Articles: Press Release
Ashker to Replace Severson at Hong Kong Test Event
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2007
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation announced a
change to the horse-and-rider combinations it will be sending to Hong
Kong for the test event at the Sha Tin race course in preparation for
the 2008 Olympics. The test event will be held at the CCI** level August
Buck Davidson, 30, from Ocala, FL, will ride Cassandra Segal's
7-year-old Irish Thoroughbred Ballynoe Castle RM. This combination was
second at the Jersey Fresh CCI** in June and were the winners of the Red
Hills CIC** in March.
Four-star rider, Laine Ashker, 23, of Crozier, VA will replace Kim
Severson, who withdrew her horse, Tsunami, for a minor veterinary
Ashker will ride Anthony Patch, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred gelding.
Anthony Patch has been consistent at the Intermediate level over the
past two seasons, including winning the Open Intermediate at the Ocala
Horse Trials this spring.
Running a test event before an Olympic Games has become common,
especially in places that are unaccustomed to running a CCI. The venue
for the Olympics is being built at the Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong
and multiple countries from around the world have been invited to send
For more information please contact Joanie Morris, Communications
Manager, High Performance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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