“The immediate focus of the Eventing High Performance Program is qualification, preparation, and execution of a successful World Equestrian Games (WEG),” says Duvander. “In preparation for the WEG, the majority of our horses will target a spring CCI4*, and we look forward to a strong showing at the Land Rover Kentucky CCI4*, in addition to some horses representing the US at Badminton and Luhmühlen and spring CCI3*s. We will then utilise the FEI Nations Cups™ at Great Meadow and our hope is to secure an invitation to Aachen to practice and prepare in a team environment twice in July.”
Athletes with multiple horses will divide them between the spring CCIs in order to have time to focus on each individual horse at the major competitions in preparation for the WEG.
“We will train and prepare every day to select and field a team with a serious chance of winning a medal,” said Duvander. “However, if strategic decisions have to be made on the field of play, we will take into consideration that our USOC-approved target is Olympic qualification.”