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.


Karl Cook

Hometown: Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Birthday: 12/25/1990 Sport/Disciplines: Jumping

Karl Cook began riding at the age of 8 and had a successful junior/young rider career, earning four medals at the FEI North American Youth Championships. He has scored numerous top results throughout his professional career. Cook has competed in three FEI World Cup Finals in 2013, 2015, and 2017, and represented the U.S. on Nations Cup teams.


Caracole de la Roque

Nickname: Cara Owner: Signe Ostby Groom: Tessa Falanga Gender: Mare Breed: Selle Français Disciplines: Jumping Sire: Zandor Z Dam: Pocahontas d'Amaury Foal Date: 5/4/2012

Caracole de la Roque joined Karl Cook's barn in 2023 after much success for France. Since June of 2023, Caracole de la Roque and Cook have earned 12 top-10 finishes together, including five wins, one of which was the $650,000(cad) American Gold Cup CSI5*.


Kent Farrington

Hometown: Wellington, Fla Birthday: 12/28/1980 Sport/Disciplines: Jumping Olympic Years: 2016, 2020, 2024

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. Farrington was named to the U.S. Jumping Short List for the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympic Games with three horses. Aboard Greya, the duo were strong in their showing for the team, earning top honors in the Rolex Grand Prix of La Baule CSIO5* in June, adding to their fourth-place finish at the FEI Jumping World Cup Finals earlier in the spring. Paris 2024 will be Farrington's third consecutive Olympic Games and the first for Greya.



Owner: Haity McNerney Groom: Denise Moriarty Gender: Gelding Breed: Zangersheide Disciplines: Jumping Sire: Comilfo Plus Z Dam: Indigo van de Muelenburg Foal Date: 5/24/2013

Landon began his partnership with Kent Farrington in the spring of 2021. Landon made his U.S. team debut in the 2022 FEI Jumping Nations Cup Canada CSIO5*. The pair helped the NetJets® U.S. Jumping Team win the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Mexico CSIO5* before winning the MXN $3,400,000 Grand Prix CSIO5*.


Laura Kraut

Hometown: Royal Palm Beach, Fla. Birthday: 11/14/1965 Sport/Disciplines: Jumping Olympic Years: 1992 (alternate), 2000, 2008, 2020, 2024

Laura Kraut is a four-time Olympian, including a team gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Games and a team silver medalist at the 2020 Tokyo 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 historic first all-women’s FEI Nations Cup CSIO5* Dublin gold-medal winning team and recipient of the Aga Khan Trophy in 2017. More recently, Kraut helped the team earn gold at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games, where she finished fourth individually with Dorado 212. She was selected to represent the U.S. Jumping Team at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France, with Baloutinue.


Dorado 212

Owner: St. Bride's Farm Groom: Margo Thomas Gender: Gelding Breed: Oldenburg Disciplines: Jumping Sire: Tailormade Diarado's Boy Dam: Cary Blue Foal Date: 3/2/2013

Dorado 212 began his partnership with Laura Kraut in 2022 and quickly became one of Kraut's top mounts. In his first U.S. team appearance, he and Kraut helped the the NetJets® U.S. Jumping Team win the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ USA.


McLain Ward

Hometown: Brewster, N.Y. Birthday: 10/17/1975 Sport/Disciplines: Jumping Olympic Years: 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024

McLain Ward is a five-time Olympian, including a team silver medalist at the Tokyo 2020 and 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. In 2017, he was the champion at the FEI World Cup Jumping Final. In 2022, he was the winner of the Turkish Airlines – CHIO Aachen CSIO5* Grand Prix and the RWE Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia – Aachen CHIO CSIO5* Grand Prix riding Contagious. In 2023, Ward helped the U.S. Jumping Team earn team qualification to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games aboard Contagious, where they secured team gold and individual bronze at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile. Ward debuted both Callas and Ilex as potential horses for team selection ahead of the Olympics, with his sixth straight selection coming in July, confirming Ilex his mount for Paris 2024.



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

Contagious was part of the silver-medal winning U.S. Jumping Team at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, ridden by McLain Ward. 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 CSI3*/4*/5* competition across the world, highlighted by wins at the RWE Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Turkish Airlines-Prize of Europe at CHIO Aachen in 2022.