Stage set for Olympic Team Jumping battle

Following last night’s thrilling Individual Jumping Final in which Great Britain’s Ben Maher and Explosion W claimed gold, all of the horses presented at this evening’s second Jumping Horse Inspection were accepted, and the stage is now set for the Team competition to begin tomorrow night.

Further changes may be made up to two hours before the competition begins, but to date the confirmed pre-competition changes are as follows:

For Argentina, Fabian Sejanes is out and Matias Albarracin comes in 

For Belgium, Niels Bruynseels is out and Pieter Devos comes in

For Brazil, Yuri Mansur is out and Pedro Veniss comes in

For China, You Zhang is out and Yaofeng Li comes in

For Czech Republic, Kamil Papousek is out and Ondrej Zvara comes in

For Egypt, Abdel Said is out and Mohamed Talaat comes in

For France, Mathieu Billot is out and Simon Delestre comes in

For Great Britain, Scott Brash is out, his horse was withdrawn and therefore not presented, Holly Smith comes in

For Germany, Christian Kukuk is out and Maurice Tebbel comes in

For Ireland, Cian O’Connor is out, his horse was withdrawn and therefore not presented, Shane Sweetnam comes in

For Morocco, Ali Ahrach’s horse USA de Riverland is out and will be replaced by Golden Lady

For Mexico, Manuel Gonzalez Dufrane is out and Patricia Pasquel comes in 

For New Zealand, Uma O’Neill is out and Tom Tarver-Priebe comes in

For Switzerland, Beat Mandli is out and Bryan Balsiger comes in

For USA, Kent Farrington is out and McLain Ward comes in.

A total of 19 teams will compete in the first Team competition and the order of go is as follows: 

1, Czech Republic; 2, China; 3, Japan; 4, Israel; 5, Mexico; 6, Argentina; 7, Morocco; 8, New Zealand; 9, Ireland; 10, Egypt; 11, France; 12, Sweden; 13, USA; 14, Great Britain; 15, Brazil; 16, Switzerland; 17, Belgium; 18, Germany; 19, Netherlands.

The competition will begin at 19.00 local time and the best 10 teams will qualify for Saturday evening’s Jumping Team Final.

Press Release by L.Parkes