SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif.--The first of three Nations Cups that will qualify the top two scoring nations for the Nations Cup Final in Barcelona this fall will take place May 14 in San Juan Capistrano.
The U.S. is not yet qualified for the Paris Olympics next year, and the Nations Cup Final is one of only two chances for the U.S. to qualify, with the other being the Pan Am Games.
Chef d'equipe Robert Ridland has said he would name very strong teams for these venues to give the U.S. the best chance to qualify for Paris, and the team named for San Juan Capistrano is certainly that, led by two Olympic team gold medalists Laura Kraut and McLain Ward.
US Equestrian announced the riders selected to represent the U.S. Jumping Team at the 2023 FEI Jumping Nations Cup of USA at San Juan Capistrano CSIO5*.
THE TEAM will be led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland.
The following riders have been named to the U.S. Jumping Team and are listed in alphabetical order:
• Karl Cook of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
• Nick Dello Joio of Wellington, Fla.
• Lillie Keenan of New York, N.Y.
• Laura Kraut of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
• McLain Ward of Brewster, N.Y.
The CSIO5* will take place during the San Juan Capistrano International in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Competition will begin Thursday, May 11, and conclude Sunday, May 14.
The Nations Cup will close out the competition on Sunday, May 14, at noon PT, which is 3 p.m. ET.
Watch the 2023 FEI Jumping Nations Cup of USA at San Juan Capistrano CSIO5* live on FEI.TV.
FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ USA Fast Facts
What: The only FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ series qualifier in the U.S.
The next two are to be held in Mexico and Canada.
When: Sunday, May 14, 2023, during the San Juan Capistrano International, held May 9-14
Where: The Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park
30753 Avenida La Pata
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675