July 21, 2006 -- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named five horse-and-rider combinations and one alternate horse to represent the U.S. in endurance at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Aachen, Germany. The endurance competition will take place on August 21.
The USEF endurance team for the 2006 WEG includes:
- Kathryn Downs of Somerville, Maine, riding Pygmalion, a 10-year-old Arabian gelding, owned by Downs
- Joseph Mattingley of Scales Mound, Ill., riding SA Laribou, an 11-year-old Arabian gelding, owned by Mattingley
- Stephen Rojek of South Woodstock, Vt., riding Finch, a 10-year-old Arabian gelding, owned by Rojek
- Christoph Schork of Moab, Utah, riding Taj Rai Hasan, a 7-year-old Arabian gelding, owned by Schork
- Margaret Sleeper, DVM, of Frenchtown, N.J., riding Shyrocco Troilus, a 14-year-old half Arabian gelding, owned by Sleeper
Alternate Horse: Cheyenne XII, a 14-year-old Arabian gelding, owned by Ruth Waltenspiel and ridden by Jennifer Niehaus of Cloverdale, Calif.
Twelve long-listed horses and riders plus two alternates were named this week through an extensive process by a committee who observed the horses and riders at various events during the past two years. The final team was selected based on two training events that took place in early July.