Are you wondering about the final results of the three US Equestrian teams at the 2021 Toyko Olympics? We broke everything down for you in this easy guide so you can see the placements of each team.
US Jumping Equestrian Team
This was McLain Ward’s fifth time competing at the Olympics. He is a two-time gold medalist in 2004 and 2008 team jumping and has one team silver medal from the 2016 Olympics. Ward competed this year aboard 12-year-old gelding Contagious.
Ward is currently ranked ninth in the world by the FEI. In 1999, he was also the youngest rider to earn $1 million in earnings at the age of 24.
Ward is originally from Brewster, NY. He still lives upstate with his wife, also a competitive rider, and their two daughters.
Kent Farrington, originally from Wellington, Florida, was also added to the team. This was his second Olympics, as he also competed in and won team silver in 2016.
He is currently the top-ranked American in the world. This year in the Olympic games, he rode Gazelle, a 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood.
Farrington grew up with no family background in horses. He began taking weekly lessons at age eight, and worked his way up, even assisting with many Olympic riders at a young age.
Laura Kraut had previously competed in the 2000 and 2008 Olympics. Born in South Carolina, she lives in Florida now with her longtime partner, and competitive rider, Nick Skelton.
Kraut competed aboard Baloutine. The gelding was bought for her to ride by close friends of hers just short of the final date for Olympics transfers, making this a relatively new partnership.
At just 29 years of age, Jessica Springsteen was also selected to compete on the US jumping Olympic team.
The daughter of the famous musician, Bruce Springsteen, Jessica began riding at just four years old. She went on to compete in the Roal Windsor Horse Show, was an alternate rider for the US team in the 2012 Olympics, and even trained with Laura Kraut from 2010 to 2015.
Springsteen competed on Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, a Belgian Warmblood stallion.
The Final Results
Coming into the final, the US and Swiss teams were tied for second place with France taking the lead. However, the final French rider’s horse knocked bars off the third jump and refused to continue to jump after that, disqualifying them from the competition. This put the US and Sweden in the jump-off.
Both teams had all clear rounds, but team Sweden finished 1.3 seconds faster. This gave the US jumping team a silver medal in the competition.
US Dressage Equestrian Team
Adrienne Lyle was born and raised in Washington. She began riding as a child, and in 2005 rode with Olympic rider Debbie Mcdonald as a working student.
Lyle Competed aboard Salvino, a 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion. The two began their partnership in 2016, going on to win gold with the US team at the FEI Dressage National Cup.
Originally from Germany, Steffan Peters became a US citizen in 1992 after coming to California almost 10 years before to work for trainer Laurie Falvo. This was his fourth Olympic Games, winning team bronze in the 1996 and 2016 Olympics.
Suppenkasper, a 13-year-old gelding, began his partnership with Peters in 2017. The two went undefeated in the 2020 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. That same year they went on to win team and individual gold at the FEI Dressage National Cup.
Peters currently lives with this wife Shannon, also a dressage competitor, in San Diego, California.
This marks Sabine Schut-Kerry’s first Olympic competition. Also originally from Germany, Schut-Kerry moved to texas in 1998 to further her dressage career.
Schut-Kerry competed aboard Sanceo, a Hanoverian stallion she began working with when he was just three years old. She helped develop the stallion into a top competitor, winning team gold together at the 2015 Pan American games.
The Final Results
The US Dressage Team won the silver medal in the Dressage Grand Prix Special, coming in second to the German Olympic team. While they didn’t win gold, there were still some big milestones for the team.
Peters, age 56, became the oldest US Olympic medalist since 1952. While this is Peters’ third Olympic medal, it’s the first medal for Lyle and Schut-Kerry. Schut-Kerry also received the third-highest individual score in the competition, scoring 2, 684.5.
US Eventing Equestrian Team
This was Doug Payne’s first Olympic games. Payne has a degree in mechanical engineering but went back to riding horses professionally. In 2005 he began his own business, DPEquestrian.
Payne rode 17-year-old Trakehner gelding Vandiver. They began their partnership in 2015 and won the 2021 Fork CC14*-S.
Phillip Dutton competed in his seventh Olympic games, as he has ridden in every Olympics since 1996. Dutton competed for the Australian team winning gold in 1996 and 2000. After he became a US citizen in 2006 he became a member of the US team.
Dutton rode Zangersheide gelding, Z. The two started working together in 2015, and finished 13th individually in the FEI World Equestrian Games.
Boyd Martin, also an Australian native is the son of two Olympic parents. He began riding at a young age and moved to the US in 2007 to continue his training as an eventing rider. Martin worked as the assistant trainer to fellow teammate Phillip Dutton for two years.
This was Martin’s third Olympic ride. He owns and operates a farm in Pennsylvania with his wife Siva Martin, a Grand Prix dressage rider.
Martin rode Tsetserleg, a Trakehner gelding. The two have been partnered since 2016 and won team and individual gold at the 2019 Pan American Games.
Out of 14 teams on the final day of the Olympic eventing competitions, the US Eventing Team finished in sixth place. A few unfortunate rails meant they didn’t receive a medal finish, but the team was still overall very proud of their placement. All riders were also placed in the top 25 for their individual medals.