Former world endurance champion Valerie Kanavy has been named as second alternate on the US team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, but her anglo-arab mare My Wild Irish Gold will carry the Kanavy flag under rider Kelsey Russell.
Kanavy, 68, who won individual world championship titles in1994 and 1998, has been named among the US team’s four alternates.
The following combinations have been named by the US Equestrian Federation, (in alphabetical order):
- Ellen Olson (La Motte, Iowa) and Farzad Faryadi’s Hot Desert Knight (2000 Arabian gelding)
- Heather Reynolds (Dunnellon, Fla.) and her own Chanses (2005 Arabian gelding)
- Jeremy Reynolds (Dunnellon, Fla.) and his own RR Gold Dust Rising (2006 Arabian gelding)
- Kelsey Russell (Williston, Fla.) and Valerie Kanavy’s My Wild Irish Gold (2003 Anglo Arab mare)
- Dr. Margaret Sleeper (Frenchtown, N.J.) and her own Syrocco Reveille (2000 Arabian mare)
The alternates, in ranked order, are:
- Jeremy Olson (La Motte, Iowa) and Amy Wallace-Whelan’s Wallace Hill Shade (2002 Half-Arabian gelding)
- Valerie Kanavy (Fort Valley, Va.) with her own Just Gold ( 2005 Arabian gelding)
- Lisanne Dorion (Williston, Fla.) with her own SH Sur Trad (2004 Arabian gelding)
- Melody Blittersdorf (Jeffersonville, Vt.) with her own Synthetic (2000 Arabian gelding)
• Australian endurance rider Ben Hudson has been forced to withdraw Oso Edith from the country’s WEG team.
Hudson, 21, and Oso Edith’s owners made the decision to withdraw the eight-year-old mare following discussions with the team vet.
Trainer Amanda Kettlewell said it was a difficult time but the horse’s welfare remained the team’s priority.
“Right from the start of this amazing journey eight months ago I have always said that if our horse is not 110% to go overseas and represent Australia she would not get on the plane.
“Sadly this has been the case but the welfare of our horse is paramount along with the success of the Australian team,” she saidl.
The reserve combination of Sarah McLaughlin and Tonki Dee Boo Shania will travel with the other Australian based horses, who leave the country today.
The five member team is to be captained by three-time WEG representative Penny Toft, who was part of the Australian team which won bronze at the 2002 Jerez Games. She will ride Centre Fold te, and has Charlotte te as a reserve horse. Her daughter, Alexandra, 19, has also been named on the team with Dream Dancer te, along with Jennifer Annetts (Castlebar Contraband) and Sasha Laws-King (Qacima Du Sauveterre).