Team USA Named for World Equestrian Games

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The USEF has just named the U.S. eventing squad for the World Equestrian Games! The announcement reads as follows:

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named six athlete-and-horse combinations to the Squad for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Additionally, eight athlete-and-horse combinations have been named as alternates. Preparation Events for squad members and alternates will be held for United States-based combinations at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. July 26-27 and for European-based combinations at Wilton in the United Kingdom, July 26-27.

The following athlete-and-horse combinations have been named to the Squad for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (in alphabetical order);

Buck Davidson (Ocala, Fla.) and Carl and Cassandra Segal’s Ballynoe Castle RM
Ballynoe Castle RM is a 2000 Irish Thoroughbred gelding.

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and the Trading Aces LLC’s Trading Aces
Trading Aces is a 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding.

Sinead Halpin (Oldwick, NJ) and Manoir De Carneville Syndicate’s Manoir de Carneville
Manoir de Carneville is a 2000 Selle Francais gelding.

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) will ride the Shamwari 4 Syndicate LLC’s Shamwari 4
Shamwari 4 is a 2002 Hanoverian gelding.

Kim Severson (Charlottesville, Va.) and her own Fernhill Fearless
Fernhill Fearless is a 2000 Irish Sport Horse gelding.

Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) and her own Donner
Donner is a 2003 Thoroughbred gelding.

The following athlete-and-horse combinations have been named as alternates to the Squad for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (in alphabetical order);

Hannah Sue Burnett (The Plains, Va.) and Jacqueline Mars’ Harbour Pilot
Harbour Pilot is a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding.

Jan Byyny (Purcellville, VA) and her own and Dick and Jo Bynny’s Inmidair
Inmidair is a 1999 New Zealand Thoroughbred gelding.

Buck Davidson (Ocala, Fla.) and Carl and Cassandra Segal’s Park Trader
Park Trader is a 2002 Irish Thoroughbred gelding.

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Bruce Duchossois’ Mighty Nice
Mighty Nice is a 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding.

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

Marilyn Little (Frederick, MD) and Raylyn Farms and Team Demeter’s RF Demeter
RF Demeter is a 2002 Oldenburg mare.

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and the Trading Aces LLC’s Trading Aces
Trading Aces is a 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding.

Meghan O’Donoghue (Carbondale, IL) and her own Pirate
Pirate is a 2002 Thoroughbred gelding.

Per the USEF Selection Procedures for Eventing:
The Selectors, in evaluating athlete/horse combinations to be named to the Squad and the alternates, will base their evaluations on the following factors:
1. The overall performance and soundness of the athlete/horse combination in those 2013/2014 competitions designated as Selection Trials/Tryout Events with emphasis on dressage scores, current fitness, cross country, and show jumping performance: jumping without faults and/or incurring time penalties, boldness, rideability, and speed;
2. The previous international experience of the athlete/horse combination, including the demonstrated ability of the athlete/horse combination to succeed in Eventing competitions;
3. Athlete’s fitness (see definitions); and
4. The athlete/horse combination’s will to win and the suitability of the combination to win an individual medal or contribute to a team medal at the Event.

Click here to see the Selection Procedures for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team.

Congrats to everyone who made the team! We’ll be back soon with our full analysis on the squad.

Go Team USA, and Go Eventing.

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