We’re just about a year away from the 2024 Paris Games—ooh la-la!—and it’s getting down to the wire for team qualification in dressage, eventing, and show jumping. 

The first events to qualify for Paris took place as early as two years ago, during World Championships and Nations Cup Finals in the summer and fall of 2022. France, as the host country, has earned their spot across all three disciplines, while other nations are holding their breath for fall 2023 qualification events such as the European Championships and Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile (October 20–November 5, 2023). 

Here’s how the math shakes out. There are a total of 200 quota places available for equestrian events in Paris: 75 for show jumping, 65 for eventing, and 60 for dressage. In terms of teams, that means 20 nations will qualify for show jumping, 16 for eventing, and 15 for dressage.  

So who’s in, who’s not (yet!), and who’s starting to sweat it out at the final events of the qualification season? We’re breaking it all down for you here. 

Show Jumping

Who’s in: 

France gets their automatic hosting berth, while Sweden, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Ireland, and Germany all earned places at the 2022 FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark. Belgium qualified with their victory at the 2022 FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final in Barcelona; while Israel, Poland, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, and Japan all earned spots at Group C, F, and G qualifying events this year.

Who still has to qualify: 

Only all of North America. Most notably, the U.S.A., which—at 19 total medals—currently holds more titles in show jumping than any other nation not yet qualified. Not far behind are Italy with 15; Switzerland with eight; and Canada and Mexico, each with five. Also missing: Brazil, Spain, Chile, and Portugal, all of whom have more than one Olympic show jumping medal on the books and are hungry for more.

What qualifiers are left: 

The U.S. and Mexico have a chance to qualify at the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Finals in Barcelona this fall. (Canada didn’t make the cut for that final.) Barring that, there are three spots on offer each at the Pan American Games in October and the European Championships in Milan in late August.


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Who’s in: 

France gets an automatic berth for hosting the Olympics, while DenmarkGreat BritainGermany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the U.S.A. all qualified at the 2022 FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark. Poland qualified at a 2023 Group C event in June of this year, as did Australia, which qualified for Group G during the 2022 World Championships. 

Who still has to qualify: 

Switzerland, which holds 13 total medals in dressage; Austria, with two medals; and Spain—also with two—but a country with a long tradition in the sport, including, most recently, their team silver and individual bronze medals at the 2004 Games in Athens. Canada is also missing from that list.

What qualifiers are left: 

A still-TBD Group F event this fall (1 berth), the Pan American Games (2 berths), and the European Dressage Championships, taking place in early September (3 berths).


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Who’s In: 

Host country France, while Germany, the U.S.A., New ZealandGreat Britain, Ireland, Sweden, and Switzerland all qualified during the 2022 Eventing World Championships in Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy. This month, Belgium and the Netherlands earned their spots at the 2023 European Championships, while Poland, Australia, and China earned spots at Group C, F, and G qualifying events this year.

Who still has to qualify: 

Italy, which has eight total eventing medals but hasn’t made a team podium since 1980. Ditto for Denmark and Mexico—the latter of which earned team bronze in 1980. Both of these nations currently hold two Olympic medals in eventing but have yet to earn a berth.

What qualifiers are left: 

The Pan American Games (2 berths), and remaining CCIO4* Nations Cups in Arville, Belgium and Boekelo, the Netherlands (1 berth).

With only a handful of qualifiers remaining, it’s the 11th hour for Olympic hopefuls. No pressure.