Robert Dover Wins USEF Grand Prix Qualifiers For Olympic
Gladstone, NJFebruary 11, 2004Five-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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