U.S. Young Rider Dressage Team Concludes European Tour with Hagen CDIOY

Hagen, Germany – The U.S. Young Rider Dressage Team capped a month’s long tour in Europe with a team finish in the Hagen CDIOY, taking eighth place. The team, led by USEF Youth Coach and Chef d’Equipe George Williams, saw improved rides from Erin Nichols, Mackenzie Peer, and Christian Simonson throughout the course of the competition. Hosted at Future Champions in Hagen, Germany, the competition saw 10 countries and 26 talented combinations compete in the CDIOY division, showcasing future dressage talents.

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Dressage Riders & Horses Announced for USA Young Rider European Tour & Compiègne Nations Cup

Three Young Rider combinations and three senior riders and horses were named by the U.S. Federation Tuesday for European competitions.

Young Riders to compete as a team sponsored by Discover Dressage at the Future Champions Nations Cup in Hagen, Germany June 14-19 are:

–Erin Nichols, 18, of Yorba Linda, California and Handsome Rob AR, a 19-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Diane Nichols;

–Mackenzie Peer, 20, of Leawood, Kansas and Ansgar, her own 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, and

–Christian Simonson, 19, of Ventura, California and Zeaball Diawind, a 10-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Christina Morgan.

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Spotlight on Christian Simonson – Dressage Extensions

Christian Simonson is an accomplished young man with diverse interests, but his main passion is the sport of Dressage. Christian obtained his student’s pilot license at the age of 15, is an avid mountain biker, downhill skier, and has his open water PADI scuba certification. He recently started college online at the University of Texas, Austin, where he is pursuing a degree in Business. Inspired by his mother’s interest in riding, Christian discovered Dressage at the tender age of six.

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