'We have the right athletes and horses'

Updated: July 16, 2004, 8:26 PM ET
Associated Press

GLADSTONE, N.J. -- Three members from the United States' gold-medal team at the 2002 World Equestrian Games were selected for the U.S. Olympic team on Friday.

Two-time Rolex Kentucky winner Kim Severson of Keene, Va., winner of Tuesday's final outing for Olympic hopefuls, will ride Winsome Adante. John Williams of Middleburg, Va., will ride Carrick, and Amy Tryon of Redmond, Wash., made the team on My Beau.

Joining them are Pan American Games individual gold medalist Darren Chiacchia of Springville, N.Y., on Windfall II, and Julie Richards of Newnan, Ga., on Jacob Two Two.

"We have our work cut out for us, but we have the right athletes and horses for the job," said Jim Wolf, director of high performance eventing for the U.S. Equestrian Federation.

Richards is the only Olympic veteran in the group. She finished ninth individually at the 2000 Sydney Games.

"We had so many strong people this year that it could have gone any way and we'd have had a strong team," she said.

"I'm really honored that they have faith in me and I'm going to do my best to not make them regret it. It's fun that I've been there before, because I have a pretty calm head about the whole thing."

Due to the rigors of the three-phase sport, which includes dressage, cross-country and show jumping, five replacements also were chosen.

They include Tryon with her other horse, Poggio II; 2000 Olympic individual gold medalist David O'Connor of The Plains, Va., with Outlawed; Will Faudree of Midland, Texas, with Antigua; Jan Thompson of Purcellville, Va., with Task Force, and Heidi White of Chadds Ford, Pa., with Northern Spy.

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