The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced today, June 17, the four athlete-and-horse combinations selected to represent Team USA at the Tokyo Olympic Games, as part of the U.S. Dressage Olympic Team. The team will be led by Chef d’Equipe Debbie McDonald and team leader Hallye Griffin. The first horse inspection will take place on July 23, and competition takes place July 24-28, at the Equestrian Park in Tokyo. Three combinations will compete as a team with one traveling reserve.
“The team selected to represent us in Tokyo is incredibly strong, and I’m looking forward to working with these combinations in the coming weeks to ensure we deliver performances our country will be proud of this summer,” said McDonald. “We’ve worked tremendously hard over the past year to adjust and prepare for these Games, and it’s exciting to see all of the hard work begin to pay off. These combinations are up for the challenge that will be presented to us in Tokyo, and we are incredibly grateful for the continued support of our family, friends, and fans around the country.”
The following athlete-and-horse combinations will represent the United States at the Tokyo Olympic Games and are listed in alphabetical order:
Adrienne Lyle (Wellington, Florida) and Salvino, a 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Betsy Juliano LLC
Steffen Peters (San Diego) and Suppenkasper, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Four Winds Farm and Akiko Yamazaki
Sabine Schut-Kery (Napa, California) and Sanceo, a 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Alice Womble
The following combination has been named as the traveling reserve:
Nick Wagman (San Diego) and Don John, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Beverly Gepfer
The following combinations have been named as team alternates and are listed in selected order:
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (Haymarket, Virginia) and Rassing’s Lonoir, a 17-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Mary Anne McPhail and Olivia LaGoy-Weltz
Ben Ebeling (Moorpark, California) and Illuster van de Kampert, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Sasha Cutter for Nuvolari Holdings and Amy Roberts Ebeling
All team nominations are subject to United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee approval.
Source The Chronicle of the Horse