USA Endurance Team Profiles

Jan Worthington and Lightning Malaysia 2008

WEG USA Endurance Team Profiles-

At 28, Ellen Rapp, born in Dubuque, Iowa, is the youngest on the USA named team.  Although an equestrian competitor in through high school, Rapp began endurance riding in 1999 and it is now her favorite discipline.  Rapp is a Vet Tech specializing in Equine Science, trains sport horses under the name of Noslo Sporthorses and is the Senior rider for Al Shahania Stud in Doha, Qatar.

Rapp’s team horse is the 15 year old Shagya Arabian, Berjo Smokey (Sprucehill Sarazdac x Berjo Monique) owned by Jeremy Olson.

Heather Reynolds, 33, from San Jose, California, has spent almost half her life in major competitions. Her Gold Medal win at the 2001 Pan Am Championship and Best Condition is one of her early triumphs.  Reynolds was a USA Team member for the 2002 WEG Endurance Championship, and represented the US at the 2003 and 2005 North American Championship.  Her resume includes a Tevis win (2003) and two Haggin Cup Best Condition awards(1999 and 2003). Reynolds trains endurance horses for business and fun, and she runs Reynolds Racing with husband, Jeremy.  Her WEG competition horse is the nine-year old, race bred, Ssamiam (Sam Tiki x Tiki Samantha).

Meg Sleeper, 42, is a Veterinary Cardiologist who also thrives on distance competitions.  A lifelong horsewoman, she has been competing in endurance since 1986 and breeds and raises horses on Canterbury Grove Farm outside of Frenchtown, New Jersey.

Sleeper’s WEG team horse is the home-bred, eight year old Syrocco Harmony (Syrocco Troubador x Edgewood Schelite).   Sleeper has competed for the USA in four Pan American Championships, was an alternate for the WEG Endurance Team in 2002, placed 22nd in the WEG Endurance Championship in 2005 in Aachen, Germany,  and was a member of the USA team in Malaysia in 2008.

Jan Worthington, at age 70, has logged over 27,000 American Endurance Ride Conference miles (the circumference of the earth at the equator is 24,902 miles) since 1972. On her farm near Scales Mound, Illinois, she and her partner raise and train endurance prospects.  Worthington has competed on the USA squad many times in the past twenty-five years, most recently finishing the World Endurance Championship in Malaysia in 2008 on her Kentucky WEG competition mount, Golden Lightning (Wiking x Wisza). The ten-year-old Lightning has excellent recoveries and competes with the same gutsy intensity as his rider.

Endurance Profiles- Individual Rider

Lindsay Graham, 28, from Napa, California, has been chosen to ride as the Individual for the US Endurance effort. Just finishing as a veterinary student at the University of California at Davis, she competed on the UC Davis Equestrian Team.  After a few months of riding long distance, Graham embraced the sport and received her first Tevis buckle for completion in 2005.

Graham has proved a good match for Chris Martin’s 15.3 chestnut Arabian gelding, Monk.  The duo won first and Best Condition at the 2009 AERC National Championship ride.

Endurance Alternate

First alternate, Deborah Reich, 50, of Croton on Hudson, New York, has proved herself a good partner with her WEG competition mare, DJB Juniper (Deste Onismus x Deste Toouche).  Juniper has shown her will to win, receiving six first place finishes and Best Condition in the 50-mile ride category in the past two years. The mare has completed 100% of the four 100-mile rides she has entered, three of them placing in the top 10.  Reich rode Juniper finished second at the 2010 Biltmore Challenge CEI 3*100-mile ride in a ride time of 11:44.

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