U.S. Equestrian has selected the three riders and travelling reserve who will represent the United States in Eventing at the Paris Olympic Games this summer. 

“This was a very thorough selection process and after speaking with each of our team members named to this Olympic team, I can say there is a palpable sense of optimism and determination as we enter these final six weeks of meticulous preparation heading into Paris,” said chef d’equipe Bobby Costello said in a statement.

“We have firm but realistic expectations together as a team to continue pushing the needle forward for this program. Let’s go USA!”

Before we get into the list, it bears mentioning who’s not on it.

Phillip Dutton, a veteran of seven games and three-time medalist, will not compete at the Olympics for the first time since 1996. Dutton helped USA to team gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Games and took individual bronze at Rio 2016.

Also absent from the list is Tamie Smith, who announced on Sunday that she had withdrawn her 2023 Kentucky CCI5*-L winner Mai Baum from the Olympic team selection.

“Since his setback leading into Kentucky, there was not adequate time remaining for preparation and conditioning for him to be in top form for the team mandatory outing in a few short weeks,” Smith wrote on social media.

“We are obviously disappointed, but always have his best interest at heart.” 

Now onto who made the cut! The US team is: 

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Will Coleman & Off The Record

Will Coleman and Off The Record, cared for by groom, Hailey Burlock, were the first Americans to win the CHIO Aachen CCIO4*-S in 2021. The 2009 Irish Sport Horse gelding (Arkansas x Ard Ohio) also helped secure a silver medal for Team USA at the World Equestrian Games in Pratoni, Italy, in 2022 and finished third at the Defender Kentucky Three Day Event CCI4*-S this spring. Paris 2024 will be the second Olympic appearance for Coleman. He previously represented the red, white and blue at London 2012 on Twizzel.

Coleman’s direct reserve mount is Diabolo, a 2012 Hosteiner gelding (Diarado x Aljano 2), that won the CCI4*-S at Kentucky in April.

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Boyd Martin & Fedarman B

A veteran of three Olympic Games and currently ranked no. 2 in the world, Boyd Martin has been tapped to contest Paris 2024 with 2010 KWPN gelding (Eurocommerce Washington x Fedor) Fedarman B, groomed by Stephanie Simpson. The pair finished fourth in the CCI4*-S in Kentucky in April, and fifth in the CCI4*-S at Stable View the following month. They placed 8th at the Pau, France CCI5*-L in October, finishing as the highest ranked American pair.

Martin’s direct reserve ride is 2012 Hosteiner gelding Commando 3 (Conner 48 x Amigo XX).

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Caroline Pamukcu & HSH Blake

Paris will be the Olympic debut for Caroline Pamukcu, but she’s more than earned the spot with 2015 Irish Sport Horse gelding (Tolan R x Kannan) HSH Blake. Cared for by groom Chloe Teagan, HSH Blake won the individual gold medal at the 2023 Pan American Games with Pamukcu, and also helped secure a silver medal team finish for USA. Most recently, they won the CCI4*-L at Tryon International and were fifth in the CCI4*-S in Kentucky. 

Elizabeth Halliday is the traveling reserve with Cooley Nutcracker, a 2014 Irish Sport Horse gelding (Tolan R x Cobra) cared for by groom Abby Steger. In 2023, the pair won the CCI4*-L at Tryon International and were named National Champions after winning the CCI4*-L at Galway Downs. Together, they’ve only placed outside the top 10 twice at the FEI level and finished 8th in the CCI5*-L in Kentucky this year.

Halliday was also named as an alternate on both Miks Master C and Shanrow Cooley, alongside James Alliston and Karma; Jennie Brannigan and FE Lifestyle; Will Faudree and Mama’s Magic Way; and Sydney Elliot on QC Diamantaire as first alternate.

The Olympic Games will be held in Paris July 26 to Aug. 11. Eventing is the first equestrian discipline to take place, kicking off at the equestrian grounds of Versailles on Saturday, July 27 and concluding Monday July 29. 

The last stop before Paris for the team will be the mandatory outing at the Stable View Summer Horse Trials in Aiken, S.C., held June 21-23.