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.
Florida-based Swedish rider Jennie Jarnstrom-Dennis galloped around clear and fastest of the day on Saturday to take the lead in the inaugural CCI4*-S, sponsored by B&D Builders, at The Event at TerraNova. Jarnstrom-Dennis and her Hanoverian mare Flower Girl (Futurist x Lucy) were fourth after dressage on 30.8. Not a single horse-and-rider combination made the optimum time; she added 10.8 time penalties to lead on 41.6.
Fresh off a top 15 finish in the CCI3*-L at the Maryland 5 Star, Cosby Green is back in Lexington attending class at the University of Kentucky (UK). The 21-year-old is an undergraduate student, a team member and the social chair of the UK eventing team, has two upper-level event horses, Copper Beach and Highly Suspicious, and a young horse, McCreary, who she rode on the winning team of the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships.
Course designer Pierre Michelet's cross-country courses for the 2021 FEI Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Mondial du Lion were extravagant as always and put young horses to the ultimate test in the 6- and 7-year-old Championships. The 2021 Holekamp/Turner Grant and The Dutta Corp. Prize recipients Cole Horn and MBF Cooley Permission to Land (Cobra x Deeply Dippy K) move forward after the final phase sitting in 30th overnight on a score of 55.8.
The inaugural Event at TerraNova kicked off with dressage on Friday at Terranova Equestrian in Myakka City, Florida. In the CCI4*-S the first rider down the centerline Leslie Law (GBR) took the early lead riding the Irish Sport Horse Typically Fernhill (Dondoctro Ryal K x Castlefield Sarah), owned by Craig McCallum, on 27.2. He maintained the lead through the lunch break and then Sara Kozumplik Murphy and her syndicated Selle Francais gelding Rubens d’Ysieux (Balougran x Orenda d/Ysieux / Mr. Blue) took the top spot with 26.1.