Four showjumpers have been named to the US team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, with on-fire rider Beezie Madden having the choice of two horses.
US riders had a successful time in Britain and Ireland in recent weeks, and several of the younger alternates will be disappointed not to get a shot at WEG.
The selected team is, in alphabetical order:
- Lucy Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.) will ride Old Oak Farm’s Barron (2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding)
- Kent Farrington (Wellington, Fla.) will ride Amalaya Investments’ Voyeur (2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding)
- Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) will ride Abigail Wexner’s Cortes ‘C’ (2002 Belgian Warmblood gelding) or Simon (1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding)
- McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.) will ride Sagamore Farms’ Rothchild (2001 Warmblood gelding)
Margie Engle, of Wellington, Florida, is the travelling reserve with Royce, a 2004 Oldenburg stallion owned by Elm Rock Partners LLC.
The youngest on the team by far is German based Lucy Davis, who is 22. Last year she was the youngest winner of a Global Champions Tour event when she claimed victory at the 2013 Grand Prix in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is trained by German couple Marcus Beerbaum and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum.
The alternates are, in alphabetical order:
- Katie Dinan (Wellington, Fla.) and Grant Road Partners LLC’s Nougat du Vallet (2001 Selle Francais gelding)
- Lauren Hough (Wellington, Fla.) and The Ohlala Group’s Ohlala (2004 Swedish Warmblood mare)
- Charlie Jayne (Elgin, Ill.) and Alex Jayne and Maura Thatcher’s Chill RZ (2003 Zangersheide stallion)
- Reed Kessler (Lexington, Ky.) and Kessler Show Stables’ Cylana (2002 Belgian Warmblood mare)
- Jessica Springsteen (Colts Neck, N.J.) and Stone Hill Farm’s Vindicat W (2002 KWPN gelding)