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July 5, 2016

Road To The Olympics: Callan Solem On Disappointment And Regrouping

After a disappointing observation event at the Rome CSIO, Solem went home for a few days then back to Europe to prepare for their second and final observation event at the Rotterdam CSIO (the Netherlands). There she and VDL Wizard logged two 8-fault rounds in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, and the U.S. team finished in overall fifth.

When the U.S. show jumping team for the Rio Olympic Games was named, Solem's name wasn't on the list.

June 30, 2016

Road To The Olympics: Laura Graves And Verdades Are Rio-Bound!

The CDIO***** at Rotterdam (the Netherlands) marked the final observation event for those hoping to be named to the dressage team for the Olympic Games. Laura Graves and Verdades led the U.S. team to second behind the Netherlands in the Nations Cup by turning in a 76.30 percent in the Grand Prix for second individually and winning the Grand Prix Special on a 77.31 percent.

The following Monday they were named to the U.S. Dressage Team for their first Olympic Games.

June 29, 2016

Road To The Olympics: McLain Ward Checks Off Making The Team

When the U.S. Show Jumping Team for the Rio Olympic Games was named, McLain Ward and HH Azur’s names were on the list, making the fourth consecutive Olympic team on which Ward has served. They will compete alongside Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C,’ Kent Farrington and Voyeur and Lucy Davis and Barron at Rio in August.

June 23, 2016

Road To The Olympics: Clark Montgomery's Going To Rio!

Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen had one last chance to prove to the U.S. selectors that they were consistent, and they did, competing at the Equi-Trek Bramham Horse Trials (England) on June 8-11, and finishing a very close second in the Event Rider Masters CIC***.

As a result, he and Glen were named to the Olympic team on June 20, along with Phillip Dutton, Lauren Kieffer and Boyd Martin.

June 21, 2016

Road To The Olympics: Rio's Now A Reality For Phillip Dutton And Emma Ford

The U.S. eventing team was announced on June 20, and Phillip Dutton aboard Fernhill Cubalawn will be joining Boyd Martin, Lauren Kieffer and Clark Montgomery (as well as reserve rider Maya Black) to represent the United States in Rio De Janeiro.

June 10, 2016

Road To The Olympics: Laura Graves Is Looking To Eliminate Mistakes

After the second day of competition in the CDIO5* at Compiégne, France was rained out, Laura Graves rethought her schedule with Verdades. Because of some tension due to atmosphere she elected to compete in the Roosendaal CDI4* (the Netherlands) to iron out the kinks.

June 7, 2016

Callan Solem Is Handling The Unexpected On Her Road To The Olympics

Callan Solem and VDL Wizard completed their first observation event at the Rome CSIO last week, where Solem jumped to 8 faults in Round 1 of the Nations Cup and 4 in Round 2. The U.S. team finished in a tie for second overall. 

We didn’t have the result I was hoping for in Rome. There were a few things that didn’t go to plan, and we had to make some decisions that were in Wizard’s best interest, but that didn’t help the results in the ring. That’s sports, and that’s horses. 

June 6, 2016

Road To The Olympics: McLain Ward Is Riding An Amazing Streak

McLain Ward kicked off his spring at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows in North Salem, N.Y., where he won the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix with HH Carlos Z, the $35,000 Grand Prix of North Salem with Rothchild and the $130,000 Empire State Grand Prix with the up-and-coming 9-year-old mare, Tina la Boheme.

June 2, 2016

Road To The Olympics: It's The Calm Before The Storm For Phillip Dutton And Emma Ford

This point in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro marks a quieter period in rider Phillip Dutton and head groom Emma Ford’s preparations.

All of Dutton’s top horses have had their spring outing (Mighty Nice, Fernhill Fugitive and Fernhill Cubalawn at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****; Indian Mill, Mr. Candyman and Z at the Jersey Fresh CCI***). Selectors for the U.S. eventing team will let Dutton know which horses they are interested in vetting shortly, and those horses will be vetted on June 18-19 before the U.S. team is announced June 20. 

May 26, 2016

Road To The Olympics: Laura Graves Is Experimenting

Laura Graves and Verdades tacked up for their first show since the winter season in the CDIO5* at Compiègne, France. There, they finished second behind teammates Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet in the CDIO5* Nations Cup Grand Prix. They’ll compete in the Roosendaal CDI4* (the Netherlands) held June 1-5 and then will compete in the mandatory observation event at Rotterdam (the Netherlands).

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