The test event for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games is underway at the Deodoro Olympic Park, where the equestrian events of the Games will be held.
While this week’s test event—a CIC** with 13 riders—is limited to Brazilian horses, a total of 200 equestrian athletes will join 10,300 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which run from Aug. 5-21 next year with 19 days of world-class sport in eventing, dressage and show jumping.
U.S. rider Beezie Madden had an uncharacteristic blip in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at the Longines Royal International Horse Show—commonly known as Hickstead—on Friday, but she and Cortes ‘C’ rebounded to take their second consecutive win in the King George V Gold Cup grand prix. Todd Minikus was also in the hunt, finishing sixth in the grand prix after two clean rounds in the Nations Cup for the U.S. team. You can read all about it.
Go back a dozen years, and the hunter ring was ruled by a plain bay mare named Strapless. She galloped fast, jumped hard and won everywhere.
There were no hunter derbies on show schedules. The headline class for the hunters was the AHJF Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular, held under the lights on the then-grass International Ring at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla.
In the Aug. 27, 1965 edition of The Chronicle of the Horse appeared an article about the very first show jumping grand prix to be put on in the United States. The class was held in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 25 as part of the PHA Horse Show. Here's the entire text of that article and scroll down to see scans of the actual pages of the article in that issue of the Chronicle...
When? The first round goes at 2 p.m. EST on Tuesday, July 21. Then the jumpers have a day off before the two-round Nations Cup on July 23, which will decide the team medals. They have another rest day, then on July 25 is the second horse inspection and two rounds of jumping to decide the individual medals.
Where? The show jumping will take place at the OLG Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park in Caledon, Ontario.