View Full Version : How are the Olympians chosen?

May. 1, 2012, 11:51 PM
sen and how one could hope to go from 27th place to one of the chosen few. Are the riders in the cross country the same riders as in the dressage phase? It says in the article only 3 rider horse pairs are sent? Is this just for dressage or for all disciplines? I am rooting for Peters and Ravel. Just wondering how its all done. I thought it would be easier to ask than google as I have dial up and it is so sloooowww. Thanks:)

May. 4, 2012, 12:26 PM
I have been trying to figure this out, too. I am talking about dressage only; not 3-day event.

It seems there is a list of 40 or so horse/rider combos that could potentially make it. I found it here. http://www.eurodressage.com/equestrian/2012/03/21/forty-three-combinations-apply-2012-us-olympic-team-spot

The article says they "applied". I don't know what all the application process entailed-- would like to learn more about that!

The final team selection will occur at Gladstone, NJ @ the festival of champions over 2 weekends in mid June: http://uset.org/events.php

I'm not sure how many qualifiers there were between making the application list of 43, to then competing at Gladstone. I think the team will consist of 3 Olympians & at least 1 alternate?

May. 4, 2012, 12:32 PM
Selection procedures for U.S. Olympic Dressage competitors are found here.


Be forewarned - it is 17 pages long! :lol:

May. 4, 2012, 12:39 PM
Here it is: http://www.usef.org/documents/highPerformance/dressage/olympic/2012DressageOGProcedures.pdf

Generally, you had to file a form saying you were going to try to qualify, and then get the minimum number of scores in the different GP tests at CDIs within the time frame.

Then, everyone who applied, and met the minimum criteria, gets put on the list. They average your GP scores and your GPS scores from qualifying competitions during the qualifying period, and make a single weighted average(50% GP and 50% GPS). You get ranked based on that score. The top 15 get invited to Gladstone.

May. 4, 2012, 12:42 PM
Great info!

That is interesting-- no ponies allowed!? Awe shucks! :winkgrin:

tabula rashah
May. 4, 2012, 12:46 PM
The article says they "applied". I don't know what all the application process entailed-- would like to learn more about that!

Ah- the Application of Intent aka The Heinous Monsterous Amount of Redundant and Often Pointless Paperwork
LOL! Ask me how much fun I had filling it out:lol: