Skip to content

US Set to Defend Saddle Seat World Cup Wins


The United States Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup teams are preparing to head to South Africa in defense of the double gold medal performances turned in by Team USA in 2004. The teams, selected at a trials event held at William Woods University in March, will depart in early December en route to Parys, South Africa.  The new Parys Indoor Arena is the host site for the International Saddle Seat World Cup, to be held December 4-10, 2006. Approximately 50 Americans will make the trip to South Africa for the week-long event.


The United States teams will be working hard to repeat the strong performances turned in by the 2004 teams, which captured the gold medals and coveted World Cup trophies in both the three-gaited and five-gaited divisions when the event was hosted at Lexington’s famed Kentucky Horse Park in October of 2004.


The U.S. teams will face competition from Canada, Great Britain, Namibia and South Africa. All five countries compete in the three-gaited event, while Canada and Namibia will join the U.S. and South Africa for the first time in the five-gaited competition. Representing the United States will be: 


Jacqueline Beck (Aliso Viejo, CA)
Michelle Krentz (Hartford, WI)
Alexis Scott (Des Moines, IA)
Sarah Taylor (Davison, MI)
Deveau Zubrod (Versailles, KY and Westerville, OH)
Mandy Martin (Alternate) (Diamondhead, MS)

Renee Biggins – Coach (
Simpsonville, KY)

Chuck Herbert – Manager (Evansville, IN)



Ashley Alden (Deer Park, IL)

Jamie Bender (Springfield, NE)

Brooke Jacobs (Georgetown, KY)

  Ali Judah (Louisville, KY)

  Cristina Sloan (Hallsville, MO)

  Cydni Simmons (Alternate) (Burlington, KY)


  Lynda Freseth – Coach (Oconomowoc, WI)

  Liz McBride-Jones – Manager (Raeford, NC)

Americans Cecile Hetzel-Dunn of Lady Lake, Florida and Sandy Sessink of Lenexa, Kansas will have the honor of marking cards as part of the five-member panel of officials set to score the competition. The 2006 event will employ a five-judge panel and will utilize a high-low system for the first time as the result of majority vote of the members of the International Saddle Seat Equitation Association (ISSEA). ISSEA, which includes representatives from all five participating nations, is the international sporting body for the Saddle Seat discipline and governs the International Saddle Seat World Cup event. The organization will meet during the 2006 event to continue planning for the 2008 and 2010 competitions.

The USWC welcomes donations from individuals and organizations who wish to contribute in support of Team USA as they work to defend their 2004 titles and retain possession of the coveted Saddle Seat World Cup trophies. The mission of the U.S. Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup is to expand the presence of Saddle Seat Equitation on both national and international levels through team-based competition and promotion of the discipline by U.S. athletes and officials.  The U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup is a registered 501(c)(3) corporation. For more information or to make a contribution, contact Executive Secretary Christy Judd O’Donnell at or 813.760.0465. To learn more about the organization and the history of the event, visit

More Stories

  • Dayton Horse Show Update

    After speculation that 2017 would be the final Dayton Horse Show, officials have announced that there would indeed be a 2018 show. Held at the historic Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Dayton, Ohio for many years, the does have to change locations for its 151st edition due to the Fairgrounds being sold. Read More
  • Obituary - Dr. Ronald A. Hendricks

    Dr. Ronald A. Hendricks, age 66 of Lenoir City, formerly of Clinton, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from complications following a stroke in November. Ronnie had degrees in engineering and dentistry. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Memphis, Memphis State and Cleveland State Community College... Read More
  • Did You Know?

    Our interactive website offers a variety of useful and unique tools for our readers. We aim to help our readers learn to navigate our new website, as well as gain a firm understanding of all the comprehensive features that it offers. Check in weekly with our Did You Know news series, as we show you the ins and outs of Read More
  • ASHA Announces Partnership with US Equestrian in the new USEF Competition Lite Program

    ASHA is pleased to announce the partnership between United States Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian) and ASHA to offer the new USEF Competition Lite category... Read More
  • Schedule Set For 33rd Annual Wisconsin Limited Breeders Stallion Auction

    The 33rd annual Wisconsin Limited Breeders Stallion Service Auction will be held Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Thunder Bay Restaurant in Milwaukee Wisc. The event begins at 11:00 AM with a buffet brunch followed by the annual meeting at 12:30 PM. The live stallion service auction will begin at 1:00 PM, featuring the nation's top producing stallions... Read More
  • Beamer Helps Rescue Horses from Lilac Fire

    Barbara Beamer joined scores of neighbors, friends, volunteers and community members to help transport and shelter horses and pets displaced in the Lilac Fire which decimated the San Luis Rey Training Center and is still burning in San Diego County. Read More
  • Latest Issue Dec 11 17

    Read More
  • Morgan Weanling Gala 2018

    Plans are underway for the 10th edition of the Morgan Weanling Gala to be held in 2018. In the years since the Morgan Weanling Gala (MWG) was launched, it has become a much-anticipated event each year. The program individually promotes each of the Nominated Stallions on both the MWG Facebook Page and website... Read More
  • Selection Trials at William Woods University

    After impressive showings at the U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team Trials, 12 riders were chosen to represent the United States at the 2018 Saddle Seat World Cup. Thirty-two aspiring athletes from 18 states tried out at William Woods University on Saturday... Read More
  • American Saddlebreds to Light Up Kannapolis Parade of Lights This Weekend

    The Carolinas American Saddlebred parade unit will be leading this year’s Kannapolis Parade of Lights Grand Marshal, Mrs. Martha Earnhardt during the event on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 6 PM at the intersection of Main St. and Dale Earnhardt Blvd in Kannapolis, NC. Read More