US Equestrian has tapped a mix of veterans and rookies to bring home a medal at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Sometimes in the same pair.

Tokyo 2020’s silver medalists Steffen Peters and Adrienne Lyle are returning to defend their podium placing in Paris alongside Olympic rookie Marcus Orlob.

Peters, a three-time medalist, will trot out his veteran partner Suppenkasper.

The 16 year-old KWPN gelding, groomed by Eddie Garcia, is well versed in championship competition. “Mopsie” [a German nickname that translates to roly-poly or chubby] helped the US to a team silver medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon in 2018, finished top five in the Grand Prix and the Freestyle at the 2023 World Cup Final, and won the internet as “rave horse” at Tokyo.

Lyle returns to the Olympic fold with a new mount and heroic work ethic. In the past year, she’s retired her Tokyo Games mount Salvino, had a baby, and landed two new international mounts.

She’ll contest this Games with Helix and groom Marina Lemay. Developed by Sweden’s Marina Mattsson up to the 4* level and debuted internationally by Lyle in March, Paris 2024 will be the first championship appearance for the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood.

What they lack in longevity they’ve made up in results. In 11 international appearances together, they’ve never finished outside the top 10 and have danced to Helix’s personal best scores in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle.

Marcus Orlob and Jane are the wild card pick. Both rider and horse will be making their championship debut in the City of Lights. But it’s a partnership that has consistently grown stronger with each appearance.

Under Orlob’s saddle, Jane made her first Grand Prix appearance in Wellington in March, scoring a 64.478% in a CDI3* Grand Prix. Last week, they won both the CDI4* Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special in Kronberg, GER.

Travelling reserve is Endel Ots and 14-year-old Westphalian gelding Bohemian, cared for by Caroline Hoerdum.