The USEF has ranked the alternate horse and rider combinations for the U.S. WEG eventing squad, thus deciding which pairs will make the trek to Normandy to be ready to step up should one of the team members become unable to compete.
The following pairs will be traveling with the team (list in order of rank):
Marilyn Little (Frederick, Md.) and Team Demeter’s RF Demeter
RF Demeter is a 2002 Oldenburg mare.
Hannah Sue Burnett (The Plains, Va.) and Jacqueline Mars’ Harbour Pilot
Harbour Pilot is a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding.
Meghan O’Donoghue (Carbondale, Ill.) and her own Pirate
Pirate is a 2002 Thoroughbred gelding.
The remaining three alternates are ranked as follows:
Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Bruce Duchossois’ Mighty Nice
Mighty Nice is a 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding.
Buck Davidson (Ocala, Fla.) and Carl and Cassandra Segal’s Park Trader
Park Trader is a 2002 Irish Thoroughbred gelding.
Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and the Trading Aces LLC’s Trading Aces
Trading Aces is a 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding.
Both Mighty Nice and Park Trader will also be traveling to France in order to continue their preparations for Burghley later this fall. Trading Aces, of course, is Phillip Dutton’s ride as a squad member.
Lauren Kieffer has withdrawn Veronica from her spot as a WEG alternate and will prepare to compete in the CCI4* at Pau in October.