Paris Olympics: eventing

Welcome to Horse & Hound’s coverage of the eventing competitions at the Paris Olympics. Our expert team of equestrian journalists and photographers, both on location at the Palace of Versailles and working from the UK, are poised and ready to keep you up to date with all the latest Olympic eventing news as it happens.

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Dates:   27 July to 29 July
Venue:   Palace of Versailles
Teams:   Three riders per team – 16 teams
Individuals:   17 individuals, plus all team riders – total 65
Phases:   Dressage, cross-country, showjumping
Medals:   29 July

Olympic eventing news

Olympic eventing: meet the British team horses

The British eventing team for the Olympics has been revealed – find out more about the horses heading to Paris

Olympic eventing in Paris: what you need to know

Who will be on the Olympic eventing teams?

The riders representing their countries in the Olympic eventing teams have been chosen. View all the riders on the Paris Olympic eventing teams, or go straight to the British eventing Olympic team, including who will be the alternate rider that can be swapped into the team under certain circumstances during the competition.

Does Britain have a good chance of winning a medal?

Yes, Great Britain has a very good chance to win both team and individual medals in the Olympic dressage competition.

Which country has won the most Olympic eventing medals?

Germany (including West Germany and the combined German team) heads the leaderboard for team medals with 13 medals in total (four gold, five silver, four bronze). Britain shares the highest number of team gold medals (four) with Austria and Germany.

In the individual competition, riders from the USA have won 13 medals in total (two gold, seven silver and four bronze), while Germany (in all its forms) and Sweden both have four Olympic eventing individual champions in their history.

How many Olympic eventing medals has Great Britain won?

Britain has won 11 Olympic eventing team medals: four gold, five silver and two bronze. The most recent team success was team gold at Tokyo 2020, which followed team silver at London 2012. Prior to Tokyo, it had been 49 years since Britain was crowned Olympic eventing team champions, at the 1972 Games in Munich.

In the individual Olympic eventing competition, British riders have won 10 medals in total: two gold, three silver and five bronze. The most recent individual success was Tom McEwen’s silver medal at Tokyo 2020. Prior to that Tina Cook rode Miners Frolic to win the bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Games, for which the equestrian events were held in Hong Kong. Our most recent Olympic individual eventing champion was Leslie Law riding Shear L’Eau in the 2004 Athens Games.

Who won the Olympic eventing medals in Tokyo 2020?

Team gold: Britain
Team silver: Australia
Team bronze: France

Individual gold: Julia Krajewski (GER)
Individual silver: Tom McEwen (GBR)
Individual bronze: Andrew Hoy (AUS)

What’s the Olympic eventing competition format?

There will be both team and individual medals up for grabs in Paris, which will be decided on 29 July. In order to win an individual medal, each horse and rider will have to tackle the dressage, cross-country and showjumping phases across three days to receive their final penalty score – the lowest score wins.

How many riders in an Olympic eventing team?

There will be three horse and rider combinations in each team with all scores to count, plus one reserve who can be substituted in under certain circumstances.

Who are the Olympic eventing judges in Paris?

The president of the ground jury is Christina Klingspor from Sweden. The other members of the ground jury are Xavier Le Sauce from France, and Robert Stevenson of the USA.

Who are the other Olympic eventing officials?

Marcin Konarski of Poland is the eventing technical delgate (TD), with Gaston Bileitczuk of France as assistant TD. France’s Pierre Le Goupil is the cross-country course designer. Britain’s Richard Clapham will be in cross-country control.

Eventing’s chief steward is Hungary’s George Bazar, with Pia Myrskog of Finland as steward. Cesar Hirsch of Venezuela is the overall chief steward at the Games.

Essential reading

• H&H’s beginners’ guide: what is eventing at the Olympics?
• H&H’s expert guide to the Olympic eventing format
• H&H’s essential guide to eventing scoring and penalities
• H&H’s detailed guide to eventing dressage scoring
• H&H’s beginners’ guide to eventing cross-country at the Olympics

When did eventing become an Olympic sport?

The sport of eventing was first seen in the Olympics in the 1912 Games in Stockholm. Only male riders were allowed to compete and Sweden’s Axel Nordlander won individual gold and led his team to the top spot on the podium. The first Olympic eventing competition consisted of a 55km endurance race, a 5km cross-country course, a 3.5km steeplechase, jumping over 15 obstacles, as well as a dressage phase.

When did women start competing against men in Olympic eventing?

The restriction that only allowed men to compete in Olympic equestrian events was lifted in 1951, with the first women competing alongside men in the 1952 Helsinki Games. However it was not until Tokyo 1964 that the first woman represented her country in Olympic eventing: this was Helena du Pont of the USA.