PAEC Members Newsletter, March 2023

Dear National Federations,

Welcome to the third of our PAEC monthly newsletters, which focuses on the PAEC Athletes that will be traveling to Omaha (USA) next month for the three-way FEI World Cup™ Finals, as well as some of the things that have been happening in your area over the past few weeks.


The FEI World Cup™ Finals return to Omaha, Nebraska (USA) next week for the first time since 2017, when the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ and the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Finals were first held in Warren Buffet’s hometown.

This time round there will be three Finals – Jumping and Dressage (as there was six years ago), but with the addition of Vaulting to this year’s timetable. As this is an internal communication amongst PAEC Members, we have focused on our Athletes who have qualified for the Finals, but you can check out everything about the Finals here. And if you can’t be onsite in Omaha, all the action will be available to watch live or on replay on FEI.TV.

Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final

A total of 10 PAEC Athletes have qualified through the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League (NAL), including the USA’s McLain Ward. Omaha is a happy hunting ground for the now 46-year-old Ward, as he won his first FEI World Cup™ title at the Nebraska venue six years ago. Ward, who claimed team silver at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, will be bidding for another win on home soil at this year’s Final.

Joining Ward in Omaha after qualifying through the NAL USA East Coast will be five other USA athlete/horse combinations: Ailish Cunniffe (Vivaldi Du Theil); Nicholas Dello Joio (Cornet’s Cambridge); Hunter Holloway (Eastern Jam/Pepita Con Spita); Devin Ryan (Eddie Blue) and Aaron Vale (Prescott).

Brazil’s Santiago Lambre made the cut with Chacco Blue II after finishing third in the final NAL qualifier at Ocala on 19 March, but made the decision this week not to travel to Omaha. Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) qualified through the NAL USA East Coast League, but will also not take part in the Final after withdrawing his entry on 23 March, the day before the Definite Entries were published. As both the Brazilians qualified as extra athletes they will not be replaced.

The Dominican Republic’s Maria Brugal Gasso and J’Adore Flamenco finished second in the final NAL leg in Ocala, behind Germany’s Andre Thieme with DSP Chakaria, but didn’t pick up enough points to earn her place on the Omaha start list.

The three NAL USA West Coast combinations heading to next month’s Final are Simonne Berg (Cooper); Elisa Broz (Kardenta Van ‘T Meerhof); and Natalie Dean (Acota M). Erynn Ballard (Gakhir/Hero) will be the sole rider representing the Canadian maple leaf flag. 

No Mexican athletes will be competing in Omaha, and there will also be no representation from the South American South League, won by a member of last year’s gold medal winning team at the South American Games in Paraguay, 45-year-old Geronimo Marcello Viana Ciavaglia (BRA). Fellow Brazilian and five-time Olympian Doda de Miranda finished second in this League.

Definite Entries for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final can be found here.

Maria Gabriela Brugal Gasso (DOM) and J’Adore Flamenco, runners-up at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League leg in Ocala (USA), but a 17th place finish in the NAL was not enough to get them a ticket to Omaha. ©FEI/Shannon Brinkman

FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final

Best of the PAEC athlete/Horse combinations in 2017 were Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades, who finished as runner-up to Germany’s Isabell Werth with Weihegold OLD. Kasey Perry-Glass (USA) and Goerklintgaards Dublet were seventh, two places ahead of compatriot Steffen Peters on Rosamunde. 

Five-time Olympian Peters, winner of the Final in Las Vegas with Ravel back in 2009, returns to Omaha next month with Suppenkasper, the Dutch-bred gelding he rode to a team silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The 58-year-old athlete rode Suppenkasper to win three legs, all in Thermal, California to top the North American League and clinch his place at the Final.

Also flying the Stars and Stripes in Nebraska will be Alice Tarjan with Serenade MF, alongside Anna Buffini, who will be riding FRH Davinia La Douce. Tarjan (43), who topped the line-up at both Devon and Tryon, will be making her FEI World Cup™ Final debut, but Buffini will be competing at her second Final having ridden in Leipzig (GER) last year.

Buffini won the final NAL outing in Wellington at the beginning of the month to finish the season tied on points with Sarah Tubman, individual gold and team silver medallist at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games with First Apple, but Buffini’s higher average scores gave her the edge and the ticket to Omaha.

Definite Entries for the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final can be found here.

FEI Vaulting World Cup™ Final

A total of four PAEC Athletes have qualified for the Vaulting Final. 

Daniel Janes (USA) and Estiven Palacio Hernandez (COL) have earned places on the Individual Male startlist. This will be a second Final for Janes, who competed at Saumur 2019. The Colombian will be a Final first-timer. He has had an anxious wait for visa clearance to enter the United States, with FEI Headquarters, the Organizing Committee and the US National Olympic Committee (NOC) all working together to get the documentation finalised.

Kimberley Palmer (USA,) who represented her country at last year’s Final in Leipzig (GER), will be participating in the Individual Female category alongside Averill Saunders (CAN). The Canadian has four FEI World Championship starts on her competition CV, but this will be her first FEI World Cup™ Final.

There are no Athletes from the Americas in the Pas-de-Deux.

Definite Entries for the FEI Vaulting World Cup™ Final can be found here.


The FEI Board announced on 16 March 2023 the appointment of Jumping Officials for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, with the USA’s David Distler named as a Ground Jury Member.

The Ground Jury President will be Frances Hesketh-Jones Triulzi (ITA), and the other Ground Jury Members joining David Distler in the judges’ box are Patrice Alvado (FRA); Harrij Braspenning (NED) and Károly Fugly (HUN).


The IOC President Thomas Bach (GER) visited the Caribbean and Central American NOCs during a 12-day trip between 28 February and 11 March, which included an equestrian sports demonstration in Costa Rica. He was accompanied throughout the tour by Neven Ilic (CHI), President of Panam Sports and an IOC Member.

The IOC President began his visit in Costa Rica on 28 February. He was greeted in the country’s capital, San José, by IOC member Laura Chinchilla and by the Costa Rican NOC President Alexander Zamora. The first stop was the NOC Headquarters, where the two Presidents met with athletes and young people from a range of sports who also took part in a number of sports demonstrations, including equestrian. 

Other PAEC member nations visited by the IOC and Panam Sports Presidents were Cuba, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Barbados, as well as Aruba.

High-powered delegation: IOC President Thomas Bach (center) was treated to a demonstration of equestrian sports at the Costa Rican National Olympic Committee (NOC) Headquarters at the end of February, hosted by the Costa Rican NOC President Alexander Zamora (right). Neven Ilic (left), President of Panam Sports and an IOC Member, accompanied President Bach during his 12-day tour of the Caribbean and Central American NOCs.


Team Canada claimed the honours in the FEI CSIO4* Cup of Nations in Wellington, Florida (USA) on the first Sunday in March, finishing on their first-round score of eight faults. And it was a double celebration, as Captain Canada himself – 10-time Olympian Ian Millar – was leading out Team Canada in his first outing as chef d’equipe.

The quartet of Mario Deslauriers (Emerson), Erynn Ballard (Gakhir), Tiffany Foster (Hamilton) and Beth Underhill (Nikka VD Bisschop) nailed Canada’s seventh win in the Cup of Nations and were more than happy to take directions from the 75-year-old legend. They were battling against 10 other national teams representing Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico, USA and Venezuela. 

At the finish, Team Brazil took the second step of the podium with a tally of 16, ahead of Ireland in third, also on 16 but with a slower team time overall. Mexico and the USA were fourth and fifth.


Well-known US veterinarian Dr Meg Mullin died on 9 March after weeks in a coma following a riding accident. 

A native of Philidephia, Dr Mullin was US team veterinarian across several disciplines. She is survived by her two sisters Jennifer Kovacich and Kumara Frank, brother Raymond and nephews, Mitch and Nicholas Kovacich.

In honor of Dr Mullin, who worked extensively with the US Para Dressage Team, the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) has set up the Meg Mullin Memorial Grant. The new Grant will be used to offset expenses of athletes’ initial CPEDI competition.

A full obituary is available here.


Michael Detemple (BRA), an FEI Level 4 Jumping Judge and Course Director, passed away on 19 March in Porto Alegre. 

Born in 1945, Michael Detemple judged at numerous international events, including the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky (USA) and the Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico. He also officiated at the Bolivarian Games in Lima (PER) in 2013 and the South American Games in Quillota (CHI) the following year.

As well as judging in his home country, his role as an FEI Official also took him to Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Ecuador and Germany.

May he rest in peace.


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There’s no need to download an app, so if you’re not already on board, simply sign up to Socialie on your desktop, mobile web, iOS or Android and off you go! You’ll be able to customize your inbox to only receive content that’s relevant to your NF, it’s accessible anytime, and you can search, download and watch video content and browse images all in one destination.

Have a look at these simple steps here, using the special PAEC welcome code: PAEC

So get signed up for FEI Socialie and, for all the PAEC news on social, check us out on the PAEC Facebook page here:

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