Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has announced that the following athletes will participate in the Junior and Children’s team competitions at CSIJCh Ocala, Saturday, February 17, in Ocala, Fla. The Junior and Children’s team competitions will run in conjunction with the Longines FEI Nations Cup™ CSIO5* Ocala during the Ocala Winter Festival, Tuesday, February 13-18, at HITS Post Time Farm.
The following athlete/horse combinations will represent the U.S. in the Junior team competition, listed alphabetically:
Faith Davis (Gurley, Ala.) with Da Vinci, Davis’s nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Davis competed as part of the Zone 4 team at the 2017 Adequan®/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC). Most recently, she placed second in the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal class during week one of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival.
Kyle Perkovich (Long Grove, Ill.) with Tresor Du Perron, Brenda Perkovich’s 10-year-old Selle Français gelding. Perkovich placed fourth in the Junior/Amateur Individual competition at the USHJA Zones 5 & 6 Jumper Team Championships in August. In addition, he was part of the Zone 5 bronze medal-winning team in the Junior/Amateur Team Championship.
Carolina Villanueva Suarez (New York City, N.Y.) with Zabel D, Villanueva Suarez’s 13-year-old KWPN gelding. USHJA recognized Villanueva Suarez as USHJA Gold Star Emerging Jumper Rider in 2017.
The following athlete/horse combinations will represent the U.S. in the Children’s team competition, listed alphabetically:
Emma Callanan (Lebanon, N.J.) with Cocu, Renee Connors’s 12-year-old gelding of unknown breeding. Callanan, a 2017 USHJA Gold Star Emerging Jumper Rider, competed on the Zone 2 team at the 2017 NAJYRC. In addition, she was a member of the children’s team at CSIJCh Langley in May of 2017 where she also won the $1,500 Children's Grand Prix.
Ansgar Holtgers (Wellington, Fla.) with Hookjipa XXX, Gut Einhaus, LLC’s 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, or Queretaro 2, an 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding. In November, Holtgers and Hookjipa XXX placed first in the EEM.TV CSI1* at the Longines Masters of Paris.
Alexa Leong (Sacramento, Calif.) with Hertogin Ter Drie Leien, Leong’s 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare. Leong, a 2017 USHJA Gold Star Emerging Jumper Rider, and Hertogin Ter Drie Leien competed on the children’s team at CSIJCh Langley. They were also part of the Zone 10 gold medal children’s team at the 2017 NAJYRC.
Genevieve Munson (Rogers, Ark.) with Cassonetti, McKenna Sporthorse Sales, LLC’s nine-year-old German Sport Horse gelding. Munson is a two-time USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm gold medalist and 2017 USHJA Gold Star Emerging Jumper Rider.
Both teams will compete under the direction of the U.S. Show Jumping Youth Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor DiAnn Langer.
The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.