given to her by Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. Jackie had a stable constructed for Macaroni and Leprechaun, a pony she obtained for John Jr. at Glen-Ora, the Kennedy’s 400acre leased weekend house in the Virginia countryside. The Secret Service was concerned with Caroline’s safety while she was riding Macaroni and suggested the agents follow her on horseback. Jackie objected strongly. She told them that Caroline was a better rider than the Secret Service agents, who had very limited knowledge of horses. Jackie told them that as a child she had broken her collarbone falling off a horse and that an occasional fall would happen. “I expect Caroline to have her share of riding spills and accidents. How else will she learn?” Jackie asked. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy performed the duties of the First Lady with youthful beauty, elegance, and intelligence. Whenever the opportunities arose, however, she rode at Glen-Ora and later with the Orange County Hunt. Her love of horses and riding became a refuge from the tensions and stress of the White House. She received one of her most treasured gifts as First Lady while on a highly-publicized visit abroad in 1962. President Ayub Khan of Pakistan delighted her with a 10-year-old bay gelding named Sardar, which was sent back to the U.S. and stabled at Glen-Ora. In the years after Jack Kennedy’s death in 1963, Jackie found solace and happiness in her children and riding. She leased a farmhouse in Bernardsville, N.J., where the former First Lady rode with Essex Hounds. She was pleased to see that Caroline shared her passion for horses, becoming an accomplished rider. (John Jr. had allergies to horses that were even worse than his father.) In May 1965, the three generations of Bouvier women competed in what would be their only joint equestrian competition. Janet, 58 years of age,

Jackie, 36, and Caroline, eight, rode at the annual St. Bernard’s School Horse Show, where they took second-place honors in the family class event. On October 20, 1968, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy married Greek business tycoon Aristotle Onassis. After his death in March 1975, Jackie, Caroline, and John Jr. moved to the place of her childhood, New York City, where she raised the children, championed civic preservation projects, and worked as an editor for Viking and later Doubleday. By 1986, Jackie had resumed fox-hunting in Middleburg, Va. Charles Whitehouse, an old friend, recalled, “She was an accomplished cross-country rider. When we did team events, she would lead, partly because her big gray horse, Frank, pulled if he was behind and [he] was a bold jumper. She had great confidence in him and would ride boldly over a course of about 30 jumps in four miles.” In January 1994, she was diagnosed with lymphoma. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died at her Manhattan home on the evening of Thursday, May 19, 1994. She was 64. People around the world honored and remembered her remarkable life as First Lady, young widow, devoted mother, civic preservationist, and respected editor. Others, like her cousin John H. Davis, remembered her passion for horses. His thoughts undoubtedly returned to those idyllic summer days at Lasata, where Jacqueline trotted around a gleaming, white-fenced ring on her mother’s magnificent chestnut mare, Danseuse. It was a joyful time in the life of a young woman, who later faced her personal tragedies and triumphs with the same courage, tough-mindedness, and grace she displayed as a champion equestrian. Written by Fred Glueckstein for the October 2004 edition of Equestrian Magazine

Top: Horses were a great passion for Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. On March 23, 1962, she took her first ride on Sardar on the grounds of the governor’s house in Lahore, Pakistan. Middle: First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy visits with President of Pakistan, Muhammad Ayub Khan, and General Maxwell D. Taylor (far left) on the grounds of Glen Ora in Middleburg, Va. Sardar was presented to Mrs. Kennedy as a gift from President Ayub Khan during her trip to Pakistan. Bottom: President John F. Kennedy visits with his children, John Jr. and Caroline, and Caroline’s pony, Macaroni.

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CONCUSSIONS Concussion awareness has become a central topic in mainstream media recently. Several sports leagues have garnered negative publicity regarding their attention to concussion awareness and treatment. Concussions occurring on the field of play have been linked to the decline in an effected person’s attention, verbal learning, reasoning, and information processing, as well as depression and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a form of tauopathy, a class of neurodegenerative diseases. Education on prevention, signs and symptoms, action plans, and helmet safety is paramount to avoiding the repercussions of a potentially dangerous concussion. Athletes can find information about concussion safety at or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention,

What is a concussion? A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. The sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain. Medical providers may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening, but the effects can be serious.


What are signs and symptoms of a concussion? Athletes who show or report symptoms on the following page may have a concussion or a more serious injury. Signs and symptoms usually show up soon after the injury but may not show up for hours or days. Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is a set of symptoms that may continue for weeks, months, or a year or more after a concussion – a minor form of TBI. A diagnosis may be made when symptoms resulting from concussion last for more than three months after the injury. Though there is no treatment for PCS, symptoms can be treated; medications and physical and behavioral therapy may be used, and individuals can be educated about symptoms and provided with the expectation of recovery. The majority of PCS cases resolve after a period of time.

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GET THE FACTS WHAT YOU MIGHT WITNESS • Can’t recall events prior to or after

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a fall • Appears dazed or stunned • Forgets or is confused by an instruction • Moves clumsily • Answers questions slowly • Loses consciousness (even briefly) • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes

WHAT YOU MIGHT EXPERIENCE • Headache or “pressure” in head • Nausea or vomiting • Balance problems or dizziness • Double or blurry vision • Bothered by light or noise • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy • Confusion or concentration/ Memory problems • Just not “feeling right,” or “feeling down”

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO If you suspect that an athlete has a concussion, you should take the following steps: • Remove the athlete from the horse; do not allow him/her to remount. • Ensure athlete is evaluated by an appropriate health care professional. Do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself. • Allow athlete to return to practice/ competition only with permission from the appropriate health care professional. 38  Equestrian  Summer 2016

What is baseline testing? Baseline testing is a pre-season exam conducted by a trained health care professional. Baseline tests are used to assess an athlete’s learning and memory skills, ability to pay attention or concentrate, how quickly he or she thinks and solve problems, and tests the presence of any concussion symptoms. How can baseline testing be used? Results from baseline testing can be used if an athlete has a suspected concussion. Comparing post-injury test results to baseline test results can assist health care professionals in identifying the effects of the injury and making more informed return-to-competition decisions. What is ImPACT? ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the most-widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. ImPACT provides trained clinicians with neurocognitive assessment tools and services that have been medically accepted as state-of-the-art best practices as part of determining safe return-to-competition decisions. Dr. Lola Chambless, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, spoke to the USEF Board of Directors, staff, and members about the importance of concussion safety and the use of baseline testing, specifically ImPACT. Dr. Chambless is also a lifelong equestrian and was a USEF National Amateur ThreeDay Event Champion. She believes all athletes should be encouraged to participate in baseline testing. “The NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA, and the NBA are all using baseline cognitive testing and subsequent post-concussive testing to allow return to play. They’re all using a single provider called ImPACT, which is an online test. You do a baseline assessment at the beginning of the season and then if you’ve had a concussion, when your symptoms resolve, you go back to take the test again and the test tells you whether you’re cleared to return. It’s very good. It’s well-validated; people are using it across the board in a huge variety of sports. To really do that well, it’s not just doing a computerized test, you actually need to take a concussion history from those athletes. I think that is the Holy Grail, for sure. I think we should be moving in that direction.” Dr. Chambless also noted that the ImPACT test must be used properly. “The key thing about it is that you need to wait until your symptoms have resolved. The test is designed so that, once you feel completely back to normal, you take the test to see if there’s something you’re missing. The issue is when you have people that try to take the test over and over again; you can kind of learn the test. You can also intentionally flunk your baseline, which I doubt many equestrians are going to do, but it’s an issue in the football world. So it’s not perfect, but the key is people need to understand that is your final step of clearance after everything else has improved. You don’t just start taking it the next day. It becomes less and less valid the more times athletes take it.” ImPACT is a USEF-approved service. Visit for more information.


How can I prevent a concussion? One of the most effective ways to prevent concussion in equestrian sport is to wear a helmet. It is very important that the helmet is fit properly and worn correctly. The following are helmet tips from Riders4Helmets. • Always fasten the safety harness on your helmet. A helmet will not protect you if it comes off your head before you hit the ground. • Do not wear other riders’ helmets. Your helmet is designed to fit your head. An incorrectly fitting helmet offers no protection. • If you have a hard blow impact accident while wearing your helmet, immediately replace it with a new model. There may be damage to the helmet that is not visible to the naked eye. • Helmet manufacturers generally recommend replacing your helmet every five years. Helmets take a beating over time from sweat, heat, dust, rain, etc. • If you purchase your helmet online, check the date of manufacture. Purchasing a used helmet can be very risky and is not recommended. The helmet may have sustained previous damage not visible to the naked eye. • A ponytail or different hairstyle can affect the fit of your helmet. When you try on helmets prior to purchase, wear your hair in the style that you expect to wear it when riding. • Do not tilt up your helmet. Helmets should be worn with the visor parallel to the ground.

• Do not wear a helmet designed for use in other sports when riding, i.e. a bike helmet. Equestrian helmets are specifically designed and tested for a fall from a horse. 2016 U.S. Olympic Games Dressage Team member Laura Graves has been a pathfinder for wearing a helmet in the dressage arena. “I do choose to wear a helmet; not just in competition, but every day, on every horse I ride,” said Graves. “There is no reason to be taking a chance. Even the most honest, quiet horse can lose its balance or stumble. Even the more experienced, strongest rider can be thrown from a horse. New helmets (I ride in a Samshield) look fantastic and also comply with the strictest safety regulations. For me, there is no other choice.” Riders4Helmets and Charles Owen & Co. (Bow) Ltd Riders4Helmets is a non-profit helmet awareness group based in the U.S. It was founded as a result of international dressage rider Courtney King-Dye’s traumatic brain injury incurred while she was riding without a helmet. The group’s mission is to educate equestrians about the benefits of wearing a helmet and to promote the helmet-wearing campaign on an international level by involving leading equestrians in various disciplines to encourage increased use of helmets. One of Riders4Helmet’s biggest advocates, 2012 Rolex/ USEF National CCI4* Champion Allison Springer, has been sharing her message supporting helmet use for several years. Summer 2016

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“In 2010, I was the first person to wear an approved 1. Remove the athlete from the horse; do not allow him/ helmet in the dressage phase at the Rolex Kentucky her to remount. Three-Day Event. I got a lot of positive response from this 2. Ensure the athlete is evaluated by an appropriate action, but there were still many people that resisted the health care professional. Do not try to judge the seriousness change from tradition and told me I looked stupid wearof the injury yourself. ing a helmet. Today, in both eventing and dressage, it is 3. Allow the athlete to return to practice/competition only very unusual to see someone wearing a top hat; we have with permission from the appropriate health care professional. a new norm for show attire. I am also an avid skier and An examination by a healthcare professional will likely you can see a very similar trend on the slopes with helmet include a physical examination, covering cognition, neuroluse; helmets are the norm, very few people ski in just their ogy, balance, and most importantly, any signs of deteriorating winter hats. I don’t think people choose to wear a helmet neurological function. to look more like everyone else, they choose to wear their When managing an athlete with concussion, a health helmet because they understand the serious implications of care professional’s management plan should cover both rehead injury. People recognize that freak accidents happen turning to school or work as well as to play, and should monito everyone and every horse, be it in competition or just at tor both physical and cognitive activities, consider concussion home in your normal routine; it’s not a question of if somehistory, and be individualized to the athlete. thing is ever going to happen to you, but when. Recently, I For health care professionals working in an emergency had a fall in competition and landed directly on my head. I department, an athlete should be referred for follow-up care did not have a concussion from a health care profesbecause I was wearing sional who can help him my Charles Owen 4Star or her gradually return to Eventer helmet. I cannot school or work and to play thank the various helmet when fully recovered. An manufacturers enough for athlete should not leave an continually improving the emergency department and safety, comfort, and style return to riding the same of helmets.” day, nor should a future reCharles Owen & Co. turn-to-riding date be given (Bow) Ltd celebrated its at the time of an emergency 100-year birthday as a department visit. leading British manufacDr. Chambless recognizes turer of riding helmets in that the equestrian commu2011. When Charles Owen nity needs to make several himself founded the comchanges to the way it reacts to pany in 1911, his mission falls and possible concussions. was to make products for “I think one aspect is a safer world. Now under changing the culture that the direction of Charles 2016 U.S. Olympic Games Dressage Team member just says get back on the Owen’s grandson, Roy Laura Graves wears a helmet in and out of the horse, come back to the Burek, the mission has competition ring. fence; lower the jump a little remained the same. bit and try again right away “The key to solving concussion is to understand the so the horse doesn’t learn a bad habit. Part of it is changing mechanism of concussion,” said Burek, Managing Directhat culture, even in training, and saying take 10 minutes, tor of Charles Owen & Co. (Bow) Ltd. “Charles Owen has sit on the side of the ring, get back on, walk around, and invested many years into looking at how the brain reacts make sure you feel okay. That alone would probably change to impact so they can design and produce a better riding things significantly. We need to help riders understand that’s helmet. As part of the largest European equestrian research the way we want to react when we have a fall – take time to project, we are focused on increased rider safety and, as a assess the situation and make sure you’re feeling okay. Most first-round winner of the NFL Head Health Challenge III, of the time, if you have a concussion, you’re going to develop we are bringing fresh ideas to head protection across several some symptoms that worry you in that period and you’re sports. It is not by chance that Charles Owen is one of the going to be a lot more likely to say to you trainer, ‘I don’t feel first to have their helmets certified to the most recent updates very well,’ if the mentality is not hop right back on and be in helmet standards across the globe. Visit tough.” or and for more information. Athletes competing in USEF competitions should refer to General Rule 1316 for the USEF rules on returning Action Plan for Parents and Trainers to competition. If you suspect that an athlete has a concussion, you For more information on concussion and helmet safety, should take the following steps: visit and

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U.S. equestrians continually excel in elite international competition, and the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games should be no different. Equestrian fans across the globe are ready to watch their favorite sports on the world’s biggest stage. Equestrian Magazine has compiled everything you need to know when watching equestrian competition, including schedules, test explanations, and team bios. To follow along with the USEF, visit

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DRESSAGE AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES • Dressage competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will take place August 10-15 at the Deodoro venue. • Up to 11 nations will be represented in team competition with an additional 14 nations being represented by individual athletes. • The U.S. Team qualified directly for the Olympic Games after placing first at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. • At the Olympic Games athlete/horse combinations will perform two compulsory tests as part of the team competition and may perform one Freestyle test, which includes music. • The Freestyle test showcases creativity and individual expression as part of the individual competition. • Teams are comprised of a maximum of four, minimum of three athlete/horse combinations. • Team and Individual medals are determined across three days of competition.

COMPETITION SCHEDULE AUGUST 10 AND 11 FEI Grand Prix Test, which serves as the First Team and Individual Qualifying Competition. AUGUST 12 FEI Grand Prix Special Test, which serves as the final Team Competition and Second Individual Qualifying Competition. It is limited to and compulsory for the best six placed teams and the eight highest placed individual athletes after day one’s FEI Grand Prix Test. All four team members may participate. The winning team is the one with the highest total percentage after adding together the team’s three best total scores after completing the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special (the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special are valued at an equal level). AUGUST 15

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FEI Grand Prix Freestyle Test, which serves as the Final Individual Competition. It is limited to and compulsory for the top 18 athletes after completing the FEI Grand Prix Special Competition. A maximum of three athletes per country may participate in the Grand Prix Freestyle. The winning individual is the one with the highest total percentage in the Grand Prix Freestyle.

U.S. OLYMPIC DRESSAGE TEAM Allison Brock (Loxahatchee, Fla.) with Claudine & Fritz Kundrun’s Rosevelt, a 2002 Hanoverian stallion Most Recent Highlights: • Placed third in the CDI3* Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special with Rosevelt at CHIO Rotterdam • Team Gold with Rosevelt at CDIO5* Compiègne As a horse-loving child growing up in Hawaii, Allison “Ali” Brock did it all. She show jumped, rode western, took dressage lessons, and was very active in Pony Club. At 17, Brock left Hawaii for the mainland to chase her dressage dreams. She became a working student for many prominent equestrian professionals, including Olympian Sue Blinks. The time spent with Blinks helped lay the foundation in becoming a top dressage athlete. While working with Blinks, Brock had the opportunity to learn what it takes to be an elite dressage competitor. She accompanied Blinks to the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games and developed her first FEI horse from start to finish. She also learned training fundamentals, horsemanship, and stable management. When Blinks moved to the West Coast, Brock got a job with Fritz and Claudine Kundrun. The dressage enthusiasts decided to sponsor and develop Brock for elite competition and gave her a head trainer position at their DeerMeadow Farms. Follow Allison Brock: Instagram @alibrockdressage, Twitter @alibdressage, YouTube,

Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and her own Verdades, a 2002 KWPN gelding Most Recent Highlights: • Team Silver in the CDIO5* Nations Cup, won the CDIO5* Grand Prix Special, and placed second in the CDIO5* Grand Prix with Verdades at CHIO Rotterdam • Placed second in the CDI4* Grand Prix with Verdades at CDI4* Roosendaal • Team Gold in the CDIO5* Nations Cup and placed second in the CDIO5* Grand Prix with Verdades at CDIO5* Compiègne Laura Graves abandoned her career as a hairstylist to turn her unruly horse, Verdades, known as Diddy, into a dressage superstar. Chosen as a foal by her mother from a video, Graves advanced him up the levels herself with the guidance of several top trainers. The duo was relatively unknown until they squeaked into The Dutta Corp./USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship and took the Reserve Champion title behind

three-time Olympian Steffen Peters in 2014. From there, they have not looked back. They earned a spot on the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, earning fifth place in the Grand Prix Freestyle. In 2015, they earned an Individual Silver medal and Team Gold medal at the Pan American Games. They capped off an amazing 2015 by winning The Dutta Corp./USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship. Follow Laura Graves: Facebook, Twitter @LGravesDressage, Instagram @lauragravesdressage, YouTube,

Kasey Perry-Glass (Orangevale, Calif.) with Diane Perry’s Dublet, a 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding Most Recent Highlights • Team Silver in the CDIO5* Nations Cup with Dublet at CHIO Rotterdam • Team Gold in the CDIO5* Nations Cup and won the CDIO5* Grand Prix with Dublet at CDIO5* Compiègne • Team Gold in the Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup and Individual Silver in the CDIO3* Grand Prix Freestyle with Dublet at CDIO3* Wellington Kasey Perry-Glass was raised in a close-knit family with five siblings and began riding at age five when she joined her sisters and mother at a small community barn in Northern California. She soon saw how much fun her friends were having jumping, discovered the discipline of eventing, and went on to train with eventers Carmela Richards and Olympian Gina Miles. Perry-Glass recognized her love for dressage in high school when she was training with Gina Duran at Topline Training. She ultimately decided to pursue dressage full-time and began training with ENE French Riding Academy graduate, Christophe Theallet. Perry-Glass pursued her riding as she attended and graduated from California State University Sacramento, with a degree in business entrepreneurship. Now working closely with Olympian Debbie McDonald, Perry-Glass divides her time between her Wellington, Fla., winter base and Hailey, Idaho, at Parry and Peggy Thomas’ River Grove Farm. Perry-Glass is married to farrier Dana Glass. Parry-Glass enjoys running and spinning in her spare time. She has run multiple half-marathons with her sisters and mother and has completed the California International Marathon several times. Follow Kasey Perry-Glass: Facebook @KaseyPerryDressage, Twitter @KaseyPDressage, Instagram, Snapchat @teambelieve16,

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Direct Reserve Four Winds Farm’s Rosamunde, a 2007 Rheinlander mare Most Recent Highlights: • Team Silver in the CDIO5* Nations Cup and placed second in the CDIO5* Grand Prix Freestyle with Legolas 92 and won the CDI3* Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special with Rosamunde at CHIO Rotterdam • Won the CDI4* Grand Prix and placed second in the Grand Prix Special with Legolas 92 and placed third in the CDI4* Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle with Rosamunde at CDI4* Roosendaal • Won the CDI-W Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle with Legolas 92 and the CDI-W Grand Prix Special with Rosamunde at the Del Mar National Dressage Show Born in Wesel, Germany, Steffen Peters began riding at an early age. Peters met American trainer Laurie Falvo, who invited him to work at her barn in San Diego, in the summer of 1984. A year later, he moved to San Diego with his mount, Udon, and became a U.S. citizen in 1992. Peters won his first Olympic medal, a Team Bronze, at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games aboard Udon. In 2006, Peters and Floriano were the anchor on the Bronze medal-winning team at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games. In 2008, Peters and Ravel won every competition they entered leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, including the 2008 USEF Selection Trials for Dressage. At the Olympic Games, they finished fourth by the slimmest of margins. In 2009, the duo won the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final and all of the Big Tour classes at CHIO Aachen. At the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky., Peters collected the first Individual Championship medals of his career, winning Bronze in the Grand Prix Special and Freestyle with Ravel. With Weltino’s Magic, Peters earned Team and Individual Gold medals at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Peters partnered with Legolas 92 to help the U.S. Team to a fourth-place finish in the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, and to win Team and Individual Gold medals at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Peters is an eight-time USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Champion and a three-time USEF Equestrian of the Year. Follow Steffen Peters: Facebook,

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Traveling Reserve Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) with Patricia Stempel’s Doktor, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding Most Recent Highlights: • Team Silver in the CDIO5* Nations Cup with Doktor at CHIO Rotterdam • Team Gold in the CDIO5* Nations Cup with Doktor at CDIO5* Compiègne • Placed second in the CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle with Danilo at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 12 Shelly Francis grew up in Bar Harbor, Maine, where her family still owns a 30-acre farm. At the age of 13, her aunt presented her with a cherished book called, Dressage by Henry Wynmalen, which instilled Francis’ passion for dressage. Over the last 20 years, she has quietly achieved strong results in Prix St. Georges and Grand Prix competition. In 1996, Francis was second alternate for the U.S. Olympic team with Pikant. 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. In 2005, she competed Dominion to the top six in the U.S. team rankings. Currently, Francis is working with her top horses, Doktor and Danilo. Together, they have amassed top placings at the Grand Prix level, including at Nations Cup events and World Cup qualifying competitions. Follow Shelly Francis: Facebook @shellyfrancisdressage,


Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) with Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92, a 2002 Westphalian gelding

EVENTING AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES • Eventing competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will take place August 6-9 at the Deodoro venue. • Up to 14 nations will be represented in team competition with an additional 10 nations being represented by individual athletes. • The U.S. team qualified directly for the Olympic Games after placing first at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. • At the Olympic Games, teams are comprised of a maximum of four, minimum of three athlete/horse combinations. • Team and Individual medals are determined across four days (three phases) of competition.

COMPETITION SCHEDULE AUGUST 6 AND 7 Dressage phase AUGUST 8 Cross-country phase AUGUST 9 Show Jumping phase o Following show jumping, the final cumulative scores of the three highest placed athletes in the team are added together to determine the team rankings. The team with the lowest number of penalties wins. The top 25 athletes will jump a second show jumping round to determine the Individual medals.

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U.S. OLYMPIC EVENTING TEAM Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Caroline Moran, Simon Roosevelt & Thomas Tierney’s HND Group’s Mighty Nice, a 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Lauren Kieffer (Middleburg, Va.) and Team Rebecca, LLC’s Veronica, a 2002 KWPN mare

Direct Reserves Ann Jones and Thomas Tierney’s Fernhill Fugitive, a 2005 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Most Recent Highlights: • Won the Rolex/USEF CCI4* National Championship with Veronica • Placed second with Veronica at The Fork CIC3* Lauren Kieffer began riding at age six and competed in her first horse trials with an off-track Thoroughbred, Cardinal, at age 12. Throughout her teen years, she competed at the Beginner Novice level and rode as many horses as possible to hone her skills. She even lived at Signal Knob Equestrian Center, run by her then trainer Susannah Lansdale, on the weekends where she worked to fund her competitions. As a high school graduation present, her parents sent her to a week-long eventing summer camp taught by Olympians David and Karen O’Connor. Following camp, she became their working student, soaking up the ins-and-outs of horsemanship and eventing. When David retired from competition, he gave Kieffer the opportunity to lease an off-track Thoroughbred and experienced mount, Tigger Too. The combination completed several three-star events, including the 2007 Jersey Fresh International where she won the Markham Trophy as the top-placed rider under 21. After working under the O’Connors for six years, she became a resident rider for Stonehall Farm. While there, she met Veronica, who Karen O’Connor competed with first. When Karen retired from the sport, Kieffer got the ride on Veronica, who elevated her career. In 2013, she and Veronica hit their stride, winning three consecutive international level competitions. As a result, Kieffer was named to her first U.S. Nations Cup Team, at Boekelo, The Netherlands, that same year. She earned her first USEF National CCI4* National Championship title after being the top-placed U.S. rider at the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover, proving she was the real deal. Kieffer earned a spot on the U.S. Eventing Team at the 2015 Pan American Games. Knowing a spot for U.S. Eventing in the 2016 Olympic Games hung in the balance, she and Meadowbrook’s Scarlett delivered a consistent performance to help secure a spot for the U.S. and Team Gold. Follow Lauren Kieffer: Facebook @laurenkieffereventing, Twitter @laurenkieffer,

Most Recent Highlights: • Placed fourth and fifth with Mighty Nice and Fernhill Cubalawn, respectively, at the 2016 Rolex Kentucky ThreeDay Event presented by Land Rover • Won the Red Hills International Horse Trials CIC3* with Fernhill Fugitive Phillip Dutton rose to eventing stardom in Australia before settling in the United States. He participated in four World Championships and won consecutive Team Gold medals at the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympic Games as a member of the Australian Eventing Team. With a desire to train in a more internationally competitive environment and train for the 1996 Olympic Games, Dutton moved to the United States in 1991. Dutton officially became a U.S. citizen in 2006 and started to compete for his adoptive country. He made an impact on U.S. eventing immediately, winning an Individual Silver medal and Team Gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games. He was a member of the U.S. Team at the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2006, 2010, and 2014, and made three consecutive U.S. Olympic Eventing Teams (2008, 2012, and 2016). Very active on the U.S. eventing circuit, Dutton won the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Leading Rider of the Year title in 1998. He won the award again in 2000, which began an 11-year streak, while also picking it up in 2012. Dutton has been based in Pennsylvania since 1991. He is married to his wife, Evie, has a stepdaughter, Lee Lee, and twin daughters, Mary and Olivia. The Duttons run a very busy training and teaching business at True Prospect Farm, and Dutton’s list of students is a “Who’s Who” of the stars of the sport. He considers his biggest accomplishment being able to make a living doing what he enjoys. When he’s not competing or traveling, Dutton spends time with his family and enjoys all sports. Dutton is a founding member of the Professional Riders Organization (PRO). Follow Phillip Dutton: Facebook @phillipduttoneventing, Twitter @DuttonEventing, Instagram @DuttonEventing, Youtube,

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Direct Reserve Marie Le Menestrel’s Meadowbrook’s Scarlett, a 2007 Thoroughbred cross mare

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate, LLC’s Blackfoot Mystery, a 2004 Thoroughbred gelding Direct Reserve Gloria Callen’s Welcome Shadow, a 2005 Thoroughbred cross mare Most Recent Highlights: • Placed sixth with Blackfoot Mystery at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover CCI4* • Placed second with Shamwari 4 at The Fork CIC2* Boyd Martin became fascinated with the horses on his family’s farm. As a result, he joined Pony Club, and from there, he developed into an eventing superstar. He represented Australia at the Young Rider level against New Zealand at a Trans-Tasman Three-Day Event with mount Brady Bunch. He also won the very last long-format four-star event at the 2003 Adelaide CCI4* riding True Blue Toozac. He was longlisted for the Australian Eventing Team for the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympic Games. While in Australia, Martin met his wife Silva, a successful Grand Prix dressage athlete. In 2006, Martin headed to Lexington, Ky., to compete in the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. He came to love the United States so much that he and Silva moved to the States to pursue their respective international eventing and dressage goals. In 2008, he was ranked number two on the U.S. Eventing Association Rider of the Year Leaderboard, an impressive feat in only his second year living and competing in the U.S. At the 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone, Martin and Neville Bardos finished in fourth place. In the fall of 2010, Martin and Neville Bardos competed as part of the U.S. team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and were the highest-placing Americans in 10th place. On May 31, 2011, a fire ravaged Martin’s barn, taking the lives of six horses and injuring four others, including Neville Bardos. Things looked grim for the little horse, but he tenaciously continued to improve and recover. Martin focused on getting Neville Bardos recovered and fit in time for the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials CCI4*. The pair traveled to England and finished seventh in the grueling competition. For his amazing comeback, Neville Bardos was named the 2011 USEF International Horse of the Year. Martin has represented the U.S. in events all across the world and earned a Team Gold medal as part of the U.S. Eventing Team at the 2015 Pan American Games. Follow Boyd Martin: Facebook @BoydMartinEventing, Twitter @WindurraUSA, Instagram @windurrausa1,

Clark Montgomery (Tetbury, England) and Holly & William Becker, Kathryn Kraft, and Jessica Montgomery’s Loughan Glen, a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding Most Recent Highlights: • Placed second in the Event Rider Masters CIC3* with Loughan Glen at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials • Placed ninth in the Event Rider Masters CIC3* with Loughan Glen at the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials Clark Montgomery grew up in Texas, but made the move to the East Coast in 1999 to further his eventing career, training with top riders and coaches such as Karen and David O’Connor and Captain Mark Phillips. Since 2001, he has frequently been on the USEF Eventing High Performance Training List. Montgomery has scored numerous top placings in the U.S. and abroad, as well as representing the U.S. on FEI Nations Cup™ teams at the Aachen CICO3* and the Military Boekelo-Enschede CCIO3*. Following the 2012 competition season, Montgomery made the decision to relocate to England. Montgomery trains out of Silverwood Farm in the Cotswolds region of England. He and his wife, Jessica, have a daughter named Vivian. Follow Clark Montgomery: Facebook @MontgomeryEquestrian, Twitter @MontgomeryEques, Instagram @Clarkmonty, Youtube,

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U.S. OLYMPIC EVENTING TEAM (cont.) Traveling Reserve Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) and The Donner Syndicate, LLC’s Donner, a 2003 Thoroughbred gelding

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Most Recent Highlights: • Placed third in the CIC3* with Donner at the 2016 Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International • Placed third in the CIC3* with Donner at the 2015 Land Rover Great Meadow International presented by Adequan® Lynn Symansky began riding at the age of three and competing at the age of five. She grew up as a member of the United States Pony Club, earning her A-rating, and by the age of 18, she was competing at the Advanced level. In 2003, Symansky was named to the Short List for the Pan American Games. Four years later, she completed her first CCI4* at the 2007 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event with longtime partner No It Tissant. Symansky found another star in the off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding, Donner. After bringing the talented horse steadily up the levels, Symansky and Donner represented the U.S. for the first time at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, where the pair finished on its dressage score to contribute to the Team Gold medal. In 2013, the pair finished in fifth place in the Rolex Kentucky ThreeDay Event presented by Land Rover CCI4*, earning Symansky the Rolex/USEF CCI4* Reserve National Championship title as the second highest-placed American. Symansky and Donner were members of the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. Symansky trains and operates her business out of Handlen Farm in Middleburg, Va. She married Eric Reid in November 2015. Follow Lynn Symansky: Facebook, Twitter @LynnSymanskyEq, Instagram @lynn.symansky. equestrian,

SHOW JUMPING AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES • Show Jumping competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will take place August 14-19 at the Deodoro venue. • Up to 15 nations will be represented in team competition with an additional 12 nations being represented by individual athletes. • The U.S. Team qualified for the Olympic Games after placing third at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. • At the Olympic Games, teams are comprised of a maximum of four, minimum of three athlete/horse combinations. • Team and Individual medals are determined across four days of competition.

COMPETITION SCHEDULE AUGUST 14 First Individual Qualifier, which counts as qualification for the Final Individual Competition. In addition, it determines the starting order for the Team Competition. AUGUST 16 AND 17 Team Competition and Second and Third Individual Qualifying Competitions. All teams compete on day two with the top eight teams following the first round moving forward to the team final on day three. The winning team is awarded after two rounds of jumping on day three based on the team that incurred the least amount of penalties over the two rounds (only the top three scores from each team per round are counted). AUGUST 19 Final Individual Competition, which takes place over two rounds. The winning Individual is based on the Individual that incurred the least amount of penalties over the two rounds.

Lucy Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Old Oak Farm’s Barron, a 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding Most Recent Highlights: • Tied for Team Silver in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, presented by Longines with Barron at CSIO5* St. Gallen • Placed second in the Longines Grand Prix of Switzerland with Barron at CSIO5* St. Gallen Lucy Davis got an early start, riding as soon as she could walk and taking lessons by the age of five. It was a natural progression for Davis to take up riding early on, as her grandfather, Robert Barron Frieze, worked in the horse racing industry as a jockey’s agent. Davis also played soccer competitively until the age of 16; when the commitment of both sports became too much and she chose riding. Davis got her first taste of international team competition when she attended the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC) in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, she rode True Love to Young Rider Individual Silver medal honors. The following year, she was on the Zone 10 Gold-medal winning team and placed fifth individually with Nemo 119. In 2012, Davis received the Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy as a young rider in one of the Olympic disciplines who exemplified both sportsmanship and horsemanship. She had a standout year in 2013, including competing in her first Rolex/FEI World Cup Final, representing the U.S. on her first FEI Nations Cup™ teams, earning the Furusiyya Leading Rider of the Day Award for her double-clear jumping effort at Rotterdam, and securing a major win at the Grand Prix of Lausanne to make her the youngest rider to win a Global Champions Tour Grand Prix at the age of 20. Several of those accomplishments took place with Barron, one of Davis’ top horses, who is named after her grandfather. The following year, Davis reached another milestone by helping the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, win the Team Bronze medal. In addition to riding at the highest level, Davis graduated from Stanford University in June of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a specialization in Architectural Design. Follow Lucy Davis: Facebook, Twitter @gooseydavis, Instagram @gooseydavis

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U.S. OLYMPIC SHOW JUMPING TEAM Kent Farrington (Wellington, Fla.) and Amalaya Investments’ Voyeur, a 2002 KWPN gelding Most Recent Highlights: • Won the Altagas Cup with Aron S and Scotiabank Cup with Gazelle at the Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ CSI5* Tournament • Won the Bantrel Cup and the ATB Financial Cup with Gazelle at the Spruce Meadows ‘National’ CSI5* Tournament presented by Rolex • Team Silver tie in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ presented by Longines with Voyeur at CSIO5* Rome Kent Farrington began riding at the age of eight after he saw a picture of his mother on a horse and wanted to try it himself. He started taking weekly lessons at a carriage barn in downtown Chicago and soon graduated from riding carriage horses in the city to racing ponies and retraining ex-racehorses in the suburbs. Farrington had an outstanding Junior and Young Rider career, winning the Eiser/Pessoa National Equitation Medal Finals in 1998 and Team Gold at the North American Young Riders Championship and the Washington International Equitation Medal in 1999. Farrington turned professional in 1999 when he accepted a job with four-time British Olympian Tim Grubb, and began working with two-time U.S. Olympian Leslie Howard a few years later. In his first three years as a professional, Farrington earned over $1 million in prize money and received the Maxine Beard Award, presented to young riders who are talented in the sport of show jumping and also show great potential to represent the U.S. in Nations Cup competitions and international championships, in 2001. Farrington quickly made a name for himself at the top level of the sport, including numerous Grand Prix wins and Nations Cup appearances. He represented the U.S. in his first international championship with Uceko at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, helping the U.S. Team earn the Gold medal. Farrington partnered with Voyeur to aid the U.S. in a Team Bronze-medal finish at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. At the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, Farrington rode Gazelle and again helped the U.S. earn Team Bronze. Follow Kent Farrington: Facebook @KentFarringtonLLC, Twitter @KentFarrington, Instagram @teamkpf,

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Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and Abigail Wexner’s Cortes ‘C’, a 2002 Belgian Warmblood gelding Most Recent Highlights: • Won the O’Seven Priijs with Coach at CHIO Rotterdam • Placed third in the Gold Tour 4 Grand Prix CSI3* with Quister at the Baltica Equestrian Spring Tour • Team Silver in the $150,000 FEI Nations Cup with Simon at CSIO4* Wellington Originally from Milwaukee, Wis., Beezie Madden has been riding since the age of three and received her first pony as a Christmas gift at age four. Madden rode throughout her childhood and competitively for Southern Seminary Junior College. She made her debut at Grand Prix, jumping’s highest level, in 1985 at age 22. For nearly three decades, Madden has represented the United States in the world’s most prestigious competitions, becoming the first American to break into the top three in show jumping’s world rankings and was the first woman to pass the $1 million mark in earnings for show jumping. Madden has won the USEF Equestrian of the Year title four times, including back-to-back honors in 2006 and 2007 - the first rider ever to do so - and then again earning back-to-back honors in 2013 and 2014. Though she is one of the most successful female equestrian athletes in U.S. history, Madden did not make her Olympic Games debut until 2004. Aboard Authentic, Madden aided the U.S. Team to a Team Gold medal. Two years later, the pair added Team and Individual Silver medals to its resume with outstanding performances at 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. In 2008, Madden and Authentic garnered their second consecutive Team Gold medal at the Olympic Games, where they won an unbelievable jump-off to also pick up Individual Bronze. Having competed in seven previous FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals, Madden entered the 2013 Final with experience on her side and became only the fifth woman ever to win the Rolex/FEI World Cup™ Final crown with Simon. In May of 2014, Madden was forced to sit on the sidelines for six weeks due to a broken collarbone. A fierce competitor, she returned to her winning ways just six weeks later, helping the U.S. to victory in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup of Great Britain presented by Longines with Cortes ‘C’. The pair went on to represent the U.S. at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games were they collected Team and Individual Bronze medals. Follow Beezie Madden: Facebook @beeziemadden, Twitter @johnmaddensales, Instagram @johnmaddensales, YouTube,

McLain Ward (Brewester, N.Y.) with Double H Farm & Francois Mathy’s HH Azur, a 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare Most Recent Highlights: • Placed third in the Longines Port of Rotterdm Grand Prix with HH Azur at CHIO Rotterdam • Won the Loro Piana Grand Prix City of Rome with HH Azur and the Small Grand Prix Engel & Volkers with HH Carlos Z and Team Silver tie in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ presented by Longines at CSIO5* Rome McLain Ward was introduced to riding before he could walk and has a competitive prowess that only continues to increase with age. In 1990, Ward became the youngest rider ever to win both the USET Medal Finals and the USET Talent Derby at age 14. He would go on to turn that into a legacy, winning the pair of competitions from 1990-1992. After turning pro, he quickly became the youngest rider to reach the $1 million mark in earnings in 1999, at age 24. Ward has been a valuable member of the U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team at the past three Olympic Games. He made his Olympic Games debut a memorable one at the 2004 Games in Athens, aiding the U.S. to a Team Gold with legendary partner Sapphire. Two years later, the pair was part of the Silver medal-winning team at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games. At the 2008 Olympic Games, Ward and Sapphire repeated their Olympic success, earning their second consecutive Team Gold medal. In 2012, Ward suffered a shattered knee-cap that kept him from riding for more than three months. Ward made his return to competition a noticeable one, winning in his first event back in the saddle at the $40,000 Old Salem Grand Prix with Antares F. In 2014 and 2015, Ward had big success with longtime partner Rothchild, who holds special meaning to Ward as the last of the horses that were purchased by Ward’s late father, Barney. The pair was part of the Team Bronze-medal winning efforts at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the 2015 Pan American Games. It was at the Pan American Games that Ward accomplished what had eluded him throughout his career, his first individual medal – a Gold. Ward is married to his wife, Lauren, who is an avid competitor in the amateur divisions. In early 2015, they welcomed their first child, Lilly Kristine Ward. Follow McLain Ward: Facebook,

Traveling Reserves Laura Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) and Old Willow Farms, LLC’s Zeremonie, a 2007 Holsteiner mare Most Recent Highlights: • Placed second in the Prize of Volvo CSI5* with Andretti S at the Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid • Team Silver tie in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ presented by Longines with Zeremonie at CSIO5* Rome Laura Kraut’s illustrious career began when she received her first riding lesson at the age of three. Encouraged by their mother, Carol, Kraut and sister Mary Elizabeth took riding lessons together throughout their childhood and still work together today. While Kraut trains and competes around the world at the highest levels of show jumping, Mary Elizabeth manages the business side of things. For almost three decades Kraut has represented the U.S. at Olympic Games, World Championships, and in numerous Nations Cup competitions. Kraut’s first big break came in 1992, when she was named an alternate to the U.S. team for the Barcelona Olympic Games. Eight years later, she made her Olympic Games debut in Sydney. Kraut earned her first team medal as part of the U.S. team at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, where she and Miss Independent helped bring home a Team Silver medal. In 2008, Kraut and Cedric defied gravity and expectations at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong. They won the 2008 USEF Olympic Games Selection Trials, jumping clear in the first round and never looking back. At the Olympic Games, Cedric was stellar in the team portion of the competition and was an integral part of the Gold medal-winning effort for the U.S. A passion for horses and equestrian sport runs in the family for Kraut, as her teenage son, Bobby, is an avid competitor in the jumper ranks. Based in both Florida and Great Britain, Kraut and her longtime partner, legendary British show jumper Nick Skelton, run a successful training business. She is an ambassador for Just World International, the charitable foundation established by former equestrian rider Jessica Newman, which is dedicated to humanitarian causes. Follow Laura Kraut: Facebook @laurakrautUSA, Twitter @laurakraut, Instagram @laurakraut,

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PARA-EQUESTRIAN DRESSAGE AT THE PARALYMPIC GAMES • Para-equestrian dressage competition at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games will take place September 11-16 at the Deodoro venue. • The team competition will consist of 14 nations with an additional 22 athletes competing as individuals. • The United States obtained a Paralympic Games berth as one of the seven highest-ranked teams (not otherwise qualified) on the FEI Paralympic Team Ranking List, covering the period of November 1, 2014 to January 31, 2016. • At the Paralympic Games, athlete/horse combinations will perform two compulsory tests to determine team medals. Teams are comprised of a maximum of four athlete/horse combinations from mixed grades. • Only one set of medals will be awarded for the Team Competition. The lowest combined score from each team will be dropped to determine the teammedalists. • Combinations will also perform up to two compulsory tests, the Individual Competition Test and the Freestyle, to determine individual medalists per class. • Five sets of medals will be awarded for the Individual Championship Competition, and five sets of medals will be awarded to the Freestyle to Music Competition (one set per Grade).

COMPETITION SCHEDULE SEPTEMBER 11 – 13 Grade Ia, Grade Ib, Grade II, Grade III, Grade IV Team Tests, which serve as the first part of the Team Competition PHOTOS: ERICH LINDER PHOTOGRAPHY & SUSANJSTICKLE.COM

SEPTEMBER 13 Grade III Individual Championship Test, first part of the Individual Competition and second part of the Team Competition SEPTEMBER 14 AND 15 Grade Ia, Grade Ib, Grade II, and Grade IV Individual Championship Tests SEPTEMBER 16 Grade Ia, Grade Ib, Grade II, Grade III, and Grade IV Individual Freestyle Tests set to music, the second part of the Individual Competition

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U.S. PARALYMPIC EQUESTRIAN TEAM Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Grade Ib, and Wesley Dunham’s Western Rose, a 2003 Oldenburg mare

Rebecca Hart (Wellington, Fla.), Grade II, and her own Schroeters Romani, a 2002 Danish Warmblood mare

Most Recent Highlights: • High Performance Division National Champion and Grade Ib National Champion with Western Rose at the 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships sponsored by Deloitte and Selection Event for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games • Won the Grade Ib Team and Individual Tests at the Wellington CPEDI3* with Western Rose during week two of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival • Won the Grade Ib Team Test and Grade Ib Individual Test at the Wellington CPEDI3* with Western Rose during the first week of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival Sydney Collier began riding at seven years old with dreams of competing at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. A routine vision screening altered that goal when the doctor diagnosed her with Wyburn–Mason syndrome, a very rare congenital birth defect affecting less than 0.14% of the world’s population. In 2007, Collier underwent medical treatments and hospitalizations to get rid of the arteriovenous malformations (AVM) that characterize Wyburn-Mason syndrome. These included multiple-staged CyberKnife radiation treatments and a series of three unplanned brain surgeries. As a result, Collier completely lost the vision in her right eye and suffered a stroke that caused the loss of the use of the left side of her body. Additionally, she endured countless hours of physical and occupational therapy to relearn to walk and use the left side of her body. Despite her physical difficulties, she continued to ride and train. After attending the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and meeting Paralympian Jonathan Wentz, Collier became inspired to compete in para-equestrian dressage. At just 16-years-old, Grade Ib competitor Collier made her first appearance as part of a U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) with Willi Wesley. She won the 2014 FEI Against All Odds Award and 2014 USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year award. She capitalized on her WEG experience and won Team and Individual Grade Ib Gold medals at the 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North with Wentworth. Follow Sydney Collier: Twitter @sydsparaquest, Instagram @sydsparaquest,

Most Recent Highlights: • Won the Grade II Individual Test with Schroeters Romani at the Deauville, France CPEDI3* • Team Gold medalist with Schroeters Romani in the $10,000 CPEDI3* during week two of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival; Grade II Individual Champion • Won the Grade II Team, Individual, and Freestyle Tests with Schroeters Romani during week one of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival Rebecca Hart was born with a rare genetic disease called hereditary spastic paraplegia [HSP], a progressive impairment that causes muscle wasting and paralysis from the middle of the back down. Hart got involved with the Paralympic movement in 1998 at a regional competition in Atlanta, Ga. It was at that competition that Hart decided she wanted to aim for international competition. Hart purchased her first horse and began to train for national and international competition. Over the years, she has represented the U.S. at several international events, including the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games. In 2014, she paired with her new mount, Schroeters Romani. They placed seventh in each of their three tests at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and won back-to-back USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships in 2014 and 2015. Hart is a seven-time USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion. Hart trains at Cherry Knoll Farm with Missy Ransehousen and Todd Flettrich. Follow Rebecca Hart: Facebook @RebeccaHart136, Instagram @rebeccahart136

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U.S. PARALYMPIC EQUESTRIAN TEAM (cont.) Margaret McIntosh (Reading, Pa.), Grade Ia, and her own Rio Rio, a 2006 Rheinland Pfalz-Saar mare Most Recent Highlights: • Won the Grade Ia Freestyle and placed second in the Grade 1a Team and Individual Test in the High Performance division of the 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships sponsored by Deloitte and Selection Event for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games • Team Gold medalist at the Wellington CPEDI3* during week two of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival with Rio Rio; won the Grade Ia Freestyle • Individual Grade Ia Champion at the Wellington CPEDI3* during the first week of the 2016 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival with Rio Rio Margaret “Gigi” McIntosh had a successful able-bodied equestrian career before a fall during the cross-country phase of an eventing competition in 1999 left her with a broken neck. This resulted in incomplete quadriplegia. However, her love of equestrian sport kept her fighting. After working hard to regain her mobility, she made a comeback through paraequestrian dressage as a Grade Ia competitor. She and her mare, Rio Rio, earned the Reserve National Champion title at the USEF 2014 Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships. McIntosh is married to her husband, Brian, and they have two children, Charlotte and Cameron. Follow Margaret McIntosh: Facebook @MargaretMcIntoshParaEquestrian,

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Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn. and Wellington, Fla.), Grade III, and Heather Blitz & Rebecca Reno’s Lancelot Warrior, a 2002 Hanoverian gelding Most Recent Highlights: • High Performance Division Reserve National Champion and Grade III National Champion with Lancelot Warrior at the 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships sponsored by Deloitte and Selection Event for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games • Team Gold medalist in the Wellington CPEDI3* during week two of the 2016 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival with Lancelot Warrior; Grade III Individual Champion • Team Gold medalist and Grade III Individual Champion at the Wellington CPEDI3* during the first week of the 2016 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival with Lancelot Warrior Prior to birth, Angela “Annie” Peavy suffered a stroke, leaving her paralyzed on the left side of her body. When she was four, she began riding horses as a method of physical therapy. When she was 10, she got her first horse and developed a love for dressage. Peavy and her mother went on “dressage vacations” to Portugal where she took three lessons a day. After she returned home, her friend introduced her to paraequestrian dressage. From there, she started working toward her goal of representing the U.S. across the world. As a high school sophomore, Grade III athlete Peavy won the 2012 Youth Dressage Festival Championship made up of hundreds of young riders from the U.S. and abroad. Her hard work and dedication landed her a spot on the U.S. Team at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) with mount Ozzy Cooper. Peavy is one of the few para-equestrian athletes who also competes in able-bodied dressage. As a result, after returning from the WEG, the pair won Reserve Champion honors in the FEI Junior Team championship at the Great American/USDF Region 8 Championships. Peavy trains with Heather Blitz at Cutler Farm in Medfield, Mass. Follow Angela Peavy: Facebook @Annie Peavy, Twitter @anniepeavy, Instagram@apeavy,

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ith the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro beginning in August, the United States Olympic Committee has teamed up with First Lady Michelle Obama and her Let’s Move! initiative to encourage children to participate in physical activity. While at the 2016 Olympic 100 Days Out event in New York, the First Lady said, “We want our young people to be inspired by the amazing stories of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes. And we don’t just want our young people to watch these Olympic sports – we want them to get active and try these sports out for themselves.”


Time to Ride Challenge To get the next generation involved, the National Governing Bodies of Olympic and Paralympic sports have been challenged to bring new youth engagements to their respective sports. Because of this, the United States Equestrian Federation and several other equine-related organizations have collaborated under The American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance. The Alliance was formed to show unexposed horse-interested consumers the benefit of the sport and to grow the industry. The USEF and the Alliance plan to help bring 25,000 new youth engagements to equestrian sports in 2016 through the Time to Ride Challenge. Since 2014, the Challenge has introduced more than 60,000 people to horses through first-time horse experiences with support from hundreds of equine businesses nationwide. This year’s Challenge lasts from June 1 to September 30, 2016, and is open to any equine-related business or organization, including stables, instructors, veterinarians, feed stores, clubs, racetracks, and more. Throughout this challenge, businesses are encouraged to host events that invite newcomers to the industry, including petting, grooming, riding, education, crafts, and more. Separated into divisions depending on size, the hosts with the most newcomers at the end of the challenge will be awarded a grand prize of $10,000, with cash prizes through 10th place.

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Sydney Knott of Horses4Heroes in Las Vegas, Nev., won over $25,000 in prizes in 2014 and says, “It’s a dream come true to be recognized for our efforts to introduce new people to horses. First-time horse experiences are, without a doubt, life changing. It’s hard to believe how many people in this country have never seen or touched a horse. To be there the first time they see a horse is so great. They walk away happier, taller, and brighter.” Even if the businesses or organizations do not win any prizes, there is still the opportunity to gain new clients, new connections in the community, and a new way to promote the business. Sarah Spires

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What’s Next Fall Issue After the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, check out Equestrian Magazine for wrap-ups featuring the U.S. dressage, eventing, jumping, and para-equestrian teams’ performances, along with behindthe-scenes photos and stories. Limited copies will also be available at the CP National Horse Show, November 1-6, in Lexington, Ky.

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