USEF Announces 2009 Developing Rider List for Eventing

Friday, January 2, 2009

Lexington, KY – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named the 2009 Developing Rider List for Eventing. 

The following riders and horses have been named to the list:

Rider/Age/Hometown/Horse, Owner
•Madeline Blackman/18/Ringoes, NJ/Gordonstown, Owned by Madeline Blackman

•Jennie Brannigan/21/San Diego, CA/Cooper, Owned by Jennie Brannigan

•Tiana Coudray/21/Ojai, CA/Ringwood Magister, Owned by Tiana Coudray and Jatial Inc. 

•Sinead Halpin/28/Irmo, SC/Manior de Carneville, Owned by Carraig LLC

•Alexis Helffrich/27/Pleasonton, CA/Leyasta, Owned by Sarah Vernlund

•Callie Judy/16/Columbia, MO/Call On Me, Owned by The Heartland GK

•Megan Lanzarone/25/Georgetown, KY, Owned by Megan Lanzarone

•Lauren Kieffer/21/Middleburg, VA/Snooze Alarm, Owned by Jo Kieffer

•*Boyd Martin/29/West Grove, PA/Neville Bardos, Owned by Windurra USA LLC

•Elinor MacPhail/17/Johnstown, OH/Woodstock, Owned by Elinor MacPhail

•Molly Rosin/29/Elkton, MD/Havarah’s Charly, Owned by Minyan Sindicate

•Karen Shull/19/Bryan, TX/ Just My Style, Owned by Karen Shull

•Tory Smith/21/Camarillo, CA/Bantry Bay V, Owned by Tory Smith

•Anisa Tracy/19/Parker, CO/ Tigger VIII, Owned by Tracy Resources, Inc.

•Kendyl Tracy/16/Parker, CO/Mr. Incredible, Owned by Tracy Resources, Inc.

•Arden Wildasin/15/Greenwich, CT/Jos Ambition, Owned by Arden Wildasin

*Pending change of nationality confirmation 

The US Chef d’Equipe and Technical Advisor for Eventing, Captain Mark Phillips, will coach the Developing Riders in 2009. These 16 athletes will be invited to participate in training sessions. The training sessions will be used to identify the most promising up-and-coming riders in the US. Following the training sessions, this limited group will continue to receive assistance from Capt. Phillips. 

The riders on the Developing Rider List were selected differently in 2009. This year ‘Talent Spotters’ (Derek di Grazia, Phillip Dutton, Becky Holder, Mike Huber, Kerry Milliken, Karen O’Connor, Mark Phillips, Kim Severson, and Amy Tryon) reviewed 47 applications and nominations for the Developing Rider program.  

Athletes were placed on the list in one of two ways: 1. Athletes could submit an application or 2. Athletes were nominated through the talent spotter program created this fall by the Eventing High Performance Committee. 

Dates and locations of the training sessions are still being finalized. 

Any questions regarding the 2009 Developing Rider Program can be directed to Sara Ike at sara.ike@usef.org