Liz Halliday-Sharp, Tamie Smith and Caroline Martin are poised for a steam-powered New Year with placement on US Equestrian’s Development Pre-Elite Training List. All three recently joined Haygain USA’s team of sponsored riders and will be representing us at top competitions throughout 2019.
The Pre-Elite designation is the second highest tier on US Equestrians’ newly reinvented U.S. Eventing Pathway, spearheaded by US Eventing Performance Director, Erik Duvander. The program looks to create a culture of competitiveness and provide a more clearly defined pathway for eventing athletes in the United States. The placement indentifies Liz, Tamie and Caroline as having the potential to meet Elite status within the next two to four years and be on track for an international championships team within four to six years.
Caroline & Jump Jet (Photo: Jessica Duffy)
These Haygain-sponsored riders occupy three of eight places on the highly selective list and were named with a top horse in their string.
Based currently in Ocala, Florida, Liz (pictured below) was named with Deniro Z, a 10 year old KWPN gelding owned by The Deniro Syndicate and Ocala Horse Properties. Riding out of Miami Beach, Florida, Caroline earned the spot with Islandwood Captain Jack, her and Sherrie Martin’s 9 year old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Tamie, a Californian, was named with Judith McSwain’s 9 year old Holsteiner mare Fleeceworks Royal.
Eventers were among the first to recognize and embrace the benefits of Haygain Steamed Hay. The rigors of conditioning for and competing cross-country put a premium on respiratory health and feeding steamed hay is one of the best ways to protect the horse’s fragile airway and lungs. The one-hour steaming cycle rids hay of nearly all breathable irritants, including dust, mold spores and bacteria. It also adds water to the horse’s diet for better gut function and most horses prefer the taste and texture of steamed hay over dry or soaked hay.
Haygain USA is proud to have Liz, Tamie and Caroline on our team and we look forward to sharing their news and accomplishments over the coming year.
Tamie & Fleeceworks Royal (Photo: Sherry Stewart)