The first group of Olympic horses departed from London Stansted Airport on July 29 on a special cargo plane bound for Rio de Janeiro and the Olympic Games, marking the start of the Olympic dream for the world’s best equine athletes.
One of the British event horses and his paperwork as they prepare to load. All Photos by FEI/Jon Stroud
It's hard to imagine just how overflowing with emotion the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen is each year, and this year even more so, as some of the top international stars took the field in preparation for the Rio Olympic Games.
Show jumper Lucy Davis might be living out every horse-crazy girl’s dream by making her first Olympic team this year, but as she showed on her Instagram account recently, she definitely hasn’t forgotten her roots.
Davis, 23, was recently named to the U.S. team for the Rio Olympic Games with her Barron and jumped for the U.S. team at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France), but it was less than 10 years ago that she jumped her first 1.60-meter jump. She commemorated the occasion with a #tbt Instagram post…
She's not even named to the German team for the CICO*** team competition at the Aachen CHIO, but Bettina Hoy is making her presence known with some stunning dressage tests to lead after the first phase.
Bettina Hoy on Seigneur Medicott. Photo by Shannon Brinkman
Reigning Olympic and World Games champions Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro made their first foray into the show ring in amost a year as they topped the Grand Prix and Grand Prix freestyle at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage CDIO*** (England) on July 8-9.
Dujardin and Valegro's last outing had been at the 2015 Aachen CHIO (Germany) where they won the Grand Prix, Special and freestyle.
The possibility of the Ukrainian show jumping team participating in the Rio Olympic Games has been called into question as Oleksandr Onyshchenko, the organizer and funding behind the team, has been charged with fraud in Ukraine.
As the team for this year’s Rio Olympic Games was named this week, I thought it might be interesting to look back at the selection of the team for the Games 20 years ago.
Back in 1996, before the Atlanta Olympic Games, the U.S. selection was hard and fast objective trials. Riders and horses had to jump in eight rounds of competition over the course of three months in Wellington, Fla., Paoli, Pa., North Salem, N.Y., Devon, Pa., and Gladstone, N.J.