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USEF Names Four Riders to 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Short List

Written by: Kenneth Kraus
Client: National Horse Show http://www.nhs.org
Release Date: 2013-11-04

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named four show jumping athletes to Phase I of the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

The four athletes were selected in accordance with the Selection Procedures for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Show Jumping Team. The four highest ranked athletes on the December 6, 2013 Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Average Ranking List have been named to the Short List.

The following four riders have been named to the Short List (in alphabetical order):

Kent Farrington (Wellington, Fla.)
Reed Kessler (Lexington, Ky)
Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.)
McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.)

Brewster, New York’s McLain Ward, a two-time Olympic Gold medalist, rode to victory in the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix on Antares F at the 2012 Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky. In the inaugural year of the show, he piloted Rothchild to the win in the $75,000 Double H Farm Open Jumper Stake. He was a team Gold medalist at 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, held in Hong Kong. He is one of America’s winningest riders of all time with multiple wins at the Hampton Classic, the American Invitational and he has secured victory in the biggest money classes in the world, the million dollar Masters at Spruce Meadows and the million dollar HITS grand prix.  

He’ll be joined by fellow two-time Olympic Gold medal teammate, Beezie Madden of Casenovia, New York. Madden, this past spring, claimed one of the sport’s greatest titles when she piloted Simon to victory at the FEI World Cup Finals in Gothenburg, Sweden. In addition to the World Cup, Madden posted wins in the $125,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida on Cortes 'C' and was a member of Team USA winning the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup CSIO4* on Simon, also at Wellington. Along with numerous wins at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Madden won the Global Champions Tour CSI5* Grand Prix of Chantilly in France on Cortes 'C'.  

At 18 years old, Reed Kessler of Lexington, Kentucky, qualified for the 2012 London Olympics, becoming the youngest rider in Show Jumping history to ever compete at the Games. She has had consistent top finishes in grand prix competitions across the country and at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Canada. Kessler has spent quality time helping to promote the Alltech National Horse Show, last year visiting the Lexington School as an educational endeavor to introduce students to the history and tradition of the Alltech National Horse Show.

Kent Farrington of Wellington, Florida is one of America’s fastest rising stars, sitting at or near number one the Rolex U.S. Computer Rankings for much of the 2012 and 2013 show jumping seasons. Farrington was a big winner with Up Chiqui, winning the $60,000 Open Jumper Speed Stake at the inaugural Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky. A Pan Am Games Gold medalist, Farrington, with top horses such as Uceko, Blue Angel and Voyeur, has won the US Open CSIO5* twice, the King George Cup, the coveted American Invitational, the Presidents Cup, the Hampton Classic and two times was the winner of the East Coast World Cup League.

The remaining six athletes will be named to the Short List no later than April 28, 2013.

 

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