U.S. Equestrian Names Four-Member Jumping Team For Tokyo Olympics

by Steve Drumwright

McLain Ward was selected to compete at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.


Two-time gold medalist McLain Ward is returning to the Olympics for the fifth time after he was named one of the four members of the U.S. Equestrian jumping team for the Tokyo Games on Monday.
He is joined by Kent Farrington, Laura Kraut and Jessica Springsteen on the Olympic team.
Ward, aboard 12-year-old Deutsches Sportpferd gelding Contagious and ranked ninth in the world by the FEI, won team golds in the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics and a team silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 45-year-old from Brewster, New York, who was on the team that finished sixth at the 2012 London Olympics, has two top-10 Olympic finishes as an individual — sixth in 2008 and tied for ninth in 2016.
A 40-year-old who lives in Wellington, Florida, Farrington is the top-ranked American in the world at No. 5. He rides a 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare named Gazelle and is making his second straight Olympic appearance. In addition to the team silver in 2016, he finished fifth individually.
Kraut, a 55-year-old who lives in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, is ranked 28th in the world and is making her third trip to the Olympics, having also gone in 2000 in Sydney and 2008. She won a team gold in Beijing and has an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding named Baloutinue.
Making her Olympic debut is Springsteen, who is ranked 27th in the world. The 29-year-old from Los Angeles, who is the daughter of rocker Bruce Springsteen and singer-songwriter Patti Scialfa, will be riding Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion.
Lead the team is Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland and Team Leader Lizzy Chesson. The alternates are Brian Moggre and Lucy Deslauriers.


Steve Drumwright is a journalist based in Murrieta, California. He is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.