June 2018 - Represent!

Young West Coasters venture far afield in international dressage and jumping competition.

photos: Kim F. Miller

Hayden Zadel & Triskel De Kerlive

Ben Ebeling and Behlinger are among three pairs chosen by US Equestrian for the 2018 Dressage European Young Rider Tour, which is linked to the Discover Dressage™ USEF/USDF Emerging Athlete Program. Combinations are required to earn at least two scores from the FEI Young Rider Team Test and two scores from the FEI Young Rider Individual Test in CDI-Y events between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2018 to be considered for selection to the Tour. As a part of FEI CDI-Y events, at least two FEI Young Rider Freestyle test scores must also be earned. The accomplished equestrian son of Olympian Jan and Amy Ebeling, Ben will compete with teammates Callie Jones from Kentucky and Anna Weniger from North Carolina.

The Dressage European Young Rider Tour is considered an important part of the dressage pathway. “The Tour is designed to introduce our Young Riders to competing internationally, both as individuals and as a team representing the U.S.” said George Williams, U.S. Dressage Youth Coach and Chef d’Equipe. “It is important for our Young Riders’ development to have a chance to compete against their counterparts in Europe. The final leg, the Future Champions Hagen CDIO-Y, is especially exciting as our riders will be going head-to-head as a team against a number of the best of their division in the world. And none of this would be possible without Discover Dressage, the sponsor of the Discover Dressage USEF/USDF Emerging Athlete Program.”

Alexa Leong

The Tour will send Ebeling, Jones, and Weniger to a series of competitions, with the highlight competition being the CDIO-Y Hagen from June 12-17.

The Jumpers

Dylan Laiken

On the show jumping front, Meadow Grove assistant trainer Zazou Hoffman is on the US Show Jumping Development Team for the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ CSIO3* Lisbon, Portugal, from May 30 – June 3. California native Andrew Ramsay, now based in Florida, is on the same squad. As athletes on the Development Tour, they were set to prepare for the Nations Cup by competing at CSI2* Madrid, Spain, from May 18-20.

Occupying earlier positions in the development “pipeline,” two USHJA Zone 10 2017 NAJYRC riders will represent the U.S. in Junior and Children’s Nations Cup competitions as part of the Langley Odlum Brown BC Open, taking place Tuesday, May 29 through Sunday, June 3 at Thunderbird Show Park in British Columbia. San Diego’s Hannah Loly and the Bay Area’s Hayden Zadel will ride on the Junior team, along with teammates from other areas. And, the four-rider Children’s Team includes three Californians: Parker Cliff and Alexa Leong of Sacramento and Dylan Laiken of Pasadena.

The Junior and Children’s teams will compete on Saturday, June 2, and the competitions will run in conjunction with the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Canada occurring Sunday, June 3.

Big congratulations to all!