Your Interactive Guide to the 2014 WEG Athletes & Equines

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Welcome to Eventing Nation’s comprehensive and interactive guide to the athletes and equines competing in eventing at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. We’ve scoured the Internet to bring you detailed information on each combination, including stats, breeding, recent results, analysis, current world ranking, photos and videos.

Chinch has also provided a handy guide to help you distinguish established world beaters and serious contenders from promising combinations and determined underdogs. In addition, we’ve provided links to rider bios, as well as their websites and social media accounts so you can stalk follow along with them throughout the Games.

Click on each rider and horse’s name to see their FEI profiles, which list detailed event results and major accomplishments. For a horse’s full pedigree (when available), click “breeding,” and then click the individual sire and dam names to see detailed bloodlines, photos and other offspring via the Sport Horse Show and Breed Database.

Please note that in cases of breeding information, some sire and dam discrepancies, as well as spelling variations, exist within the FEI database. We have provided links when available to to show bloodlines and have tried to list the most accurate information possible. If you spot any incorrect links, please shoot us an email at [email protected].

Bookmark this page and keep checking back as we update the information on the horses and riders that will ultimately represent their countries in Normandy. Be sure to click here to check out EN’s extensive coverage and previews of WEG so far. And if you’d like to see us add additional information to the guide, please let us know in the comments below. Go Eventing.

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How to use Chinch’s guide:
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Quick links to each country: Australia | Austria | Belarus | Belgium | Brazil | Canada | China | Czech Republic | Denmark | Ecuador | Finland | France | Germany | Great Britain | Hungary | Ireland | Italy | Japan | Netherlands | New Zealand | Poland | Portugal | Russia | South Africa | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | United States

Paul Tapner and Kilronan. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Paul Tapner and Kilronan. Photo by Jenni Autry.

 Australia AUSTRALIA Australia

Chris Burton and TS Jamaimo
15-year-old bay Thoroughbred gelding owned by TS Jamaimo Syndicate
BreedingUrgent Request X Mazyooneh, by Bustino; bred In Australia
Recent Results: 16th, Badminton CCI4*; 5th, Belton CIC3*; 1st, Adelaide CCI4*
Key Facts: No stranger to WEG, Chris represented Australia with Holstein Park Leilani at the 2010 Games in Kentucky, as well as the 2012 London Olympic Games. He made history last year when he catch rode TS Jamaimo to a win in the Adelaide CCI4*, the horse’s first attempt at the level. TS Jamaimo is coming off a strong 16th-place finish at this year’s grueling Badminton CCI4*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 14th
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Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh
11-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse mare owned by Mr. and Mrs. Posford, Jules Carter
BreedingTouchdown X Calendar Girl, by Trigerrero; bred in Ireland by Frank and Paula Cullen
Recent Results: 15th, Gatcombe Park CIC3*; 1st, Badminton CCI4*; 14th, Burghley CCI4*
Key Facts: Sam rode on the Australian team for the 2010 WEG in Kentucky, where he was unfortunately eliminated on cross country with Happy Times. He also competed on the 2012 London Olympics team with the same horse, again facing elimination on cross country. Sam now returns to the world stage with a new top mount in “Brocks,” who became the fourth mare in history to win Badminton earlier this year.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 40th
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Bill Levett and Shannondale Titan
11-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Clare, Anne and Mike Prentice
BreedingLimmerick X Rocklea, by Leabeg; bred in Ireland by Marie Ni Raghallaigh
Recent Results: 27th, Badminton CCI4*; 16th, Belton CIC3*
Key Facts: At age 51 and after 20 years of pursuing his dream, Bill is representing Australia for the first time on a senior championship team. He was selected for The Hague WEG team in 1994 with Mirabooka NJ when the horse threw a splint, as well as listed as a reserve rider for the 2012 London Olympics with One Two Many NJ, but an injury also thwarted him then. “Alfie” is new to this level but game, having completed Badminton this year.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 1,841st
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Shane Rose and CP Qualified
11-year-old grey Holsteiner gelding owned by Elizabeth Wischer
BreedingQuite Capitol X Mareike II, by Corofino I; bred in Germany
Recent Results: 1st, Sydney CCI3*; 7th, Adelaide CCI4*; 1st, Goulburn CIC3*
Key Facts: Shane is making his third WEG appearance for Australia, having also competed in 1998 in Rome with It’s A Knockout and 2006 in Aachen with All Luck, retiring both times on cross country. He won a team silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with All Luck, finishing 27th individually. CP Qualified, his mount for Normandy, moved up to the three-star level last year and finished seventh in the Adelaide CCI4*, his first attempt at the level.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 7th
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Paul Tapner and Kilronan
13-year-old grey Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Fred and Penny Barker
BreedingGhareeb X Ramble Way, by Diamond Lad; bred in Ireland by Patrick Fenlon
Recent Results: 11th, Aachen CICO3*; 4th, Badminton CCI4*; 6th, Belton CIC3*
Key Facts: Paul represented Australia for the first time at a major championship at the 2010 WEG in Kentucky after winning Badminton that year with Inonothing. He retired on course and will look to complete his first championship for Australia in Normandy with Kilronan, who led after cross country at Badminton this year and ultimately finished in fourth place.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 31st
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Stuart Tinney and Pluto Mio
16-year-old grey Thoroughbred/Hanoverian gelding owned by John and Elizabeth Pittard
Breeding: Daley K X Call on the Wind, by Al Mundhir; bred in Australia
Recent Results: 7th, Camden CIC3*
Key Facts: This will be Stuart’s fourth trip to WEG, having first represented Australia in 1998 in Rome with Jeepster. He rode on the Australian gold medal team with Phillip Dutton at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and also competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics with Jeepster. He finished eighth individually in the 2010 WEG with Vettori and will look to improve on that with his new top mount Pluto Mio, who was called up as a replacement for Sonja Johnson and Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison. “Pluto” completed Adelaide CCI4* last year on his third try, finishing in fifth place.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 47th
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Harald Siegl and Luis W
12-year-old dark bay Sachsen (SATHU) gelding owned by Ute Siegl
Breeding: Legal Legend xx X Desire, by Wackerbath; bred in Germany by Hans-Heinrich Wittig
Recent Results: 2nd, Feldbach CIC3*; 16th, Luhmühlen CIC3*; 3rd, Dunakeszi CIC3*
Key Facts: Harald rode Gigant II in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, finishing 45th individually, and also represented Austria at the 2006 WEG in Aachen with Nebelwerfer, finishing 36th. He will now contest his second WEG aboard Luis W, who has completed three CCI3* events, most recently at Boekelo last year. Normandy will be the horse’s first CCI4* attempt.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 165th
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Alena Tseliapushkina and Passat
17-year-old dark bay Trakehner gelding owned by Mogilev Regional Olympic Centre
BreedingPunsch X Sistema, by Seans; bred in Belarus
Recent Results: 2nd, Ratomka CIC3*
Key Facts: Alena first represented Belarus at the 2006 WEG in Aachen, where she was eliminated on cross country aboard Zalim. She then got the ride on Passat, successfully completing the 2008 Beijing Olympics and again representing Belarus in London in 2012, where they were eliminated on cross country. Alena and Passat return to WEG looking for their first completion in a world championships.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 573rd
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Constantin Van Rijckevorsel and Goodwins Reef. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Constantin Van Rijckevorsel and Goodwins Reef. Photo by Jenni Autry.

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Lara De Liedekerke and Ducati van den Overdam
11-year-old bay Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Jean De Cloedt
BreedingOrlando X Faedra Du Genet, by Urous; bred in Belgium by Caus Philippe
Recent Results: 18th, Aachen CICO3*; 10th, Badminton CCI4*; 16th, Fontainebleau CICO3*
Key Facts: Lara is making her second appearance at WEG for Belgium, having ridden Nooney Blue in the 2010 Games in Kentucky, where they placed 43rd individually. Ducati, a hunt horse before starting his career as an eventer, has completed two CCI4* events in the top 20, most recently finishing 10th at Badminton this year.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 132nd
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Karin Donckers and Fletcha van ‘T Verahof
9-year-old bay Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Karin and Joris Donckers and De Brabandere
BreedingVigo D’arsouilles X Southern Queen xx, by South Gale xx; bred in Belgium by van Dame-de Smedt
Recent Results: 5th, Aachen CICO3*; 3rd, Bramham CIC3*; Marbach CIC3*
Key Facts: Karin has ridden in five Olympics and five WEGs for Belgium, enjoying her best finish to date at the 2010 WEG in Kentucky, where she placed  just outside the medals in fourth with Gazelle de le Brasserie CH. She now returns for her fifth WEG with Fletcha, who is new to the level, having completed one CCI3* at Strzegrom in eighth place last year. Normandy will be Fletcha’s first four-star.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 131st
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Constantin Van Rijckevorsel and Goodwins Reef
12-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Mr. and Mrs. Van Rijckevorsel
Breeding: Ghareeb X Goodwins Belle, by Candle King; bred in Ireland by Larry Costello
Recent Results: 13th, Renswoude CIC3*; 23rd, Luhmühlen CCI4*
Key Facts: No stranger to success on the international level, Constantin has placed in the top 10 individually at two Olympic Games: eighth in 1996 with Otis and 10th in 2004 with Withcote Nellie. He also rode Nellie in the 2000 Olympics, but retired on cross country. Constantin rode Our Vintage in his first WEG in 2010, finishing 45th. Previously ridden by Bill Levett, “Magnus” has completed one CCI4*, finishing 23rd at Luhmühlen this year.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 2,142nd
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Joris Van Springel and Lully Des Aulnes
15-year-old bay Selle Francais gelding owned by Joris Van Springel and Holtrust-Speerstra
Breeding: Doris Des Halles X Shadika, by Ightshade; bred in France by Andree Pienne
Recent Results: 6th, Renswoude CIC3*; 15th, Bramham CIC3*
Key Facts: Joris has represented Belgium at three Olympics, with his sole completion coming in 2008 with Bold Action. He rode Lully des Aulnes in the 2012 London Games but retired on cross country. An experienced combination, Joris and Lully des Aulnes have completed three CCI4* events together, and Normandy will be their first WEG.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 162nd
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Ruy Fonseca and Tom Bombadill Too. Photo by Kasey Mueller.

Ruy Fonseca and Tom Bombadill Too. Photo by Kasey Mueller.

Brazil BRAZIL Brazil

Marcio Carvalho Jorge and Josephine MCJ
11-year-old bay Brazilian (BH) mare owned by Marcio Carvalho Jorge, Ana Júlia F. J. Jorge and Rafael Cristianini
Breeding: Potassium xx X Reliquia OF, by El Bacancito; bred in Brazil by Marcio Carvalho Jorge
Recent Results: 9th, Hartpury CIC3*; 23rd, Badminton CCI4*; 1st, Barretos CCI3*
Key Facts: Marco, a doctor and anesthetist who also owns a rubber plantation, won a bronze medal for Brazil with Josephine, a horse he bred, at the 2011 Pan Ams before going on to complete the 2012 London Olympics in 46th place. This is their first trip to WEG, and Marco and Josephine have had a good preparation with a 23rd-place finish at Badminton and ninth at Hartpury CIC3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 205th
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Gabriel Figueiredo Silva Cury and Grass Valley
14-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Gabriel Figueiredo Silva Cury, Shaady Cury Jr. and Helena Figueiredo Silva Cury
BreedingLegal Pressure X Connaught Gold, by Clover Hill; bred in Ireland by John A. Coogan
Recent Results: 41st, Hartpury CIC3*; 5th, Bramham CCIU253*; 30th, Chatsworth CIC3*
Key Facts: Gabriel got the ride on Mark Todd’s former WEG partner Grass Valley when Mark started coaching the Brazilian team in preparation for Normandy. Gabriel and Grass Valley finished fifth in the under-25 CCI3* at Bramham earlier this year, and he will be looking to complete his first CCI4* at WEG. No stranger to the world championships, Grass Valley finished 11th with Mark at the 2010 Games in Kentucky.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 278th
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Ruy Fonseca and Tom Bombadill Too
14-year-old dark bay Holsteiner gelding owned by Ruy Fonseca and Renata R. Costa
BreedingCarry X Hannelore, by Sir Shostakovich; bred in Great Britain by Juergen Schimmer
Recent Results: 55th, Hartpury CIC3*; 4th, Red Hills CIC3*; 2nd, Barretos CCI3*
Key Facts: A very experienced combination for Brazil, Ruy and Tom Bombadill Too went to the 2010 WEG — making them an Elite 8 combination that completed in Kentucky and now heads to Normandy — as well as the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Ruy was based in the U.S. earlier this year to prepare for WEG. Unfortunately, he was eliminated from The Fork CIC3* and Rolex CCI4* when the horse stopped in show jumping, unseating him both times.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 946th
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Marcelo Tosi and Eleda All Black
17-year-old dark bay British Sport Horse (CCDM) gelding owned by Bronwe Jones and Ian Greer
BreedingKings Composer X Cornish Realm, by Canworthy Monsun; bred in Great Britain by Sue Hicks
Recent Results: 37th, Bramham CCI3*; 28th, Houghton Hall CICO3*
Key Facts: Marcelo first represented Brazil at the 1998 WEG with Xilena, finishing 58th. After a decade out of the championship scene, he returned in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics, finishing 22nd with Super Rocky. He moved to England in 2011 to prepare for the 2012 London Olympics, where he finished 44th with Eleda All Black, his mount for Normandy.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 2,891st
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Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin & Juice at Rolex. Photo by Jenn Autry.

Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin & Juice at Rolex. Photo by Jenn Autry.

Canada CANADA Canada

Peter Barry and Kilrodan Abbott
15-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Peter, Susan and Dylan Barry
Breeding: Clover Brigade X Gentle Lassie, by Leabeg; bred in Ireland by Michael Hogan
Recent Results: 58th, Hartpury CIC3*; 33rd, Rolex CCI4*; 24th, Carolina International CIC3*; 11th, Red Hills CIC3*
Key Facts: Peter and Kilrodan Abbott competed in their first championship for Canada at the 2012 London Olympics, where they unfortunately fell victim to Sue Benson’s cross-country course. A very experienced combination, Peter and “Eddie” have completed Rolex CCI4* four times, with their best placing of 11th coming in 2012. This is their first trip to WEG.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 961st
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Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin & Juice
14-year-old dark bay Thoroughbred mare owned by Hawley Bennett-Awad and Linda Paine
BreedingAudio X Qtrapastree, by Court Ruling; bred in the U.S. by Kingsway Farm
Recent Results: 4th, Rebecca CIC3*; 16th, Rolex CCI4*; 3rd, Galway Downs CIC3*
Key Facts: Gin & Juice is one of just two U.S.-bred horses competing at WEG — the other being Lynn Symansky’s Donner — and Hawley and “Ginny” are contesting an incredible eighth CCI4* together in Normandy. They helped win a team silver medal for Canada at the 2010 WEG — making them one of the Elite 8 pairs who completed and now head to Normandy — and also competed on the 2012 London Olympic team, though they were eliminated on cross country. Ginny bounced around Pierre Michelet’s course at Pau last fall and is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Rebecca Farm CIC3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 126th
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Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High
11-year-old bay Canadian Sport Horse gelding owned by John and Judy Rumble
Breeding: Rio Bronco X Evita II; bred in Canada by Epstein Equestrian Inc.
Recent Results: 10th, Rolex CCI4*; 22nd, The Fork CIC3*; 20th, Red Hills CIC3*
Key Facts: Selena represented Canada at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with her late partner Colombo before going on to win a team silver medal at the 2010 WEG. With Foxwood High, she won team silver at the 2011 Pan Ams in Guadalajara and will now make her second appearance at WEG. Selena and “Woody” most recently placed 10th at Rolex CCI4* in the horse’s first attempt at the level.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 178th
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Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti
12-year-old bay Westphalian gelding owned by Don J. Good
Breeding: Pavarotti van de Helle X Fidelia, by Foxiland; bred in Germany by Henrich Borger-Terdues
Recent Results: 8th, Jersey Fresh CIC3*
Key Facts: Jessie competed in her first WEG in 2010 with her longtime partner Exponential, but withdrew after cross country. She and “Tucker” went on to represent Canada in the 2012 London Olympics, where they finished 22nd, and now she returns to WEG with a new partner, Pavarotti, who was called up from the reserve list when A Little Romance developed an abscess. Jessie and Pavarotti won individual gold at the 2011 Pan Ams and placed 10th an Blenheim CCI3* last year. Normandy will be his first CCI4*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 2,797th
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China CHINA China

Alex Hua Tian and Harbour Pilot C
15-year-old chestnut Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Edwina Qu Ye and Qu Jiankui
Breeding: Coolcorron Cool Diamond X Beavers Bugsy Malone, by Hallodri; bred in Ireland
Recent Results: 12th, Burgham CIC3*; 21st, Saumur CCI3*
Key Facts: Alex became the youngest rider to compete in eventing in Olympic history in 2008 with FBW Chico, and he is currently the only Chinese eventer competing at the highest level of the sport. He took over the ride on Harbour Pilot C from Joy Dawes earlier the year and qualified for WEG with a 21st-place finish at Saumur CCI3*. This horse completed Burghley last year with Joy.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 928th
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Martin Maivald and Gomba
13-year-old grey Slovak Warmblood mare owned by Slavomir Magal
Breeding: Furioso XXII X Vinica, by Filippy; bred in Slovakia by Grey Farm
Recent Results: 5th, Strzegom CCI3*; 21st, Sopot CIC3*
Key Facts: Martin and Gomba have been competing at the CCI3* level since last year, most recently finishing fifth at Strzegom in June. Normandy will be their first crack at the CCI4* level, and they completed the WEG Test Event at Haras du Pin last year in preparation for this event.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 317th
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Peter Flarup and Calista E. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Peter Flarup and Calista E. Photo by Jenni Autry.

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Peter Flarup and Calista E
13-year-old bay Danish Warmblood mare owned by Mette Moesgaard
Breeding: Solos Landtinus X China Good Looking, by Lagano; bred in Denmark by Eva Soendergaard
Recent Results: 15th, Malmö CICO3*; 2nd, Höör CIC2*; 2nd, Sopot CIC3*
Key Facts: A well-known competitor for Denmark, Peter first rode for the Danish team at the 1998 WEG, where he finished 53rd with Dex. He then rode Silver Ray in the 2006 and 2010 WEG, finishing 25th and 44th, respectively. Peter and Silver Ray also contested the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, ultimately withdrawing. Calista will look to complete her first CCI4* at WEG, having been eliminated at Badminton on cross country earlier this year.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 100th
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Nicolas Wettstein and Nadeville Merze
13-year-old bay Selle Francais gelding owned by Nicolas Wettstein and Monique Deyme
Breeding: If de Merze X Baronne de Chanes, by Maestro du Manoir; bred in France by Marc Dedeville
Recent Results: 26th, Saumur CIC2*
Key Facts: Nicolas has competed internationally since 2002, but WEG will be his first time representing Ecuador at a major championship. This is a longtime partnership with Nadeville Merze, as Nicolas has campaigned the horse since 2007, and they have successfully completed Luhmühlen CCI4* twice in 2012 and 2013.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 3,878th
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Elmo Jankari and Duchess Desiree
9-year-old black Oldenburg mare owned by Aino and Elmo Jankari
Breeding: Don Primero X Aronja, by Noble Roi xx; bred in Germany by Wilhelm Wehrmann
Recent Results: 4th, Jardy CIC3*; 13th, Luhmühlen CIC3*; 31st, Marbach CIC3*
Key Facts: Elmo and Duchess Desiree won the Young Rider European Championships at Jardy last year and will represent Finland for the first time at the senior championship level in Normandy. Having competed at the international level together since 2011, Elmo and Duchess Desiree moved up to the three-star level last year, finishing 16th at Boekelo CCI3*. This is their first CCI4*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 271st
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Sanna Siltakorpi and Lucky Accord
15-year-old bay Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Jenni and Sanna Siltakorpi
Breeding: Acacio X Lucky Electra, by Electro; bred in Sweden
Recent Results: 8th, Hünxe CIC2*; 27th, Marbach CIC3*; 10th, Radolfzell CIC2*
Key Facts: Sanna has represented Finland at three European Championships with Lucky Accord, most recently finishing 20th in Malmö last year. They also competed at the 2010 WEG in Kentucky but were eliminated on cross country, so they come to Normandy looking for their four-star completion.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 867th
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Pascal Leroy and Minos de Petra. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Pascal Leroy and Minos de Petra. Photo by Jenni Autry.

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Pascal Leroy and Minos de Petra
14-year-old bay Selle Francais gelding owned by Pascal and Laurie Leroy
Breeding: Sioux de Baugy X Northia, by Garitchou; bred in France by Martine Chiavassa
Recent Results: 21st, Aachen CICO3*; 5th, Badminton CCI4*; 4th, Ballindenisk CICO3*
Key Facts: Pascal and Minos de Petra are one of the Elite 8 pairs that completed the Kentucky WEG in 2010, finishing in 20th place, and now return again for WEG this year. After a very strong fifth-place finish at this year’s Badminton, Pascal and “Minos” will compete on the world stage for the second time as one of the most experienced combinations on the French team.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 12th
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Maxime Livio and Qalao des Mers
10-year-old bay Selle Francais gelding owned by Isabelle Debruyne
Breeding: Iolisco de Quinhon X Ucaria de Crestian, by Kachou; bred in France
Recent Results: 7th, Aachen CICO3*; 1st, Saumur CCI3*
Key Facts: Maxime Livio burst onto the international scene last year, finishing in third place at Pau CCI4* with his experienced campaigner Cathar de Gamel in their first four-star. He now heads to Normandy in his first major championship with Qalao de Mers, coming off a win in the Saumur CCI3* and a seventh-place finish at Aachen CICO3* in preparation for the horse’s first CCI4* at WEG.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 62nd
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Cédric Lyard and Cadeau du Roi
12-year-old grey Thoroughbred (PUR SANG) gelding owned by E.A.R.L. and Ludovic Lyard
Breeding: Adieu au Roi X Cadora La Baronnie, by Rahotep; bred in France by Stephanie Lehodey
Recent Results: 2nd, Chatsworth CIC3*
Key Facts: A well-known face on French teams, Cédric first represented France at the 2002 WEG in Jerez with Fine Merveille. They retired on cross country and returned to the international stage two years later at the 2004 Athens Olympics, helping the French team win gold. Cédric has also ridden on three European Championship teams and now returns to his second WEG with Cadeau du Roi, who finished seventh in his first CCI4* at Pau last year.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 23rd
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Denis Mesples and Oregon de la Vigne
12-year-old bay Selle Francais gelding owned by Denis Mesples
Breeding: Desir du Chateau X Valse Brune IV, by Gentil Pierre; bred in France by Jaques Villotte
Recent Results: 25th, Bramham CCI3*; 27th, Fontainebleau CICO3*
Key Facts: Denis competed at his first major championship at the 2012 London Olympics with Oregon de la Vigne, finishing in 50th place. He now returns to the international stage with his Olympic partner, who completed Badminton and Burghley last year, as well as Pau in 2012. Though they did not get around Badminton this year, they rebounded with a 25th-place finish at Bramham CCI3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 2,254th
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Rodolphe Scherer and Makara de Montiege
14-year-old grey Selle Francais mare owned by Maryse Bouchet
Breeding: Be Bop III X Clara de Montiege, by Hospodar; bred in France by G.A.E.C. E Montiege
Recent Results: 29th, Luhmühlen CCI4*; 9th, Chatsworth CIC3*; 4th, Barraco d’Alva CIC3*
Key Facts: A familiar name on French teams, Rodolphe first represented France at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He placed 12th individually and won team silver at the 1998 WEG in Rome with Bambi de Briere, and he nearly won an individual Olympic medal with her at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, placing fourth. A longtime partnership, Rodolphe and Makara de Montiege placed 14th at the 2009 European Championships in Fontainebleau. They completed Pau CCI4* last year and most recently finished 29th at Luhmühlen CCI4* this year.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 288th
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Jean Teulère and Matelot du Grand Val
14-year-old bay Selle Francais gelding owned by Jean Teulère
Breeding: Eveil de la Cour X Marine, by African Joy; bred in France by Frederic Haentjens
Recent Results: 2nd, Blenheim CCI3* (2013)
Key Facts: A stalwart on French teams, Jean has completed four Olympics and three WEGs, winning individual gold and team silver at the 2002 WEG in Jerez, team gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics and team silver at the 1994 WEG in the Hague. He has campaigned Matelot du Grand Val from the one-star level, and they have completed four CCI4* events together. They are coming off a long break and currently unranked in the world, but they have experience in spades.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: N/A
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Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. Photo by Jenni Autry.

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Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo
12-year-old Selle Francais gelding owned by Sandra Auffarth and Deutsches Olympiade Komitee
Breeding: Shogoun II X Vanille du Tertre, by J’T’Adore; bred in France by Yves Berlioz
Recent Results: 1st, Aachen CICO3*; 3rd, Strzegom CICO3*
Key Facts: Sandra competed at her first major championships for Germany at the 2012 London Olympics, making it a memorable Games by winning individual bronze and team gold in dominant fashion. Opgun Louvo finished fourth at Badminton and second at Aachen last year and has mostly been bubble wrapped since, recently finishing third in the CICO3* at Strzegom and winning Aachen CICO3*. Watch out.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 65th
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Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST
9-year-old dark bay German Sport Horse (SATHU) mare owned by Joachim and Brigitte Jung
Breeding: Ituango xx X Rose II, by Carismo; bred in Germany by Mirko Glotz
Recent Results: 2nd, Luhmühlen CCI4*; 4th, Marbach CIC3*; 7th, Fontainebleau CICO3*
Key Facts: In a shocking turn of events, Michael Jung will not ride his reigning World and Olympic champion La Biosthetique Sam FBW after the horse went lame at German team training camp. He’ll ride fischerRocana FST instead, a young mare at just 9 years old who just completed her first CCI4* at Luhmühlen, finishing second. But don’t think her relative inexperience means you should count her out. In her entire three-year FEI career with Michael, she has accumulated 0 cross-country jump penalties and a combined total of just 12 time penalties. Show jumping is her weakest phase, but all Michael seems to do is win gold medals.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 4th
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Ingrid Klimke and FRH Escada JS
10-year-old bay Hanoverian mare owned by Madeleine Winter-Schulze and DOKR
Breeding: Embassy I X Lehnsherrin, by Lehnsherr; bred in Germany by Juergen Stuhtmann
Recent Results: 2nd, Aachen CICO3*; 2nd, Luhmühlen CIC3*; 1st, Marbach CIC3*
Key Facts: Ingrid has competed in two WEGs, winning team gold in 2006 in Aachen with Sleep Late and most recently finishing 13th with her now retired partner FRH Butts Abraxxas in Kentucky in 2010. She also competed in two Olympics in 2000 and 2004 with Sleep Late, as well as two Olympics with “Braxxi,” winning team gold in both Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. She now returns to WEG with her new partner Escada, who won individual and team gold at last year’s Europeans. The mare has yet to contest a CCI4* and is coming off a second-place finish at Aachen.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 59th
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Andreas Ostholt and So Is Et
11-year-old dark bay Westphalian gelding owned by Marcelis Padmos and DOKR
Breeding: Sunlight xx X Rotessa, by Rotarier; bred in Germany by Marcelis Padmos
Recent Results: 9th, Renswoude CIC3*; 6th, Luhmühlen CCI4*; 3rd, Houghton Hall CICO3*
Key Facts: Normandy will be Andreas’ first major championship for Germany, and he landed a spot on the team thanks to a sixth-place finish at Luhmühlen CCI4* with So Is Et in the horse’s first attempt at the level. Andreas and So Is Et finished ninth at Renswoude CIC3* in the horse’s final prep run for Normandy.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 59th
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Dirk Schrade and Hop and Skip
15-year-old chestnut British Sport Horse gelding owned by Freya Rethmeier
Breeding: Skippy Too X La Sylphide, by Catherston Dazzler; bred in Great Britain by Graham Fletcher
Recent Results: 10th, Aachen CICO3*; 2nd, Strzegom CICO3*; 9th, Marbach CIC3*
Key Facts: Dirk Schrade will attempt to complete WEG for the third time in Normandy, having withdrawn with Sindy 43 in Aachen in 2006 and been eliminated with Gadget de la Cere in Kentucky in 2010. He rode on the gold medal team at the 2012 London Olympics with the late King Artus and now returns to WEG with Hop and Skip, who competed at the 2010 Games with Kenki Sato as a stallion. The horse has since been gelded and most recently finished 10th in the Aachen CICO3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 143rd
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Peter Thomsen and Horseware’s Barny
12-year-old bay Holsteiner gelding owned by Hans-Peter Clausen
Breeding: Barnaul xx X Hanna II, by Cornetto; bred in Germany by Volker Jacobs
Recent Results: 15th, Aachen CICO3*; 4th, Luhmühlen CIC3*; 19th, Marbach CIC3*
Key Facts: Peter Thomsen has represented Germany at two WEGs, finishing 43rd in Rome in 1998 with Warren Gorse and facing elimination with Vilano in Jerez in 2002. He has also competed in three Olympics, retiring in Atlanta in 1996 with White Girl before winning team gold with The Ghost of Hamish in Beijing in 2008 and team gold again in 2012 with Horseware’s Barny, his mount for Normandy. Peter and Barny most recently finished 15th in the Aachen CICO3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 79th
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Harry Meade and Wild Lone at Badminton. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Harry Meade and Wild Lone at Badminton. Photo by Jenni Autry.

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Tina Cook and De Novo News
11-year-old bay Selle Francais gelding owned by Tina Cook and Jim Chromiak
Breeding: Last News X Douce de Longvaut, by Quouglof Rouge; bred in Great Britain by Tina Cook
Recent Results: 5th, Barbury Castle CIC3*; 26th, Badminton CCI4*
Key Facts: Tina competed in her first WEG for Great Britain in 2002 with Captain Christy and won team gold with her now retired partner Miners Frolic at the 2010 WEG in Lexington. She also completed two Olympics with Miners Frolic, winning individual bronze and team bronze in Beijing in 2008 and team silver in London in 2012. She now returns for her third WEG with De Novo News, who was ninth at Burghley last year and has completed three CCI4* events.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 716th
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William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning
14-year-old chestnut Brandenburg stallion owned by Christopher Stone
Breeding: Phantomic X Koralle, by Kolibri; bred in Great Britain
Recent Results: 9th, Aachen CICO3*; 1st, Bramham CCI3*
Key Facts: Not that he needs an introduction William Fox-Pitt returns for his fourth WEG, having won team gold and individual silver with Cool Mountain in Kentucky in 2010. He also won team bronze and team silver in 2002 and 2006 with Tamarillo, meaning he has won a team medal at each WEG he has contested. William also has three Olympic team medals: two silver and one bronze. Chilli has completed two CCI4* events and is coming off a win in the Bramham CIC3* and ninth-place finish at Aachen CICO3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 259th
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Harry Meade and Wild Lone
13-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Charlotte Opperman
Breeding: Doranstown Hallo X unknown, by Robertsown Boy; bred in Great Britain
Recent Results: 30th, Aachen CICO3*, 32nd; Barbury Castle CIC3*; 3rd, Badminton CCI4*
Key Facts: Much to the delight of his fans, Harry will compete in his first major championships for Great Britain in Normandy. After breaking and dislocating both his elbows last year in a rotational fall, Harry bounced back to finish third at Badminton earlier this year to ultimately land a spot on the team once Izzy Taylor and Pippa Funnell withdrew their horses. Harry and his longtime partner Wild Lone have completed four CCI4* events together.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 88th
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Zara Phillips and High Kingdom
13-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Gleadhill House Stud
Breeding: Master Imp X High Dolly, by Chairlift; bred in Ireland by William Micklem
Recent Results: 25th, Aachen CICO3*; 6th, Hopetoun CIC3*; 12th, Bramham CIC3*
Key Facts: Zara won individual gold and team silver at her first WEG in 2006 with Toytown. She then rode High Kingdom to a team silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics and now returns for her second WEG. After giving birth to her daughter, Mia, last year, Zara has been slowly returning to the international scene, most recently finishing 25th in the Aachen CICO3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 391st
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Oliver Townend and Black Tie II
13-year-old black Thoroughbred gelding owned by Karyn Shuter
Breeding: Mughtanim X Deebee Lady, by Brilliant Invader; bred in New Zealand by D.A. and N.H. Bell
Recent Results: 4th, Luhmühlen CCI4*; 35th, Houghton Hall CICO3*; 1st, Burnham Market CIC3*
Key Facts: Oliver competed in his first WEG for Great Britain in 2006 at Aachen with Flint Curtis, finishing in 11th place individually. He now returns with Black Tie II, who is out of the same mare as William Fox-Pitt’s Parklane Hawk. “Tonti” finished fourth in his first CCI4* at Luhmühlen this year to land a spot on the team.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 34th
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Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover
10-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse mare owned by Mary and Barry Tweedle
Breeding: Newmarket Venture X Kilderry Clover, by Clover Hill; bred in Ireland by James Bradley
Recent Results: 4th, Bramham CCI3*; 7th, Belton CIC3*
Key Facts: Nicola competed in her first WEG in Kentucky in 2010, finishing 15th with Opposition Buzz to help Great Britain win team gold. She and “Dodi” also represented Great Britain in the 2012 London Olympics, helping the team win silver on home turf. With Dodi retired from four-stars, Nicola returns to WEG with Annie Clover — who has yet to complete a CCI4* — as a replacement after Izzy Taylor and Pippa Funnell withdrew. Nicola and Annie are coming off a fourth-place finish at Bramham CCI3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 45th
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László Egyed and My Win
12-year-old bay Holsteiner stallion owned by László Egyed
Breeding: Mytens xx X Balucci, by Acord I; bred in Germany by Rumoar Caspar von Lemmelsdorf
Recent Results: 9th, Strzegom CIC3*; 12th, Dunakeszi CIC3*
Key Facts: László will represent Hungary in his first major championship with My Win, and the pair will also look to complete their first CCI4*. They qualified for Normandy with a ninth-place finish at Strzegom CCI3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 1,414th
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Joseph Murphy and Electric Cruise at Pau. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Joseph Murphy and Electric Cruise at Pau. Photo by Jenni Autry.

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Clare Abbott and Euro Prince
11-year-old chestnut Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Cormac McKay
Breeding: Lougheries Quiet Man X Miss Tullydraw; bred in Ireland by Cormac McKay
Recent Results: 18th, Cappoquin CIC3*; 24th, Badminton CCI4*; 24th, Belton CIC3*
Key Facts: Clare competed as an individual with Euro Prince at the 2013 European Championships in Malmö and will represent Ireland at her first WEG in Normandy. Clare and Euro Prince moved up to the four-star level this year, finishing 24th at Badminton. They most recently finished 18th in the CIC3* at Cappoquin in their final preparation for WEG.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 2,143rd
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Aoife Clark and Fenyas Elegance
10-year-old chestnut Irish Sport Horse mare owned by PJ Hegarty
Breeding: Ricardo Z X Fenya, by Good Thyne; bred in Ireland by PJ Hegarty
Recent Results: 1st, Bramham CCI3*; 19th, Chatsworth CIC3*
Key Facts: Aoife rode on her first team for Ireland at the 2012 London Olympics, placing seventh individually with Master Crusoe. She now heads to her first WEG with Fenyas Elegance, who has dominated in the past year with wins in the Blenheim CCI3* and Bramham CCI3*. Though the mare has yet to contest a CCI4*, she has talent to burn.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 205th
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Sarah Ennis and Stellor Rebound
10-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Niki Potterton, Orla Ennis and Horseware Products Ltd.
Breeding: VDL Ricochet X unknown; bred in Ireland
Recent Results: 3rd, Tattersalls CCI3*; 1st, Chatsworth CIC3*
Key Facts: Sarah competed on her first senior team for Ireland at the 2013 European Championships in Malmö, finishing 39th with Sugar Brown Babe. She now heads to her first WEG with Stellor Rebound, who was 14th at Boekelo CCIO3* last year and has yet to contest a CCI4*. Stellor Rebound most recently finished third in the CCI3* at Tattersalls.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 39th

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Joseph Murphy and Electric Cruise
13-year-old chestnut Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Noel Good, Jill Andrews, A. O’Callaghan and Michelle Nelson
Breeding: Cruising X Kilmanac Sally, by Clover Hill; bred in Ireland by James J. Ryan
Recent Results: 28th, Aachen CICO3*; 2nd, Hopetoun CIC3*; 6th, Tattersalls CIC3*
Key Facts: Joseph Murphy competed in his first major championship for Ireland at the 2012 London Olympics, finishing 14th individually with Electric Cruise. They placed eighth at Pau CCI4* last year and have had a good string of results leading up to their first WEG, finishing sixth at Tattersalls CIC3*, second at Hopetoun CIC3* and 28th at Aachen CICO3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 18th
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Camilla Spiers and Portersize Just A Jiff
14-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Bridget and Camilla Spiers
Breeding: Crosskeys Rebel X Mizen Talent, by Mizen Melody; bred in Ireland by Phillip G. L. White
Recent Results: 17th, Aachen CICO3*; 7th, Saumur CIC3*; 10th, Ballindenisk CICO3*
Key Facts: Camilla and Portersize Just A Jiff have twice represented Ireland in a major championship — the 2010 WEG and 2012 Olympics — only to come up short on cross-country day. They’ll be looking for redemption in Normandy having replaced Austin O’Connor and Ringwood Mississippi on the team. Camilla and Jiff have had a good season thus far, placing seventh at Saumur CCI3* and 17th at Aachen CICO3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 81st
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Sam Watson and Horseware Bushman
15-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by John and Julia Watson and Tom MacGuinness
Breeding: Puissance X Clear Conscience, by Horos; bred in Ireland by John Watson
Recent Results: 15th, Tattersalls CIC3*
Key Facts: Sam competed in his first WEG for Ireland at Kentucky with Horseware Bushman, finishing 26th individually, making them another of the Elite 8 pairs who return again in 2014 after completing in 2010. They’ve had a quiet year in preparation for Normandy, most recently finishing 15th in the Tattersalls CIC3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 2,837th
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Vittoria Pannizon and Borough Pennyz. Photo by Samantha Clark.

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Evelina Bertoli and Leitrim Orient Express
11-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse mare owned by Evelina and Alice Bertoli
Breeding: Leitrim Classic Clover X Izodora, by Euphemism; bred in Ireland by W.A. Anderson
Recent Results: 20th, Renswoude CIC3*; 26th, Saumur CCI3*; 32nd, Marbach CIC3*
Key Facts: Evelina has competed for Italy at the junior level since 2002 and now steps up to her first senior championship with Leitrim Orient Express. They were 26th at Saumur CCI3* earlier this year to qualify for WEG and will look to compete their first CCI4* together in Normandy.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 2,071st
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Stefano Fioravanti and Nodin d’Orval
13-year-old chestnut Selle Francais gelding owned by Daniele Fioravanti
Breeding: Drakkar des Hutins X d’Ebosia d’Orval, by Benroy
Recent Results: 2nd, Strzegom CCI3*; 3rd, Cluny CIC2*
Key Facts: Stefano has campaigned Nodin d’Orval at the junior level since 2007, stepping up to his first senior team at the European Championships last year, where they finished 48th individually. They have been competing at the CCI3* level since 2012, most recently finishing second in the Strzegom CCI3* in June. Normandy will be their first CCI4*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 139th
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Alberto Giugni and Sportsfield Quality
12-year-old chestnut Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Alberto Giugni
Breeding: OBOS Quality X Dinn Ri Diamond, by Laughton’s Flight; bred in Ireland by Linda Courtney
Recent Results: 34th, Fontainebleau CICO3*; 13th, Barroca d’Alva CIC3*
Key Facts: Alberto attempted his first WEG in 2006 at Aachen, where he was eliminated on cross country with The Nightflight. He returns for his second attempt with Sportsfield Quality, who was previously campaigned by Oliver Townend and Lucy Jackson before Alberto took over the ride in 2011. They successfully completed Boekelo last year and will tackle their first four-star in Normandy.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 2,074th
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Vittoria Panizzon and Borough Pennyz
11-year-old grey Anglo European mare owned by Sally Bullen and Vittoria Panizzon
Breeding: Cevin Z X Sovereign Flight, by Dutch Gold; bred in Great Britain by Sally Bullen
Recent Results: 10th, Gatcombe Park CIC3*; 2nd, Belton CIC3*; 2nd, Fontainebleau CICO3*
Key Facts: Widely considered one of the rising stars of Italian eventing, Vittoria Pannizon and Borough Pennyz finished 11th at the 2012 London Olympics and eighth at the 2013 Europeans. They have had a quiet year in preparation for Normandy, finishing second at Fontainebleau CICO3* and Belton CIC3* and 10th at Gatcombe Park CIC3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 180th
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Giovanni Ugolotti and Stilo Kontika
13-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Giovanni Ugolotti and Kathryn Robinson
Breeding: Condios X Blue Labamba; bred in Great Britain by Linda Slattery
Recent Results: 24th, Burgham CIC3*; 66th, Belton CIC3*
Key Facts: Giovanni and Stilo Kontika represented Italy on their first senior team at the 2013 European Championships in Malmö, finishing 25th. They attempted their first CCI4* together at Pau in 2012, where they retired on cross country, and they also retired on course at Badminton earlier this year. They most recently finished 24th at Burgham CIC3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 2,412nd
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Takayuki Yumira and Latina 43
12-year-old bay Hanoverian mare owned by Riding Club Crane
Breeding: Landor S X Showtime, by Silvio; bred in Germany
Recent Results: 32nd, Belton CIC3*
Key Facts: Takayuki represented Japan at his first WEG in 2010, finishing in 51st place with Hooligan. He returned to the international stage for the 2012 London Olympics with Latina 43, his mount for Normandy, but they were unfortunately eliminated on cross country. Takayuki and Latina were 32nd at Belton CIC3* in April.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 2,262nd
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Elaine Pen and Vira. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Elaine Pen and Vira. Photo by Jenni Autry.

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Merel Blom and Rumour Has It
11-year-old bay Holsteiner gelding owned by J.M.J. Blom and M.C. Blom-Muilwijk
Breeding: Esteban X Onara, by Candillo; bred in Germany by Arndt Werner
Recent Results: 13th, Badminton CCI4*; 2nd, Barroca d’Alva CIC3*
Key Facts: Merel rode on her first senior team for the Netherlands at the 2013 Europeans, finishing 44th with Umberto DB. She and Rumour Has It have successfully completed four CCI4* events together since 2012, most recently finishing 13th at Badminton this year to land a spot on the Dutch team.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 105th
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Andrew Heffernan and Boleybawn Ace
9-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Andrew Heffernan and Top Eventers Syndicate
Breeding: Harlequin du Carel X Queen Cee, by Cavalier Royale; bred in Ireland
Recent Results: 11th, Bramham CCI3*; 14th, Chatsworth CIC3*; 25th, Fontainebleau CICO3*
Key Facts: Andrew and Millthyme Corolla competed on the Dutch Olympic team in London when the mare was just 9, finishing 33rd individually. With the mare out of commission for WEG, Andrew will now ride Boleybawn Ace, who moved up to three-star level last year as an 8-year-old and most recently placed 11th at the Bramham CCI3* earlier this year. Normandy will be “Harry’s” first attempt at this level.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 341st
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Tim Lips and Keyflow N.O.P.
17-year-old grey Thoroughbred gelding owned by Exchange Investors N.V.
Breeding: Colonel Collins X Amatrics, by Alicante; bred in New Zealand
Recent Results: 7th, Badminton CCI4*; 12th, Fontainebleau CICO3*
Key Facts: Tim rode as an individual at his first major championship at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, finishing 15th with Concrex Oncarlos. They also went to the 2010 WEG, though they were eliminated on cross country, and the 2012 London Olympics, where they finished 38th. Now Tim returns to the international stage with Keyflow after finishing seventh at last year’s Europeans. They were most recently seventh at Badminton.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 115th
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Elaine Pen and Vira
12-year-old chestnut Dutch Warmblood mare owned by H. Aubert, W.G.E. Pen and M.W.W. Pen
Breeding: Jazz X Option G, by Whinny Jackson; bred in the Netherlands by I. Van Rossum-Van Den Heuvel
Recent Results: 5th, Luhmühlen CCI4*; 12th, Marbach CIC3*; 1st, Fontainebleau CICO3*
Key Facts: Elaine and Vira competed on the Dutch team at the 2012 London Olympics and were eliminated on cross country. They completed their first CCI4* together at Luhmühlen earlier this year to land a spot on the Dutch team for WEG. Vira is dressage bred and has incredible quality of movement — definitely a pair you’ll want to remember.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 19th
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Tim Price and Wesko. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Tim Price and Wesko. Photo by Jenni Autry.

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Lucy Jackson and Willy Do
13-year-old bay British (BHD) gelding owned by Lucy Jackson and Gillian Greenlees
Breeding: Matinee du Madon X Bonnie Lane, by Hopton Lane; bred in Great Britain by S. Enderby
Recent Results: 11th, Badminton CCI4*; 5th, Burnham Market CIC3*
Key Facts: Lucy Jackson and Willy Do are competing as individuals on their first major team for New Zealand, earning their ticket to Normandy with an 11th-place finish at Badminton earlier this year. They were also 12th at Pau last year.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 21st
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Andrew Nicholson and Nereo
14-year-old chestnut Spanish (CDE) gelding owned by Deborah Sellar
Breeding: Fines X Berganza, by Golfi; bred in Spain by Ramon Beca
Recent Results: 6th, Aachen CICO3*; 7th, Gatcombe Park CIC3*
Key Facts: This will be Andrew’s seventh appearance at WEG and second with Nereo, with whom he won individual and team bronze in 2010, making them another of the Elite 8 pairs. They also won team bronze in London at Andrew’s seventh Olympics and finished fourth individually, which Andrew largely attributed to a rain delay stymying his dressage test. Though Andrew and Nereo uncharacteristically parted ways at Badminton earlier this year, they bounced back to finish sixth at Aachen and seventh in the Gatcombe Park CIC3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 755th
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Jock Paget and Clifton Promise
16-year-old bay Thoroughbred gelding owned by Frances Stead
Breeding: Engagement X Darn Style, by Cautious Style; bred in New Zealand by Kathryn Abernethy
Recent Results: 27th, Intermediate at Salperton Park
Key Facts: All eyes will be on Jock and Clifton Promise at this year’s WEG, as he was cleared of doping charges following a positive drug test after Burghley last year. Though Jock and Promise, who also join the Elite 8 ranks, haven’t competed much due to the suspension, they have a very successful history together, finishing seventh individually at the 2010 WEG in Kentucky and 10th individually at the 2012 London Olympics to win team bronze. They won Badminton and Burghley in 2013, though lost the Burghley title due to the positive drug test.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: N/A
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Jonelle Price and Classic Möet
11-year-old black Thoroughbred/Irish mare owned by Trisha Rickards
Breeding: Classic X Gamston Bubbles, by Bohemond; bred in Great Britain by Mrs. Hepworth
Recent Results: 3rd, Hartpury CIC3*; 12th, Luhmühlen CCI4*; 5th, Chatsworth CIC3*
Key Facts: Jonelle won a team bronze medal at the London Olympics with Flintstar, who has since been sold to the U.S. to young rider Calvin Ramsay. She now returns to the world stage with Classic Möet, a relatively new ride she’s had for about a year since acquiring the mare from Caroline Powell. They were 12th at Luhmühlen in the mare’s first four-star and most recently finished third in the Hartpury CIC3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 107th
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Tim Price and Wesko
11-year-old bay Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by the Wesko Syndicate
Breeding: Karandasj X Kolien, by Mytens; bred in the Netherlands
Recent Results: 2nd, Hartpury CIC3*; 1st, Luhmühlen CCI4*; 1st, Tattersalls CIC3*
Key Facts: After taking a swim at Badminton in this horse’s first four-star attempt, Tim and Wesko re-routed to Luhmühlen, where they took top honors to clinch a spot on his first championship team for New Zealand. After Caroline Powell withdrew Onwards and Upwards, Tim’s wife Jonelle was called up to compete, making this the first team in New Zealand eventing history to have a husband and wife riding together. Tim and Wesko most recently finished second in the competitive Hartpury CIC3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 27th
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Mark Todd and Leonidas II
10-year-old bay Holsteiner gelding owned by Diane Brunsden, Peter Cattell and Mark Todd
Breeding: Landos X Nairobi III, by Parco xx; bred in Germany by Gabriele Pochhammer
Recent Results: 9th, Barbury Castle CIC3*; 14th, Badminton CCI4*; 1st, Belton CIC3*
Key Facts: A true legend of the sport, Mark Todd has competed in nine Olympic Games, winning individual gold twice, as well as four WEGs, winning team gold twice. He will ride Leonidas II in his fifth WEG appearance, coming off a 14th-place finish in the horse’s first CCI4* at Badminton and a ninth-place finish in the CIC3* at Barbury Castle. While Leonidas is green to the level, Mark has more than enough experience to deliver a good performance in Normandy.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 13th
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Marta Dziak-Gierlicz and Vacat JP
14-year-old chestnut Anglo-Arabian (PZHK) gelding owned by Hanna Dziak
Breeding: Veritas XO X Valagia xx, by Chiavari xx; bred in Poland by Janow Podlaski
Recent Results: 3rd, Strzegom CCI3*; 23rd, Sopot CIC3*
Key Facts: Marta has competed Vacat JP at the international level since 2005 and now steps up to represent Poland at her first major championship. This pair placed third at Strzegom in their first CCI3* earlier this year and will attempt their first CCI4* in Normandy.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 262nd
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Jacek Jeruzal and Flandia II
8-year-old bay Westphalian mare owned by Jacek Jeruzal
Breeding: Fidertanz X Petit Fleur, by Polany; bred in Germany by Egon Stiens
Recent Results: 10th, Strzegom CCI3*; 2nd, Wahlsdorf-Liepe CCI2*; 60th, Marbach CIC3*
Key Facts: The youngest horse competing in eventing at WEG at just 8 years old, Flandia completed her first CCI3* at Strzegom earlier this year, finishing in 10th place to qualify for WEG. Jacek and Flandia will now look to complete their first CCI4* together in Normandy.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 432nd
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Jerzy Krukowski and Apokalipsa M
11-year-old chestnut Polish (PZHK) mare owned by S.K. Moszna
Breeding: Paradys X Amhara, by Le Voltaire; bred in Poland by S.K. Moszna
Recent Results: 3rd, Baborowko CIC2*; 20th, Sopot CIC3*
Key Facts: Jerzy has campaigned Apokalipsa from the CIC* level, bringing her up to compete her first CCI3* last year at Bialy Bor. They were 20th at Sopot CIC3* last year and eliminated at Strzegom CICO3* before most recently finishing third in the Baborowko CIC2*. Jerzy and Apokalipsa will tackle their first CCI4* at WEG.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 214th
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Frederico Mexia de Almeida and Play the Joker
16-year-old dark bay British Sport Horse owned by José Folque de Mendonça
Breeding: Parkhall Seymour VII X Jasmin, by John O’Gaunt; bred in Great Britain by Mr. and Mrs. K Godber
Recent Results: 6th, Strzegom CCI3*; 54th, Marbach CIC3*; 25th, Sopot CIC3*
Key Facts: Frederico competed on the Portuguese team at the 2005 European Championships with Pegaso, finishing 50th, and now returns to the international stage with Play the Joker, a horse he acquired from Japanese rider Daiki Chujo last fall. They were sixth at the Strzegom CCI3* together earlier this year and will contest their first CCI4* in Normandy.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 95th
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Francisco Seabra and Zarthago
10-year-old chestnut Portuguese (Cruzado Português) gelding owned by Equiseabra LDA
Breeding: Carthillo Z X Galway; bred in Portugal
Recent Results: 13th, Jardy CIC3*; 8th, Barraco d’Alva CIC3*
Key Facts: Francisco and Zarthago will represent Portugal for the first time at a major championship, having competed at the international level together since 2010. They were 27th in their first CCI3* together last year at Saumur and were most recently 13th in the Jardy CIC3* in their final prep run for WEG. Normandy will be their first CCI4*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 2,269th
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Alexander Peternell and Asih
19-year-old Bavarian Warmblood stallion owned by Alexander Peternell and Hans and Victorie van Schon
Breeding: Daimler B X Aqui, by Rio Negro; bred in Germany by Hans van Schön
Recent Results: 22nd, Luhmühlen CCI4*; 34th, Houghton Hall CICO3*
Key Facts: Alexander and Asih represented South Africa at the 2012 London Olympics, finishing in 49th as individuals. They now return to the international stage for WEG after finishing 22nd at Luhmühlen CCI4* earlier this year. Alexander and Asih also completed Burghley last fall. At age 19, Asih is the oldest horse competing in eventing at WEG.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 2,140th
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Albert Hermoso Farras and Hito CP. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Albert Hermoso Farras and Hito CP. Photo by Jenni Autry.

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Carlos Diaz Fernandez and Junco CP
10-year-old bay Anglo-Arabian gelding owned by Campeagro Sat
Breeding: Ebene de Montagne X Dunabell; bred in Spain
Recent Results: 15th, Jardy CIC3*; 10th, Saumur CCI3*; 12th, Fontainebleau CICO3*
Key Facts: Carlos represented Spain in the 2011 and 2013 European Championships with Iberon CP 22, and this is his first trip to the world stage and first major competition with Junco CP. The horse just moved up to the CCI3* level this year, finishing 10th at Saumur and 15th at Jardy. Carlos and Junco will look to complete their first CCI4* together in Normandy.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 173rd
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Albert Hermoso Farras and Hito CP
12-year-old bay Anglo-Arabian stallion owned by Antonio Campos Peña
Breeding: Nino X Chiclanera, by Diarikal; bred in Spain by Campeagro Sat
Recent Results: 18th, Jardy CIC3*; 9th, Saumur CCI3*; 2nd, Barroca d’Alva CIC2*
Key Facts: Albert first represented Spain at the 2009 European Championships with Obelix and also competed in the 2011 and 2013 Europeans with Hito CP, his mount for Normandy. He also competes in Grand Prix show jumping and campaigned several horses at Vejer de la Frontera earlier this year. Albert and Hito have completed two CCI4* events: Badminton last year and Pau in 2012. This is their first WEG.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 258th
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Cristina Pinedo Sendagorta and Helena XII
13-year-old dark bay Württemberg mare owned by Enrique Sendagorta
Breeding: Heraldik xx X Fleur, by Fierant xx; bred in Germany by Thomas Zimmerer
Recent Results: 8th, Malmö CICO3*; 20th, Jardy CIC2*; 16th, Saumur CCI3*
Key Facts: Cristina and Helena completed their first CCI3* together at Saumur earlier this year, finishing 16th to qualify for WEG. They have represented Spain at the junior level at Waregem in 2009 and Pardubice in 2010, and this will be their first major championship together, as well as their first attempt at the CCI4* level.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 187th
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Maria Pinedo and Windsor H
14-year-old chestnut Hanoverian gelding owned by Maria Garcia-Courel
Breeding: Wilawander X Ronda, by Ramiro’s Son; bred in Germany
Recent Results: 13th, Malmo CICO3*; 11th Jardy CIC3*; 11th, Montelibretti CIC3*
Key Facts: Maria represented Spain at the 2013 European Championships with Windsor H and now looks to tackle her first WEG with the horse. He has campaigned at the three-star level since 2009 and most recently finished 13th in the Malmö CICO3*. Normandy will be Maria and Windsor H’s first attempt at the level.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 2,066th
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Igor Atrokhov and Indigo Pyreneen
14-year-old bay Anglo-Arabian stallion owned by Maria Ignatieva and Igor Atrohckov
Breeding: Fakou d’Aubrie X Idouane, by Fougueux; bred in France by Jacqueline Blandin
Recent Results: 1st, Planernaya CCI3*
Key Facts: Igor represented Russia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with Elkasar, who he parted ways with on cross country. He is now heading to his first WEG with his new top mount Indigo Pyreneen, with whom he contested the 2013 Europeans, which ended in elimination. They won the Planernaya CCI3* in Moscow as their final prep run for WEG, which will be the stallion’s first attempt at a CCI4*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 185th
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Yuri Shumskiy and Pinokolada
10-year-old bay Holsteiner mare owned by Yuri Shumskiy
Breeding: Calato X Kira V, by Sun Boulevard; bred in Germany
Recent Results: 2nd, Planernaya CCI3*; 7th, Ratomka CIC3*
Key Fact: Yuri has campaigned Pinokolada (best name ever?) at the international level since 2011. They moved up to the three-star level last year and most recently finished second in their first CCI3* at Planernaya in Moscow to qualify for WEG. Normandy will be their first attempt at the CCI4* level.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 223rd
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Dag Albert and Tubber Rebel. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Dag Albert and Tubber Rebel. Photo by Jenni Autry.

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Dag Albert and Tubber Rebel
14-year-old grey Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Dag and Liz Albert and Carl and Sally Hanson
Breeding: Rich Rebel X Killea Lady, by Carrabawn View; bred in Ireland by Liam Kenneally
Recent Results: 17th, Luhmühlen CCI4*
Key Fact: A longtime competitor for Sweden, Dag competed at his first Olympics with Nice n’ Easy in 1996, only returning to a major international championship a decade later at the 2006 WEG with Tubber Rebel. Dag and “Bugsy” finished 14th individually in Aachen and also represented Sweden at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, finishing 31st individually. They are coming off a 17th-place finish at Luhmühlen earlier this year and have completed four CCI4* events in all, including Burghley twice.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 2,342nd
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Anna Hassö and Clover
13-year-old chestnut Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Anna Hassö and Sune Tjernström
Breeding: Farney Clover X Turrocks Queen, by Great Hussar; bred in Ireland
Recent Results: 24th, Luhmühlen CCI4*; 10th, Sopot CIC3*
Key Facts: Anna competed at at her first WEG in Jerez in 2002 with Son of a Bitch — yes, that is actually the horse’s name — and was unfortunately eliminated on course. She and Clover represented Sweden at last year’s European Championships, finishing 27th, and now she returns to WEG with “Bernie” after finishing 24th at Luhmühlen CCI4* earlier this year.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 902nd
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Anna Hilton and Matrix W
12-year-old chestnut Swedish Warmblood owned by Anna Hilton
Breeding: May Sherif X Milkshake, by Mowgli; bred in Sweden
Recent Results: 11th, Malmö CICO3*; 17th, Saumur CCI3*; 33rd, Burnham Market CIC3*
Key Facts: Anna competed in her first WEG in 1998 in Rome, finished 62nd with Home Run II. She returned to WEG in 2002 in Jerez with Mr. Dalby, completing the event in 27th place, and now will contest WEG for a third time with Matrix W, who finished 17th at Saumur CCI3* earlier this year and was most recently 11th at Malmö CICO3*. Normandy will be the horse’s first CCI4*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 947th
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Johan Lundin and Johnny Cash
11-year-old grey Anglo-Arabian gelding owned by Johan Lundin
Breeding: Business X Fontina, by Robin Z; bred in Sweden by Tina and Johan Lundin
Recent Results: 23rd, Malmö CICO3*; 23rd, Aachen CICO3*; 19th, Badminton CCI4*
Key Facts: Johan first competed on a senior team for Sweden in 2003 at the European Championships with his longtime partner Major Tom, and they went on to compete at WEG in 2006, where they were eliminated on cross country. He now returns for his second WEG looking for redemption with Johnny Cash, who finishing 19th in his first CCI4* at Badminton earlier this year.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 138th
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Malin Petersen and Sofarsogood
14-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse mare owned by Stefan Haupt and Malin Petersen
Breeding: Naheez X Vanity Fair, by Volturno; bred in Ireland by Charlotte Walshe
Recent Results: 18th, Malmö CICO3*; 29th, Aachen CICO3*; 11th, Copenhagen CIC2*
Key Facts: Malin competed at her first WEG at Kentucky in 2010 with Piccadilly Z, finishing 32nd as an individual. She then represented Sweden at the 2012 Olympics with Sofarsogood, her mount for Normandy, finishing 30th. Malin and Sofarsogood most recently finished 29th at Aachen CICO3* and 18th at Malmö CICO3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 868th
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Ludwig Svennerstal and Alexander
11-year-old bay Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Hakan Svennerstal and Svennerstal & Partners
Breeding: New Balance X Carinette, by Herkules; bred in Sweden by Nils Larsson
Recent Results: 16th, Gatcombe Park CIC3*; 36th, Barbury Castle CIC2*; 4th, Badminton CCI4*
Key Facts: Ludwig, one of Sweden’s rising stars, finished 20th at his first Olympics in 2012 with Shamwari 4 — now Boyd Martin’s mount for Normandy — and heads to his first WEG with Alexander, who finished eighth at Badminton to complete his first CCI4* earlier this year. They most recently finished 16th at the Gatcombe Park CIC3*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 83rd
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Felix Vogg and Onfire. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Felix Vogg and Onfire. Photo by Jenni Autry.

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Patrizia Attinger and Raumalpha
13-year-old bay Trakehner stallion owned by Peter Attinger
Breeding: Friedensfürst X Raumzeit Kontinuum, by Mont du Cantal; bred in Germany by Hubertus Schmidtlein
Recent Results: 23rd, Arville CIC2*; 11th, Saumur CCI3*, 42nd, Marbach CIC3*
Key Facts: Patricia has represented Switzerland at the European Junior Championships since 2005 and will compete on her first senior team in Normandy. One of 11 stallions competing at WEG, Raumalpha has been campaigning at the three-star level since 2011, and he and Patricia will attempt their first CCI4* at WEG. They were 11th at Saumur CCI3* this year.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 223rd
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Eveline Bodenmüller and Jiva de la Brasserie CH
17-year-old bay Swiss Warmblood mare owned by Michel and Jacques Pellaux
Breeding: Cavallieri xx X Kaoba du Pic, by Tscherkess; bred in Switzerland by Jacques Pellaux
Recent Results: 16th, Renswoude CIC3*; 28th, Marbach CIC3*
Key Facts: Eveline and Jiva de la Brasserie CH represented Switzerland at the 2011 and 2013 European Championships, finishing 17th individually in Malmö. They will now attempt their first CCI4* together in Normandy, having recently finished 28th in the Marbach CIC3* and 16th in the Renswoude CIC3* in their final preparation for WEG.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 1,250th
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Jasmin Gambirasio and Thats It
12-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Jasmin and Sabrina Gambirasio
Breeding: Bred in Ireland by Louise McEntee; sire and dam unlisted
Recent Results: 22nd, Hünxe CIC2*; 37th, Saumur CCI3*; 56th, Marbach CIC3*
Key Facts: Jasmin has represented Switzerland internationally on the junior level since 2006 and stepped  up to her first senior team last year, finishing in 46th individually at the Europeans with Thats It, her mount for Normandy. They placed 37th at Saumur CCI3* earlier this year and most recently finished 22nd in the CIC2* at Hünxe. WEG will be their first CCI4*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 2,073rd
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Sébastien Poirier and Tarango de Lully CH
18-year-old bay Swiss Warmblood gelding owned by Sébastien Poirier
Breeding: Gauguin de Lilly X Princesse d’Anjou, by El Toro xx; bred in Switzerland by Bernard Broillet
Recent Results: 31st, Saumur CCI3*
Key Facts: Sébastien and Tarango de Lully CH have competed for Switzerland at three European Championships, finishing 43rd at Malmö last year. They were 31st at Saumur CCI3* earlier this year and will contest their first CCI4* in Normandy. They completed the WEG Test Event last year, placing 29th, in preparation for WEG.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 2,513rd
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Ben Vogg and Noe Des Vatys
13-year-old dark bay Anglo-Arabian gelding owned by Ben Vogg
Breeding: Tresor du Renom X Tempete Guichoise, by Cap Martin; bred in France
Recent Results: 5th, Strzegom CIC2*; 30th, Saumur CCI3*; 69th, Marbach CIC3*
Key Facts: Ben has represented Switzerland at numerous junior championships, starting back in 2005 with the ponies and working his way up to the European Young Rider Championships with Noe Des Vatys, his mount for Normandy. They placed 30th at Saumur CCI3* this year and were most recently fifth at Strzegom CIC2*. WEG will be their first CCI4*.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 664th
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Felix Vogg and Onfire
12-year-old bay Thoroughbred gelding owned by Danièle Vogg
Breeding: Hand In Glove X Latinana, by Le Bavard; bred in France by Nicole Bosuran
Recent Results: 12th, Aachen CICO3*; 14th, Saumur CCI3*; 16th, Marbach CIC3*
Key Facts: Felix and Onfire competed at their first championships for Switzerland at the Europeans last year, ultimately retiring on course. They now head to Normandy looking for redemption in their first CCI4*. Felix and Onfire were most recently 14th at Saumur CCI3* and 12th at Aachen CICO3*, making them the anchor pair on the Swiss team.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 433rd
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Kim Severson and Fernhill Fearless. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Kim Severson and Fernhill Fearless. Photo by Jenni Autry.

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Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM
14-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Carl and Cassandra Segal
Breeding: Ramiro B X Ballyvaldon Natalie, by Blue Laser; bred in Ireland by Sylvester Cullen
Recent Results: 3rd, Rolex CCI4*; 4th, The Fork CIC3*; 2nd, Carolina International CIC3*
Key Facts: Buck and Ballynoe Castle RM are one of the Elite 8 pairs who completed WEG in Kentucky in 2010 and now return again for Normandy. “Reggie” has arguably never looked better, and they are coming off a third-place finish at Rolex CCI4*, having clinched the U.S. National Championship in Kentucky the year before. Reggie walked Buck’s longtime groom Kathleen Blauth-Murray down the aisle in her wedding earlier this year.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 16th
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Phillip Dutton and Trading Acces
10-year-old dark bay Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Trading Aces Syndicate
Breeding: Coevers Diamond Boy X Ballyvonnan Beauty VII, by Leabeg; bred in Ireland
Recent Results: 8th, Rolex CCI4*; 1st, Red Hills CIC3* (with Boyd Martin)
Key Facts: Phillip’s record of five Olympics and five WEGs is bested only by Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson, making him one of the most experienced competitors in Normandy. After piloting catch ride Trading Aces, usually campaigned by fellow U.S. teammate Boyd Martin, to an eighth-place finish in the horse’s first CCI4* completion, Phillip once again finds himself on Team USA. “Oscar” has won two cars this year: a Mercedes for winning Red Hills CIC3* with Boyd in March and a Range Rover for hitting bang on the optimum time at Rolex with Phillip.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 53rd
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Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville
14-year-old chestnut Selle Francais gelding owned by the Manoir de Carneville Syndicate
Breeding: Gaub X Carneville, by Matador du Bois; bred in France by Andre Le Goupil
Recent Results: 4th, Rolex CCI4*; 1st, The Fork CIC3*; 11th, Carolina International CIC3*
Key Facts: Sinead and Manoir de Carneville were controversially denied a spot on the 2012 London Olympic team and instead competed at Burghley that fall, finishing second in triumphant fashion. They now take their rightful spot on Team USA in Normandy for their first WEG, coming off a fourth-place finish at Rolex CCI4* and a win at The Fork CIC3* earlier this year. Team SHE is taking over EN’s Instagram in Normandy, so be sure to follow along with the insanity at @goeventing.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 25th
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Boyd Martin and Shamwari 4
12-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by the Shamwari 4 Syndicate
Breeding: Star Regent xx X Donnica, by Der Clou; bred in Germany by Gita Zuhlsdorf
Recent Results: 3rd, Luhmühlen CCI4*
Key Facts: Boyd Martin delivered Team USA’s best individual finish of 10th place at the 2010 WEG in Kentucky with Neville Bardos and now returns for his second World Championships with Shamwari 4, a horse he acquired from Swedish team rider Ludwig Svennerstal this past winter. After breaking his leg in March, Boyd rallied to make the U.S. WEG squad at the final selection trials in Luhmühlen, finishing third with Shamwari in what can only be described as a do-or-die performance. Expect greatness in Normandy.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 17th
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Kim Severson and Fernhill Fearless
14-year-old dark bay Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Kim Severson
Breeding: Sired by Mark Twain; bred in Ireland
Recent Results: 11th, Rolex CCI4*; 5th, The Fork CIC3*
Key Facts: One of Team USA’s most decorated riders still competing at the highest levels of the sport, Kim won team gold with Winsome Adante at the 2002 WEG in Jerez before going on to win individual silver and team bronze with “Dan” at the 2004 Athens Olympics. She also competed at the 2006 WEG, making Normandy her third appearance at a World Championships. Though Fernhill Fearless just competed his first CCI4* at Rolex, finishing 11th, he’s a very game, talented cross-country horse. Look for Kim and “Sparky” to be trailblazers over Pierre Michelet’s course in Normandy.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 24th
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Lynn Symansky and Donner
11-year-old day Thoroughbred gelding owned by Lynn Symansky
Breeding: Gorky Park X Smart Jane, by Smarten; bred in U.S. by Wilson Securities Group
Recent Results: 1st, Bromont CIC3*
Key Facts: Lynn Symansky has represented Team USA at two Pan American Games, winning team gold with Donner in Guadalajara in 2011. She now makes her first appearance at WEG with the “Flying Deer,” one of two U.S.-bred horses competing in Normandy. Lynn and Donner have already stormed double clear around a Pierre Michelet course at Pau CCI4* last fall to finish 13th. They have had a quiet spring, but expect this pair to dominate on cross-country day — making time on massive courses is just what Donner does.
FEI WBFSH World Ranking: 91st
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