Tokyo Olympics 2021: Three Debutantes Who Could Steal the Show in Equestrian

Published 07/11/2021, 6:53 AM EDT
Torches are pictured during the torch kiss event, after the relay on public road was cancelled due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, during Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay celebration in Sammu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, July 1, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


A wide range of athletes will travel to the Tokyo Olympics 2021, including the equestrian all-stars of the planet. With this year’s equestrian competition looking tougher than ever, we’re in for a thrilling three weeks. Amongst the legends of the sport are a bunch of talented fresh faces from the US, France, Germany and Britain.

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US show jumping starlet debuting at Tokyo Olympics 2021

CANNES, FRANCE – JUNE 09: Jessica Springsteen competes at International Longines Global Champion Tour – Day 1 on June 9, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)

First up, the most exciting name debutante in the Tokyo Olympics 2021 is Jessica Springsteen. The daughter of Bruce Springsteen, her impressive performances warranted her a spot in the US show jumping squad. Alongside former medalists McLain Ward, Kent Farrington and Laura Kraut, she will set the stage on fire in Tokyo.

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On Instagram, Springsteen reflected on her qualification. “I’ve been dreaming of this since I can remember! Endless gratitude for my team, friends and family for helping me make this a reality. We are Tokyo bound!”

While she’s the most popular debutante from the US team, Doug Payne from the eventing squad and Sabine Schut-Kery from dressage will perform on this grand stage for the first time.

Eventing #1 makes Olympics debut in Tokyo

How Oliver Townend hasn’t competed in the Olympics before startles me and a thousand other equestrian fans. The 38-year-old from Huddersfield has three wins in the European Championships and a second place finish in the World Young Horse Championships in 2020.

Talking to FEI, he described how he felt upon qualification. “I am absolutely delighted. It’s been a dream for a very long time to represent GB at the Olympics. We are a very strong Eventing nation so it’s been seriously tough competition to get selected and to get the call was incredible.”

He even talked about his horse. “Ballaghmor Class truly is a horse of a lifetime, he’s already done so much and there’s so many people that are involved in his success behind the scenes so it feels like a way of thanking all these people. He feels in fantastic form and together with Tom and Laura as well as Piggy as a travelling reserve we will go to Tokyo and do our very best to make everyone at home proud.”

Dressage #2 to make her Olympics debut

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The German team is the favorite to clinch gold in the dressage competition at the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Both world #1 and #2 are present in that team, making it one of the best teams to grace the equestrian stage at the Olympics.

Isabell Werth, the #1 ranked in dressage leads the German dressage team. Despite her presence, expectations remain high for #2, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl. The 35-year-old has risen to become the most reliable performer in dressage today, and will look to a powerful performance in Tokyo.

How far will these stars go in the Tokyo Olympics 2021 and will they go home with a medal?

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