The USEF has just released the names on the High Performance Summer and Fall Training Lists. The horses and riders listed in each section will participate in training sessions with Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor on dates to be announced later.
As with this year’s Winter/Spring training lists, there is only one pair listed under Global Talent, and it’s clear that the selectors have really put their faith into Boyd Martin and Shamwari 4 after a great performance at Luhmühlen —even with the relatively new and untested partnership these two have. These two threw down in Germany, stamping their ticket to Normandy and a spot on the Global Talent List.
The rest of the U.S. WEG squad is, of course, on the lists as well. The depth that can be seen all the way through each list is impressive and an encouraging sign that U.S. eventing is headed in the right direction.
The combinations named are as follows, taken from the press release posted on the USEF’s website:
Combinations that currently possess the ability to win anywhere in the world.
Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and the Shamwari 4 Syndicate LLC’s Shamwari 4
Shamwari 4 is a 2002 Hanoverian gelding.
Combinations that currently possess the ability to be competitive anywhere in the world.
Jan Byyny (Purcellville, Va.) and her own and Dick and Jo Bynny’s Inmidair
Inmidair is a 1999 New Zealand Thoroughbred gelding.
Hannah Sue Burnett (The Plains, Va.) and Jacqueline Mars’ Harbour Pilot
Harbour Pilot is a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding.
Buck Davidson (Ocala, Fla.) and Carl and Cassandra Segal’s Park Trader
Park Trader is a 2002 Irish Thoroughbred gelding.
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.
Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Bruce Duchossois’ Mighty Nice
Mighty Nice is a 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding.
Sinead Halpin (Oldwick, N.J.) and Manoir De Carneville Syndicate’s Manoir de Carneville
Manoir de Carneville is a 2000 Selle Francais 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.
Clark Montgomery (Wiltshire, UK) and Jessica Montgomery, Kathryn Kraft, and Holly and William Becker’s Loughan Glen
Loughan Glen is a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding.
Clark Montgomery (Wiltshire, UK) and Jessica Montgomery, Carole Montgomery, Janet Higgins, and Elizabeth Smith’s Universe
Universe is a 2001 Dutch Warmblood gelding.
Meghan O’Donoghue (Carbondale, Ill.) and her own Pirate
Pirate is a 2002 Thoroughbred gelding.
Doug Payne (Apex, N.C.) and Larry and Amelia Ross’ and his own Crown Talisman
Crown Talisman is a 2003 Holsteiner/Thoroughbred 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.