August 28, 2013 -- The United States will look to secure another top finish in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup competition this week at the CSIO5* Gijon. The future of American jumping will be on display as talented Young Riders along with team veterans riding up-and-coming horses are set to compete in Gijon, Spain, August 28-September 2.
After making her Olympic debut last summer, 19-year-old Reed Kessler (Lexington, Ky.) continues to impress. The 2012 USEF National Show Jumping Champion has spent the second half of the summer competing in Europe at many of the most prestigious competitions including CSIO5* Hickstead, CSIO5* Dublin and various destinations on the Longines Global Champions Tour.
At the CSIO5* Gijon, Kessler will ride Iron Works Partners' Wolf S, her own Ligist and Kessler Show Stables' Soraya De L'Obstination.
Wolf S is a 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding.
Ligist is a 2000 Swedish Warmblood gelding.
Soraya De L'Obstination is 2002 Belgian Warmblood mare.
Lauren Hough (Wellington, Fla.) is among the most experienced riders on the U.S. jumping circuit, having represented the United States at the 2000 Olympic Games, 2003 Pan American Games and the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. In June, Hough was a member of the second placed U.S. team in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at CSIO5* Rotterdam.
At the CSIO5* Gijon, Hough will ride Nordic Lights Farm, LLC's Tackeray, Laura and Meredith Mateo's Reconnaissance, and Belle Grey Farm, LLC's Every Way.
Tackeray is a 2000 Dutch Warmblood stallion.
Reconnaissance is a 2005 Swedish Warmblood mare.
Every Way is a 2004 Belgian Warmblood mare.
Kirsten Coe (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) heads into CSIO5* Gijon competition looking to showcase the top form she has displayed throughout 2013. At the beginning of August, Coe was a member of the winning U.S. team at the CSIO3* Bratislava Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup. She also cruised to a third-place finish in the feature Grand Prix in Bratislava.
At the CSIO5* Gijon, Coe will ride Ilan Ferder's Calypso and S.A.R.L. Equart's Heros de Papignies Z.
Calypso is a 2002 Belgain Warmblood gelding.
Heros de Papignies Z is a 2004 Zangersheide stallion.
Saer Coulter (San Francisco, Calif.) has also spent the summer honing her skills in Europe jumping to a number of top finishes. The two-time Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North Team medalist was awarded the Maxine Beard Show Jumping Rider Award for her competitive record and potential to represent the U.S. in international competition.
At the CSIO5* Gijon, Coulter will ride Copernicus Stables, LLC's Springtime and Don VHP Z.
Springtime is a 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding.
Don VHP is a 2004 Zangersheide stallion.
Rounding out the U.S. effort in Gijon is Lucy Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.). The 20-year-old made her Rolex/FEI World Cup Final debut in April and has consistently earned strong results throughout 2013. At CSIO5* Rotterdam, Davis produced a double clear effort in Nations Cup competition to receive the Furusiyya Leading Rider of the Day Award and earned an eighth-place finish in the Longines Grand Prix of Rotterdam.
At the CSIO5* Gijon, Davis will ride Old Oak Farm's Barron and Nemo 119.
Barron is a 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding.
Nemo 119 is a 1999 Holsteiner gelding.
The U.S. will compete against 11 other countries in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup on August 31.
Katie Prudent will serve as Chef d'Equipe.
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