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USEF Announces Eventing Team for 2004 Olympic Games

The United States Equestrian Federation announced today the Eventing team for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The five horse and rider combinations are as follows:


Rider Residence Horse Owner
Darren Chiacchia Springville, NY Windfall 2 Tim Holekamp

Julie Richards Atlanta, GA Jacob Two Two Jim Richards
Canadian Thoroughbred Gelding

Kim Severson Keene, VA Winsome Adante Linda Wachtmeister
English Thoroughbred

Amy Tryon Duvall, WA My Beau Leigh Mesher
Thoroughbred Bob & Barbara Mesher Gelding

John Williams Middleburg, VA Carrick Anne Williams
Canadian Thoroughbred Dr. Elise DePapp



Will Faudree Southern Pines, NC Antigua Will and Matt Faudree Australian Thoroughbred


David O’Connor The Plains, VA Outlawed Jennifer Taxay
New Zealand Thoroughbred

Jan Thompson Purcellville, VA Task Force Jo Ellen Byyny
Thoroughbred Richard Byyny

Amy Tryon Duvall, VA Poggio II Amy Tryon
Thoroughbred Mark Hart Gelding

Heidi White Chadds Ford, PA Northern Spy Heidi White
English Thoroughbred

“The riders on the short list from which the team was selected are a very talented group,” said US Eventing Team Coach Mark Phillips “Those selected for the team are the best of the best, however, they will find the competition in Athens very tough and a big challenge.”

The team and the alternates will ship to England on July 19th to train with Phillips. On August 10th the team and one alternate will ship to Athens. The alternate going to Athens will be named on August 9th. The Eventing competition in Athens takes place August 15th through 18th. The dressage takes place on August 15th and 16th; cross country on August 17th; and stadium jumping on August 18th.

For the first time the cross country competition at the Athens Olympic Games will be conducted over the “modified” cross-country course. The traditional 20-mile phase of endurance tests, which includes roads and tracks, and steeplechase, have been eliminated. After warming up their horses, the riders will proceed directly to the cross-country course at their allocated start time. As the horses will tackle the cross-country phase fresher, the riders will have new strategic challenges to consider.

This modified course will be approximately 5700 meters, a shorter distance than the usual international and Olympic level competition of about 7000 meters. However, there will still be approximately 45 obstacles to clear.

“I think we have a great group of experienced horses and riders. I’m now looking forward to getting to England so that we can focus on our final preparations for the challenges ahead in Athens,” said Phillips.

On Tuesday of this week at the Final Mandatory Outing, the final phase of the selection process, Phillips sized up the Olympic competition, “on paper the French and British have the strongest chance, but at the Olympics you have to show up and shape up. If we go and do our business we’ll be competitive.”


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