Final Tokyo Olympic Dressage Team Qualifier, for Africa/Middle East, Set for Exloo, Netherlands Oct. 24-27

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Tanya Seymour on Ramoneur, South Africa’s top eanked combination. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Sept. 3, 2019

The CDI3* competition to select a dressage team from Africa and the Middle East for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo has been set for Exloo in the Netherlands Oct. 24-27 that will complete qualification of teams from 15 nations.

The team will be decided by the results of the Grand Prix, and will join 14 countries already qualified–Germany, USA, Great Britain, Sweden, Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Denmark, Ireland and Portugal as well as host Japan have already booked a Tokyo Olympic slot.

Of the 34 nations in the group for which the event is a qualifier, South Africa is the only country with sufficient Big Tour combinations that could make up a team of three, according to the latest International Equestrian Federation (FEI) rankings. Palestine has two combinations listed while Morocco and Iran each have one. Israel is grouped with Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

A review of records showed no team from nations in the Africa/Middel East Group has previously competed in dressage at Olympics.

Yessin Rahmouni of Morocco has been the only individual from the region, competing Floresco NRW at the 2012 London Olympics.