Venue: National Equestrian Center
Dates: August 7 – August 19, 2016 Events: Dressage, Eventing and Jumping
Olympic equestrian is not your usual weekend horseback riding stroll through the park. Nor is it anything like professional horse racing where speed is all. It is a test of performance skills and the intelligence of both man and beast as they are put through their paces in three separate events.
These include jumping and eventing, in which horses are often tested to the limit through various obstacles and varying terrain.
In dressage competitions (also known as "horse ballet") highly disciplined animals trot, canter, as well as pirouette to the delight of appreciative spectators.
Thrills, chills, and spills await as as top riders and the sturdiest steeds take the world stage during the 2016 Summer Olympics taking place at the National Equestrian Center in Rio.
Olympic equestrian fun facts
Equestrian, the only Olympic sport in which humans and animals are teammates.
• Classical dressage, which initially wasn't a competition but an art form based on training for the battlefield, first came to prominence during the Renaissance.
• Eventing began in France, where soldiers wanted to test the agility of their horses. When equestrian debuted at the 1912 games, the sport was still known as Cheval D'Arms due to its origins in the French military.
• Today, equestrian is the ONLY Olympic sport in which men and women compete against each other. Equestrian is also the ONLY Olympic event in which humans and animals compete TOGETHER.
• The oldest woman to compete in the Olympics was British dressage rider Lorna Johnstone, who participated in the 1972 games at age 70.
More about Olympic equestrian events around the Web:
Horse Sport - FEI - The official equestrian events site for the Summer Olympics, FEI covers much more than Olympics riding with highlights of events and competitions worldwide.
NBC Olympics - Equestrian - Features stories, updates & major news headlines, photos and video, who to watch, fan forum
United States Equestrian Foundation - Official home of Team USA and definitely focused on US issues and team results, but the selection of non-competition articles cover a wide range of equestrian news topics.
Horse Web - The news feed on the main page will let you know what the latest goings in qualifying competitions, but the strength of this site is the collection of sites on anything to do with horsing around