The United States equestrian eventing team for the Tokyo Olympics was revealed Thursday, and a pair of familiar faces will once again be representing the U.S. at the Games.
One of which is none other than Phillip Dutton, riding Z. Set to compete in his seventh Olympics, the 57-year-old is on track to become the oldest U.S. Olympian since John Dane III, who last competed in 2008. Dutton has dual citizenship for both the United States and Australia, where he was born, and has represented both countries at previous Olympics. He won a pair of gold medals for Australia in 1996 and 2000 and won a bronze for the U.S. in 2016.
Joining Dutton on the U.S. eventing team are Boyd Martin, riding Luke 140, and Doug Payne, riding Vandiver, who was initially a travelling reserve for the team. Liz Halliday-Sharp, riding Deniro Z, originally made the eventing team, but was replaced by Payne and Vandiver in July.
Taking Payne's place as the travelling reserve will be Tamie Smith, riding Mai Baum.
Martin, 41, competed in each of the previous two Olympics and won a pair of gold medals at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima for team eventing and individual eventing. Payne, meanwhile, will be making his debut at the Olympics.
The following riders and horses have been named alternates for the Games:
First Alternate: Will Faudree and Mama’s Magic Way
Second Alternate: Will Coleman and Off The Record
Third Alternate: Sydney Elliott and QC Diamantaire
Fourth Alternate: Bruce Davidson Jr. and Carlevo
Fifth Alternate: Lauren Nicholson and Vermiculus