LEXINGTON, Ky. — Jessica Springsteen, of Colts Neck, N.J. has withdrawn herself from consideration for the team that will compete in the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018.
Springsteen had been named to the short list for the NetJets U.S. Show Jumping Team.. As a result, Lillie Keenan (New York, N.Y.) will replace her on the short list, as approved by the US Equestrian Board of Directors and in accordance with the WEG U.S. Show Jumping Team selection procedures.
“After speaking further with my team and my owners, we felt that the WEG was not an ideal target for RMF Swinny Du Parc this year,” said Springsteen. “We will be redirecting her program in order to gain further experience and look forward to future U.S. team opportunities.”
Spingsteen and RMF Swinny du Parc finished sixth in the $35,000 Sovaro Palm Beach Masters Qualifier at Deeridge Farms in early February. The pair was among six to qualify for the jump-off but Springsteen chose to not ride and settle for sixth place.
US Equestrian also announced that Lauren Hough (Wellington, Fla.) has had to withdraw from consideration. As announced by Hough, The Ohlala Group’s 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare, Ohlala, has sustained an injury that will take her out of competition for the remainder of the year. Therefore, she will not be able to be considered for the WEG Netjets U.S. Show Jumping Team.
“I was obviously disappointed to learn of Ohlala’s injury, as Lauren and Ohlala have formed an outstanding partnership that has seen them achieve great results on the world stage,” said U.S. Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland. “They have contributed much to the U.S. team’s success over the past few years and we wish Ohlala a speedy recovery and look forward to her return to the U.S. Show Jumping Team in the future.”
Due to logistical constraints, and the short timeframe between now and the first WEG Observation Events at CSIO’s Poland (Sopot) and The Netherlands (Rotterdam), US Equestrian will not be naming an athlete to replace Hough on the WEG U.S. Show Jumping Short List at this time. Therefore, reserve athletes named to the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Poland and FEI Jumping Nations Cup Netherlands teams should not be assumed to be U.S. jumping WEG short-listed athletes and horses.
For more information about the WEG team selection process, view the U.S. Show Jumping Team Selection Procedures.
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