More than a month after the U.S. Olympic dressage trials wrapped up in Southern California, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has finalized its Olympic dressage team. While the top finishers from the dressage trials will represent the United States during Olympic competition, Leslie Morse and her stallion Kingston won’t be traveling with the team after all. Morse, who was a top finisher during the Olympic trials and was expected to be the traveling replacement on the U.S. dressage team, has withdrawn Kingston from the team for veterinary reasons. Following the selection procedures, the USEF named replacement horse/rider combination Michael Barisone and Neruda to stand in for Morse and Kingston.
Rider/Age/Hometown/Horse/Age/Breed/Sex/Owner (in alphabetical order):
Steffen Peters/44/San Diego, CA/Ravel/10/Dutch Warmblood/G/Akiko Yamazaki
Debbie McDonald/54/Hailey, ID/Brentina/17/Hanoverian/M/Peggy and Parry Thomas
Courtney King-Dye/31/New Milford, CT/Harmony’s Mythilus/14/Dutch Warmblood/G/Harmony Amateur Sports Foundation
Michael Barisone/44/Califon, NJ/Neruda/13/Dutch Warmblood/G/Jane Suwalsky
The horses shipped to Hong Kong for the Olympic Games on July 30, the dressage competition begins on August 13.