Fantasy Rio 2016 Olympic Team

Guys, it's 2016. OLYMPIC YEAR.

Let's imagine, for a second, that I was the chef  d'equipe and in charge of selecting the Olympic team. Now that you've stopped laughing, look at my choices and realize I AM A GENIUS. USEF if you're interested in hiring out my services leave a comment on this entry. And this obviously isn't my most dreamest of dream teams because my most dreamest of dream teams would have Ingrid Klimke possibly marrying me, getting dual citizenship and representing the US. And I would groom for her.

Who's dream is to groom for someone else at the Olympics???

In alphabetical order, by horse name. Because it's all about the horse.

Blackfoot Mystery and Boyd Martin
So I guess I first really noticed this horse at the Eventing Showcase in Wellington. I didn't watch the dressage because I forgot and it was on a Friday. But the stadium I saw him and I was like oh-em-gee who is that pony he is so CUTE he looks like a Thoroughbred. Googled him and yep - he's an OTTB. I'm a sucker for some upper level OTTBs.

Photo via Boyd's website
Look how cute they are!!!
I found some more videos of him competing at Fair Hill and other big east coast events. This horse is a jumping machine. He looks like an awesome old school cross country horse. He was the highest ranking OTTB at Rolex this year.

Omg, the qt
Also he was so cute in his jog ups, which is really important for the Olympics. No fuggos in the jog.

Covert Rights and Colleen Rutledge
I freakin' adore this pair. I love that he's a homebred. I like that he's a Clydesdale TB cross. Colleen has brought him on herself which I super respect. Some might say he's a bit young and green to go to the Olympics. We took a risk, in my opinion, on Mystery Whisper last time, so I totally think we could take a risk again. And this wouldn't even be a huge risk. He's competed well on the international stage and he's got all three phases in him. Besides, who isn't rooting for Colleen Rutledge?? Communists. Communists don't root for Colleen Rutledge. Don't be a commie. CR & CR 2016 (JUST REALIZED THEY HAVE THE SAME INITIALS).


Fernhill Fearless and Kim Severson
I'm obsessed with this pair and have been for some time. I took a bunch of videos of him at Fair Hill CCI*** a few years ago that I of course cannot find now but Sparky is a cross country machine of epic proportions. Kim rides him so well in the dressage. I feel like riding him in dressage might be akin to that scene in Game of Thrones when Daenerys rides Drogo... I mean what spoiler alert.

It's a shame about their Rolex run, because she was having such a good round I think she would've shot right up the leader board by the end of the day Sunday but I saw the moment he got his tongue over the bit and I was like... god dammit. Whatever. As the Queen of my own Private Olympic Selection Committee I'm willing to overlook it because they're awesome.

I couldn't find a better picture of this,
but this is Kim pulling off a ridiculous save.
Kind of kickass we need on Team USA.

Simply Priceless and Elisa Wallace
I think if I could go be a working student for one of these riders, it would be Elisa Wallace. And I think she has a working student position open right now (when I heard I started packing my bags) but you can't take your own horse. Runkle and I are a package deal so alas, no seat of the pants quitting my job and f'ing off to Georgia for me. Probably better that way. Plus I can't drive a manual (although I was considering just lying and flying blind on that. How hard could it be? Elisa Wallace please never read this I would never lie to you).

Love that dress. And sweet biceps.
AND CUTEST EARS. On the horse not her.
Although I'm sure you have very nice ears Elisa.
Veronica and Lauren Kieffer
If this list weren't in alphabetical order this pair would be at the top. I love a good mare, and I love how grumpy and stubborn Veronica seems. I mean c'mon, her barn name is Troll. Even on a bad day she lays down a better dressage test than most US competitors. The mare is of course an XC machine with a fantastic record, especially at the biggest events when it counts the most. And the two are aces in stadium. What more do you need for a team pair?

As chef d'equipe I am also making myself fashion coordinator. The theme for this year's Olympics is "Red, White and Bling". 

I actually thing every country should get
these flag combo pads from The Padded Pony.

Ear Bonnet is a must.

A flag... shirt...?

Do you have hopes and dreams for the Olympic Team? Do you think I'm the perfect Queen of Eventing Selection Committee? I'm pretty excited and I wish I had more vacation days so I could take off work and live stream the whole thing. Guess I'll just do it at my desk like I always do.


  1. I love all your choices I'm not sure who I would bump but I would love too add Tate (I can't spell his actual name and I'm too lazy to google) and Sinead Halpin.

    1. yeah i did a good bit of dithering about tate... but theyve had a rough couple starts in some of their more recent events. i mean really, since im the Queen, i'd go back in time and kick Tiana Coudray off and put Sinead on because that was totally their year and we blew it.

  2. Those Olympic saddle pads are perfect! The USEF High Performance Team needs them ASAP! If I had to add an amazing horse to your list, it would be Doesn't Play Fair. His barn name is Cody, and he's honestly the most badass little horse in the sport right now. Plus, Maya is, IMO, very deserving :D

    1. thats a REALLY good point - I actually started this list ages ago (like in january) before I was really big on them. if anything I'd probably bump colleen and put them on. I love that he's owned by his farriers and was going to be a novice horse and i REALLY like maya. theyre sooo cool in the dressage!

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    1. i feel like there are so many good options right now im like we really cant send twelve people to the olympics??

  4. ha i love it. tho i would probably add Phillip and Cuba bc i'm basically just a diehard fan haha.

    1. LOL true. i was trying hard to stay away from 'staples' just because it would be really easy to put the same four people. wanted to think outside the box!

      cuba is freakin gorgeous.

  5. I would add Maya Black and Doesn't Play Fair! They've been having a killer year and he's so damn cute!!!


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