Posted on: 11/20/2013
Gladstone, NJ - November 19, 2013 - The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded the 2014 Amanda Warrington Grant to Eventing rider Meghan O'Donoghue of Carbondale, IL. The Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant is awarded through the USET Foundation Amanda Pirie Warrington Fund. Earlier this year, O'Donoghue and her talented mount Pirate competed at their first 4* event during the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event CCI, where they placed twelfth.
The Amanda Pirie Warrington Fund was established by Amanda's family in her memory with the purpose of helping provide financial assistance to an event rider who has been identified as a rider with great talent and ability to represent the United States in the future.
The Grant Committee recommends a recipient that they believe will benefit from the opportunity of continuing their training with top coaches and competing against the world's best horse and rider combinations in Eventing, one of three Olympic equestrian disciplines, and it is then ratified by the USET Foundation Executive Committee.
"I am extremely honored to receive the Amanda Warrington Grant as this year comes to a close," expressed O'Donoghue. "I had a great 2013 with my first 4* and first international event under my belt. The opportunities this grant will provide for me will hopefully produce even better results for 2014. Again, I can't thank the USET Foundation and the committee enough for choosing me, and I will use this grant to honor Amanda."
As the recipient of the grant, O'Donoghue will receive up to $5,000 to help offset expenses associated with her training over the next year. After receiving the Jacqueline B. Mars Competition and Training Grant earlier this year, O'Donoghue was able to compete at the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CCI3* in England just six months after her 4* début with Pirate.
O'Donoghue was most recently named to the High Performance Winter/Spring Training Lists for the 2014 season. An 11-year-old off-track Thoroughbred, Pirate and O'Donoghue have been partnered together for eight years, taking the Eventing world by storm and ready to prove they can represent the United States on the international stage.
For more information on the USET Foundation, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.
Meghan O'Donoghue is the recipient of the 2014 Amanda Warrington Grant from the USET Foundation.
Photo By: Shannon Brinkman
Posted on: 11/19/2013
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November 19, 2013
BUCK DAVIDSON & JAN BYYNY’S INMIDAIR CAPTURE 2013 PRO TOUR SERIES LEADERBOARDS
Vero Beach, FL: Buck Davidson from Ocala, Florida held a commanding lead for most of the year and with the completion of Galway Downs International in Temecula, CA captured his first PRO Tour Series Rider LeaderboardAward over second placed Will Coleman.
“I am very happy to win the PRO Rider Leaderboard this year. I had the best group of horses and the best owners in the country,” said Davidson. “That’s how you win these kind of awards. I’m very lucky to have the team that I do behind me, without them there are no awards.”
Davidson also topped the PRO Tour Series Multi Radiance Medical Intermediate Challenge Leaderboard, winning an MR4 ACTIVet Laser System. “I’m so excited to win the MR4 ACTIVET laser as the PRO Intermediate Leading Rider. I used a borrowed laser to keep me on the road after some injuries that happened throughout the year and I just want to thank them for their support of PRO.” Davidson will be presented with the Welcome Here Farm PRO Tour Series Rider Leaderboard Award and a new Multi Radiance Medical MR4 ACTIVet Laser System at the PRO Awards Reception held at the USEA Annual Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jan Byyny’s Inmidair sealed the win of the PRO Tour Series Horse Leaderboard after her CCI3* Championship at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International in October over second placed Rise Against owned and ridden by Bunnie Sexton of Santa Ynez, CA.
This is the first year that Byyny has won the My Boy Bobby PRO Tour Series Horse Leaderboard Award. Cassandra Segal, owner of My Boy Bobby, is thrilled to have Jan Byyny as the winner this year: “Jan has worked so hard to come back to the top of the sport and is an inspiration to us all.” Mrs. Segal plans to present the award to Jan in person.
“I’m really honored for my horse to get this. He’s really overcome a lot this year,“ said Byyny. “I wasn’t sure if he would ever get back to this level because of the breathing problems to be honest. He’s easy to deal with and tries so hard and he’s just a super horse. My thanks also to PRO because without this organization we couldn’t have this type of award.”
Jan Byyny and Buck Davidson will be honored at the PRO Awards Reception at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio on Friday, December 6th at 6:30 PM.
Posted on: 11/18/2013
Allison Springer of Upperville, VA announced today that thanks to the generosity of the individuals in the Team Lionheart Syndicate LLC, she has purchased William Fox-Pitt’s 2012 Olympic mount, Lionheart.
The 2002 bay gelding out of Lancer III who was formally owned for Fox-Pitt by Mr. Jeremy and Mrs. Judy Skinner, has been a top British Team horse for several years. In addition to helping Great Britain secure a Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, Lionheart boasts a highly decorated resume including a forth place finish at the Luhmuhlen CCI**** in 2013, a third place finish at the Pau CCI**** in 2011, and several top ten placing’s at notable CCI***s.
“Lionheart is one of the greatest horses in the world and I am both thrilled and humbled to be given the opportunity to ride him. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to each member of the Team Lionheart Syndicate LLC for their support, and for making my dream of acquiring this amazing horse a reality,” stated Springer.
Springer plans to take her time forming a proper partnership with Lionheart over the winter months and will begin competing him early in the 2014 season. She credited Fox-Pitt and his former owners for producing Lionheart to the top, saying, "I know William cares a great deal for each one of his horses, and that they are all superbly produced. I would like to thank him, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Skinner, for allowing me the opportunity to acquire Lion and for believing in my ability to showcase his talents from this point forward."
For further information about Allison Springer please visit http://allisonspringer.com.
For further information about William Fox-Pitt please visit http://www.foxpitteventing.co.uk.
Posted on: 11/13/2013
Lexington, Ky. - The USEF Eventing High Performance Committee has approved the following High Performance Winter/Spring Training Lists for the 2014 season. The following riders will participate in Training Sessions with U.S. Eventing Team Coach David O'Connor. Training Session dates and locations will be announced at a later date.
Combinations that currently possess the ability to win anywhere in the world
Phillip Dutton (West Grove, PA) and the Mr. Medicott Syndicate's Mr. Medicott
Mr. Medicott is a 1999 Irish Sport Horse
Tiana Coudray (Ojai, CA) and Jatial Inc.'s Ringwood Magister
Ringwood Magister is a 2001 Irish Sport Horse gelding
Buck Davidson (Unionville, PA) on Cassandra Segal's Ballynoe Castle RM
Ballynoe Castle RM is a 2000 Irish Thoroughbred gelding
Buck Davidson (Ocala, FL) and Carl and Cassandra Segal's Park Trader
Park Trader is a 2002 Irish Thoroughbred gelding
Will Faudree (Hoffman, NC) and Jennifer Mosing's Andromaque
Andromaque is a 2001 Irish Thoroughbred mare
Sinead Halpin (Oldwick, NJ) and Manoir De Carneville Syndicate's Manoir de Carneville
Manoir de Carneville is a 2000 Selle Francais gelding
Marilyn Little (Frederick, MD) and Raylyn Farms and Team Demeter's RF Demeter
RF Demeter is a 2002 Oldenburg mare
Clark Montgomery (Wiltshire, UK) and Jessica Montgomery, Kathryn Kraft, and Holly and William Becker's Loughan Glen
Loughan Glen is a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding
Clark Montgomery (Wiltshire, UK) and Jessica Montgomery, Carole Montgomery, Janet Higgins, and Elizabeth Smith's Universe
Universe is a 2001 Dutch Warmblood gelding
Meghan O'Donoghue (Carbondale, IL) and her own Pirate
Pirate is a 2002 Thoroughbred gelding
Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, VA) and her own Donner
Donner is a 2003 Thoroughbred gelding
Combinations that are currently competitive in domestic international-level competition, and who the USEF Selection Committee feel have the future potential to be competitive anywhere in the world.
Inmidair is a 1999 New Zealand Thoroughbred gelding
Will Coleman (Charlottesville, VA) and The Conair Syndicate's Conair
Conair is a 2003 Anglo-European gelding
Will Coleman (Charlottesville, VA) and Four Star Eventing Group's OBOS O'Reilly
OBOS O'Reilly is a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding
Buck Davidson (Ocala, Florida) and Sergio Rios and Caroline Martin's Petite Flower
Petite Flower is a 2002 Thoroughbred mare
Ellen Doughty (Heartland, Texas) and her own Sir Oberon
Sir Oberon is a 2002 Holsteiner/Thoroughbred gelding
Will Faudree (Hoffman, NC) and Jennifer Mosing's Pawlow
Pawlow is a 1999 Irish Thoroughbred gelding
Elizabeth Halliday-Sharp (East Sussex, United Kingdom) and her own Fernhill By Night
Fernhill By Night is a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding
Elizabeth Halliday-Sharp (East Sussex, United Kingdom) and her own HHS Cooley
HHS Cooley is a 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding
Lillian Heard (Hamilton, VA) and her own Share Option
Share Option is a 2002 Thoroughbred Cross gelding
Doug Payne (Pottersville, NJ) and Larry and Amelia Ross' and his own Crown Talisman
Crown Talisman is a 2003 Holsteiner/Thoroughbred gelding
Kim Severson (Charlottesville, VA) and her own Fernhill Fearless
Fernhill Fearless is a 2000 Irish Sport Horse gelding
Sharon White (Summit Point, WV) and her own and Sheri Weber's Wundermaske
Wundermaske is a 2003 Hanoverian/Thoroughbred gelding
In addition, the following riders will be invited to participate in Training Sessions with O'Connor this winter/spring:
Maya Black (Clinton, WA) and Dawn Dofelmier's Doesn't Play Fair
Doesn't Play Fair is a 2005 Holsteiner gelding
Mathew Brown (Sebastopol, CA) and Blossm Creek Foundation's Super Socks BCF
Super Socks BCF is a 2006 Irish Sport Horse gelding
Mathew Brown (Sebastopol, CA) and Blossm Creek Foundation's BCF Belicoso
BCF Belicoso is a 2006 Irish Sport Horse gelding
Sydney Conley Elliot (Bossier City, LA) and Carol Stephens' Cisko A
Cisko A is a 2006 Westphalian gelding
Kurt Martin (Middleburg, VA) and his own Anna Bella
Anna Bella is a 2006 Holsteiner mare
Follow the 2013 Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team here.
Posted on: 11/12/2013
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and its Eventing High Performance Department introduced a redesigned Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program for 2013, and the participants had impressive performances throughout the season. Selected by application, 17 riders from across the country benefitted from regular access, coaching, and guidance from U.S. Team Coach, David O'Connor. The year began with intensive USEF Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program Training Sessions in January and February in Gilroy, Calif., and Ocala, Fla., respectively. The sessions consisted of both mounted lessons as well as lectures covering riding theory and technique, stable management, and course design. Riders came away with a clear understanding of the expectations for the future.
The Developing Riders/Eventing 25 riders put their newfound knowledge to good use and had great accomplishments during the spring season. Nora Battig (Granite Bay, Calif.) and Steppin' Out finished second in the Poplar Place CIC2*, while Lauren Kieffer (Middleburg, Va.) and RF Cosima came in fourth. In North Carolina at the beginning of April, Kieffer partnered with Czechmate to win The Fork International Horse Trials CIC2*. Katy Groesbeck (Temecula, Calif.) rode Oz Proof of Purchase to the win in the Twin Rivers CCI2* by finishing on her dressage score. In the Twin Rivers CIC3*, Mackenna Shea (Tacoma, Wash.) and Landioso won the division while Zachary Brandt (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Cavallino Cocktail finished a close second. On the East Coast, Kieffer rode Veronica to the top spot by adding nothing to her dressage score in the Ocala Horse Properties International CCI2*.
"I think first off what David has done in general whether it had been sending horses and riders to Europe or developing younger generation is really going to turn things around and it already has," commented Brandt. "He has helped me an unbelievable amount with my flat work, as well as my jumping, but my dressage has improved immensely. I don't think I would have been able to move up as well as I did this year without his help. I did my first Advanced in March and my first CCI3* in May. He's really laid the foundation down for all the Developing Riders on how to make it to the upper levels, how to conduct yourself at the upper levels, and what it takes to represent the U.S. in a team competition."
Meghan O'Donoghue (Carbondale, Ill.) and Pirate had a spectacular showing at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover in their first appearance at the CCI4* level, finishing in 12th place and also earning the $1,000 HSBC FEI Classics Training Bursary. Caitlin Silliman (Chestertown, Md.) also tackled her first CCI4* at Kentucky, gaining valuable experience and finishing 24th with Catch A Star.
The hard work continued to show at international competitions across the country. At Jersey Fresh, Silliman won the CCI2* with Remington XXV and Kieffer and Veronica won the CIC2*. Kieffer and Veronica competed at the CIC3* level for the first time at the CHC International Horse Trials, winning the division, with Jacob Fletcher (North Little Rock, Ark.) and The Prof finishing fifth. In the CIC2*, Jenny Caras (Marietta, Ga.) had two top ten finishes with her horses, placing fifth with Fernhill Fortitude and eighth with Fernhill Stowaway. At the Bromont Three-Day Event, Kieffer finished third in the CIC3* with RF Cosima.
Two Developing Riders/Eventing 25 riders had great results at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North. Caras and Fernhill Stowaway helped Area III win the Team Gold medal, earning the Individual Bronze medal themselves. Lizzie Snow (Milwaukie, Ore.) rode Ringfort Tinkaturk to seventh place individually, aiding the combined team of Areas VII, VIII, & IX to a Team Silver medal.
The up-and-coming riders made quite a showing at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Montana at the end of July. In the CIC3*, Groesbeck finished third and eighth with Oz The Tin Man and Oz Proof of Purchase, respectively, while Brandt and Cavallino Cocktail came in fifth. Jordan Linstedt (Redmond, Wash.) earned second-place honors in the CCI2* with Revitavet Capato.
|Meghan O'Donoghue and Pirate at the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials (Shannon Brinkman)|
Two riders from the program attended their first international competitions abroad in the late summer and early fall. In the beginning of September, O'Donoghue and Pirate traveled to the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials with the help of a Jacqueline B. Mars Competition and Training Grant from the USET Foundation. The pair did not disappoint in its first competition overseas, holding its own with some of Europe's top riders and finishing in 11th place. Kieffer and Veronica were selected for the Military Boekelo CCIO3* Nations Cup Team in October.
"The opportunities that this program provided me this year have been amazing," stated O'Donoghue. "The camp David put on for us this winter was focused on producing young horsemen in this country. The inspiration the camp produced certainly contributed to me success throughout the year. The Under 25 program is part of a pipeline for the future of U.S. eventing. There have been numerous opportunities that I have taken advantage of because of this program. It was an honor to be selected as part of the program's first year!"
The final three-day events of the year took place in October and the Developing Riders/Eventing 25 riders had top performances yet again. At The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International, Danielle Dichting (Roswell, Ga.) added just a few time penalties to her dressage score to finish fifth in the CCI2* with The Graduate. Caras claimed the USEF National Young Riders Championship title for being the top U.S. competitor aged 16-21 in the CCI2* after coming in 12th with Fernhill Fortitude.
"For a new program for the under 25 riders, it was brand new this year and nobody really knew what to expect and I think it exceeded all of our expectations," said O'Connor. "The weeks that we did training sessions and the clinics that we did afterwards that followed up all went really well. All of those riders really went on to compete in a better way than I think they had before. Two riders going to Europe, other ones winning two-stars, and others doing well in three-stars. To me it was a very successful program for this year."
The redesigned Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program enabled several talented riders to reach new heights this year. The success that the program riders had with their horses throughout the year bodes well for the future of the sport.
For more information about the 2013 USEF Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program, please click here:http://usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/alleventing/hpeventing.aspx.
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Posted on: 11/02/2013
Jennifer Brannigan of West Grove, PA announced today her plans to launch her own equestrian business saying, “I am very excited to officially start out on my own, taking my coaching and training business to new heights. I look forward to focusing on the growth and development of Brannigan Eventing as my own endeavor as well as continuing to take my riding to the next stage.”
Brannigan, who has worked for Phillip Dutton at True Prospect Farm since 2008, has made a name for herself riding numerous horses up through the levels, from the beginning of their careers to the CCI3* level, achieving notable finishes at many of the top events in the country.
While she will still ride her top horses under the watchful eye of Dutton, and looks forward to continuing to work with him on certain occasions, Brannigan is looking forward to branching off to grow her own business. “I could never thank Phillip enough for all that he has taught me not only as a rider, but as a horseperson and business woman. Phillip is one of the most incredible horsemen in the world, and I am fortunate to call him my coach and friend, having worked for him for many years.”
Brannigan Eventing will be based in Reddick, Florida, at Matt Flynn’s new stables during the winter months from November through April, and will then return to West Grove, PA to base out of True Prospect Farm, where they have rented a 12-stall barn for the remainder of the season.
New students and horses for training are welcome and should visit www.branniganeventing.com to learn more about availability and program details.
About Jennifer Brannigan
Jennifer (Jennie) Brannigan has established herself across the United States as a top event rider, garnering multiple awards and accolades. In addition to offering coaching, clinics and training, Jennie enjoys competing and developing horses of all ages and skill levels. She takes pride in producing each horse and rider to their maximum potential, and possesses a deep love for all that encompasses the equestrian sport of eventing. With career highlights that include being named to the USEF World Class Training List, winning the CCI3* division at Galway Downs, and early on in her career winning both a team and individual Gold Medal at NAJYRC, Jennie is well respected by her peers and is known as a fan favorite across the country. To learn more about Jennie Brannigan visit www.branniganeventing.com.
Posted on: 11/01/2013