Image: Beezie Madden. Credit Taylor Pence, US Equestrian

Shortlist announced

Eight showjumping riders have been named to the shortlist to represent the US at next month’s World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Tryon, North Carolina.

The following eight athletes have been named to the Short List under the stewardship of U.S. showjumping chef d’equipe and technical advisor Robert Ridland and in consultation with the advisors:

Jamie Barge (Malibu, Calif.)

Margie Engle (Wellington, Fla.)

Lillie Keenan (New York, N.Y.)

Laura Kraut (Wellington, Fla.)

Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.)

Devin Ryan (Long Valley, N.J.)

Adrienne Sternlicht (Greenwich, Conn.)

McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.)

Kent Farrington and Lauren Hough, who were included on the initial shortlist, have since both withdrawn themselves from selection. Jessica Springsteen is another rider who featured on an earlier iteration of the shortlist, but has also withdrawn herself from contention.

An even shorter shortlist

After the FEI nominated entries deadline of August 13, and no later than the closing date for the FEI definite entries September 10) Robert Ridland will recommend up to five athletes and 10 horses to the squad, subject to the recommendation of the USEF jumping sport committee.

Eventually, the list will consist of four named team members, and a traveling reserve.

If the US showjumping team finishes in the top six at WEG, they can qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The jumping element of WEG — which hosts eight different disciplines — begins on September 19 and concludes on September 23, with the individual final.

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