The entire U.S. bronze medal team from the 2014 World Equestrian Games has been named to the 10-member short list for this summer’s Rio Olympics.
McLain Ward (HH Azur, Rothchild), Kent Farrington (Voyeur, Gazelle), Beezie Madden (Breitling, Simon, Cortes C and Quister) and Lucy Davis (Barron) are on the roster, along with Reed Kessler (Cylana), who rode on the 2012 Olympic team with McLain and Beezie.
Also listed are 2000 Olympic alternate Todd Minikus (Babalou), 2008 Olympic team member Laura Kraut (Deauville), 2000 Olympic teammates Lauren Hough (Ohlala) and Margie Engle (Royce) and Callan Solem (VDL Wizard), the top-placing U.S. rider from last month’s Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Finals in Sweden, where she was seventh.
The only ones in the group with no Olympic experience as either a team member or alternate are Lucy and Callan.
Like the U.S. dressage riders, U.S. show jumpers will be going on a tour of European shows before the squad of four and one alternate is selected.