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Good Lord - 43(!) dressage applicants for U.S. Olympic berth

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  • 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

    FWIW, here is the current Olympic selection trial ranking list.

  • #2
    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


    • #3
      Tami Hoag is a dressage rider? I didn't know she wrote books and rode dressage. How cool!

      He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).


      • #4
        Originally posted by paulaedwina View Post
        Tami Hoag is a dressage rider? I didn't know she wrote books and rode dressage. How cool!


        • #5
          The US did not qualify any individual riders, so only 3 team riders will be going.

          Not sure if they can bring an alternate or not. Have to go re-read the rules.


          • #6
            FEI updates rule- teams will be allowed 1 alternate who can be "activated" 2 hours prior to the GP start.


            Only 5-4 realistically have a shot. Ones who can consistently score midmto upper 70s at the big big CDI showst. Only the top 15 actually get to go to Gladstone for the trials, not all 43.

            The USA will nominate it's top 4 combos after Gladstone - but not all 40+ who applied.
            Last edited by honeylips; Mar. 22, 2012, 12:15 AM.
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            Golden West - 2014 & 2015 Bundeschampion Pony Stallion
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            • #7

              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?


              • #8
                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.
                If Kim Kardashian wants to set up a gofundme to purchase the Wu Tang album from Martin Shkreli, guess what people you DON'T HAVE TO DONATE.


                • #9
                  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.


                  • #10

                    "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.

                    all the rules are clearly laid out here

                    RoseLane Sportponies
                    Golden State - 2012 Bundeschampion & 2014 USDF Horse of the Year
                    Golden West - 2014 & 2015 Bundeschampion Pony Stallion
                    Petit Marc Aurel- FEI Dressage Pony Stallion


                    • #11
                      No Catherine and W on the list?


                      • #12
                        current rankings list here

                        Nothing says "I love you" like a tractor. (Clydejumper)

                        The reports states, “Elizabeth reported that she accidently put down this pony, ........, at the show.”


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Hopalong View Post
                          No Catherine and W on the list?



                          • #14
                            Catherine Haddad has had a pretty bad winter. She came to the US last fall and if I recall correctly, was considering selling W if she couldn't find a sponsor.



                            • #15
                              Agree with netg...I say good for them all! You're not going to get on the team if you don't apply! Having the qualifications to even apply is pretty darn cool!


                              • #16
                                A friend of mine is on the list. It's very exciting, and I'm proud of her for giving it a go. Maybe she'll make the team -- who knows?
                                Donald Trump - proven liar, cheat, traitor and sexual predator! Hillary Clinton won in 2016, but we have all lost.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Hopalong View Post
                                  No Catherine and W on the list?
                                  I was shocked by this too!
                                  Welcome to my dressage world http://www.juliefranzen.blogspot.com/


                                  • #18
                                    Quite frankly, I'm surprised that anyone who's been following Catherine Haddad is surprised she hasn't declared for the Olympics.

                                    She made it very clear during her US tour last fall that she needed financial support to do the qualifiers needed for the Olympics.

                                    Then her other GP horse, Cadillac, was euthanized following an injury and layup.

                                    I am not surprised at all, especially given her latest COTH blog entry, that she's sitting this one out.


                                    • #19
                                      How does one qualify to make the long list for the US Olympic Team?


                                      • #20
                                        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.
                                        RoseLane Sportponies
                                        Golden State - 2012 Bundeschampion & 2014 USDF Horse of the Year
                                        Golden West - 2014 & 2015 Bundeschampion Pony Stallion
                                        Petit Marc Aurel- FEI Dressage Pony Stallion