LEXINGTON, Ky. — Hallie Ricci, of Allentown, N.J. will once again represent the United States in an international competition for saddle seat riders.

This time, Ricci will be on the Stripes Team, in the three-gaited division. The Stripes Team will compete at the 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational Test Event from May 2-3, in New Orleans, La., against teams from South Africa.

Ficci has been one of the top young riders over the last few years. In November in Kentucky, Ricci was third in the USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final at the United Professional Horseman’s Association (UPHA)/American Royal National Championship Horse Show. She was in the top 10 the year before in that competition which draws entries from acorss the nation. She also competed at the 2017 U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational where her team, the Stars Three-Gaited section won the gold medal.

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As part of the team she was able to participate in special training sessions with riders from all over the country.

Also on the three-gaited team is: Kerrianne Adamek (Murrysville, Pa.); Alayna Applegate (Ewing, Ky.); Lauren Beck (Lake Forest, Ill.); Gabriella Costantini (Hinckley, Ohio) and Ellie Grosspietsch (Cross Plains, Wis.). The Five-Gaited team is Makayla James (Smithfield, Ky.); Max Michalek (Winston-Salem, N.C.); Haily Miller (Nicholasville, Ky.); Stephanie Sanders (Winston-Salem, N.C.); Clayton Stinnett (Kernersville, N.C.) and Mackenzie Todd (Cleveland, N.C.)

The Stars Team will compete at the 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational Test Event from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, in Las Vegas, Nev., against Canada. 

U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Stars Team is Dawson Archibald (Andover, Kan.); Chelsea Dragan (Burlington, Ky.); Lillian Johnson (O’Fallon, Mo.); Alayna Locascio (Dayton, Ohio); Gabriella Snyder (St. Louis, Mo.) and Reagan Webb (Dayton, Ohio).

According to their website, US Equestrian formed the U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Teams with the purpose of developing riders for future Saddle Seat World Cup competitions. During years that the Saddle Seat World Cup competition is not held, members of the Young Riders teams will be eligible to represent the United States in other international competitions.

Unlike the selection process for the U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team, riders did not attend live tryouts to be selected. Instead, the selection of riders was based on application and video submissions.

The U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Teams are supported by grants from the USA Equestrian Trust. Additional contribution opportunities can be found by visiting www.usef.org/donate. Select U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders in the dropdown menu.

For additional information or questions regarding the 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Teams, visit www.usasaddleseatworldcup.org or contact Erin DesNoyers, Director National Affiliates, by phone at 859-225-6977 or via email at edesnoyers@usef.org.

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