Two of Team USA’s most successful equestrians ever will team up with two Olympic rookies this summer to compete in show jumping at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Beezie Madden and McLain Ward, who have a combined five Olympic medals (though they share two golds earned together), will make their fourth Olympic appearances, while Lucy Davis and Kent Farrington will make their debuts.
The team ranges in age from 23 (Davis) to 52 (Madden).
Slated for Aug. 12-19 at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center, the show jumping competition will close out equestrian in Rio.
Meet the members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team:
Lucy Davis with Barron
Davis, 23, makes her Olympic debut two years after helping the United States win the bronze medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Caen, France. A rising star in the world of show jumping, in 2013, she became the youngest rider (20) to win a Global Champions Tour grand prix. In 2015, she had three 5* grand prix wins, and she also has ridden in the FEI World Cup Final each of the past three years, scoring her top finish of ninth at the 2015 event in Las Vegas. In addition to her riding, she also is studying architecture at Stanford University.
Kent Farrington with Voyeur
Currently ranked No. 6 in the world, Farrington earns a trip to his first Olympic Games. He helped the U.S. to a third-place finish at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games. No stranger to international multi-sport events, he helped the U.S. to gold at the Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games, then was part of the bronze-medal team at the Toronto 2015 Pan Ams. Aboard Voyeur in 2015, he earned three major 5* grand prix victories – the Global Champions Tour Hamburg, the Spruce Meadows National and the IJRC Top 10 Final. The latter marked the first time a U.S. rider won the event, which is contested among the top-10 riders in the world.
Beezie Madden with Cortes 'C'
Selected to her fourth Olympic team, Madden, 52, was part of back-to-back team gold medals at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. She also won individual bronze in 2008, the most recent U.S. rider to claim an individual Olympic medal. She also won individual silver and team gold at the Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games. After making her grand prix debut in 1985, she became the first woman to surpass the $1 million earnings mark (2004). She was also the first woman to break into the top three in the world rankings, where she currently is No. 11. A four-time USEF Equestrian of the Year, she was the first rider to win the honor in consecutive years in 2006 and 2007, then repeated the feat in 2013 and 2014. Recently with Cortes ‘C,’ she won team and individual bronze at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, and became the first woman to win the King George V Gold Cup in 2014, then repeated the feat in 2015.
McLain Ward with HH Azur
Ward, 39, recently vaulted from No. 4 to No. 1 in the world rankings as he prepares for his fourth Olympic Games. One of the United States’ most successful riders, he’s competed in 16 FEI World Cup Finals and was part of the U.S. squad that won back-to-back gold in the team event at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. In addition, he took individual gold and a team bronze at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games after taking team gold four years earlier in Guadalajara. His mount of only a year and a half, HH Azur is the minimum age of 10, which will make her one of the youngest horses in show jumping in Rio. In the short time since their partnership began, the duo has won three 5* grand prix events, including the Grand Prix of Rome at the end of May.
The United States has won a total of 16 Olympic medals in show jumping, eight team and eight individual. The most recent medals were earned at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, where Madden won bronze and the team took its second gold in as many Games.