Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has announced an update to the Short List for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games U.S. Dressage Team. Ashley Holzer (Wellington, Fla.) has withdrawn herself and Valentine, her nine year-old Hanoverian mare, from consideration for the Pan American Games.
“After consulting with my team and [U.S. Dressage Technical Advisor and Chef d’Equipe] Debbie [McDonald], we feel it is in Valentine’s best interest to not push for the Pan American Games and instead, focus on building towards consideration for the Tokyo [Olympic Games],” said Holzer.
U.S. Equestrian named the following Big Tour and Small Tour horse-and-athlete combinations to the Short List on May 1, 2019 (listed in alphabetical order):
Charlotte Jorst (Reno, Nev.) and Kastel’s Nintendo, Kastel Denmark’s 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion
Nick Wagman (San Diego, Calif.) and Don John, Beverly Gepfer’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
Nora Batchelder (Williston, Fla.) and Faro SQF, the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding she owns with Andrea Whitcomb
Jennifer Baumert (Wellington, Fla.) and Handsome, Betsy Juliano LLC’s 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding
Sarah Lockman (Wildomar, Calif.) and First Apple, Gerry Ibanez’s nine-year-old KWPN stallion
Endel Ots (Wellington, Fla.) and Lucky Strike, Max Ots’s nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding
Detailed selection procedures for the 2019 Pan American Games can be found here. The team is anticipated to be announced in late June. McDonald will lead the U.S. Dressage Team in Lima from July 28-29 and July 31.
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