Good Lord - 43(!) dressage applicants for U.S. Olympic berth
I just saw on Eurodressage that 43 applicants are considering a run for the London Olympics! So how many of these folks really have a chance?
Elizabeth Armstrong-Powers and Parsifal
April Atwell and Pavarottie
Elisabeth Austin and Olivier
Elizabeth Ball and Orion
Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Nartan
Jennifer Baumert and Don Principe
David Blake and Ikaros
David Blake and Lord Albert
Susan Blinks and Robin Hood
Heather Blitz and Paragon
Elaine Cordia-van Reesema and Jewel's Adelante
Susan Dutta and Currency DC
Jan Ebeling and Rafalca
Todd Flettrich and Otto
Todd Flettrich and Sopranos
Elena Golubitsky and Adesco C
Elena Golubitsky and Takaimo 000
Shawna Harding and Come on III
Christopher Hickey and Douglas Hilltop
Tami Hoag and Lonestar
Susan Jaccoma and Wadamur
James Koford and Pharoah
James Koford and Rhett
Tina Konyot and Calecto V
Adrienne Lyle and Wizard
Kimberly McGrath and Winslow
Arlene Page and Wild One
Cesar Parra and Van the Man
Marina Parris-Woodhead and Pandorra
Steffen Peters and Legolas
Steffen Peters and Ravel
Adrienne Pot and R-Tistik
Michael Poulin and Dicaprio
Michael Puolin and Thor M
Kathleen Raine and Breanna
Shelly Reichardt and Welttaenser
Lauren Sammis and Sagacious HF
Guenter Seidel and Fandango
Pierre St. Jacques and Lucky Tiger
Melissa Taylor and Schumacker Solyst
Anna Whitfield-Watkins and Cipriani
Anna Whitfield-Watkins and Oublette
David Wightman and Partous
I suppose 3 actually have a chance, plus however many individuals/alternates. I think we can all speculate fairly accurately as to who will actually make the team, but I have great respect for everyone who is going for it, no matter their odds. You will never achieve a dream without getting out there and taking the steps to make it happen so kudos to all 43! You can bet if I had the horse and the funding I'd be #44 on the list. I might end up 44th in line for the team but I'd always be able to say that I gave it a shot
I just read the rules on the FEI website and I think we are allowed a reserve because we only have the team and didn't qualify an individual rider. For the teams that do have an individual qualified, I assume that individual serves as the team reserve.
Does anyone know if the Us nominates everyone who declares just in case or do they cut the list before nominating?
I say good for all of them, and wish them all luck.
In college my brother tried out for the US Olympic baseball team when he got an invite, and showing up for that was about the same as far as being eligible and putting your name on this list. His coach tried to hassle him about it and he responded "Yeah, coach, I got cut from the Olympic team. Can you say the same?"
Just being qualified to apply is pretty darned awesome in my book.
I was thinking I knew of 6 who seemed likely candidates, but from discussion and thinking about it there are more who could get there in an optimistic view. Obviously Steffen and Ravel - but it's smart that Legolas is on there just because horses are horses. Adrienne and Wizard, Tina and Calecto, Heather and Paragon. I don't know enough to say Todd Flettrich, Jan Ebeling and Guenter do or don't have a chance. What'll happen with Jim Koford when he goes overseas? It seems like Wizard really grew up from his time indoors in Europe with Adrienne; maybe someone else will get an opportunity which really improves their horse, too.
My horse is a dressage diva so I don't have to be.
Originally Posted by katarine
If you have a fat gay horse that likes Parelli, you're really screwed
I would bet that an alternate will still travel to London with the team of 3. While I hope everything goes smoothly, a lot can happen between boarding a plane in the US and the first horse inspection in London (which is the cutoff for substituting a horse). This is even more true if they choose to train in London for the last week or two. You can't risk a horse getting hurt a week out in training and not having an alternate that can get through quarantine in time.
"In this Olympics, teams are restricted to three horses, but with a reserve, a situation virtually identical to the Beijing Olympics,.
New for this year were individual rankings to qualify an individual combination, but only Britain, Germany and Holland qualified an individual and thus have four horses and riders–three for the team plus the individual.
That means that after the veterinary horse check at Greenwich Park, the venue for Olympic competition in London, horses can be substituted if there is a veterinary issue, for example."
Per the rules after Gladstone there will be the "short list" of 3 riders plus 1 reserve submitted to the FEI and USOC and USEF. This is our official "short list".
By July 6th we must submit to USOC our final entry for the London games of 3 riders (our official team) and the reserve rider.
Read the link I posted above. It has the procedures. Declaring on this list is NOT the same as being on the Long List. The Long List is the top 15 that get the invite for Gladstone. The Short List is the 4 riders who are nominated by USOC to the London Games.
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