USA Olympic Team Prospects To Compete in France & Holland As Final Selection Shows
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LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Jan. 31, 2016–United States team prospects for the summer Olympic Games will compete at Nations Cup events in France and the Netherlands and a CDI5* also in Holland as selection events of the four horses and riders and a reserve that will go to Rio de Janeiro for the dressage competition in August.
Up to eight combinations will be named after the California and Florida winter circuits, the U.S. Equestrian Federation said, to go to Europe for the three observation events:
–May 19-22 Compiegne, France, which is hosting a CDIO5* Nations Cup for the first time as well as a CDI3*;
–June 1-5 Roosendaal, Netherlands CDI5*, and
–June 22-26 Rotterdam, Netherlands which hosts a long established premier CDIO5* Nations Cup and a CDI3*.
Riders on the squad can choose whether to compete at Compiegne or Roosendaal but Rotterdam will be required for all combinations.
Other events may be added to the schedule at the request of riders.
The final team selection, the USEF said, will be made on or before July 1, the U.S. Olympic Committee Final Entry date.
The riders and horses selected for the Olympics will fly directly from Europe to Rio.
The U.S. squad will be based at Studfarm de Begijnhoeve in Retie, Belgium.