Laura Collet (GBR) with London 52 on the FEI Eventing World Championships 2022 © FEI/Christophe Taniére.
The 2024 Paris Olympic Video games will host equestrian sports activities 27 July by way of 6 August on the iconic Palace of Versailles. For athletes within the Olympic disciplines of Dressage, Eventing, and Leaping, the most important goal on the highway to Paris stays qualification. Some key nations — together with host nation France — have secured their quota locations, with these Nationwide Federations centered on group appointment. Others, in the meantime, are set on fielding their greatest groups for remaining occasions with qualification alternatives.
Together with the host nation, seven nations have certified for Dressage competitors in Paris, accounting for twenty-four of 45 out there group quota locations (3 athletes per group). This group consists of all three medalists from Tokyo 2020 (JPN). Defending champions Germany, the USA, and Nice Britain all earned their locations from their outcomes on the 2022 FEI World Championships in Herning (DEN) — as did Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Australia.
All eyes can be on Germany on the highway to Paris, as not solely did they prime the group competitors within the final Olympics, however its athletes Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Isabell Werth additionally claimed the person gold and silver medals, respectively. Bredow-Werndl stays on the prime of her recreation and sits atop the FEI Dressage World Rankings together with her associate from Tokyo, TSF Dalera BB.
Twenty-one group quota locations (accounting for seven groups) stay, lots of which can be determined on the yr’s continental and regional championships. Most notable would be the 2023 FEI European Dressage Championship, set for Riesenbeck (GER), 4-10 September. Fifteen particular person quota locations are additionally out there, awarded to athletes from nations that haven’t already accepted a group quota place. After all, these athletes can be a mixture of women and men, as equestrian sport stays the one Olympic occasion wherein women and men compete as equals.
Practically half of the group quotas locations have already been secured within the sport of Eventing. Germany is among the many first nations certified, which ought to present some pleasure. In any case, the nation produced Eventing’s first ever feminine particular person Olympic gold medalist in Julia Krajewski in Tokyo. Along with the host nation, the USA, New Zealand, Eire, Sweden, and Switzerland have additionally certified. These locations had been all earned on the FEI World Championships in Herning, the place the USA secured its first group medal at a World or Olympic Championship since 2004. The USA is the one nation from North, Central, or South America to have secured a group quota place.
Most notably, Tokyo’s silver medalists Australia have but to safe their place. They’ve remaining alternatives on the Group F and G FEI Designated Olympic Qualification Occasion at Millstreet (IRL), 01-04 June and the FEI Eventing European Championships 2023 in Haras du Pin (FRA) and through the 2023 FEI Eventing Nations Cup Collection.
The competitors for rating factors for the Particular person slots has began, and can proceed by way of the remainder of the yr.
Leaping provides essentially the most quota locations of all of the equestrian disciplines, with 75 up for grabs, together with 60 group athletes.
Sweden is undisputedly the group to look at on the highway to Paris, having claimed group gold medals at each the Tokyo Olympic Video games and the FEI World Championships 2022. Safely certified, their concern can be making an attempt to interchange Peder Fredricson’s unbelievable All In, who earned a most celebratory retirement in February. “Allan,” because the barefoot bay was affectionately referred to as, received six championship medals in his profession. In Tokyo, he grew to become simply the second horse in historical past to leap the whole Olympic Video games with out having a single rail.
The Netherlands, Nice Britain, Eire, and Germany additionally secured their locations in Herning, whereas Belgium earned its spot on the FEI Leaping Nations Cup™ Last 2022 in Barcelona (ESP). Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates secured group quota locations at their Group F Designated Olympic Qualification Occasion, however 33 group quota locations stay.
The USA earned the silver medal in Tokyo, however they may depend on the 2023 Pan American Video games to qualify for Paris. Among the many powerhouses of the game, the U.S. received back-to-back group gold medals on the 2004 and 2008 Video games and has medalled at seven of the final 10 Olympics, however the stress can be on in Chile for them so as to add to that Olympic resume. If they don’t qualify on the Pan Ams, they’d have one final alternative on the Longines FEI Leaping Nations Cup™ Last 2023 In Barcelona.
The 2023 FEI European Championship in Milano (ITA), 29 August – 03 Sept. may also supply three group quotas for European nations from Group A and/or B. Fifteen extra particular person quotas are additionally out there for athletes from nations that haven’t already accepted a group quota place.
By Catie Staszak