If you enjoy knowing the background and breeding of horses at the upper levels, here’s a quick recap of the pedigrees of the U.S. Olympic event team horses along with the credentials of the riders.

Twizzel and Will Coleman - photo by Calina

Rider: Will Coleman
DOB: May 8, 1983
Gordonsville, VA
Horse: Twizzel
Owner: James Wildasin
1996 Westphalian
16.2 Bay Gelding

(Argentinus x Lady Bedford)  bred in Germany. Argentinus is a Hanoverian stallion by Argentan I by Absatz, and his pedigree contains the D-line Duellant as well.  The pedigree at Sport Horse doesn’t go further than listing his dam as being by “Sensitive”, but I found Lady Bedford is indeed a registered unraced Thoroughbred. She’s an 1984 mare bred in Kentucky by Burdette Associates, sent to Europe. She is by Sensitive Prince by Ky. Derby winner Majestic Prince by Raise a Native, and her dam is Ducky Daddle, bred in Virginia by Hickory Tree Farm and exported to New Zealand in 1989. by Quack by TV Lark. She contains Native Dancer, Royal Charger, Princequillo, Buckpasser and Tom Fool in her pedigree, all champion Thoroughbred lineage. Currently, Will Coleman is 9th on the USEA 2012 Overall Leading Riders list, and this year Twizzel was 5th Rolex Kentucky 4*, 11th Fork Advanced this year and last year finished 5th at Fair Hill CCI*** and 7th at Barbury Castle.

Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister, Rolex 2011 - photo by Calina

Rider: Tiana Coudray
DOB: August 8, 1988
Ojai, CA
Horse: Ringwood Magister
Owner: Jatial Inc.
2001 Irish Sport Horse
17.1 Gray Gelding

(Master Imp x Cloonkeen View) Bred in Ireland by Adrian P. Bourke, Balina. Master Imp is a well-known sire of talented yet sometimes opinionated event horses, including Mandiba. Clonkeen View is by Carrabawn View, pictured here. He is listed as having 55 offspring. Ringwood Magister is related to Carrig View and other event and performance horses listed in the database. He goes back to Tourbillon, a known TB sire of jumping horses but otherwise is completely Irish Sport-bred.  His record includes: 11th Saumur CCI3*,  23rd Belton CIC3*;  In 2011, 2nd at Blenheim CCI***. Tiana Coudray has been competing in Europe this year and is unranked at the USEA.

Otis Barbotiere and Boyd Martin - photo by Calina

Rider: Boyd Martin
DOB: August 20, 1978
Unionville, PA
Horse:Otis Barbotiere
Owner: Otis Barbotiere Syndicate
2002 Selle Francais
16.2 Bay Gelding

(Quidam de Revel x Java Barbotiere) Otis is by a sire that many feel one of the great jumping sires of the world. Quidam de Revel. He is Jalisco B Olympic jumper by the grand Alme. Bottom French bred but 2nd dam is L’Apophie. If you want to see classic Thoroughbred jumping bloodlines on one pedigree page, check her out –> here  = Son In Law, Tourbillon, Precipitation – it’s all there. No mistake of the jumping ability!

Otis’ record: 3rd Rolex Kentucky 4*, 5th The Fork CIC3* Boyd is 2nd on the USEA Overall 2012 Leaderboard just behind Phillip.

Phillip Dutton and Mystery Whisper - photo by Holly Covey

Rider: Phillip Dutton
DOB: September 13, 1963
West Grove, PA
Horse: Mystery Whisper
Owner: Jim and Arden Wildasin
Australian Warmblood
16.3 Bay Gelding

(Richmeed Medallion x Socialite) Richmeed Medallion is by May Sherif out of a Catherston mare,  Desert Gold by Dutch Gold who is by Dutch Courage – Britain’s leading International Dressage Horse from 1978 to 1985 having won the National Dressage Championships 6 times, been Dressage Horse of the Year 5 times as well as winning Bronze Medal at the World Dressage Championships at Goodwood.

Mystery Whisper’s dam, Socialite, is by Salute (KWPN) and she also goes back to the great jumping sire, Cor de la Bryere, on her dam side.

Mystery Whisper was imported in August of 2011, and this year with Phillip, was 1st Red Hills CIC3*,1st The Fork CIC3*, 1st Jersey Fresh CCI3*. Phillip is the USEA’s 2012 overall leading rider, and a double team Olympic gold medalist for Australia (1996 and 2000), also was on the Australian Olympic three-day event team in 1992. He changed his nationality and rode for the US on the 2008 Olympic team, and so this will be his fifth Olympic team appearance.

Mr Medicott and Karen O'Connor - photo by Calina

Rider: Karen O’Connor
DOB: February 17, 1958
The Plains, VA
Horse: Mr. Medicott
Owner: Mr. Medicott Syndicate
1999 Irish Sport Horse
16.3 Chestnut Gelding

(Crusing x Slieveluachra) Mr. Medicott is bred by Dr. D. Geaney of Castleisland, in Ireland, by the legendary Cruising, sire of several advanced level event horses such as Bruce Davidson’s Cruise Lion. He is out of an Edmund Burke mare, which is U.S. bred Thoroughbred (TB bred by Advocator by Round Table) but starting with the dam’s grand-dam, the pedigree is unknown Irish draught.

Mr. Medicott’s dam is out of a Slievenamon mare, and her dam is listed as unknown – but Slievenamon is the sire of many nice ID horses including popular Snowford Bellman. Mr. Medicott was imported in December. In 2012, he finished 1st Bromont CIC3* and 4th Rolex Kentucky 4*. Karen is third on the USEA 2012 Overall Leaderboard behind Boyd and Phillip and currently leading lady rider in the US.