Anne Kursinski of Flemington, N.J., rode Eros without penalty in two U.S. Equestrian Team Olympic Show Jumping Trials on Sunday and moved into a tie for the overall lead after five of eight trials.
Kursinski has eight total faults and is tied with Michael Matz of Collegeville, Pa., on Rhum IV.Matz, 45, a two-time Olympian, had been the overall leader with four total faults. He rode Rhum IV, a 12-year-old Selle Francais owned by F. Eugene Dixon, penalty free in Sunday's first trial, but had the last fence down in the second trial for four faults.
Kursinski, 37, also a veteran of two Olympic teams, tied Matz for the overall lead by scoring the day's only double clear rounds on Eros, a 9-year-old Australian Thoroughbred owned by the Eros Group.
McLain Ward of Brewster, N.Y., riding Omnibus, was third overall with 20 faults.
The candidates' six best scores will count in determining the squad for the summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.