The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has released the updated selection procedures for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which were modified due to the postponement. The Olympics are scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021, with eventing occurring from July 30 to August 2, 2021.
Horses and riders now must earn their qualifications from January 1, 2019 to June 21, 2021 by achieving one qualifying result at the CCI5*-L OR one CCI4*-S and one CCI4*-L. In addition, they must earn a confirmation result at a CCI4*-S or higher between January 1, 2020 and June 21, 2021.
Riders must be born before December 31, 2003 and horses born on or before December 31, 2013. Owners have until January 15, 2021 to register new horses with the FEI as the same nationality as the rider.
Potential team riders must apply by February 12, 2021. Previous applicants are not required to reapply but will have the opportunity to add new horses.
The list of selection trials was expanded to include:
Athlete/horse combinations wishing to be considered for the FEI Nominated Entry must complete, or must have already completed, at least one selection trial.
The selectors will recommend three athlete/horse combinations along with the traveling reserve and maximum number of reserves to be nominated by no later than June 1, 2021. These combinations will be forwarded to the FEI for the FEI Nominated Entry by June 21, 2021.
A preparation event will be held sometime after June 21, 2021, and the details will be announced no later than May 15, 2021.
Regardless of the level at which a horse is competing, its veterinary team is at the forefront of most decisions regarding its career and well-being. Liz Arbittier, VMD, CVA, has been working with equine athletes for over two decades. Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) in 2001, she worked in private practice with a focus on sports medicine and pre-purchase exams until joining Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center Field Service team in 2013. Situated in the heart of Area II’s eventing scene, the team provides ambulatory services to the surrounding area, which is home to multiple Olympians.
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Aspen Farms in Yelm, Washington was host to this year’s USEA Area VII Championships on September 16-18 and put on a spectacular show where 10 horse and rider pairs celebrated victory by being awarded the title of Area VII Champion in their respective divisions. Hear about each pair’s weekend below.
A double clear cross-country round propelled Rebecca Braitling and Arnell Sporthorses' 11-year-old British Sport Horse gelding Caravaggio II (Vangelis-S x Courtesan) to their first blue ribbon together in the CCI4*-Short, and Haley Turner and her own 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Shadow Inspector (Tinaranas Inspector x Caragh Roller) continued their run of sub-30 dressage tests to win the CCI3*-Short at the 2022 Twin Rivers Fall International in Paso Robles, California.