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The US Olympic selection

Thursday, 02 February 2012

Will Beezie Madden and Simon be in the US team? Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The U.S. Equestrian Federation has announced how the selection procedure will be for the jumping team for the 2012 London Olympic Games. The selection process will be in two phases – four selection trials in March where the long list is formed and then four observation events in May and June where the riders on the long list will compete.

The Olympic selection will start in Wellington the 21 – 24 of March and 48 hours after the last round the long list will be ready. It is Susie Hutchinson, Chris Kappler and Mark Leone in consultation with the team veterinarian and Chef dÉquipe George Morris that will rank the riders into a long list. There are also up to five possible spots on the long list for discretionary selection.

When the riders and horses are on the long list they will be under control of George Morris and then they need his permission to compete and to train with someone else than the Chef DÉquipe. The long list riders must then compete at two of the observation events in May and June.

Before the 6 of July, which is the deadline for final entries, the team will be announced.


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