As per the Olympic Selection Procedures, the USEF is extending an invitation to the top dressage horse/rider combinations in the U.S. to participate in the 2008 USEF National Grand Prix Dressage Championship/USEF Selection Trials for the U.S. Olympic Team in Dressage.
These horse/rider combinations are the top 12 from the 2008 USEF Grand Prix Dressage and Selection Trials Ranking List as of June 2, 2008.
The following combinations have been invited (in ranked order): Ranking/Rider/Age/Hometown/Horse/Sex/Age/Breed/Owner
* 1. Debbie Mc Donald / 53 / Hailey, ID / Brentina / M / 17 / Hanoverian / Peggy Thomas
* 2. Steffen Peters/ 43 / San Diego, CA / Ravel / G / 10 / KWPN / Akiko Yamazaki
* 3. Courtney King / 30 / New Milford, CT / Idocus / S / 18 / Royal Dutch Warmblood / Christine McCarthy
* 4. Sue Blinks / 50 / Encinitas, CA / Mark / G / 14 / KWPN / Louise Leatherdale
* 5. Debbie Mc Donald / 53 / Hailey, ID / Felix / G / 12 / Hanoverian / Peggy Thomas
* 6. Steffen Peters/ 43 / San Diego, CA / Lombardi 11 / 17 / Holsteiner / Akiko Yamazaki
* 7. Courtney King / 30 / New Milford, CT / Harmony’s Mythillus / 14 / Royal Dutch Warmblood / Leslie Malone
* 8. Michael Barisone / 43 / Califon, NJ / Neruda / 13 / G / Royal Dutch Warmblood / Jane Suwalsky
* 9. Kristina Harrison-Naness / 36 / Burbank, CA / Rociero XV / S / 13 / Andalusian / Margaret Carrera
* 10. Leslie Morse / 46 / Beverly Hills, CA / Kingston / 16 / S / Royal Dutch Warmblood / Leslie Morse
* 11. Lisa Wilcox / 41 / Loxahatchee, FL / Naomi / 13 / M / Royal Dutch Warmblood / Janet Bell
* 12T. George Williams / 52 / Delaware, OH / Rocher / 17 / M / Westphalian / Charles Smith
* 12T. Heather Blitz / 38 / Denmark / Otto / 12 / G / Danish Warmblood / Heather Blitz
This Championship will be held during the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions in San Juan Capistrano, CA on June 21-22 and June 27-29. This unique championship festival will also award National Championship titles for the Intermediaire I, Young Adult “Brentina Cup”, Young Rider, and Junior divisions. The USEF would like to congratulate all qualified horses and riders, and invitations for the top 12 horse/rider combinations in each division have been distributed with final ranking lists are now posted on the Federation website, http://www.usef.org/contentPage2.aspx?id=dressagefestival.
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