The United States Equestrian Federation, in its role as equestrian sports' national governing body in this country, has announced the "nominated entries" (aka long lists) for several of the eight International Equestrian Federation (FEI) disciplines, which will be represented at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Over the next eight weeks, the nominated entries will be whittled down to the "definite entries" -- the team and individual horse/rider combinations that will compete at the WEG, September 25-October 10 in Lexington, Kentucky. In the case of most disciplines, short-listed horses and riders must participate in one more competition or selection trial, after which the WEG teams will be named.
Teams generally constitute four horses and riders (or teams of horses and drivers, in the case of the driving discipline), with a fifth named the reserve pair. The reserve horse and rider will travel to Lexington with the team but will not compete unless a team member must withdraw, as in the case of illness or injury.
Here's how the lists (competitors, ages, hometowns; and horses, ages, breeds, and owners where available shown below) are shaping up thus far. Who are you rooting for to make the WEG teams in your favorite disciplines?
Jim Fairclough, 51, Newtown, NJ
Tucker Johnson, 46, Hobe Sound, FL
Bill Long, 65, Southern Pines, NC
Mike McLennan, 65, Brenham, TX
Cindy O'Reilly, 47, Cameron, NC
Josh Rector, 28, Phoenix, AZ
David Saunders, 57, Morriston, FL
Gary Stover, 61, Southern Pines, NC
Chester Weber, 35, Ocala, FL
Casey Zubek, 53, Manhattan, IL.
Rebecca Hart, 25, Erie, PA; Kazan, 18, a Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Kerri Sowers
Robin Brueckmann, 52, Summerfield, NC; Raison d'Etre, 12, an American Warmblood gelding owned by Elly Schobel
Laura Goldman, 65, Highland Heights, OH; Calingford JD, 11, and Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Trudy Phillips
Susan Treabess, 33, Winters, CA; Moneypenny, 16, a Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Katy Peterson
Holly Bergay, 17, Castle Rock, CO; Grand Ballerina, 16, an Oldenburg mare owned by Robin Garrett
Jonathan Wentz, 19, Richardson, TX; NTEC Richter Scale, 16, a Shire-cross gelding owned by Kai Handt
Wendy Fryke, 45, Parker, CO; Lateran, 13, a Westphalian stallion owned by Polly Limond
Jennifer J. Baker, 46, Loveland, OH; Duel, 16, a Rhinelander gelding owned by the University of Findlay
Mary Jordan, 44, Wells, ME; and her Paxton Abbey, 12, a Hanoverian mare
Kim Decker, 42, Centreville, VA; Dashers Destiny, 16, a Hanoverian gelding owned by Paul Decker
Erin Alberda, 30, Woodinville, WA; and her Delectari, 12, a Swedish Warmblood gelding
Kathy Groves, 49, Columbus, NC; Friespruch, 16, a Westphalian gelding owned by Kathryn Groves
Barbara Grassmyer, 38, Placerville, CA; and her Mibis, 16, a Dutch Warmblood mare
Kim Jones, 43, Georgetown, SC; Fascination, a Dutch Warmblood
Elizabeth Pigott, 24, Downingtown, PA; and her Mr. Darcy, a Dutch Warmblood gelding.
Stephen Bradley, 48, Leesburg, VA; Brandenburg's Joshua, 15, a Thoroughbred gelding owned by Southern Edition Farm LLC
Buck Davidson, 33, Riegelsville, PA; BallyNoe Castle RM, 10, an Irish Thoroughbred gelding owned by Carl and Cassandra Segal
Buck Davidson, 33, Riegelsville, PA; My Boy Bobby, 14, an Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Carl and Cassandra Segal
Buck Davidson, 33, Riegelsville, PA; Titanium, 9, a Thoroughbred gelding owned by Carl and Cassandra Segal
Phillip Dutton, 46, West Grove, PA; The Foreman, 14, a Thoroughbred gelding owned by Ann Jones
Phillip Dutton, 46, West Grove, PA; TruLuck, 13, a Thoroughbred gelding owned by Ann Jones and Rebecca Broussard
Phillip Dutton, 46, West Grove, PA; Connaught, 17, an Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Bruce Duchossois
Phillip Dutton, 46, West Grove, PA; Woodburn, 14, a New Zealand Thoroughbred gelding owned by Ann Jones, Mardie Faucette, and Acorn Hill Farm
Phillip Dutton, 46, West Grove, PA; Kheops du Quesnay, 12, a Selle Francais gelding owned by Ann Jones and Rebecca Broussard
Will Faudree, 28, Hoffman, NC; Pawlow, 11, an Irish Thoroughbred gelding owned by Jennifer Mosing
Becky Holder, 40, Palmetto, GA; Courageous Comet, 14, a Thoroughbred gelding owned by Tom and Becky Holder
Holly Hudspeth, 37, Raleigh, NC; Last Monarch, 9, a Thoroughbred gelding owned by Holly and Chuck Hudspeth
Boyd Martin, 30, West Grove, PA; Neville Bardos, 11, an Australian Thoroughbred gelding owned by Windurra USA LLC
Boyd Martin, 30, West Grove, PA; Remington XXV, 14, a Hanoverian gelding owned by Henley House Stables
Karen O'Connor, 52, The Plains, VA; Mandiba, 11, a Thoroughbred gelding owned by Joan Goswell
Kim Severson, 36, Scottsville, VA; Tipperary Liadhnan, 13, an Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Friends of Kim Severson Syndicate
Allison Springer, 35, Marshall, VA; Arthur, 11, an Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Allison, Carolyn, and William Springer
Amy Tryon, 39, Duvall, WA; Leyland, 10, a Thoroughbred gelding owned by Elisabeth Nicholson.
McLain Ward, Brewster, NY; Sapphire
Laura Kraut, Wellington, FL; Cedric
Lauren Hough, Wellington, FL; Quick Study
Nicole Shahinian-Simpson, Thousand Oaks, CA; Tristan
Richard Spooner, Agua Dulce, CA; Cristallo
Mario Deslauriers, New York, NY; Urico
Beezie Madden, Cazenovia, NY; Danny Boy
McLain Ward, Brewster, NY; Rothchild
Hillary Dobbs, Sussex, NJ; Quincy B
Beezie Madden, Cazenovia, NY; Mademoiselle
Candice King, Wellington, FL; Skara Glen's Davos
Rich Fellers, Wilsonville, OR; Flexible
Todd Minikus, Loxahatchee, FL; Pavarotti
Cara Raether, North Palm Beach, FL; Ublesco
Bob Kraut, Oconomowoc, WI; Graf Lando.
Alternates in order:
Ashlee Bond, Hidden Hills, CA; Chivas Z
Georgina Bloomberg, New York, NY; Fiedi 3
Jeffery Welles, Wellington, FL; Armani
Nicole Shahinian-Simpson, Thousand Oaks, CA; Kilkenny Rindo
Charlie Jayne, Elgin, IL; Athena.
Reining (WEG team has been selected)
Shawn Flarida, 41, Springfield, OH; RC Fancy Step, 6, a Quarter Horse stallion owned by Buffalo Ranch
Tom McCutcheon, 43, Aubrey, TX; Gunners Special Nite, 6, a Quarter Horse stallion owned by Turnabout Ranch
Craig Schmersal, 37, Overbrook, OK; Boom Shernic, 6, a Quarter Horse stallion owned by the Boom Shernic Syndicate
Tim McQuay, 58, Tioga, TX; Hollywoodtinseltown, 6, a Quarter Horse stallion owned by David and Bonnie Silva.
Reining team substitutes (listed in ranked order):
Craig Schmersal, 37, Overbrook, OK; Mister Montana Nic, 12, a Quarter Horse stallion owned by the Mister Montana Nic Syndicate
Andrea Fappani, 33, San Marcos, CA; Custom Legend, 6, a Quarter Horse stallion owned by Steven Simon
Shawn Flarida, 41, Springfield, OH; Wimpys Little Chic, 6, a Quarter Horse mare owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA
Casey Deary, 29, Weatherford, TX; Rootin Tootin Dunit, 6, a Quarter Horse stallion owned by the Wolf Stern Partnership
Andrea Fappani, 33, San Marcos, CA; Einsteins Revolution, 8, a Quarter Horse stallion owned by Wagner and Vandorp
Randy Paul, 51, Scottsdale, AZ; Smokeelan, 8, a Quarter Horse stallion owned by Jill Smiekel-George.