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Donner Finishes 14th at Burghley CCI4*

donner Burghley2 Lynn and Donner's first trip to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials CCI4* is officially over and the pair finished in 14th place and as the highest-placed Americans.

Lynn and Donner began their week at Burghley by scoring 47.7, a personal best at the CCI4* level, in the dressage phase on Thursday to sit in 33rd place.

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USEF Names Combinations for CICO3* Aachen

Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named the combinations representing the United States at CICO3* Aachen, held in Aachen, Germany, August 12-14, 2015. The U.S. has been invited to send a team of three athlete-and-horse combinations.

Per the USEF press release detailing the 2015 fall eventing grant recipients, the following combinations will compose the U.S. Team (listed in ranked order):

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Thomas Tierney and Simon Roosevelt's Fernhill Cubalawn, a 2003 Holsteiner gelding

Lauren Kieffer (Ocala, Fla.) and Team Rebecca, LLC's Veronica, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood mare

Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) and The Donner Syndicate, LLC's Donner, a 2003 Thoroughbred gelding

Dutton and Kieffer have been awarded, through the USET Foundation, Karen E. Stives Endowment Fund for High Performance Eventing Competition Grants. Symansky has been awarded a Land Rover USEF Competition Grant.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members. Without the support of these organizations and individuals, it would not be possible to support our athletes. The USEF is especially grateful to individuals who give generously of their time and money to support the equestrian teams.

Walsh Launches Limited Edition Lynn Symansky Inspired Line of Products

Walsh Products​ has launched a limited edition Lynn Symansky Inspired line of products, and Walsh is generously donating 40% of all sales to Donner to help tackle the costs of competing at the Burghley CCI4*. These colors are one of a kind, with havana leather, navy padding, stainless steel hardware, and the special Walsh signature stitch in navy thread. Don't miss out on your opportunity to own one of these limited edition products! 

See the products and purchase here: http://walshproducts.com/Lynn-Symansky-Inspired-Products.html

Second Place for Lynn and Donner at the Great Meadow CIC3*

Lynn and Donner finished in second place at the inaugural Land Rover Great Meadow International CIC3*. The pair scored a 42.8 in dressage to sit in fourth, jumped double clear show jumping to move into third and added only 7.6 time on cross-country (due to the wet weather) to finish the weekend in second place. 

See a full gallery of images from the event here. 

From the USEA press release:

Lynn Symansky and the Donner Syndicate LLC's Donner, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding moved up into red ribbon position. Lynn agreed with Jennie’s assessment of the course: “I expected the course to ride well, and I trust Mike’s courses,” said Lynn. “I thought it was a great run for Donner. The footing was fantastic and he felt great.”

“It was his first outing since Rolex, and it was a little bit of a tough lead up as last week I hurt my back and I actually was unable to ride and really prepare for this week how I would usually work him. I was just planning to try to get through Dressage, but my back was cooperating so I took it day-by-day and he stepped up the plate. I couldn’t be happier with him - he felt fantastic.”

USEF Announces Fall Eventing Competition Grant Recipients

Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the recipients of eventing competition grants for Aachen CICO3*, Burghley CCI4*, Blenheim CCI3*, and Boekelo CCIO3*. Grants are awarded based on the USEF grant application process.  

The following athlete-and-horse combinations have been awarded, through the USET Foundation, Karen E. Stives Endowment Fund for High Performance Eventing Competition Grants for the Aachen CICO3* to compete as individuals. Aachen CICO3* will take place August 12-14 in Aachen, Germany:

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Thomas Tierney and Simon Roosevelt's Fernhill Cubalawn, a 2003 Holsteiner gelding
Lauren Kieffer (Ocala, Fla.) and Team Rebecca, LLC's Veronica, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood mare. This grant includes below mentioned CCI3* Blenheim.

Should the U.S. receive a team invitation, the following athlete-and-horse combinations would join Dutton and Kieffer. Listed in ranked order (depending on the number of invitations):

Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) and The Donner Syndicate, LLC's Donner, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding
Marilyn Little (Frederick, Md.) and Team Demeter, LLC's RF Demeter, a 13-year-old Oldenburg mare
Colleen Rutledge (Frederick, Md.) and her own Covert Rights, a nine-year-old Thoroughbred Cross gelding

The following athlete-and-horse combinations have been awarded the following competition grants for the Burghley CCI4*, taking place September 3-6 in Burghley, Great Britain:

Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) and The Donner Syndicate, LLC's Donner, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. Symansky has been awarded a Land Rover USEF Competition Grant.
Colleen Rutledge (Frederick, Md.) and her own Covert Rights, a nine-year-old Thoroughbred Cross gelding. Rutledge has been awarded a Jacqueline B. Mars Competition Grant, through the USET Foundation

The following athlete-and-horse combinations have been awarded the following competition grants for the Blenheim CCI3*, taking place September 17-20 in Woodstock, Great Britain:

Lauren Kieffer (Ocala, Fla.) and Team Rebecca, LLC's Veronica, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare. This competition is included in the aforementioned Jacqueline B. Mars Competition Grant, through the USET Foundation.
Will Coleman and The Four Star Eventing Group's OBOS O'Reilly, a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding. Coleman has been awarded a Land Rover USEF Competition Grant.
Matt Brown and the Blossom Creek Foundation's Super Socks BCF, a 2006 Irish Sport Horse gelding. Brown has been awarded a Jacqueline B. Mars Competition Grant, through the USET Foundation.
Elisa Wallace and David and Jill Hopcroft's Simply Priceless, a 2001 Thoroughbred gelding. Wallace has been awarded a Land Rover USEF Competition Grant.
Emily Beshear and Deep Purple Eventing's Shame On The Moon, a 2006 Trakehner/Thoroughbred mare. Beshear has been awarded a Land Rover USEF Competition Grant.* 

*Pending number of invitations received from the Organizing Committee. 

The following athlete-and-horse combinations have been awarded Land Rover USEF Competition Grants for the Boekelo CCI3*, taking place October 8-11 in Boekelo, The Netherlands:

Buck Davidson (Ocala, Fla.) and Sherrie Martin and Carl Segal's Copper Beach, a 2006 Irish Sport Horse gelding
Matt Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) and the Blossom Creek Foundation's BCF Belicoso, a 2006 Irish Sport Horse gelding
Marilyn Little (Frederick, Md.) and Raylyn Farms, Inc.'s RF Quarterman, a 2008 Oldenburg gelding

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members. Without the support of these organizations and individuals, it would not be possible to provide such support to the athletes named to these grants. The USEF is especially grateful to individuals who give generously of their time and money to support the equestrian teams.