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Top Show Jumping Riders Named to Long List for World Equestrian Games

March 22, 2010
McLain Ward and Sapphire
The top nine horses and riders are named according to their final overall placing in the selection trials. McLain Ward and Sapphire rank first.

Lexington, KY – Fifteen horse/rider combinations have been named to the show jumping long list for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Riders were selected at the USEF Selection Trials for show jumping in Wellington, FL, by the United States Equestrian Federation’s Ad Hoc Committee on Selection.

The top nine horses and riders are named according to their final overall placing in the selection trials. The remaining six horse/rider combinations may be discretionary choices recommended by the selectors. In this case, the selectors used three discretionary choices. The selectors also name and rank up to five substitute horse/rider combinations to the long list.

Ranking of Top 15 horse/rider combinations:

Name/Horse (Hometown)

1. McLain Ward/Sapphire (Brewster, NY)
2. Laura Kraut/Cedric (Wellington, FL)
3. Lauren Hough/Quick Study (Wellington, FL)
4. Nicole Shahinian-Simpson/Tristan (Thousand Oaks, CA)
5. Richard Spooner/Cristallo (Agua Dulce, CA)
6T. Mario Deslauriers/Urico (New York, NY)
6T. Beezie Madden/Danny Boy (Cazenovia, NY)
8. McLain Ward/Rothchild (Brewster, NY)
9. Hillary Dobbs/Quincy B (Sussex, NJ)
10. Beezie Madden/ Mademoiselle (Cazenovia, NY)
11. Candice King/Skara Glen's Davos (Wellington, FL)
12. Rich Fellers/Flexible (Wilsonville, OR)
13. Todd Minikus/Pavarotti (Loxahatchee, FL)
14. Cara Raether/Ublesco (North Palm Beach, FL)
15. Bob Kraut/Graf Lando (Oconomowoc, WI)

Alternates in order:

Ashlee Bond/Chivas Z (Hidden Hills, CA)
Georgina Bloomberg/Fiedi 3 (New York, NY)
Jeffery Welles/Armani (Wellington, FL)
Nicole Shahinian-Simpson Kilkenny Rindo (Thousand Oaks, CA)
Charlie Jayne/Athena (Elgin, IL)

The horse/rider combinations have been named to compete on the following Tours which consist of 2010 FEI Top League competitions:

Tour 1: CSIO5* La Baule, FRA (May 13-16); CSIO5* Rome, ITA (May 27-30); and CSIO5* St. Gallen, SUI (June 3-6)

McLain Ward/Sapphire
Richard Spooner/Cristallo
Mario Deslauriers/Urico
Hillary Dobbs/Quincy B
Beezie Madden/ Mademoiselle

Tour 2: CSIO5* Rotterdam, NED (June 16-20); and CSIO5* Aachen, GER (July 13-18).

Laura Kraut/Cedric
Lauren Hough/Quick Study
Nicole Shahinian-Simpson/Tristan
Candace King/Skara Glen's Davos
Beezie Madden/Danny Boy

Tour 3: CSIO5* Falsterbo, SWE (July 8-11); CSIO5* Hickstead, GBR (July 22-25) and CSIO5* Dublin, IRL (August 4-8)

McLain Ward/Rothchild
Rich Fellers/Flexible
Todd Minikus/Pavarotti
Cara Raether/Ublesco
Bob Kraut/Graf Lando