Leading American eventer Kim Severson topped the leader board at the final phase of the selection process for the 2004 Olympic Eventing Team. She led on Winsome Adante throughout the competition.
“I’m thrilled today, right this second,” said Severson, “but there’s three more weeks,” she added referring to the Olympic Games in Athens.
The United States Equestrian Federation are due to make a final announcement of their eventing team selections late tomorrow, following examination of the horses by vets, which will be completed today. The team will then leave for England on Sunday, where they will be until 10 August.
Michael Whitaker, who has gone so well on the Spruce Meadows Tour in Calgary, has finalised his immediate plans. After further talks with Californians Mr and Mrs David Saperstein, owners of his top ride Portofino, it has been decided to let the mare travel to Athens as Olympic reserve with her groom.
Meanwhile, Michael, who arrived home from Canada last Monday, will compete at Chester this weekend, He will bypass the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead next week, and will compete at the Spanish shows of La Coruna and Gijon.
“If I’m needed to stand in at the Olympic Games, I’ll immediately change my plans and fly to Athens,” he says.
England Team Manager Derek Ricketts, says: “It’s really good news that, if required, Michael will ride for Britain in the Olympics.
A notable presence in Germany at the weekend will be Ireland’s Billy Twomey with his Olympic prospect Luidam, who has been absent from the international circuit for most of the season following a Hobday operation earlier this year.
Emma Hindle’s Wie Weltmeyer was sidelined from competition in Aachen this week through minor injury. The chestnut stallion received a minor knock in the eye area, which was treated with a topical anti-inflammatory. The withdrawal time would not have been sufficient for the combination to compete, and they will instead compete elsewhere before Athens.
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