US Pan American Team and Alternates

 

Phillip Dutton: West Grove, Pa.

Phillip Dutton represented Australia in three Olympics and four World Championships before acquiring U.S. citizenship in 2006. He has gone on to represent the United States in 2 Olympic Games, 3 FEI World Equestrian Games and 1 (soon to be 2) Pan American Games. Dutton has been based in Pennsylvania and lives there with his wife, Evie, her daughter, Lee Lee, and their twin girls, Mary and Olivia. Dutton and Evie run a very busy training and teaching business at True Prospect Farm and considers his biggest accomplishment being able to make a living doing what he enjoys.  Dutton has been runner-up at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event six times and won the event in 2008 with Connaught who went on the represent the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong. He was also been won four USEF CCI4* National Championships. At the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover CCI4* Dutton brought two first-time CCI4* contenders and placed both in the top ten. With Fernhill Cubalawn, Dutton added only 3.2 in cross-country time penalties to their score to finish fifth. As the highest placed American combination, the pair was named the 2015 Rolex/USEF CCI4* Eventing National Champions. Dutton also placed ninth with Fernhill Fugitive.

 

Lauren Kieffer:  Middleburg, Va.

Lauren Kieffer grew up in a rural community in Southern Illinois and began riding at the age of 6 and competing in eventing at 12. With Veronica, Kieffer scored a second-place finish in the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover.  As the top-American, she was named the Rolex/USEF National CCI4* Champion. At the Jersey Fresh International, Kieffer rode Meadowbrook’s Scarlett to the win in the CIC2*. She finished 1-2 in the Bromont CCI2* with Meadowbrook’s Scarlett and Landmark’s Monte Carlo, respectively. In the 2015 season Kieffer has racked up several top ten placings throughout the spring and most recently won the CIC3* with Landmark's Monte Carlo at Jersey Fresh where she was also second in the CCI3* with Meadowbrook's Scarlett.

 

Marilyn Little:  Frederick, Md.

After much success competing at the international Grand Prix level in show jumping, Marilyn Little took up the sport of eventing in the fall of 2010. In 2011, Little went from competing at Preliminary to the Advanced and CCI3* levels. At the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover, Little maintained her fine form, finishing fifth and sixth with RF Smoke on the Water and RF Demeter, respectively.  With RF Scandalous, Little has remained unbeaten since the pair's Galway Downs International win in October 2014, winning the Pine Top Farm CIC2* in February, the Red Hills CIC2* and Carolina International CIC2* in March, and the Ocala Horse Properties International CCI2* in April.

 

Boyd Martin:  Cochranville, Pa.

Australian native Boyd Martin relocated to the U.S. in 2007 and in 2009, Martin rode under the American flag for the first time. In the fall of 2010, Martin and Neville Bardos competed as part of the U.S. team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and were the highest-placing Americans in 10th place. He would again be the highest ranked American at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with Shamwari 4 finishing in eighth.  In 2015, with up-and-coming partner Pancho Villa, Martin placed second at the Fair Hill CIC3* and third at the Jersey Fresh CCI3*. Martin is married to Grand Prix dressage rider Silva Martin, and they run a coaching and training business out of their base in Cochranville, Pa.

 

Alternates

 

Jennie Brannigan: Kennett Square, Pa.

Jennie Brannigan, a native of Illinois, attributes her success to the accomplished people she has trained with and to her fantastic group of horses. In 2010, she partnered with Nina Gardner’s Cambalda to wins at the Fair Hill CIC2*, Jersey Fresh CCI2*, Plantation Field CIC3*, and Galway Downs CCI3*. For his successes, Cambalda was named 2010 USEA Eventing Horse of the Year. In October 2014, the culmination of her hard work came with an emotional victory with Cambalda in the CCI3* at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International/USEF National Three-Star Eventing Championship where the pair was also named the USEF Eventing Developing Rider National Champions. Brannigan runs a successful training and coaching business, Brannigan Eventing,  in West Grove, Pa. Her second love is racing as she gallops horses in the morning and has competed in flat races.

 

Matt Brown: Petaluma, Calif.

Matt Brown began riding at six-years-old and broadened his education, by traveling east in 1996 to train and assist U.S. Team veteran Denny Emerson at his Tamarack Hill Farm in Vermont. He also spent time on George Kharl's Montana Ranch learning a new approach to horses, in which observation, patience, and clear communication became the foundation of his training and relationships with his equine partners.Brown and BCF Belicoso were the winners of the 2014 Twin Rivers CIC3* and then Brown and Super Socks BCF went onto win the CIC3* at The Event at Rebecca Farm. Brown remains in top form in 2015. He and Happenstance won the Fresno County Horse Park CIC2*. At the Galway Downs CIC2*, Brown was second with BCF Belicoso.

 

Will Faudree: Hoffman, N.C.

Will Faudree fell in love with eventing at age seven while watching the 1988 Olympics. Growing up on a cattle ranch in West Texas, horses were always a major part of his life. Faudree has been a part of the 2003 U.S. Pan American Games team, winning Team Gold, and sixth individually; the traveling reserve for the 2004 Athens Olympic games and the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen. In 2007, Faudree and Antigua finished the Burghley CCI4* in September, achieving something truly remarkable in the sport of eventing. He became the only horse in history to complete the following four CCI4*s in the world: Adelaide (Australia), Burghley (England), Badminton (England), and Rolex Kentucky (United States). A remarkable feat in itself, he also jumped clean around the cross country at all four events.

Faudree has been developing his successful mount, Pfun, for the last few years. In 2014, the combination was second at the Poplar Place CIC2* and tenth at the Plantation Field CIC2* event. 2015 has seen Faudree and Pfun have success at the Carolina CIC2* where they placed seventh, and at the Ocala Horse Properties CIC2* where they also placed seventh.

 

Michael Pollard: Dalton, Ga.

Michael Pollard grew up and spent his childhood riding in Greenville, S.C. He caught the eye of many in eventing world in 1999 when as a Young Rider he was short-listed for the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, with Perryfield’s Max. Pollard rode Schoensgreen Hanni to a second-place finish in the Mandatory Outing for the 2011 Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team. The pair went on to represent the U.S. at the 2011 Pan American Games, winning Team Gold and finishing fourth individually. At the 2015 Carolina CIC3*, Pollard rode Cyrano Z to a fourth-place finish. The pair were then victorious in the Jersey Fresh CCI2* in May. Pollard is married to top-level eventer and former Young Rider Champion, Nathalie Bouckaert-Pollard, and they have four children. Pollard and his wife run a training, coaching, and breeding business. When not riding, Pollard also manages family businesses in Dalton, Ga.

 

Tamra Smith: Temecula, Calif.

Tamra Smith is an ICP Level 4 Certified Instructor with over 25 years of eventing experience. In addition to having ridden dressage at the Grand Prix level and earning multiple jumping accolades, Smith has made a name for herself in the eventing spotlight, with career highlights that include competing at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4* and developing a two-time USEA West Coast Young Event Horse Champion.  In 2015, at the Fresno County Horse Park CIC, Smith and Mai Baum were second in the CIC2*. Smith won the Advanced division with Mai Baum at Copper Meadows Horse Trials. Smith continued her success on the East coast in early May, placing second with Mai Baum in the Jersey Fresh CCI2*.

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