Each year in this magazine we publish photos of the top horses and riders from the Rolex Kentucky CCI****. We show you the glamour of the awards ceremony, the emotion of a clean stadium round, the grit and determination of a foot-perfect cross-country round.
They're the 10 horses and riders from which the Olympic team will be named.
Laura Kraut said that “you always expect the unexpected in these trials,” and that quote rang true through the U.S. Equestrian Federation Olympic Show Jumping Selection Trials, Feb. 28-March 9 in Wellington, Fla.
The selection trials process for U.S. Equestrian Federation championship show jumping teams has been evolving for 20 years as officials and riders try and balance the fairness of objectivity with the wisdom of subjectivity. This year, I think they’re even closer to getting it right.
At this stage of the U.S. Equestrian Federation Show Jumping Olympic Selection Trials, it’s all about endurance. In Trials 1 and 2, the horses showed their scope, power, carefulness and ability. Now, it’s all about maintaining clear round-jumping over grueling courses over and over.