United States Endurance Team Short List Named for 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

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Endurance horse Golden Lightning
Short-listed horse Golden Lightning won the Best Conditioned award with his 70-year-old owner/rider Janice Worthington at the WEG endurance test event in fall of 2009. Photo: Leslie Potter

The United States Equestrian Federation has named the following horse/rider combinations to the Short List/ Nominated Entry for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games according to the USEF Selection Procedure for Endurance. From this group the Definite Entry will be named to represent the United States in the Endurance Championships. The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games take place from September 25-October 10, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky.

The following horse/rider combinations have been named to this Short List/Nominated Entry in alphabetical order:

Melody Blittersdorf, age 50 from Jeffersonville, VT and Synthetic a 10-year-old Arabian Gelding owned by the rider.
Lindsay Graham/28/Napa, CA/Monk/8/Arabian/Gelding/Christopher Martin
Ellen Rapp/28/La Motte, IA/Berjo Smokey/15/Arabian/Gelding/Jeremy Olson
Ellen Rapp/28/La Motte, IA/SA Belshazzar/13/Shagya-Arabian/Gelding/Jeremy Olson
Deborah Reich/50/Croton On Hudson, NY/DJB Juniper/8/Arabian/Mare/Rider
Heather Reynolds/33/Los Gatos, CA/Ssamiam/9/Arabian/Gelding/ Rider and Jeremy Reynolds
Jeremy Reynolds/30/Los Gatos, CA/Sir Smith/11/Arabian/Gelding/Rider and Heather Reynolds
Michele Roush/43/North San Juan, CA/Ivanhoes Debutante/11/ Anglo-Arabian/Mare/Spy Coast Farm, LLC
Margaret Sleeper/42/Frenchtown, NJ/Syrocco Harmony/8/Arabian/Rider
Margaret Sleeper/42/Frenchtown, NJ/Syrocco Reveille/10/Arabian/Rider
Ceci Butler Stasiuk/28/Humble, TX/DJB Cytron Kon JMF/15/Arabian/Darolyn Butler
Janice Worthington/70/Scales Mound/Golden Lightning/10/Arabian/Rider

Endurance ridersFor many of the riders who will represent the United States in the sport of endurance, the competition will be a family affair: Heather and Jeremy Reynolds are married and Jeremy’s identical twin brother, Tim, is his groom. Ellen Rapp’s groom is also her identical twin sister Eryn.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I’m surprised no one is using thoroughbreds for this sport. I used to and they were always in top condition and barely tired afterwards. And, of course, super fast.

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