The French Equestrian Federation announced Aug. 22 that it will not be sending a dressage team to the upcoming FEI World Equestrian Games, taking place in Mill Spring, North Carolina, Sept. 11-23.
At the beginning of the year, the French Federation said that riders would have to reach a minimum score of 70 percent to participate in the WEG. This requirement was established in order to reach the goal of qualifying France for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (The top six countries earn an invitation to those Games.)
The only pair who cracked 70 percent at Grand Prix in the last three months, Pierre Volla on Badinda Altena, withdrew from the selection process.
Given that the necessary conditions haven’t been met to form a team capable of reaching the required average, the French Equestrian Federation will not send a team to Tryon.