Danish Olympic Dressage Team for Paris 2024 Announced

Mon, 07/08/2024 - 13:35
Daniel Bachmann Andersen and Vayron at the 2024 CDIO Compiegne :: Photo © Astrid Appels

The Danish Equestrian Federation has finally announced the dressage team  that will represent Denmark at the 2024 Olympic  Games in Paris.

Denmark is the penultimate country to make its announcement. Both Sweden and Finland have named two of three team riders and are yet too announce their third and reserve member.

The  Danish team will be captained by Anne-Mette Binder with German Wolfram Wittig serving as the "team trainer."

The Danish Dressage Team includes

  • Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour - Mount St. John Freestyle
  • Daniel Bachmann Andersen - Vayron
  • Nanna Skodborg Merrald - Blue Hors Zepter

The first, travelling reserve is: 

  • Nadja Aaboe Sloth - Favour Gersdorf

Nanna Merrald has a direct reserve horse in Blue Hors Din Olymbrio. 

Nadja Aaboe Sloth on Favour Gersdorf in Aachen
"It has been both a great privilege, but also really difficult to make the Olympic team, because we have so many talented athletes with horses kindly made available by dedicated horse owners. They can all perform at the highest international level. Denmark fields the strongest team possible. It has been a good and exciting observation and selection process with eight motivated and committed athletes, each of whom has worked hard and purposefully to achieve their goal and dream of being able to represent Denmark at the Olympic Games in Paris 2024," said Binder. 

The biggest surprise is that Nadja Aaboe Sloth has overtaken Tokyo team member Carina Cassoe Kruth (Heiline's Danciera) as reserve. Sloth produced personal best scores at the CDIO Aachen last weekend.

"We are aware of the importance of the good community so that everyone can give their best on the day. And if everything comes together, than we have medal dreams. No one wins team medals alone, so each individual athlete is equally important for us to reach our goal," Binder explained. 

"Danish dressage comes to the Olympics as defending world champions, so maybe something good is in store in Paris. The riders will be competing in some fantastic settings at the Palace of Versailles and we have created a great setup for them close to the competition venue. So the prerequisites for some fantastic days of competition are in place, " said Søren Simonsen, Denmark's Olympic chef de mission.

Photo © Astrid Appels

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