This evening the Olympic event horses in Tokyo had a familiarisation session in the main arena, plus showjumping training under lights.
Each national team was allocated times so their riders had 10 minutes to ride in the final warm-up area, 10 minutes in the main arena (below) outside the dressage boards and then 10 minutes inside the dressage boards. The riders and horses then had 15 minutes when they could use the cooling tents before 10 minutes in an outer arena with showjumps set up.
If a nation does not have a full team of Olympic event horses in Tokyo, they were grouped with another nation or nations in the same situation.
The sessions started at 6.20pm and all the arenas were floodlit, with the sun setting during the early part of the evening.
All the teams took advantage of the opportunity to work in the main arena, but not all teams – or every horse from certain teams – jumped. None of the British Olympic event horses in Tokyo were jumped this evening.
Olympic event horses in Tokyo: the British team
Laura Collett and London 52
Showing off their walk in the main arena
In the cooling tent after the session
Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class
In the final warm-up area
Best foot forward in right canter
A pat during work in the final warm-up area
Oliver with Ballaghmor Class’s co-owner and his right-hand woman, Karyn Shuter, plus groom Jess McKie
Tom McEwen and Toledo De Kerser
Trotting in the main arena, with performance manager Dickie Waywood in the background
Leaving the arena
Alternate Ros Canter and Allstar B
Leaving the main arena
In the cooling tent
Japan’s Kazuma Tomoto with Vinci De La Vigne, alongside groom Jackie Potts
Germany’s reigning Olympic champion Michael Jung and Chipmunk FRH
Irish alternate Austin O’Connor on Colorado Blue, with Oliver Townend, Karyn Shuter and Jess McKie
Austin O’Connor and Colorado Blue
Ireland’s Cathal Daniels keeps Rioghan Rua relaxed in a longer frame
Italy’s Vittoria Panizzon and Super Cillious
New Zealand’s Jesse Campbell on Diachello and Jonelle Price on Grovine De Reve
Pictures by Peter Nixon
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