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Excitement is high right now for basketball lovers (like my own husband!) with “March Madness” upon us.  But get ready equestrians, because it’s time for you to get excited too!

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With the 2012 Olympic games in London quickly approaching, I for one am pumped up!!!

The summer Olympics is one time when equestrian sports gets a mainstream spot light along side other athletes.

This week, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Selection Trials for the U.S. Show Jumping Team will kick off in Wellington, Florida.

Like basketball junkies everywhere hoping their team clenches a spot in the “Final Four”, be sure to follow your favorite equine-equestrian teams to see who makes the cut this year.

The trial Schedule is as follows:

Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Wellington, FL

Trial #1 Wed. March 21

Trial #2 Thurs. March 22

Trial #3 Thurs. March 22

Trial #4 Sat. March 24

McLain Ward, Beezie Madden, and Laura Kraut have already received byes to automatically move to the Olympic Long List with their horses.  I can’t wait to see who else will be headed to London this year to represent team USA!

Below is a list of hopefuls who will be competing this week for their spot:

Cara Anthony

Beezie Madden

Ashlee Bond

Geoffrey Case

Kirsten Coe

Karl Cook

Saer Coulter

Lucy Davis

Nick Dello Joio

Mario Deslauriers

Katie Dinan

Margie Engle

Kent Farrington

Rich Fellers

Brianne Goutal

Alex Granato

Lauren Hough

McLain Ward

Charlie Jacobs

Charlie Jayne

Alicia Jonsson-Foster

Quentin Judge

Reed Kessler

Laura Kraut

Beezie Madden

Christine McCrea

Duncan McFarlane

Catherine Pasmore

Cara Raether

Ragan Roberts

Will Simpson

Jessica Springsteen

Ray Texel

Jimmy Torano

McLain Ward

Jeffery Welles

For more information and to follow the Trial Applicants, visit our friends at ProEquest.

Truly, regardless if you are a jumper or not, these talented and courageous athletes represent equestrians everywhere, showing the world that we have the guts to get the glory just like any other athlete.

Ride hard Athletes, and good luck to you all!

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