US to CDI-O5* in Aachen

By May 23, 2013
Jan Ebeling and Rafalca perform a half pass

Jan Ebeling and Rafalca, 2012 Reem Acra FEI Dressage World Cup Finals, ‘s Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, April 20-21. (Photo by Paul/Harding Ltd. )

Jan Ebeling, Shelly Francis, Tina Konyot and Steffen Peters have been selected by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to represent the U.S. Dressage Team at the Aachen CDIO5* held during CHIO Aachen in Germany, June 26-30, 2013.

Additionally, two Small Tour combinations have been named to represent the U.S. in CDI4* competition. In 2013, the United States will also be represented for the first time in CDI-U25 competition.

Desperados is a majestic, black stallion, seen here against a rich golden backdrop of German fall foliage.

Desperados - kind of cute and standing stud!

Last year, then-26-year-old German Olympic rider Christina Sprehe took top honors in Aachen with Desperados,  the stallion she rode to Team Silver and individual 8th place at the London games.  The closest thing to a U.S. presence on the list of 36 who made scores at the Nation’s Cup in Aachen was Stephanie Peters (NED) at No. 26.

The following four combinations have been named to the U.S. Dressage Team for the Aachen CDIO5*(listed in Alphabetical Order):

Jan Ebeling (Moorpark, CA) on Ann Romney, Amy Ebeling, and Beth Meyers’ Rafalca
Rafalca is a 1997 Oldenburg mare

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, FL) on Patricia Stempel’s Doktor
Doktor is a 2003 Oldenburg gelding

Tina Konyot (Palm City, FL) on her own Calecto V
Calecto V is a 1998 Danish Warmblood stallion

Steffen Peters rides Legolas 92

Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 at Gladstone (Photo by Susan J. Stickle)

Steffen Peters (San Diego, CA) on Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92
Legolas 92 is a 2002 Westphalian gelding

All four combinations have been awarded grants from the USEF for European competition, with funding for the grants made possible by the USET Foundation. Learn more about the grants here.

The following two combinations have been named to represent the United States in Small Tour competition in the Aachen CDI4*(listed in Alphabetical Order):

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, FL) on Patricia Stempel’s Danilo
Danilo is a 2004 Hanoverian gelding

Caroline Roffman (Wellington, FL) on her own Her Highness O
Her Highness O is a 2003 Hanoverian mare

The following combination has been named to represent the United States in the Aachen CDI-U25:

Caroline Roffman (Wellington, FL) on Hyperion Farm, Inc’s Sagacious HF
Sagacious HF is a 1999 Royal Dutch Warmblood gelding

Roffman has been awarded a Dutta Corp. sponsored flight to compete and train in Europe. Learn more about the Dutta Corp. sponsored flight here.

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