USA Olympic Prospects of 9 Horses, 7 Riders Named for European Tour
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May 2, 2016
The United States squad of nine horses and seven riders to go to Europe to compete for places on The Dutta Corp. dressage team for the summer Olympic Games was announced by the U.S. Equestrian Federation Monday.
Laura Graves, 28 years old of Plymouth, Florida and Verdades, her 14-year-old KWPN gelding (Florett AS x Goya). World Ranking: 13 USA Olympic Ranking :1
Career highlights: 2014 World Equestrian Games; 2015 World Cup Final; 2015 (team gold, individual silver) Pan American Games; 2015 U.S. Grand Prix champion.
Steffen Peters, 51, of San Diego, California and Rosamunde, nine-year-old Rhinelander mare (Rock Forever x Fidermark) owned by Four Winds Farm. WR: 17 USA OR: 2
Career highlights: 1996 (team bronze), 2008, 2012 Olympic Games; 2006 (team bronze), 2010 (2 individual bronzes), 2014 World Equestrian Games; 2002, 2007 2009 (winner), 2015 World Cup Finals; 2011 (team and individual golds), 2015 (team and individual golds) Pan American Games; record seven-time U.S. Grand Prix champion.
Steffen Peters and Legolas, 14-year-old Westfalen gelding (Laomedon x Florestan II) owned by Four Winds Farm. WR: 8 USA OR: 3
Kasey Perry Glass, 28 years old of Wellington, Florida and Dublet, 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Diamond Hit x Olympic Ferro) owned by Diane Perry. WR: 29 USA OR: 4
Career highlights: 2015, 2016 Nations Cups, Wellington.
Allison Brock, 36, of Wellington, Florida and Rosevelt, 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion (Rotspon x Lauries Crusador XX) owned by Claudine and Fritz Kundrun. WR: 40 USA OR: 5
Career highlight: 2015 Nations Cup, Wellington.
Shelly Francis, 57, of Loxahatchee, Florida and Doktor, 13-year-old Oldenbur gelding (Diamond Hit x Renoir I) owned by Patricia Stempel. WR: 50 USA OR: 6
Career highlight: 1998 World Equestrian Games; 2013 Wellington & Hickstead, 2014 Wellington Nations Cups.
Shelly Francis and Danilo, 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding (De Niro x Andiamo) owned by Patricia Stempel. WR: 70 USA OR: 7
Arlene Page, 59, of Wellington, Florida and Woodstock, her 13-year-old KWPN gelding (Havel x Contango). WR: 52 USA OR: 8
Career highlights: 2006 World Cup Final; 2013 Hickstead, 2015 Rotterdam & Hagen, 2016 Wellington Nations Cups.
Günter Seidel, 55, of Cardiff, California and Zero Gravity, 12-year-old KWPN gelding (Royal Hit x Contango) owned by James and Charlotte Mashburn. WR: 78 USA OR: 9
Career highlights: 1996 (team bronze), 2000 (team bronze), 2004 (team bronze) Olympics; 1998, 2002 (team silver), 2006 (team bronze) World Games; 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2016 World Cup Finals.
Robert Dover is the Technical Advisor and Chef d’Equipe.
The Americans will be based in Retie, Belgium and compete at the Compiègne, France CDI3*/CDIO5* Nations Cup May 19-22; Roosendaal, Netherlands CDI4* June 1-5 and the Rotterdam, Netherlands CDI3*/CDIO5* Nations Cup June 22-26.
Four combinations plus a reserve will be named to the Olympic team after Rotterdam.
Some may compete at the CDI4*/CDIO5* Nations Cup in Aachen, Germany July 11-17 before going directly to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic dressage competition Aug. 8-15.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version gave the U.S. Olympic rankings as of April 26, 2016, the latest that were available at the time the European tour combinations were announced on May 2. On May 3, the rankings were updated. The final rankings altered the standing of Günter Seidel and Zero Gravity to 9, up from 10.