The Dutch Equestrian Federation has announced the eventing short list for the 2018 World Equestrian Games and will postpone naming the final team until the length of the cross country course at Tryon has been confirmed.
The FEI confirmed to EN last week that the length of Capt. Mark Phillips’ track may be shortened due to weather delaying the preparation process.
The following horses and riders have been named to the Dutch short list:
- Merel Blom and Rumor Has It NOP, a 15-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Esteban xx X Onara, by Candillo) owned by J.M.J. Blom and M.C. Blom-Muilwijk
- Laura Hoogeveen and Quibus, an 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Quasimodo Z X Rupiedante Dante Z, by Rupie Star)owned by Crimould B.V.
- Alice Naber-Lozeman and ACSI Peter Parker, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (I’m Supposin’ X Formula One Affair, by Four Burrow NOP) owned by R. van Reine & Yvonne Smith, or ACSI Harry Belafonte, a 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Heraldik xx X Zamira, by Zamiro) owned by R. van Reine & S. van Reine
- Raf Kooremans and Henri Z, a 12-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Heraldik xx X Rozina van de Hertogen, by Landaris) owned by Marc Rigouts
- Renske Kroeze and Jane Z, a 12-year-old Zangersheide mare (Johny Boy II X Tendre Rose, by Hornet Roseowned by Beemdhoeve B.V.)
- Theo van de Vendel and Zindane, a 14-year-old KPWN gelding (Kreator X Oriflame, by Kingston) owned by T. van de Vendel, J.J. van de Vendel and G.J. van de Vendel
Dutch national coach Bettina Hoy said the final five combinations will be announced in mid-August. Tryon is expected to notify National Federations about the final length of the course by Aug. 10.
“Because of the enormous rainfall a part of the route in Tryon may not be usable,” Bettina said. “If so, we have a cross of around eight minutes; if the route has been restored in time, then we have a 11-minute course with a steep hill at the end. That makes a huge difference, of course.”
Reigning Dutch National Champions Tim Lips and Bayro are notably absent from the WEG short list but for a very happy reason, as his wife is due to give birth in September. Tim has elected to forgo WEG in order to stay home with his wife and new baby.