LEXINGTON, Ky.--It's a power-packed short list for the jumping team for this summer's Olympics, with two-time Olympic gold medalists Beezie Madden and McLain Ward on the list as well as Olympic gold medalist Laura Kraut, Olympic silver medalist Kent Farrington and World Equestrian Games gold medalists Devin Ryan and Adrienne Sternlicht.
But there are also terrific, up-and-coming youngsters like Brian Moggre and Lucy Deslauriers as well as Jessie Springsteen and Bliss Heers on the list. so chef d'equipe Robert Ridland has a great list to choose from but also a hard job in deciding which of these stars will have to miss the Olympics.
US Equestrian announced the 10 athletes who have been selected to the U.S. Jumping Team Olympic Short List for continued observation ahead of team selection for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games later this summer.
THE FOLLOWING athletes and horses have been selected to the U.S. Jumping Team Olympic Short List and are listed in alphabetical order:
Lucy Deslauriers of New York, N.Y., and Hester, a 16-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Lisa Deslauriers
Kent Farrington of Wellington, Fla., with Austria 2, a 13-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Take The High Road LLC, and Gazelle, a 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Robin Cleary Parsky
Bliss Heers of Las Vegas, Nev., and Antidote de Mars, an 11-year-old Selle Français stallion owned by Bridgeside Farms LLC
Laura Kraut of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., with Baloutinue, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by St. Bride’s Farm; Confu, a 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by St. Bride’s Farm; and Goldwin, a 9-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Stars and Stripes
Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, N.Y., with Breitling LS, a 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Abigail Wexner; Chic Hin D Hyrencourt, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Abigail Wexner; and Garant, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Abigail Wexner
Brian Moggre of Flower Mound, Texas with Balou du Reventon, a 15-year-old Oldenburg stallion owned by Ann Thompson, and MTM Vivre Le Reve, a 12-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Major Wager LLC
Devin Ryan of Long Valley, N.J.,and Eddie Blue, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by LL Show Jumpers, LLC
Jessica Springsteen of Colts Neck, N.J., with Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion owned by Stone Hill Farm, and RMF Zecilie, a 14-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Rushy Marsh Farm LLC
Adrienne Sternlicht of Greenwich, Conn., with Bennys Legacy, a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Starlight Farms 1 LLC; Cristalline, a 13-year-old Bavarian Warmblood mare owned by Starlight Farms 1 LLC; and Just a Gamble, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Starlight Farms 1 LLC
McLain Ward of Brewster, N.Y., with Contagious, a 12-year-old Deutsches Sportpferd gelding owned by Beechwood Stables LLC; HH Azur, a 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Double H Farm; and Kasper van het Hellehof, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion owned by Poden Farms
Riders and horses will compete in designated CSIO/CSI observation events, including the FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Poland CSIO5* in Sopot, Poland and the FEI Jumping Nations Cup of The Netherlands CSIO5* in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and will be led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland.
Final team selection will be announced by July 5, 2021.
All nominations to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team are subject to approval by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.