Final U.S. WEG Eventing Team, Individuals Named

The U.S. Equestrian Federation has named the final eventing team and individuals who will represent the United States at the 2006 World Equestrian Games.
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The U.S. Equestrian Federation has named the final eventing team and individuals who will represent the United States at the 2006 World Equestrian Games.

August 21, 2006 -- The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced August 20 which eventing athletes would ride as the four team members and which two athletes would ride as individuals at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. The U.S. eventing team will compete August 24-27.

The final eventing team of four includes:

  • Will Faudree of Southern Pines, N.C., riding Antigua, a 17-year-old Australian Thoroughbred gelding, owned by Faudree
  • Kim Severson of Keene, Va., riding Winsome Adante, a 13-year-old English Thoroughbred gelding, owned by Plain Dealing Farm, Inc.
  • Amy Tryon of Duval, Wash., riding Poggio II, a 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, owned by Tryon and Mark Hart
  • Heidi White of Aiken, S.C., riding Northern Spy, a 13-year-old English Thoroughbred gelding, owned by White

The two individuals competing for the U.S. are:

  • Jan Byyny of Purcellville, Va,, riding Task Force, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, owned by J.C. Chester
  • Karen O'Connor of The Plains, Va., riding Upstage, a 15-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred gelding, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Thompson

In 2002, the eventers took home team gold. They are also the defending world champions for the first time since 1978. Two of the four 2002 team members will again be riding as part of the team--2004 Olympic individual silver medalist Severson and Tryon. Severson and Tryon also earned team bronze at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.