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Help Support US Single Horse Drivers Competing at the FEI World Driving Championships 2022 in Le Pin, France

Thursday, September 15, 2022
Posted by Mary Phelps
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FEI WORLD DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR SINGLES   |   FEI WORLD DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR SINGLES 2022

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For the US Single Drivers, this has been a year of reckoning, when in 2020 their efforts were thwarted by the fallout and complications of the COVID Travel restrictions. Now they represent the USA at the Land Rover U.S. Driving Team athletes and horses compete in Haras du Pin (France) with the for the FEI World Driving Championships for Single Horses, September 14-18, 2022.

For Competitors in the USA, the cost to travel to Europe by air with horses, support crew, and equipment, including two carriages, harness feed is just the beginning. There is lodging, transportation, and additional fees such as required blood tests, quarantine not all covered by the limited budget available by their National Federation. 

The US Team members have created GoFundMe accounts to help raise the funds to cover their journey to represent the USA at the highest level of Combined Driving Sport, The FEI World Driving Championships 2022.

Update to the athletes attending the FEI Driving World Championship for Single Horses
Please note links provided to their fundraising pages.

The following combinations are attending as individuals and are listed in ranked alternate order.

  • Leslie Berndl (Lexington, Ky.) and Impressive, her own 2013 Dutch Warmblood gelding
  • Donna Crookston (Saltsburg, Pa.) and Viktor, her own 2008 Dutch Harness gelding
  • Vernon Helmuth (Lodi, Calif.) and Ebony VDK, a 2009 KWPN mare owned by Sebastian Warneck

Former World Champion Gold Medalist Suzy Stafford has been appointed team coach, with Dee Aldrich as Chef' D'Equipe. 


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