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US Equestrian Announces Addition of Mandatory U.S. Dressage Short List Observation Event to Calendar Ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Mar 31, 2021, 3:30 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has announced the addition of a U.S. Dressage Short List Observation Event to the competition calendar, set to be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Fla., from June 8-12, 2021, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The U.S. Dressage Short List Observation Event will be mandatory for the athlete-and-horse combinations selected to the U.S. Dressage Short List after the conclusion of the initial qualifying period on April 25, 2021.

After much consideration, USEF, alongside program leaders and team selectors, have made the decision to continue team selection preparations in the U.S., as the window of opportunity to prepare effectively in Europe is very small and should anything change, it would be too late to formulate an alternative selection plan. Given the competition opportunities made available to combinations over the past few months, it is has been determined that the team can prepare effectively in the U.S. by utilizing existing competitions and the final Observation Event.

The Observation Event will provide an opportunity for U.S. Dressage Short List combinations to compete in an environment similar to what is expected during Games, with classes taking place in the evening under the lights in a similar humidity and temperature index as Tokyo. The Horse Inspection will take place on Tuesday, June 8, and combinations will compete in the FEI Grand Prix on Wednesday, June 9, with the group draw order determined by the FEI World Rankings List. The FEI Grand Prix Special Test to Music will be held on Friday, June 11.

The U.S. Dressage program intends to facilitate and support overseas travel to Europe for additional teams this year, including Young Rider, U-25, and Senior teams, to continue building momentum towards the 2022 FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark, the first team qualifying opportunity for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Confirmation of additional team events will be announced over the course of the next several weeks and the U.S. Dressage program looks forward to working with organizers in Europe ahead of the summer and fall seasons.

The U.S. Dressage Short List Observation Event is subject to approval through the USEF competition licensing process.

Additional information about the U.S. Dressage Short List Observation Event, including the media accreditation process and other details will be made available in the coming weeks.

For additional information on the U.S. Dressage Short List Observation Event, please contact Hallye Griffin, Managing Director of Dressage, at [email protected]. For media inquiries, please contact Carly Weilminster, Director of Communications & PR, at [email protected].

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