On Friday evening (29 July), shortly before midnight local time, 34 event horses arrived at Rio’s Galeao airport.
This followed an 11-hour flight from London Stansted airport on a cargo Emirates Boeing 777. This was the first of nine flights in total which will carry around 200 horses from Leige in Belgium and Miami in Florida.
According to the FEI, New Zealand rider Tim Price’s horse Ringwood Sky Boy was the first to disembark the plane onto Brazilian ground.
This batch of horses, whose riders represent Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, China, Italy, Japan, Brazil and Zimbabwe, were then escorted by police on a bio-contained route to the Olympic equestrian venue at Deodoro.
See how the horses are settling into their championship digs:
The sole Zimbabwean eventing representative, British-based Camilla Kruger, grazes her horse Biarritz II in his travel suit at Stansted
Loading up the first batch of Olympic horses
US rider Clark Montgomery watches as his team’s horses depart Florida, including his mount Loughan Glen
The mighty German squad arrive in Brazil
Tina Cook’s Billy The Red and Pippa Funnell’s Billy The Biz enjoy a pick of grass
The British eventing team enjoy some sightseeing
British eventing team vet Liz Brown welcomes the horses as they arrive
Gemma Tattersall gives her horse Quicklook V (Pebbles) a warm welcome
The British eventing team check out the village where they will be staying
There is a graffiti wall for athletes to write a message to mark their stay
Quicklook V has a look at the main arena where much of the equestrian action will unfold
Brazilian event rider Ruy Fonseca gives us an insight into the Olympic village
And this is the home-side’s team camp
Kitty King’s ride Ceylor LAN (or Sprout as he is known at home) relaxes into his new digs
The Irish team arrive in Rio (l-r: Mark Kyle, Padraig McCarthy, Camilla Speirs, Clare Abbott and Jonty Evans)
Don Geniro, the mount of Chinese event rider Alex Hua Tian, poses with his team
Pippa Funnell’s groom Frankie Murrell gives us a look behind the scenes
New Zealander Jock Paget’s horse Clifton Lush takes in his surroundings
The full Horse & Hound Olympic preview is out now (28 July issue)