First members of U.S. Olympic equestrian team named
Phillip Dutton was named to his sixth straight Olympic team, leading a contingent of four rider-horse pairs on the U.S. Olympic eventing team announced Monday.
Dutton, who won team gold with Australian in 1996 and 2000 and competed at the last two Olympics for the U.S., will ride Fernhill Cubalawn in Rio.
At age 52, Dutton is the oldest of 199 athletes so far qualified for the U.S. Olympic team.
Dutton is joined by London Olympian Boyd Martin (and Blackfoot Mystery) and first-time Olympians Lauren Kieffer (and Veronica) and Clark Montgomery (Loughan Glen).
The U.S. finished 11th in the team event at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, with Dutton and Martin but not Kieffer and Montgomery. Martin placed eighth individually.
The U.S. was seventh in team eventing at the 2012 London Games.