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Equestrian / Eventing

Eventing is the most complete combined competition discipline and demands of the competitor and horse considerable experience in all branches of equitation. It covers every aspect of horsemanship: the harmony between horse and rider that characterise Dressage; the contact with nature, stamina and extensive experience essential for the Cross Country; the precision, agility and technique involved in Jumping.

Military background

Developed to test and prepare cavalry horses, Eventing has a long and colourful history. Initially, the purpose was to create a competition in which officers and horses could be tested for any challenges that could occur on or off duty. It also provided a basis to compare training standards between the calvalries of different countries.

First woman

Although women had been allowed to ride in equestrian events since 1952, it wasn't until Helena du Pont competed for the United States at the 1964 Tokyo Games that Eventing saw its first woman representing her country.

Keeping cool

Since the 1996 Atlanta Games, extensive studies and research have  taken place examining the effets of heat and humidity on horses taking part in equestrian events. The world’s experts have poured over the subject and the success of all the measures in place and the knowledge at hand for the 2008 Olympic Games proved invaluable. The wealth of information collected also serves as a great resource for amateur equestrians faced with adverse climatic conditions around the world.

Olympic history

Equestrian sports featured on the Olympic programme of the Paris Games in 1900, with jumping events, and were then withdrawn until the 1912 Games in Stockholm. Since then, this sport has been on the Olympic programme with remarkable regularity.

Until 1948, only men competed in the events, as the riders had to be officers. This restriction was lifted in 1951, and, since the Helsinki Games in 1952, women have competed with men in the mixed events. They competed first in dressage, then gradually in the other equestrian events.

From the three disciplines that make up equestrian, eventing is the most demanding. Indeed, it combines not only jumping and dressage, but also a long cross-country course, on mixed terrain with sometimes imposing natural or artificial obstacles.

At the 2008 Games in Beijing, Canada’s Ian Millar did particularly well winning the silver medal in the team jumping, 36 years after his first participation in the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972. At 61, he was the oldest medallist at the Beijing Games.



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Big Ben jump

London 2012 - a rider in the equestrian team jumping competition flies over Big Ben.
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Eventing Individual Jumping final - highlights

London 2012 - highlights from the Equestrian Eventing Individual Jumping final at Greenwich Park. Germany's Michael Jung took gold, while Sara Algotsson Ostholt of Sweden rode to silver adn Jung's compatriot Sandra Auffarth took bronze.

Equestrian Eventing Team Jumping - highlights

London 2012 - highlights of the Equestrian Eventing Team Jumping contest at Greenwich Park.
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Equestrian - eventing: Linda Algotsson jumps through the Moon

London - 30 July 2012: Linda Algotsson of Sweden riding La Fair jumps through the crescent “moon” obstacle in the team and individual eventing cross country competition staged at Greenwich Park on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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- Germany, Australia, Great Britain

Final equestrian eventing team jumping

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