Hot off the presses! US Equestrian has just released the 2019 eventing training lists, which are structured following the new U.S. Eventing Pathway Program. Spearheaded by U.S. Eventing Performance Director Erik Duvander, the program is designed to create a “culture of competitiveness” and provide a more clearly defined pathway for U.S. event riders.
The program restructured the training lists into Elite, Development Pre-Elite and Development Potential groups, and also includes the Emerging Athlete training lists. Click here to read more about the U.S. Eventing Pathway Program.
These lists were approved by an ad hoc croup of the USEF Eventing Sport Committee on Erik’s recommendation, along with input from his Performance Advisory Team. The team is made up of Erik Duvander; Leslie Law, leader of the Development Potential and U25 Program; Ian Stark, European-based eventing expert; Karen O’Connor, U.S.-based eventing expert; Derek di Grazia, universal eventing expert; and Bobby Costello, Chairman of Selectors (pending approval of the USEF Board of Directors).
The Elite Program seeks to support athlete and horse combinations demonstrating the ability to contribute to medal-winning potential at the World Championship level, measured against world-leading performances and looking to compete at the next Olympic or World Championship.
2019 Elite Training List:
Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Z, Thomas Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Caroline Moran, and Ann Jones’s 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding
Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) and Donner, The Donner Syndicate, LLC’s 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding
The Development Pre-Elite Program aims to identify and support athlete and horse combinations that have the perceived potential to meet Elite status within the next two to four years, with the target of competing on a championship team in the next four to six years.
2019 Development Pre-Elite Training List:
Liz Halliday-Sharp (Ocala, Fla.) and Deniro Z, The Deniro Syndicate and Ocala Horse Properties’ 10-year-old KWPN gelding
Caroline Martin (Miami Beach, Fla.) and Islandwood Captain Jack, her and Sherrie Martin’s nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding
Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and Long Island T, Long Island T Syndicate’s 12-year-old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding
Doug Payne (Aiken, S.C.) and Getaway, Lisa Wall’s 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding
Tamie Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) and Fleeceworks Royal, Judith McSwain’s nine-year-old Holsteiner mare
Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play, The Donner Syndicate, LLC’s 10-year-old German Sporthorse gelding
Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection, Mary Ann Ghadban’s 14-year-old Holsteiner mare
Frankie Thieriot Stutes (Occidental, Calif.) and Chatwin, The Chatwin Group’s 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding
The Development Potential Program looks to focus athletes on education aimed at equipping them with the necessary tools and skills to have the perceived talent to reach Elite status in the next four to eight years, with the goal of Pre-Elite targets by the age of 30.
2019 Developing Potential Training List:
Maya Black (Clinton, Wash.)
Jenny Caras (Cartersville, Ga.)
Katherine Coleman (New Orleans, La.)
Hallie Coon (Ocala, Fla.)
Sydney Elliott (Bossier City, La.)
Ariel Grald (Vass, N.C.)
Alex O’Neal (Reddick, Fla.)
The Emerging Athlete Eventing 18 and Eventing 25 Program participants were announced earlier this month. Jenny Caras and Hallie Coon have been removed from the Eventing 25 Program and moved to the 2019 Developing Potential Training List.