The Deodoro equestrian centre welcomes its first horses
A total of 229 horses will be taking part in the three equestrian disciplines (jumping, dressage and eventing) at the Games in Rio. The first of them have just moved into their stables at the Deodoro Olympic equestrian centre.
On Saturday 30 July, the staff at the Deodoro Olympic equestrian centre welcomed the first of the horses which will be competing at the Olympic Games in Rio. Ringwood Sky Boy, a 13 year-old Irish Hunter which will be taking part in the eventing for New Zealand, was the first to move into the stables.
Thirty-four horses were in the plane which landed at Rio de Janeiro airport after a 12-hour journey from London. Representing 10 different National Olympic Committees, all 34 will be taking part in the eventing competitions.
The grooms and officials from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and Zimbabwe were waiting for their horses at the stables.
The horses travelled in personalised boxes in a cargo plane. After landing safely and clearing customs at the airport, they were placed in four 18.5m trailers brought specially from Germany and pulled by lorries. They were then transported under federal road police escort to Deodoro.
The specially fitted cargo plane which landed at Rio airport on Saturday was making the first of nine trips, which will see 229 horses brought to Brazil from all over the world.