Equestrians From 41 Nations Qualify for London 2012 Olympic Games - Great Britain, Germany and the Netherlands Will Have Four Participants in Dressage


Riders from 41 nations have qualified to compete in the equestrian events at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Seven nations have been able to qualify in all three Olympic disciplines, including Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the USA. The FEI Olympic Athletes Rankings in Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing were published  March 2. They were the final stage of the qualification by nation process, which concluded yesterday March 1.

In Dressage, 11 nations will be fielding full teams of three riders. Thirteen countries will be represented only by individual riders, who qualified through the FEI Olympic Athletes Rankings. These nations are Antigua, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, and Ukraine. This brings the total number of countries that will compete in the Olympic Dressage competitions to 24. WEG-gold medallist The Netherlands, host nation and silver medallist of WEG and gold medallist of the EC 2011 Great Britain, and bronze medallist of WEG and silver medallist of the EC 2011 Germany will each be entering four riders– a team of three and one individual qualified through the Rankings – which is the maximum number allowed in Dressage.

In Jumping 15 countries will be represented by teams. Azerbaijan, Ireland, Portugal, and Russia qualified through the FEI Olympic Athletes Rankings bring the total number of nations represented by individual riders to 11. Argentina, Colombia, Ireland, and Japan will be represented by two riders each whereas Azerbaijan, Bermuda, Egypt, Jordan, Portugal, Russia, and Syria will be entering one individual each..
 
The total number of teams that will compete in Eventing is 14. Riders from 11 nations qualified through the FEI Olympic Athletes Rankings in Eventing. These nations are Australia, Austria, Belarus, Ecuador, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, the Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, and Thailand. Since Australia qualified five riders through the Rankings and Ireland and the Netherlands qualified three riders each, these three nations will have composite teams.
 
Summary by discipline:

Dressage -
(The FEI Olympic Athletes Rankings – Dressage are available at this link. The finalised qualification system for Dressage is available here.)
 
24 nations: ANT, AUS, AUT, BEL, BRA, CAN, COL, DEN, ESP, FIN, FRA, GBR, GER, ITA, JPN, MAR, NED, NOR, NZL, POL, POR, SWE, UKR, USA
11 teams: AUS, CAN, COL, DEN, ESP, GBR, GER, NED, NZL, SWE, USA
13 nations represented by individuals only: ANT, AUT, BEL, BRA, FIN, FRA, ITA, JPN, NOR, MAR, POL, POR, UKR
3 nations: represented by a team and one individual: GBR, GER, NED
50 riders
 
Jumping -
(The FEI Olympic Athletes Rankings – Jumping are available at this link. The finalised qualification system for Jumping is available here.)
 
26 nations: ARG, AUS, AZE, BEL, BER, BRA, CAN, CHI, COL, EGY, FRA, GBR, GER, IRL, JOR, JPN, KSA, MEX, NED, POR, RUS, SUI, SWE, SYR, UKR, USA
15 teams: GBR, GER, FRA, BEL, BRA, CAN, NED, SWE, SUI, USA, MEX, CHI, KSA, AUS, UKR
11 nations represented by individuals only: ARG, AZE, BER, COL, EGY, IRL, JOR, JPN, POR, RUS, SYR
75 riders
 
Eventing -
(The FEI Olympic Athletes Rankings – Eventing are available at this link. The finalised qualification system for Eventing is available here.)
 
22 nations: ARG, AUS, AUT, BEL, BLR, BRA, CAN, ECU, FRA, GBR, GER, IRL, ITA, JAM, JPN, NED, NZL, RSA, RUS, SWE, THA, USA
14 teams: ARG, AUS, BEL, BRA, CAN, FRA, GBR, GER, IRL, JPN, NED, NZL, SWE, USA
8 nations represented by individuals only: AUT, BLR, ECU, ITA, JAM, RUS, RSA, THA
75 riders
 
TOTAL
41 nations: ANT, ARG, AUS, AUT, AZE, BEL, BER, BLR, BRA, CAN, CHI, COL, DEN, ECU, EGY, ESP, FIN, FRA, GBR, GER, IRL, ITA, JAM, JOR, JPN, KSA, MAR, MEX, NED, NOR, NZL, POL, POR, RSA, RUS, SUI, SWE, SYR, THA, UKR, USA
200 riders
 
All the documents concerning the qualification process for the London 2012 Olympic Games are available on the FEI website here.




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