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USEF Announces 2014 Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Participants

November 21, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and its Eventing High Performance Department is proud to announce the participants for the 2014 Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program. For the second year, a Developing Rider will be defined as a rider (25 and under) who has achieved a qualifying result at the CCI2* level. Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor will lead the Developing Riders/Eventing 25 program and coach the accepted athletes. In addition to lessons under saddle, there will be a classroom component to this program. Topics will include theory, training and course design. There will also be presentations by guest speakers on subjects including veterinary care and stable management.


The following horses and riders have been chosen by the Eventing Selection Committee and approved by the Eventing High Performance Committee to take part in the 2014 Developing Riders/ Eventing 25 Program. These combinations have been invited to take part in training sessions with O’Connor in California and Ocala, Florida.


Caitlin Silliman - Photo by Lauren R. Giannini

Caitlin Silliman – Photo by Lauren R. Giannini

California Training Session


The following combinations have been selected to participate in training sessions

at a location still to be confirmed, January 14-17:


Helen Bouscaren (San Ramon, CA) and her own Ben*

Ben is a 2004 Thoroughbred gelding


Cori Davis (Shingle Springs, CA) and her own A Golden Effort

A Golden Effort is a 2004 Thoroughbred gelding


Avery Klunick (Midland, TX) and her own and Chip Klunick’s In It To Win It

In It To Win It is a 2000 New Zealand Sport Horse gelding


Brynn Littlehale (Saratoga, CA) and her own Forgotten Emblem

Forgotten Emblem is a 2003 Thoroughbred gelding


Emily Pestl-Dimmit (Renton, WA) and Michele Pestl’s Airlington

Airlington is a 2003 Bavarian Warmblood gelding


MacKenna Shea (Tacoma, WA) and her own Landioso

Landioso is 2002 Bavarian Warmblood gelding


Kimberly Steinbuch (Castro Valley, CA) and her own Pikture This

Pikture This is a 2000 Hanoverian/Thoroughbred Cross


*This pair has been ‘Talent Spotted’ on to this list.


Florida Training Session


The following combinations have been selected to participate in training sessions generously hosted at Meredyth South in Ocala, FL January 20-24:


Nora Battig (Granite Bay, CA) and her own Steppin’ Out

Steppin’ Out is a 2005 Trakehner/Thoroughbred mare


Alexandra Blyskal-Sacksen (Landenberg, PA) and her own Sparrow’s Nio

Sparrow’s Nio is a 2003 Connemara/Thoroughbred gelding


Zach Brandt (Thousand Oaks, CA) and his own Cavallino Cocktail

Cavallino Cocktail is a 2002 Irish Sport Horse mare


Jenny Caras (Marietta, GA) and her own Fernhill Fortitude or Fernhill Stowaway

Fernhill Fortitude is a 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Fernhill Stowaway is a 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding


Danielle Dichting (Roswell, GA) and her own The Graduate

The Graduate is a 1998 Sachsen-Anhaltiner gelding


Sarah Dunkerton (Soso, MS) and her own and Richard Dunkerton’s Matapeake

Matapeake is a 1999 Thoroughbred gelding


Ariel Grald (Randolph Center, VT) and Carol Rittenhouse’s LBF Oleagh’s Image*

LBF Oleagh’s Image is a 2005 Irish Sport Horse mare


Katherine Groesbeck (Temecula, CA) and her own Oz the Tin Man

Oz The Tin Man is a 1997 Anglo-Arabian gelding


Emily Renfroe (Magnolia Springs, AL) and her own Walk the Line

Walk the Line is a 2002 Hanoverian mare


Caitlin Silliman (Chestertown, MD) and her own Catch A Star

Catch A Star is a 2000 Holsteiner/Thoroughbred mare


Lizzie Snow (Milwaukie, OR) and Diane Snow’s Ringfort Tinkaturk

Ringfort Tinkaturk is a 2005 Irish Sport Horse gelding


Julie Wolfert (Bucyrus, KS) and her own Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a 2001 Thoroughbred gelding


*This pair has been ‘Talent Spotted’ on to this list.


Florida Alternate

Meghan O’Donoghue (Carbondale, IL) and her own Pirate

Pirate is a 2002 Thoroughbred gelding


Meghan O’Donoghue and Pirate have already been named to the World Class list and invited to participate in High Performance Training Sessions with O’Connor. Due to limited space in the 2014 Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program, they will be invited to participate in this Florida Training Session if a spot becomes available.



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