Edited Press Release – The U.S. Equestrian Federation has announced the athlete-and-horse combinations selected to represent the U.S. Jumping Team as a part of Team USA at the Paris Olympic Games, to be held in Versailles, France, from July 27-Aug. 9. The jumping competition will begin on Aug. 1 and continue through Aug. 6 at the equestrian grounds of Versailles.  

“We are very lucky to have three of the most experienced athletes in the sport riding horses that are in top form heading into the Games. Additionally, we have a strong alternate athlete horse combination in Karl and Caracole who have shown great recent form,” said Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland. “Now that selection is complete, we are 100% laser-focused on Paris.” 

The U.S. Olympic Jumping Team will be led by Ridland alongside team leader Lizzy Chesson, and supported by team veterinarian Heather Sherman, team equine physiotherapist Janus Marquis, team human physiotherapist Jennifer Mitchell, and team farrier Chuck Jones.  

The following combinations have been selected to the U.S. Olympic Jumping Team and are listed in alphabetical order.  

Kent Farrington (Wellington, Florida) and Greya, a 10-year-old Oldenburg mare (Colestus—Contessa 128) owned by Kent Farrington LLC and cared for by Denise Moriarty.

Laura Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Florida) and Baloutinue, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Balou du Rouet—Utika) owned by St. Bride’s Farm and cared for by Margo Thomas.

McLain Ward (Brewster, New York) and Ilex, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Baltic VDL—Calendula) owned by Bonne Chance Farm and McLain Ward and cared for by Virginie Casterman.

The following combination has been selected as the alternate athlete and horse.

Karl Cook (Rancho Santa Fe, California) and Caracole De La Roque, a 12-year-old Selle Français mare (Zandor Z—Pocahontas d’Amaury) owned by Signe Ostby and cared for by Tessa Falanga.


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