Horse Briefs

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Top eventers named to training group
The U.S. Equestrian Federation released the high performance training lists for 2015, and a number of area riders qualify for expanded training with Olympic team coaches. They’ll be prepping for the 2015 Pan American Games and 2016 Olympic Games.
Middleburg’s Lynn Symansky and Charlottesville’s Kim Severson qualified for the â??world-classâ? list, with Kurt Martin, based in Middleburg, qualified for the â??nationalâ? list.
High Performance teams head to three major international competitions next year: the Pan American Games in Toronto July 16-19, the Nations Cup at Aachen, Germany in August and the Nations’ Cup at Boekelo in the Netherlands in October.
Unplaced at last year’s World Equestrian Games in France, team coach David O’Connor â?? based near The Plains at a farm in Halfway, said that the U.S. team needs excellent results at all the 2015 events in order to qualify a spot at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The June 19-21 international prep horse trials at Great Meadow, O’Connor promised, is an opportunity for area fans to see the top competitors without a passport.


Wendy Murdoch will teach a clinic at Evergreen near Berryville on Dec. 17. Details are online at

Frying Pan hunters this Saturday
Frying Pan Park in Herndon host hunters at the historic Fairfax County park. Future hunter show dates are Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 7 and April 18. The Frying Pan Jumper series dates are Dec. 20, Jan. 17, Feb. 7, March 21 and April 25.
Details are online at
LTD Shows will host an indoor winter show series at Morven Park in Leesburg. Cash prizes for leading trainers and prizes and drawings at each show are featured. Show dates are Dec. 27, Jan. 18 and Feb. 21. Log onto to find a prize list.
Hazelwild Farm in Fredericksburg will host an indoor jumper show series, with dates starting Dec. 21. Other Sunday shows are Jan. 18, Feb. 8 and March 22.
Series awards will be given. Log onto
Fox Chase Farm in Middleburg will hold jumper and hunter shows stretching through 2015.
Hunter dates are Jan. 10, Feb. 7 and 21, March 21, April 12 and 25, May 9 and 24, June 21, July 25, Aug. 2, Sept. 19 and Oct. 11.
Jumper dates are Jan. 17, Feb. 14 and 28, March, 7, 14 and 28, April 11, May 2 and 23, June 20, July 18, Aug. 1, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10.
Go to to find an online prize list.