This is the first time since the Barcelona Olympic Games that the US has not won a medal in Eventing – either Team or Individual. Although the 2008 Olympics did not produce a team medal, thanks to Gina Miles the US brought home a Silver medal in what is considered to be the most grueling of the Olympic Equestrian Disciplines. Before the team show jumping phase which concluded early this morning, the US was in 5th place and ended up finishing in 7th.  Pennsylvania's Phillip Dutton had a shockingly devastating round with 23 penalties.  Karen O'Connor was the highest place finisher in the team show jumping in 16th place.  Karen and Phillip are still in contention in the individual competition, and will jump a second round later this morning to determine the final individual placings.  The dismal results had to be a disappointment for Mark Phillips who will be retiring from the position of US eventing coach after these Games.  He has held this position since 1993.  

Hopefully our Dressage and Show Jumping Teams will have better luck.  The fact that our Show Jumping Team did not make the cut for the FEI Nations Cup Series this year is worrisome when it comes to anticipating the usual medal we are accustomed to winning in this discipline.  The good news is that Olympic veterans Beezie Maddon & McLain Ward who competed in Athens & Hong Kong, the Equestrian venue of the Bejing Games, are on the team along with 2012 World Cup winner Rich Fellers. Up and coming powerhouse, Reed Kessler who we are told has nerves of steel and is the 4th team member.

We will see what happens with Dressage, although it has not typically been the discipline where we have excelled internationally when it comes to consistent medals.