The U.S. Equestrian Federation has awarded training and competition grants to 10 dressage athlete/horse combinations. These grants will help these combinations take part in CDI competitions throughout Europe in preparation for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France). Grants were awarded based on international competition experience and the athlete’s prospect of contributing to a team or individual medal at the 2014 WEG.
The following 10 combinations have been awarded grants (listed in alphabetical order):
David Blake (Encinitas, Calif.) on Melanie Pai’s Ikaros, a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding
Heather Blitz (Wellington, Fla.) on her own Paragon, a 10-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding
Jan Ebeling (Moorpark, Calif.) on Ann Romney, Amy Ebeling and Beth Meyers’ Rafalca, a 16-year-old Oldenburg mare
Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) on Patricia Stempel’s Doktor, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding
Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) on Peggy Thomas’ Wizard, a 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding
Tina Konyot (Palm City, Fla.) on her own Calecto V, a 15-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion
Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) on Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92, an 11-year-old Westphalian gelding
Kathleen Raine (Murrieta, Calif.) on Jennifer Mason and David Wightman’s Breanna, a 13-year-old Hanoverian mare
Guenter Seidel (Cardiff, Calif.) on Coral Reef Ranch’s Coral Reef Wylea, a 13-year-old Westphalian mare
Lisa Wilcox (Loxahatchee, Fla.) on Horses Unlimited Inc.’s Pikko Del Cerro HU, a 10-year-old Hanoverian stallion
The funding for these grants was made possible by the USET Foundation.