Lynn Finishes Second and Fifth at Jersey Fresh

Lynn rode both RF Cool Play and SpectraVET Tempranillo in the CCI3*-L at the 2019 Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event. The Donner Syndicate's Coolio won the dressage on a 27.3 and had a double clear cross-country round to keep the lead. One rail down kept him from the win. 

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SpectraVET Tempranillo "Polly" was competing in her first CCI3*-L and scored a 34.9 to sit in ninth after dressage. A double clear cross-country moved her up into sixth place. Lynn and Polly ended up finishing on their dressage score for fifth. 

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Second World Equestrian Games Completion for Lynn and Donner

Lynn and the Donner Syndicate's Donner finish the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games at Tryon in 25th place. 

After the conclusion of dressage, Lynn and Donner sat in 17th place (out of 83 horses) on a 28.3 - a personal best 4* score for the Deer!

Donner WEG Dressage

"I really couldn’t be happier with what he did out there," said Lynn after her test. “I was worried in the beginning of the week that he wasn’t feeling well because he was so quiet in the jog and has been so quiet around here, but then yesterday afternoon I took him out and he started spinning and bolting so I knew he was feeling fine! I didn’t really think we’d be here 10 years ago when I bought him. I thought I’d make him a sales horse. He was a little hard to sell in the beginning because he was so quirky and I just kept going with him, and he’s been the same from Beginner Novice through the four-star level."

Donner WEG XC

Lynn and Donner were the sole U.S. combination to go double-clear across the country. The pair crossed the finish line just four seconds under the optimum time to move from 18th place to ninth place on their dressage score of 28.3.

“My horse is pretty rad out there,” Lynn said with a grin. “I pretty much just soak up every moment. I’ve been with him a long time . . . It’s just so special to be here in front of the home crowd and getting cheered the whole way around, and come through the final – you couldn’t ask for more. He couldn’t have given me any more today.”


“You definitely feed off the crowd,” she continued. “Just to have that much cheering. It’s pretty special to be here in my home country. I have a lot of people that came out to support – it’s a pretty special opportunity.”


It was a bittersweet finish to the weekend for the Deer as he had three rails down. Not the result team USA hoped for, but this all American Thoroughbred still tried his heart out.


Thank you to every single supporter who helped get Donner to where he is today. Who would have thought a decade ago that this extremely quirky failed racehorse would go on to represent his country at two World Championships


Lynn and Donner Named to 2018 U.S. WEG Team; Under Suspection on Reserve List

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Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has announced five athlete-and-horse combinations for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Squad for the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018, which takes place Sept. 11-23 in Mill Spring, N.C. Following the 2017-2018 Selection Trials period, the combinations for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Squad were recommended to the US Equestrian Board of Directors for consideration to be named to the Nominated Entry List.

The following combinations have been named to the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Squad for the WEG (in alphabetical order):

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Z, the 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding owned by Thomas Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Caroline Moran, and Ann Jones

Lauren Kieffer (The Plains, Va.) and Vermiculus, Jacqueline Mars’s 11-year-old Anglo-Arabian gelding

Marilyn Little (Frederick, Md.) and RF Scandalous, the 13-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Jacqueline Mars, Michael Manders, and Phoebe Manders

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and Tsetserleg, Christine Turner’s 11-year-old Trakehner gelding

Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) and Donner, The Donner Syndicate, LLC’s 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding

Additionally, the following eight combinations have been named to the reserve list to the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Squad for the WEG (in alphabetical order):

Will Coleman (Charlottesville, Va.) and OBOS O’Reilly, Four Star Eventing Group’s 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding

Will Coleman and Tight Lines, The Conair Syndicate’s 11-year-old French Thoroughbred gelding

Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready, Kristine and John Norton’s 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding

Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (Ocala, Fla.) and Deniro Z, The Deniro Z Syndicate’s 10-year-old KWPN gelding

Lauren Kieffer and Veronica, Team Rebecca, LLC’s 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare

Kim Severson (Charlottesville, Va.) and Cooley Cross Border, The Cross Syndicate’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection, Mary Ann Ghadban’s 14-year-old Holsteiner mare

Sharon White (Summit Point, W.Va.) and Cooley on Show, her 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding

For more information about the WEG team selection process, view the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team selection procedures.

For more information about FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, visit

Donner Finishes in 6th Place at Kentucky

Lynn XC SmallLynn and Donner’s finished their ninth CCI4* at the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. They put in three solid phases, sitting in a tie for 8th on a 31.3 after dressage, ran a double clear cross-country round to move up to fourth place and as the highest placed Americans, just one rail down saw them finishing in sixth place. Donner was also the highest placed OTTB.



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