The United States Equestrian Federation, the national governing body of equestrian sport, has named four area show jumping athletes and two area dressage athletes to the short list for the FEI World Equestrian Games.
Local show jumpers include Wellington residents Margie Engle, Kent Farrington, Lauren Hough and Laura Kraut. Other riders named to the short list include Jamie Barge of Malibu, Calif.; Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, N.Y.; Devin Ryan of Long Valley, N.J.; Jessica Springsteen of Colts Neck, N.J.; Adrienne Sternlicht of Greenwich, Conn.; and McLain Ward of Brewster, N.Y.
Local dressage riders include Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee and Kasey Perry-Glass of Wellington. Other dressage riders on the short list include Laura Graves of Geneva, Fla.; Ashley Holzer of New York, N.Y.; Olivia LaGoy-Weltz of Haymarket, Va.; Adrienne Lyle of Ketchum, Idaho; Steffen Peters of San Diego, Calif.; and Sabine Schut-Kery of Thousand Oaks, Calif.
WEG, held every four years, is one of the largest events on the global sporting calendar, combining the eight equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining. The games will take place from Sept. 11 to Sept. 23 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C., with dressage taking place Sept. 13-16 and show jumping taking place Sept. 19-23.
In accordance with the selection procedures, the shortlisted athletes will compete in observation events throughout the summer for further team selection consideration. For more information about the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018, visit www.tryon2018.com.