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Rio 2016: What’s in the Selection?


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will host the 2016 Olympic Games in August

With the Rio Olympics just around the corner it will be a nail-biting time for both the selectors and our top riders. Who will be short-listed and will things come together for the best horse and rider combinations to be at peak performance just at the right time.


Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos

Will our showjumping team see Big Star back from injury and will Scott Brash be able to hold on to his previous form to help us defend our Olympic team gold or will the Dutch, Americans or French step up to the challenge.


Gold medal GB Team London 2012

What will the eventing team look like? Will it be the younger generations who represent, and will the Germans clean up as predicted?

Will we be able to repeat our success in the dressage arena and will the talents of Charlotte and Carl deliver more medals?

With short-list deadlines starting mid June selection is ever closer.

So how does selection work? Here’s our quick guide to selection criteria and what is taken in to account:

• Recent results of horse/rider combinations are one of the most important considerations

• Weighting is given to competition results. For showjumping it based on difficulty of courses, competitiveness of field, conditions, surface and rate of progression of the combination

• Physical conditions of the Games and the impact on a combination will be taken in to account

• Fitness and soundness of each horse and fitness of the rider will also be scrutinised

• The ability to produce peak performance at the Games is critical, this will likely mean experience of riding under pressure at key events may be a factor

• 5* Grand Prix classes and the FEI Nations Cup classes are the most important results to be considered for the showjumpers with equivalent premier events in eventing and dressage


Charlotte and Valegro

The main goal is that we send the strongest combinations to Rio to represent Great Britain in the hope that the medal haul will increase. An increase in medals often means an increase in funding for the sport, which ultimately benefits all of us!

Selectors will nominate team members in early July. Teams will consist of four combinations and a reserve for showjumping, five riders for team eventing and three for dressage. Individual numbers will depend on numbers allocated through qualifying.

Events will take place in the Deodoro region in Brazil between the 5-21st of August.

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