Paris Olympics: showjumping

Welcome to Horse & Hound’s coverage of the showjumping 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 showjumping news as it happens.

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Dates:   1-2 August & 5-6 August
Venue:   Palace of Versailles
Teams:   Three riders per team – 20 teams
Individuals:   15 individuals, plus all team riders – total 75
Phases:   Team qualifier, team final, individual qualifier, individual final
Medals:   Team 2 August; individual 6 August

Olympic showjumping news

Olympic showjumping in Paris: what you need to know

Who are on the Olympic showjumping teams?

The riders chosen to representing their countries in the Olympic showjumping teams have been chosen, including the British Olympic showjumping team, plus the alternate riders.

Who is likely to win a medal?

The Olympic team showjumping format of just three riders is the same as at he last Olympics in Tokyo and will make the competition more difficult to predict. H&H’s showjumping editor thinks the main contenders for medals in the team competition will be Sweden, Britain, USA, Ireland, Switzerland and France, while Belgium, Netherlands, Brazil and Germany may also be in the mix.

Does Britain have a good chance of winning a medal?

Yes, Great Britain will be heading to Tokyo with ambitions of bringing home both team and individual medals in the Olympic showjumping competition.

How many riders in an Olympic showjumping 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 showjumping judges in Paris?

Italy’s Frances Hesketh-Jones will be the president of the showjumping ground jury in Paris. He will be joined by Patrice Alvado (FRA), Harrij Braspenning (NED), David Distler (USA) and Karoly Fugli (HUN). The limb sensitivity liaison judge will be Manuel Carvalho Martins of Portugal.

Who are the other Olympic showjumping officials?

The Paris showjumping course designer is Spain’s Santiago Varela, who will be working alongside France’s Gregory Bodo. The jumping technical delegate is Guilherme Nogueira Jorge of Brazil.

The jumping chief steward is Maria Hernek of Sweden, who will be working with Ireland’s Charles Maudlin. The overall chief steward of the Games is Cesar Hirsch of Venezuela.

Essential reading

• H&H’s beginners’ guide: what is showjumping at the Olympics

When did showjumping become an Olympic sport?

Equestrian jumping events were initially seen at the Olympics in the 1900 Games in Paris, when they included individual jumping, high jump and long jump, before returning in the more familiar form of dressage, eventing, and showjumping at the 1912 Games in Stockholm, since when they have been a regular feature.