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Sanceo looks ready as he is led by Sabine Schut-Kery in the horse inspection at the Tokyo Olympic equestrian center. © 2021 Lily Forado for dressage-news.com

July 23, 2021

Sabine Schut-Kery on Sanceo will lead off for the United States in the Olympic Grand Prix Saturday.

Sabine, 52, of Napa, California and the 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Alice Womble, are scheduled to ride at 21:15 local time–8:15 a.m. U.S. Eastern time–Saturday, the first of two days of the Grand Prix.

The United States needs to be among the top eight of the 15 teams in the Grand Prix to move on to the Grand Prix Special Tuesday that will decide team medals. The teams will start in the Special with a clean slate.

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino at the Tokyo Olympic horse inspection. © 2021 Lily Forado for dressage-news.com

Adrienne Lyle, 36, of Wellington, Florida and Salvino, 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Betsy Juliano LLC, are the top ranked American combination. For Adrienne this is her second Olympics, having competed Wizard at the London Games in 2012.

The pair is scheduled for 18:21 local–5:21 a.m. Sunday.

Adrienne and Salvino were on the 2018 World Equestrian Games team that won silver, along with Steffen Peters on Suppenkasper who are team mates at these Games, as well as Laura Graves on Verdades and Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet.

Suppenkasper or “Mopsie,” as he’s nicknamed, being led by Steffen Peters at the horse inspection. © 2021 Lily Forado for dressage-news.com

Steffen Peters, 56, of San Diego, California is competing at his fifth Olympics beginning with his first Games in 1996 at Atlanta. He and Suppenkasper will go at 21:42 local time, 5:21 a.m. U.S. Eastern time on Sunday, the second last ride in the Grand Prix. Germany’s Isabell Werth on Bella Rose follows looking to earn her 11th Olympic medal, the most of any equestrian in history.

Steffen and Suppenkasper, 13-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Four Winds Farm and Akiko Yamazaki, were on the 2018 World Games team. In campaigning for these Olympics, the pair posted 21 straight CDI victories beginning in January 2020, all in the United States.

Steffen rode Legolas on U.S. team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro that won bronze, the second Olympic bronze medal for the rider.

Nick Wagman and Don John, the reserve combination for the U.S. withdrew after the horse sustained a minor injury. The reserve does not get to compete unless replacing a team combination.