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World Cup Equitation Teams Selected

Posted February 12, 2002
At the World Cup tryouts held at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri February 8-10, the three-gaited and five-gaited teams representing the United States were selected.

The three-gaited team is made up of Kristin Ahern of Esperance, NY; Tate Bennett of Shelbyville, Ky; Devon Garone of Richmond, NH; Brooke Jacobs of Georgetown, KY; and Matthew Williams of Louisville, KY.

The five-gaited team was selected to include Jonelle Chovanec of Chicago, IL; Lucinda Hartley of Elizabethtown, KY; Abigail Reising of Arlington Heights, IL; Kelcy Smith of New Orleans, LA; and Ashley Birdsong of Kirksville, Mo.

The tryouts consisted of riders being scored on two rides and two individual workouts, as well as a personal interview. A numerical scoring system was used to score all phases of the competition. Riders competed on horses made available by the University’s Saddle Seat program.

For complete information about the tryouts and the scores the finalists received, check out the World Cup program’s website,

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