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World Cup Finalists

The U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Council is pleased to announce the finalists for the US Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup Team Selection Trials.

Three-Gaited Finalists
Kristen Ahern—Esperance, NY
AMHA Breed Representative
Ashley Alden—Barrington, IL
Kristina Baum—Bradenton, IL
Tate Bennett—Shelbyville, KY
Brittney Berget—Delavan, WI
UPHA National Show Horse Senior Challenge Cup
Michelle Chauvin—Cornelius, NC
UPHA Pleasure Challenge Cup
Staci DeRegnaucourt—Grandville, MI
IAHA Breed Representative
Devon Garone—Richmond, NH
Brooke Jacobs—Georgetown, KY
Alison Montoya—Hebron, KY
Reese Richey—Sardenea, OH
UPHA Morgan Senior Challenge Cup
Tasha Rose Sandler—Rancho Santa Fe
Brooksley Sheehe—Miami, FL
NSHR Bred Representative
Cristina Sloan—Columbia, MO
Sarah Thordsen—Waukesha, WI
UPHA Senior Challenge Cup, AHSA Medal, NHS Good Hands
Matthew Williams—Louisville, KY
Dakota Willimon—Simpsonville, KY
Lacey Wright—Edmond, OK
UPHA Arabian Senior Challenge Cup
Melinda Young—Wichita, KS
Renee Zubrod—Versailles, KY

Andrea Perry—Carthage, MO
UPHA Adult Challenge Cup (DECLINED BID)

Five-Gaited Finalists
Ashley Birdsong—Kirksville, MO
Jonelle Chovanec—Chicago, IL
Jessica Curl—Overland Park, KS
Lucinda Hartley—Elizabethtown, KY
Megan Loescher—Indianapolis, IN
Megan McClure—Taylorsville, NC
Rachael North—Goshen, KY
Abigail Reising—Arlington Heights, IL
Kelcy Smith—New Orleans, LA
Sara Van Galder—Janesville, WI

Sarah Thordsen—Waukesha, WI
Five-Gaited Horsemanship Finals (DECLINED BID)

The Team Selection Trials will be held February 8-10, 2002 at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. The selection process and trials for the three-and five-gaited teams will be combined for 2002. The trials will consist of riders being scored on two rail rides and two individual workouts, as well as a personal interview. A numerical scoring system will be used to score all phases of the competition. Riders will compete on horses made available by the University’s Saddle Seat program.

The US Saddle Seat World Cup is also pleased to announce the creation of their website, located at The site will be continuously updated with comprehensive information regarding the US Team Selection process as well as the Saddle Seat World Cup 2002 event itself.

To purchase tickets or to make a donation toward this exciting event, contact Leah Zubrod at (859) 873-3878 or Email: For more information on anything regarding the Saddle Seat World Cup, please visit us at

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