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Chef

Robert Ridland

Hometown: Irvine, Calif. Birthday: 11/7/1950 Sport/Disciplines: Jumping

The show jumping community always knew Robert Ridland as a great rider, but now they also see him as the brilliant, strategic mind guiding the NetJets Show Jumping team to unprecedented success. Ridland brings several decades of international experience to the U.S. Show Jumping. As an athlete he competed in the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games and won several grand prix competitions throughout his riding career. Ridland has been extensively involved in the governance of the sport, including several terms as a board member of US Equestrian and the United States Equestrian Team Foundation.


Team Leader

Lizzy Chesson

Hometown: Gladstone, N.J. Birthday: 4/3/1977 Sport/Disciplines: Jumping

Lizzy Chesson has been deeply rooted in international equestrian sports for many years. As a groom for her mother, she was part of two World Championship Driving teams. At the age of 22, Chesson was selected to drive a pair of horses in the World Pair Championship in Hungary. Chesson is a graduate of Columbia University where earned a degree in Art History. She began working for US Equestrian in 2006, first in the Show Jumping department as an assistant to then Managing Director Sally Ike. She was then promoted to Managing Director of Jumping in 2013.


Competitor

Kent Farrington

Hometown: Wellington, Fla Birthday: 12/28/1980 Sport/Disciplines: Jumping Olympic Years: 2016, 2020

Kent Farrington has represented the United States at numerous international championships, including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 Toronto Pan American Games, 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and 2011 Guadalajara Pan American Games. In 2019, he became the first U.S. rider to win the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen and the International Jumping Riders Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva in the same year. Farrington was named the 2020 USEF International Equestrian of the Year.

 

Gazelle

Nickname: G-Mama/G-Unit Owner: Robin Cleary Parsky & Kent Farrington Groom: Denise Moriarty Gender: Mare Breed: Belgian Warmblood Disciplines: Jumping Sire: Kashmir van Shuttershof Dam: Diva 'Ter Elsen' Foal Date: 4/9/2006

Gazelle is one of the most renowned jumping mares in the world with Kent Farrington aboard in the irons. The pair have won more than 30 competitions together at the international level including the prestigious ROLEX Grand Prix of Aachen in 2019 and the ROLEX Grand Prix of Geneva in 2017. The pair represented the U.S. Jumping Team as part of the bronze-medal winning team at the Pan American Games Toronto 2015.


Competitor

Laura Kraut

Hometown: Royal Palm Beach, Fla. Birthday: 11/14/1965 Sport/Disciplines: Jumping Olympic Years: 1992, 2000, 2008

Laura Kraut is a two-time Olympian, including a team gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Games. She was a member of the gold-medal winning NetJets™ U.S. Jumping Team for the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018, as well as a WEG Lexington 2010 team member, and WEG Aachen 2006 team silver medalist. Kraut has been a member of numerous medal-winning FEI Nations Cup teams, including a member of the first all-women’s FEI Nations Cup CSIO5* Dublin gold-medal winning team and recipient of the Aga Khan Trophy in 2017, and most recently the gold-medal winning team at 2020 FEI Jumping Nations Cup USA. She was also the recipient of the “Prize of the Federal Minister of the Interior” award at 2017 CHIO Aachen.

 

Baloutinue

Nickname: Balou/BooBoo Owner: St. Bride's Farm Groom: Margo Thomas Gender: Gelding Breed: Hanoverian Disciplines: Jumping Sire: Balou du Rouet Dam: Utika Foal Date: 4/5/2010

Baloutinue is a newer mount for U.S. Jumping Team veteran Laura Kraut with the pair making their debut after the Winter Equestrian Festival this past spring in Wellington, Fla. The pair took their fist win, topping an FEI CSI3* at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The pair went on to compete in the Nations Cup of Rome CSIO5* in Rome, Italy, where they helped the team finish fifth. The same weekend, they secured second place in the prestigious Rolex Grand Prix of Rome CSIO5*.


Competitor

Jessica Springsteen

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. Birthday: 12/30/1991 Sport/Disciplines: Jumping Olympic Years: 2020

Jessica Springsteen amassed numerous top results in her successful youth career, capturing the young rider team silver medal and the young rider individual bronze medal at the 2010 North American Youth Championships, along with a win at the 2008 ASPCA Maclay Finals. In recent years, she has been selected to several Nations Cup teams, including the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ USA team in 2020, the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Wellington CSIO4* team in 2021, as well as the 2018 FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain.

 

Don Juan van de Donkhoeve

Nickname: Don/Donald Owner: Stone Hill Farm Groom: Josie Eliasson Gender: Stallion Breed: Belgian Warmblood Disciplines: Jumping Sire: Bamako de Muze Dam: Diva van de Donkhoeve Foal Date: 5/22/2009

Acquired by Stone Hill Farm in 2019, Don Juan van de Donkhoeve is a talented stallion who has competed successfully through the FEI CSI5* level. With Springsteen in the irons, Don Juan van de Donkhoeve has become a major contributor as part of the U.S. Jumping Team, competing in the Jumping Nations Cup Wellington CSIO4* and the Jumping Nations Cup of Rome CSIO5* with stellar results. The pair debuted at the CSI5* level in 2019 shortly after their partnership began and have had tremendous success. Most recently the pair placed third in the ROLEX Grand Prix of Rome CSIO5*.


Competitor

McLain Ward

Hometown: Brewster, N.Y. Birthday: 10/17/1975 Sport/Disciplines: Jumping Olympic Years: 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020

McLain Ward is a four-time Olympian, including a team silver medalist at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as well as team gold medalist at the Beijing 2008 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games. He was also a member of the gold-medal winning NetJets® U.S. Jumping Team for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, as well as a WEG Normandy 2014 team bronze medalist, and WEG Aachen 2006 team silver medalist. Ward is a Pan American Games Toronto 2015 individual gold and team bronze medalist as well as Guadalajara 2011 team gold medalist and the 2017 FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final Champion.

 

Contagious

Nickname: Poussin Owner: Beechwood Stables LLC Groom: Virginie Casterman Gender: Gelding Breed: Deutches Sportpferd Disciplines: Jumping Sire: Contagio Dam: For Mary Foal Date: 3/28/2009

McLain Ward began his partnership with Contagious in the fall of 2018, taking the reins from Reed Kessler. Kessler and Contagious competed extensively throughout Europe during their partnership with much success and Contagious did not miss a beat when transitioning to Ward's stable. The duo racked up numerous top results, including wins in FEI CSI 3*/4*/5* competition across the world, including grand prix wins in Upperville, Va., Wellington, Fla., and North Salem, N.Y.