April 17, 2008–Now that the last of the show jumping World Cup Qualifiers are complete, the United States Equestrian Federation has announced that 10 riders will represent the United States at the 2008 Rolex FEI World Cup Final (seven from the U.S. East Coast League and three from the U.S. West Coast League). The Final, which will be held in Goteborg, Sweden, April 23 – 27, showcases the world’s best show jumping riders who qualified for the event by accumulating points throughout the competition year at designated FEI events.
Here’s a look at all 10 U.S. riders who will be competing at the Final:
EAST COAST LEAGUE
Kent Farrington/27/Chicago, Ill./Up Chiqui/11/Belgian Warmblood/G/Alex Boone, William Dobbs and Jim McNerney
McLain Ward/32/Brewster, N.Y./ Phillipa/10/Warmblood/M/Sagamore Farm
Margie Engle/50/Wellington, Fla./ Hidden Creek’s Quervo Gold/15/Belgian Warmblood/G/Hidden Creek Farm
Lauren Hough/30/Wellington, Fla./ Casadora/12/Dutch Warmblood/M/Laura and Meredith Mateo
Brianne Goutal/19/New York, N.Y./ Onira/12/Dutch Warmblood/G/Cloverleaf Farm
Danielle Torano/34/Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Vancouver D’Auvray/10/Belgian Warmblood/S/Sir Ruly Inc.
Todd Minikus/45/Loxahatchee, Fla./Olinda/12/Duch Warmblood/M/Lawrence Houlihan
WEST COAST LEAGUE
Rich Fellers/49/Wilsonville, Ore./Flexible/12/Irish Bred/S/Harry and Mollie Chapman
Mandy Porter/42/Encinitas, Calif./Summer/11/Belgian Warmblood/M/Wild Turkey Farm
Richard Spooner/37/Aqua Dulce, Calif./ Cristallo/10/Holsteiner/G/Show Jumping Syndications