Rio de Janeiro – Aug. 3, 2016 – The 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, officially commence on Friday, Aug. 5, with the opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. EST. Eventing will kick-off the equestrian Olympic competition following the jog to be held on Friday prior to the opening ceremonies and will take place through Aug. 9 at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center in Rio de Janeiro.
The U.S. Olympic Eventing Team will comprise of five-time Olympian Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pennsylvania) and HND Group’s Mighty Nice (2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding), Lauren Kieffer (Middleburg, Virginia) and Team Rebecca, LLC’s Veronica (2002 Dutch Warmblood mare), Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pennsylvania) and Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate, LLC’s Blackfoot Mystery (2004 Thoroughbred gelding) and Clark Montgomery (Tetbury, England) and Holly and William Becker, Kathryn Kraft and Jessica Montgomery’s Loughan Glen (2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding).
The travel reserve horse and rider combination for the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team is Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Virginia) and the Donner Syndicate, LLC’s Donner (2003 Thoroughbred gelding).
All of the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team horses and riders arrived safely in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, July 30, and have been settling in and gearing up for the start of the Games.
Eventing competition will begin on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6–7, with individual and team dressage at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. EST. Individual and team cross-country will be held on Monday, Aug. 8, at 9 a.m. EST, while individual and team show jumping as well as the medal ceremony will close out Olympic eventing competition on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 9 a.m. EST.
Prior to the Olympic Games, the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team competed at the Land Rover Great Meadow International, presented by Adequan®, July 8–10, in the first-ever FEI Nations Cup™ CICO3* held outside Europe as the team’s final preparation for the Games. The U.S. Olympic Eventing Team proved their strength and readiness for competition in Rio by finishing in first place, with Canada in second and Great Britain in third.
Stay up-to-date on all things Olympics by visiting the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation’s website. The site provides U.S. equestrian fans with a comprehensive guide to the 2016 Olympic Games all conveniently located in one place. Access U.S. equestrian team member bios, press releases and updates regarding the Games, a complete schedule for Olympic equestrian events, live streaming and more!
In addition, the USET Foundation’s website offers opportunities for individuals to show their continued support for U.S. athletes through donations as they compete and represent the U.S. on the world stage in Rio. There is also information on the history of the Foundation and the iconic Hamilton Farm facility as well as a complete U.S. medal history.