US names its Olympic eventing team

The American eventing team has just been named. The team includes two Australian born riders, Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin.

The United States Equestrian Federation has just named its Olympic eventing team.  It is:

Phillip Dutton on Fernhill Fugitive, three horses, three clears (Image: Libby Law)
Phillip Dutton on Fernhill Fugitive (Image: Libby Law)

Phillip Dutton on Fernhill Cubalawn, with Mighty Nice and Fernhill Fugitive as his reserves.

Lauren Kieffer on the lovely mare Veronica, runner up at 2016 Rolex Kentucky. (Image Libby Law)
Lauren Kieffer on the lovely mare Veronica, runner up at 2016 Rolex Kentucky (Image Libby Law)

Lauren Kieffer on Veronica, with Scarlett as her reserve.

Boyd Martin, from USA, out and about in the stable area (Image: Libby Law)
Boyd Martin, will be happy! (Image: Libby Law)

Boyd Martin on Blackfoot Mystery, with Welcome Shadow his reserve.

Clark Montgomery (US)A on Laughan Glen second overall in the ERMCIC3* (Image: Libby Law)
Clark Montgomery on Loughan Glen always impresses, especially in the dressage phase (Image: Libby Law)

Clark Montgomery on Loughan Glen.

American Maya Black on Doesn't Play Fair, 3rd place. (Image Libby Law)
Maya Black on Doesn’t Play Fair (Image Libby Law)

The travelling reserve will be Maya Black on Doesn’t Play Fair.

The non-travelling reserves are Matthew Brown (Super Socks BCF), Sinead Halpin (Manor de Carneville), Lynn Symansky, (Donner), Elisa Wallace (Simply Priceless).

Congratulations to those combinations!

Of course with any naming of a team, there is disappointment. One of these was Buck Davidson, who wrote this on his Facebook page:

“Yesterday, Petite Flower had her vet evaluations with all the rest of the USA horses. To everyone’s surprise, Flower was a bit sore in her feet on a circle. Ultrasounds, X-rays, and flexion tests were all good. I’m so thankful to all the vets for looking out for my girl.

“Needless to say, we are off the Olympic road. First and most importantly, we will find out what’s going on with Flower and then we will be rooting for Team USA.

“I’m sorry for the Martin family and my whole team that supports me. Good luck to everyone in the Olympic process.”