The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced that two horse-and-rider combinations have been awarded Land Rover Competition Grants to compete at the Saumur CCI3* in Saumur, France, May 22-25, 2014.
The following combinations will receive Land Rover Competition Grants (in alphabetical order):
Elisabeth Halliday (East Sussex, United Kingdom) and Deborah Halliday’s HHS Cooley.
HHS Cooley is a 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding.
Originally from San Diego, Calif., Halliday is based in the United Kingdom where she has pursued her passion for eventing and international motor racing. She enjoyed a successful 2013 campaign that saw her make her U.S. team debut in
Nations Cup competition at the Boekelo CCIO3* riding Fernhill by Night and earn a third-place finish in the CCI3* the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event with HHS Cooley. She has started off her 2014 season competing in Portugal, earning first- and third-place finishes in the CIC2* at Barroca d’Alva with Fernhill by Night and HHS Cooley, respectively.
Doug Payne (Aiken, S.C.) and Larry and Amelia Ross’ and his own Crown Talisman.
Crown Talisman is a 2003 Holsteiner/Thoroughbred gelding.
Payne is active in all aspects of eventing including as a competitor, trainer, and official as well as competing in the dressage and jumping disciplines. In 2010, he made his Nations Cup debut for the U.S. at the Boekelo CCIO3* and contested his first CCI4* at the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Payne and Crown Talisman completed their 2013 season with a fourth-place finish at The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI3* and has kept up their strong form in 2014 earning a fourth-place finish in the CIC3* at the Cloud Eleven~Gavilan North LLC Carolina International.