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US Equestrian Announces 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Teams

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jan 7, 2019, 12:23 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is proud to announce the selection of the 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Stripes and Stars Teams. The Stripes Team will compete at the 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational Test Event from July 4-5, in New Orleans, La., against teams from South Africa. The Stars Team will compete at the 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational Test Event from October 31 - November 2, in Las Vegas, Nev., against Canada.

Following an incredible number of applications received from saddle seat breed members around the country, the following athletes have been selected to the U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Stripes and Stars Teams.

U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Stripes Team

Three-Gaited:

Kerrianne Adamek (Murrysville, Pa.)
Alayna Applegate (Ewing, Ky.)
Lauren Beck (Lake Forest, Ill.)
Gabriella Costantini (Hinckley, Ohio)
Ellie Grosspietsch (Cross Plains, Wis.)
Hallie Ricci (Allentown, N.J.)

Five-Gaited:

Makayla James (Smithfield, Ky.)
Max Michalek (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Haily Miller (Nicholasville, Ky.)
Stephanie Sanders (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Clayton Stinnett (Kernersville, N.C.)
Mackenzie Todd (Cleveland, N.C.)

U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Stars Team

Three-Gaited:

Dawson Archibald (Andover, Kan.)
Chelsea Dragan (Burlington, Ky.)
Lillian Johnson (O’Fallon, Mo.)
Alayna Locascio (Dayton, Ohio)
Gabriella Snyder (St. Louis, Mo.)
Reagan Webb (Dayton, Ohio)

US Equestrian formed the U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Teams with the purpose of developing riders for future Saddle Seat World Cup competitions. During years that the Saddle Seat World Cup competition is not held, members of the Young Riders teams will be eligible to represent the United States in other international competitions.

Unlike the selection process for the U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team, riders did not attend live tryouts to be selected. Instead, the selection of riders was based on application and video submissions.

The U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Teams are supported by grants from the USA Equestrian Trust. Additional contribution opportunities can be found by visiting www.usef.org/donate. Select U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders in the dropdown menu.

For additional information or questions regarding the 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Teams, please visit www.usasaddleseatworldcup.org or contact Erin DesNoyers, Director National Affiliates, by phone at (859) 225-6977 or via email at [email protected].

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