Three team berths are up for grabs in both jumping and dressage at the European Championships in Rotterdam, with eventing spots being decided in Germany. The battle to secure Olympic quota places in the equestrian sports steps up a gear in August, with some of the final sports up for grabs. Olympic Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Equestrian can get Olympic Equestrian Tickets online.
The biennial FEI European Championships from 19-25 August in Rotterdam could be the last chance in dressage and jumping for many European nations to claim a ticket to Tokyo 2020.
The jumping in the Netherlands is likely to be an extremely competitive event with reigning Olympic gold medalists France, defending European champs Ireland, Great Britain, and Belgium among the countries seeking one of three spots in Japan next year.
At the end of the month is the FEI European Eventing Championships in Luhmuehlen, Germany (28 August to 1 September), which represents the penultimate opportunity for European eventing teams to qualify for the next Games. Here are the things you need to know about the qualification process, the big names that could miss out, and the nations from other parts of the world who have already guaranteed their places in Tokyo 2020.
Olympic Dressage qualification for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Germany’s victory in last year’s World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina ensured they would defend their Olympic team dressage title in Tokyo. The top six from Tryon – Germany plus the United States, Great Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Spain – all qualified for the team competition next year alongside host Japan.
Australia’s eighth-place also saw them through to Tokyo as the top team from Olympic Group G covering Oceania and South East Asia. In June, Russia joined them by winning the Group C (Eastern Europe and Central Asia) qualifier in Moscow. The recent Pan American Games in Lima provided the next two teams in the form of winners Canada and bronze medalists Brazil, with runners-up USA having already qualified.
That leaves three spots from these European Championships – the top three teams who have not already qualified – plus the winner of the Group F (Africa and the Middle East) qualifier to be held later this year. Three rider and horse combinations from each team – a total of 45 – go into the individual competition at Tokyo 2020.
The remaining 15 spots, a maximum of one per country not in the team competition, will be decided by the FEI Olympic Athletes Rankings at the end of the year. Switzerland, the Netherlands and Australia claimed the other qualification berths.
Reigning Olympic champions France were only ninth, with London 2012 gold medallists Great Britain just ahead of them. They both have a final chance to qualify in Rotterdam, with defending European champions Ireland also under pressure after their seventh place in Tryon.
But these three nations will not have things their own way with Belgium, Italy, and Spain all capable of taking one of the three spots for Tokyo. There are 20 countries in the Olympic team jumping competition with Israel and Ukraine emerging from the Group C competition in June.
Three nations came from the Pan American Games with Brazil taking victory from Mexico and the United States. But with the Americans having already qualified, fourth-placed Canada took the third and final team spot from that event.
Marlon Zanotelli made it double gold for Brazil with two-time Olympian Jose María Larocca taking silver to secure an individual berth for Argentina at Tokyo 2020.
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