On this week’s show we talk to two riders who are making their games debut for the US Dressage team, Jennifer Baumert from Ohio and Sarah Lockman from California. Jennifer and Betsy Juliano LLC’s 14 year old Hanoverian gelding Handsome join the squad for the 2019 Pan American Games to be held from July 28-3 at the Equestrian Club Militar La Molina in Lima, Peru.  Although this will be Jennifer’s Games debut she and Handsome were on the winning Nations Cup team in Wellington, Florida in March this year and she is excited at the opportunity given their consistency since the partnership began three years. They have had sixteen wins so far with six of those this year at Intermediate I, enough to convince the selectors that they are deserving of a place on the team alongside Nora Batchelder on Faro SQF, Sarah Lockman with First Apple and Endel Ots with Lucky Strike.  I spoke to Jennifer at her summer training base in Ohio and she told us that her family were counting on her making the team so they could have a holiday in Peru. Sarah Lockman and Gerry Ibanez’s nine year old Dutch stallion First Apple first met in October of last year and in their short time as partners have won all of their FEI competitions with consistent scores in the mid 70’s. But even though this is a relatively new partnership to be making their games debut Sarah knew from the time she first sat on Apple that they were meant for each other and she will be heading to team camp shortly full of confidence of what they can bring to the squad.

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