The US Equestrian Team Foundation have awarded two top USA Eventers grants to compete at the Aachen CICO3* horse trials in Germany next month.
Phillip Dutton will ride Fernhill Cubalawn,a 12-year old Holsteiner gelding owned by Thomas Tierney & Simon Roosevelt and he will be joined by Lauren Kieffer who will ride Team Rebecca’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Veronica. In addition and as part of the grant, Kieffer will also participate in the Blenheim CCI3* in September.
The grants were made possible through a $1 million gift in 2014 from Olympic eventer Karen Stives, for an Endowment Fund for High Performance Eventing, “which has a direct impact on the United States’ ability to win medals at International Championship CCI competitions” Stives was a championship Eventing rider who was named the USCTA Rider of Year in 1981, 1987 and 1988. In 1982, she represented the United States at the Luhmuhlen World Championships, and in 1984 she anchored the US Eventing Team that won the Team Gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics, while also winning Individual Silver. Stives also earned the Leading Lady Rider title in 1981, the Mercedes-Benz Horsewoman of the Year in 1984, and the prestigious Wofford Cup.
It has also been confirmed that should the USA recieve a team invitation to compete at the Aachen CICO3* event the following riders are likely to join both Dutton and Kieffer - Lynn Symansky and Donner; Marilyn Little and RF Demeter; and Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights.
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