Nathalie & Digby, Anne & Clearwater, Anna & Donnperignon Danish Olympic Team, Lisbeth & Raneur Individual
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AACHEN, Germany, July 7–Denmark on Saturday announced the team for the Olympic Games in London as the 22-year-old Anna Kasprzak and Donnperignon and Olympic veterans Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Digby and Anne van Olst and Clearwater with Lisbeth Seierskilde and Jonstrupgårdens Raneur as the individual.
The team was announed by team coach Rudolf Zeillinger after the Nations Cup Grand Prix and the Olympic Grand Prix Special at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen.
Only the German remains to be selected, and that will come Sunday at this same show.
The team will have two homebred horses, Nathalie’s Digby and Lisbeth’s Jonstrupgårdens Raneur.
Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and her Digby, a 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding on whom she led her team to the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is the top ranked combination. The pair were also the highest scoring on the Danish team which placed fourth at the Rotterdam Nations Cup last month and were reserve champions at the 2011 World Cup Final.
Anne van Olst, an Olympic and international championship veteran also on the 2008 Olympic team, was named with Clearwater but her Taikoen will be a reserve horse.
The 22-year-old Anna Kasprzak rides the Finnis warmblood Donnperignon that her family acquired from Germany after the European Championships last year. The new partnership has posted spectacular results at top German CDIs this year.
Lisbeth Seierskilde, 26 years old, and Jonstrupgårdens Raneur who were the highest scoring combination on the Danish team which placed fourth at the Rotterdam Nations Cup. Her family operates the Jonstrupgårdens stud and bred the horse.
The reserve is Sidsel Johansen, who turned 30 years old in January, and Schianto who have finished in the top 10 in every competition in their four CDIs in 2012.