Articles: Press Release
Robert Dover Wins USEF Grand Prix Qualifiers For Olympic Selection
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Gladstone, NJ-February 11, 2004-Five-time U.S. Olympian
Robert Dover of Watermill, NY, won the USEF Grand Prix, Grand Prix
Special and Grand Prix Freestyle, Qualifying Competitions for the USEF
Grand Prix Championship and the 2004 Olympic Selection Trials, at the
Wellington Dressage Show in Wellington, FL.
For the first time since he returned from his retirement
with his two mounts owned by Jane Forbes Clark, Dover entered them both
in the same class and produced a one-two finish - Dover placed first
with FBW Kennedy, scoring 75.694% and placed second with his 2000 Sydney
Olympic mount Rainier, earning 72.431%. In addition, Dover won the
Grand Prix Special with a score of 77.000% on FBW Kennedy and he won the
Freestyle with a score of 77.917% on Ranier.
Dover retired from active competition following his fifth
consecutive Olympic appearance in Sydney in 2000. The five-time U.S.
National champion has helped the U.S. to three consecutive Olympic team
Bronze Medals. As the 2004 Athens Olympics approached, he decided to
end his retirement and seek a sixth consecutive Olympic appearance.
To qualify for the 2004 Olympic Selection Trials,
rider/horse combinations must compete in a minimum of two USEF
Qualifying Competitions, one of which must be a Concours de Dressage
Internationale (CDI). There are 29 Qualifying Competitions held across
the nation during the Olympic selection trial qualifying period, which
began in the summer of 2003 and will finish June 4, 2004. They must
complete the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special at one of the qualifiers,
and at the other, the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle. Riders that
complete more than two qualifiers are allowed a drop score. However, the
CDI may not be used as a drop score if it was the only CDI completed.
Riders have one more criterion to fulfill - they must be
eligible for an FEI Certificate of Capability. To obtain Certificates,
they must have scored at least 63% from an "O" Judge (FEI Official
International Dressage Judge) of a nationality other than their own, in
the Grand Prix at two CDI***/CDI-Ws or shows with more than a three-star
rating, between January 1, 2003 and June 4, 2004.
Then, based on highest average scores in the designated
qualifying competitions, the top 12 riders will be invited by the USEF
to compete in the Dressage Selection Trials for the 2004 Athens Olympic
Games. The Trials will be held at Oaks Blenheim in San Juan Capistrano,
CA, over two weekends - June 11-13 and June 17-20. Three riders will be
selected for the Olympic team at the Trials and the fourth and final
rider/horse combination will be selected in Europe. A team of four will
travel to Greece to represent the US in the XXVIII Summer Olympic Games,
which are scheduled for August 13-29, 2004.
Information about the qualifying competitions and the
selection procedures, as approved by the United States Olympic Committee
(USOC), is available on the USEF website at www.usef.org or by
contacting Marilyn Adams, USEF Director of Dressage, at (908) 234-0848.
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