Injured McLain Ward gets on Olympic long list

March 7, 2012

McLain Ward will miss this month's Olympic selection trials because of injury but has been named to the US Showjumping team's long list with two horses.

McLain Ward and Sapphire. © Shannon Brinkman/USEF
Ward suffered a compound fracture of his patella in a fall in January, and will not be fit to compete in the Selection Trials, but USEF selectors in consultation with Chef d'Equipe George Morris and Team Veterinarian Dr Tim Ober, voted unanimously to name Ward on both Antares F and Sapphire to the long list.

The nomination was approved by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Ad Hoc Committee on Selection.

Per the USEF Selection Procedure for the US Show Jumping Team, the Selectors have the discretion to recommend up to five athlete/horse combinations for the Long List before the conclusion of the Selection Trials. The USEF Selection Procedure for the 2012 Olympic Games Show Jumping Team provides the following language for Discretionary Selection:

An athlete/horse combination named subjectively to the Long List may or may not have completed one or more of the Selection Trials. The Selectors will subjectively rank any discretionary positions within the Final Overall Standings of the Selection Trials.

At the conclusion of the selection trials, athlete/horse combinations will be named to the Long List according to their ranking in the Trials in addition to athlete/horse combinations named through discretionary selection. The Selection Trials run March 21-24, 2012 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida in conjunction with the USEF National Show Jumping Championship.