FEI announces entries for London 2012 Olympic equestrian events

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Beezie Madden
Show jumping draws the most Olympic competitors of the three equestrian sports. Beezie Madden, pictured here at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will be one of the riders representing the U.S. in that discipline. Photo: CLiX/Shawn Hamilton

Athletes from 40 countries on six continents will compete in the equestrian events of the London 2012 Olympic Games, which get underway on 28 July. The list of entries validated by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is now available on the FEI website.

Continuing the Olympic tradition, show jumping is the strongest discipline with 26 nations represented, but dressage – for the first time – has overtaken eventing and has the second highest number of nations taking part, with 23 compared to 22 for eventing.

Seven nations – Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the USA – will be represented by teams in all three Olympic equestrian disciplines. Four countries – Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and host nation Great Britain – have qualified the maximum number of 13 riders.

The Olympic equestrian events will take place from 28 July to 9 August at Greenwich Park.

Summary by discipline:

JUMPING

26 nations: ARG, AUS, AZE, BEL, BER, BRA, CAN, CHI, COL, EGY, FRA, GBR, GER, IRL, JOR, JPN, KSA, MEX, NED, POR, RUS, SUI, SWE, SYR, UKR, USA

15 teams: AUS, BEL, BRA, CAN, CHI, FRA, GBR, GER, KSA, MEX, NED, SUI, SWE, UKR, USA

11 nations represented by individuals only: ARG, AZE, BER, COL, EGY, IRL, JOR, JPN, POR, RUS, SYR

75 riders total

DRESSAGE

23 nations: AUS, AUT, BEL, BRA, CAN, DEN, ESP, FIN, FRA, GBR, GER, IRL, ITA, JPN, MAR, NED, NOR, NZL, POL, POR, SWE, UKR, USA

5 nations represented by a team and one individual: DEN, GBR, GER, NED, USA

10 teams (including the teams mentioned above): AUS, CAN, DEN, ESP, GBR, GER, NED, POL, SWE, USA

13 nations represented by individuals only: AUT, BEL, BRA, FIN, FRA, IRL, ITA, JPN, MAR, NOR, NZL, POR, UKR

50 riders total

EVENTING

22 nations: AUS, AUT, BEL, BLR, BRA, CAN, ECU, FRA, GBR, GER, IRL, ITA, JAM, JPN, NED, NZL, POL, RSA, RUS, SWE, THA, USA

13 teams: AUS, BEL, BRA, CAN, FRA, GBR, GER, IRL, JPN, NED, NZL, SWE, USA

9 nations represented by individuals only: AUT, BLR, ECU, ITA, JAM, POL, RUS, RSA, THA

75 riders total

TOTAL: 200 riders: 76 women, 124 men

Keep up with all the 2012 Olympic equestrian news at HorseChannel.com/Olympics

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