The squad of four riders plus one alternate who will represent the United States in dressage at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, August 2-17, includes some new names.
The squad that emerged from the Cosequin USET Selection Trials at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions Presented by State Line Tack at the U.S Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ, includes: Kristina Harrison-Naness of Burbank, CA; 1992 Olympic Team Bronze Medalist Carol Lavell of Loxahatchee, FL; Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, CA; and Pierre St. Jacques of Boscawen, NH. Susan Dutta of Wellington, FL was named as alternate.
Following is a brief introduction to the United States’ 2003 Pan American Games dressage squad:
Kristina Harrison-Naness of Burbank, CA had the biggest win of her career at the 2003 Bayer/USET Festival of Champions Presented by State Line Tack, where she topped the field of thirteen horse-and-rider combinations to win the USET Intermediaire I Championship. With a score of 69.950% Harrison-Naness and Kantor topped the field to win the Championship, which also served as the Cosequin/USET Selection Trials for the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo. On her way to the Championship in Gladstone, Harrison-Naness won the Prix St. Georges as well as the Freestyle.
Earlier in 2003, Harrison-Naness and Kantor won the selection trial at the Mid-Winter Dressage in Los Angeles, CA. This pair also place 6th in the Prix St. Georges and 5th in the Intermediaire at the Del Mar National.
Harrison-Naness has been riding since the age of six, when she got her first pony. Her love of horses continued as she got older and she began showing in the Junior Hunter division as well as equitation classes. In 1987, she qualified to ride in the ASPCA Maclay Finals.
In 1992, she discovered dressage and rode her former hunter Gilligan in dressage classes progressing to the advanced young rider level. In 1999, she purchased Kantor from Carol Plough and continued her dressage education.
Harrison-Naness operates a training stable, Angele Farms, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and continues to train with Plough. She and her husband, Howard, have a six-year-old daughter, Rison.
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After some time out of the spotlight, 1992 Olympic Team Bronze Medalist, Carol Lavell of Loxahatchee, FL, has come back to into the limelight with a new horse, Much Ado. Lavell piloted Much Ado to a second place finish in the 2003 USET Intermediaire I Championship.
Earlier in 2003, Lavell and Much Ado took Championship honors at the Heidelberg Cup in Orlando, FL with a score of 71.75%. Lavell took the blue ribbon in both the Prix St. Georges and the Intermediaire I en route to the Championship. Aboard Much Ado, Lavell also took first place honors in the Open Prix St. Georges at the first weekend of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby Series.
Earlier in her illustrious career, Lavell and her horse Gifted were known as the most recognized United States dressage pair both at home and abroad. Along with her Olympic medal in 1992, Lavell earned a team Bronze Medal at the 1994 Dressage World Championships in Holland. Lavell is also a Pan American Games Silver Medalist and the 1991 and 1992 USET National Dressage Champion. In 1992, she was also named the U.S Olympic Committee Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year.
Aboard Gifted, Lavell gave strong performances in her quest for a spot of the 1992 Olympic Team. She had numerous first place finishes including the USET Grand Prix Qualifier in Wellington, FL and the Grand Prix at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby. She also won the Freestyle at both competitions.
In 1995, Lavell won the Grand Prix and Freestyle at the U.S League Final for the FEI Volvo World Cup in Maryland. She also won the Grand Prix and Freestyle at Dressage at Devon and the USET qualifier at the Los Angeles Mid Winter Dressage Show.
In 1991, she won the World Cup U.S League Final, and Gifted was named USDR Horse of the Year. In 1990, Lavell was the highest placed American rider (13th overall) at the World Dressage Championship in Stockholm, Sweden.
Jan Ebeling has been a major U.S. force since the USET Intermediaire I Championship in 1998, when he began riding as a United States citizen. That year aboard Gucci, Ebeling finished as Reserve Champion at the Intermediaire I Championship held in Gladstone, NJ as part of the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions.
In 2000, Ebeling found his way back to the winner’s circle in Gladstone. This time aboard Ricardo, Ebeling topped the field of the nation’s top Intermediaire I horse-and-rider combinations to win the Intermediaire I Championship. In 2002, he earned Reserve Championship honors aboard the grey gelding Liberte, owned by Ann Romney, in the Championship.
No stranger to the winner’s circle at the Intermediaire I Championship, Ebeling achieved success again in 2003 at the Festival where he posted third and fourth place finishes aboard Feleciano and Liberte respectively. Ebeling’s 2003 finishes in Gladstone earned him the right to represent the United States at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.
Before coming to the United States in 1984, Ebeling worked as an apprentice under late German master Herbert Rehbein and earned his berreiter, a German license to train horses. In 1984, he moved to the United States to work along with U.S Olympian Robert Dover while Dover was preparing for the ’84 Olympics.
Today, Ebeling and his wife, Amy own and operate their own training and sales facility, The Acres, in Moorpark, CA.
Pierre St. Jacques
Montreal, Canada native, Pierre St Jacques finished fifth aboard Lucky Tiger in the USET Intermediaire I Championship, which served as the Selection Trial for the 2003 Pan American Games. Originally placing 14th on the qualifying list, St. Jacques was pulled up from the reserve list when one of the top 12 horse-and-rider combinations could not compete. After becoming a citizen of the United States in 1999, St. Jacques seized the opportunity to ride at the Championships and earned the right to ride as a member of the United States Equestrian Team for the first time.
Qualifying for the Pan American Games team is an even more impressive feat since this year marks Lucky Tiger’s first year competing at the Prix St. Georges level. After finishing undefeated at the Fourth Level in the 2001-2002 show season, St. Jacques and “Tiger,” as he is known around the barn, earned Reserve Championship honors at the Heidelberg Cup in Orlando, FL. The pair then went on to win the Reserve Championship ribbon at “Tiger’s” first CDI competition, the Port Jervis, CDI, in Port Jervis, NY.
What makes qualifying for the 2003 Pan American Games squad even more special for St. Jacques is that he will have the opportunity to ride on a team with his first dressage instructor and long-time friend, Carol Lavell. Since the first time he walked through her door asking for help with his dressage horse over twenty years ago, Lavell has become St. Jacques’ trainer, “second mom” and has played matchmaker, as she introduced him to his wife, USET dressage rider Pam Goodrich.
In his early years as a working student for Goodrich, St. Jacques competed her former Grand Prix horse, Semper Bene at the Grand Prix level. He also competed the stallion, Landson de Beaupre along with riding most every horse that came through the barn to be bought and sold.
Today, St. Jacques and Goodrich own and operate their farm, Foster Meadow, in Boscawen, NH. In his time away from horses, St. Jacques also enjoys skiing.
Susan Dutta is based in Wellington, FL, but has traveled all over the world to pursue her passion, dressage. Dutta made her Grand Prix debut in 1995 riding Maple Magnum, a former U.S. Equestrian Team mount for rider Ann Guptill. Since then, Dutta has ridden several top Grand Prix horses and has been named to the USET Active Riders Short List with Guadalquivir DC, Xandarius Fernando, Gumshoes DC, West Side Lady DC, and Chalston DC.
Aboard Guadalquivir DC, Susan earned numerous Grand Prix victories beginning in 1998 when she went to Germany to train with dressage master Rudolph Zeilinger. Partnered with the impressive warmblood, she won the Open Grand Prix Freestyle at the 2000 Bayer/USET Festival of Champions.
In 2001, Dutta had the privilege of qualifying two young Grand Prix horses, Gumshoes DC and Xandarius Fernando, for the USET Grand Prix Championships in Gladstone, NJ. Riding in the Championships while she was six months pregnant, Dutta turned in solid performances aboard both mounts.
In 2002, Dutta was short listed with Gumshoes DC for the World Equestrian Games. That same year, she rode West Side Lady DC to victory in the USET Intermediaire 1 Championship at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions in Gladstone, NJ. Dutta and West Side Lady DC then went on to earn two Gold Medals at the Coupe de Americas in Blainville, Canada. Aboard Gumshoes DC, Dutta also helped the U.S win a Team Bronze for the Grand Prix Championships in Canada.
In 2003, Dutta had the distinct privilege of qualifying three horses for the USET Championship, two horses for the Grand Prix tour and West Side Lady DC for the small tour. Earlier in 2003, aboard West Side Lady DC Dutta won the USET Qualifier at Dressage in the Sandhills in Pinehurst, NC and the USET Grand Prix and USET Grand Prix Special with Gumshoes DC. Dutta was back in the winner’s circle weeks later at CDI-W Raleigh in Raleigh, NC having won the USET Qualifier for Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I with West Side Lady DC. She also won the Grand Prix Special with Gumshoes DC.
In May 2003, Dutta and Red Romance DC qualified to represent the United States at the World Breeding Championship in Verden, Germany. She was named as alternate on the squad to compete at the 2003 Pan American Games after she finished sixth aboard West Side Lady in the 2003 USET Intermediaire I Championship, which also served as the Pam American Games Selection Trial, at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions.
Dutta is trained by Dennis H. Callin of Raleigh, NC.
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