All About Olympic Equestrian Sports

Learn About the Olympic Horse Sports

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All About Olympic Horse Sports:

In a horse crazy country like Britain, it was no surprise to see the sidelines of the cross-country course crowded with fans in 2012. Just like the Beijing Olympics, we saw a wide range of experience--from veteran Ian Millar, to a few new kids on the block. And after just a day or two of competition, the risk involved in cross-country jumping took it's toll with Canadian rider Hawley Bennet-Awad hospitalized after a bad spill.

The bad was balanced by the good--as Ingrid Klimke of Germany riding Butts Abraxxas finished on top after an almost melodic ride. Now, looking forward to Rio in 2016, we will again be seeing inspiring older athletes like Millar chasing medals, and some exciting new talent with their eye on gold for the first time.

Now we are enjoying the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and the preparations  have been rife with delays, and an unfortunate virus outbreak that endangered local horses. The outbreak was contained however, and Rio is welcoming it’s equestrian competitors after a successful test event in 2015.

About Olympic Equestrian Sports:

The Olympic Equestrian Sports are governed by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). Learn about the rules, the competitions and what it would take for you to become an Olympic level rider.

Olympic Equestrian Sports History:

Equestrianism is one of the few Olympic sports where men and women compete on equal grounds. Only three other sports including sailing and mixed doubles tennis have men and woman competiting against each other.

Many Olympic Equestrians can boast a longevity unheard of in most sports as well. These inspiring athletes prove that there is no limit to what can be done at any age.  Learn about previous medalists, some milestones in competition and a little Olympic Equestrian sport history.

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Admittedly some people have compared watching dressage to watching grass grow. But a closer look reveals the sublime control and refinement of human and animal in perfect partnership. Dressage is truly a ballet with horse and human partners. No one can dispute the thrills of the show jumping competition or the cross country phase of eventing, both tests of stamina and agility. These are popular spectator sports and the stands should be filled with excited fans. Here's a quick look at the elegance, the spills, the venues and familiar faces of past Olympics.

Olympic Equestrian Riders:

The equestrian sports are more about experience and skill than raw athletic prowess. In past Olympics we have seen some of the oldest Olympians competing for medals, like Hiroshi Hoketsu, who at 67, returned to the Beijing Olympics 44 years after his first Olympic appearance.

Hoketsu is again aiming at Rio 2016, although after losing Whisper, his mount for the previous games, he will be qualifying a new mount.  There have been many amazing partnerships for the Olympics. Meet the horses and riders who have competed for podium spots in dressage, eventing and show jumping.