US Equestrian has named the following combinations to the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ the Netherlands from October 10-13 at the Military Boekelo CCIO4*-L in Enschede, the Netherlands. Erik Duvander will serve as the chef d’equipe.
Jennie Brannigan (West Grove, Pa.) and Stella Artois, the Stella Artois Syndicate’s 11-year-old Holsteiner/Thoroughbred mare
Liz Halliday-Sharp (Ocala, Fla.) and Cooley Quicksilver, the Monster Partnership’s 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding
Frankie Thieriot Stutes (Occidental, Calif.) and Chatwin, the Chatwin Group’s 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding
The following combination has been named as the traveling reserve:
Tamie Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) and Mai Baum, Alexandra Ahearn, Ellen Ahearn, and Eric Markel’s 13-year-old German Sport Horse gelding
The following combinations have been named as alternates:
Matt Flynn (Reddick, Fla.) and Wizzerd, A. Patrick Flynn, Kathleen Flynn, and Merry Go Round Farm’s 10-year-old KWPN gelding
Caroline Martin (Miami Beach, Fla.) and Danger Mouse, her and Sherrie Martin’s 11-year-old Warmblood gelding
The FEI Eventing Nations Cup the Netherlands will take place at the Military Boekelo-Enschede. Dressage will begin on Thursday, October 10, followed by the cross-country and show jumping phases, set to take place on Saturday, October 12, and Sunday, October 13, respectively.
The competition also serves as a test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The competition rules are based on the Tokyo 2020 eventing competition format with teams of three plus one reserve.
Under the new Olympic team format, the traveling reserve is still a very critical fourth member of the team. The way Boekelo is testing the format will differ from the Olympics, as the reserve for Tokyo 2020 will only step in should one of the three team horses be unable to continue on to the next phase (due to elimination, unsoundness, etc). For Boekelo, the traveling reserve will compete in all phases, and their score can be substituted in as a counting score should one of the three team members be unable to continue (due to elimination, unsoundness, etc.)
Full FEI Regulations for Equestrian Events at the Olympic Games are available here.
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