Equestrian is back once again for the Tokyo Olympics. Equestrian competition will begin on Saturday, July 24 at 4 a.m. ET and wrap up with the team jumping final on Saturday, August 7 at 6 a.m. ET. And the Indivudual and Team Cross Country show will start at 5 PM ET Saturday July 31.
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For the United States, Jessica Springsteen, the daughter of Bruce Springsteen, will make her highly-anticipated debut riding Don Juan van de Donkhoeve as a member of the U.S. jumping squad. Phillip Dutton, who won a bronze medal in individual eventing in Rio, will return to compete in his seventh Olympics. At 57 years old, he will become the oldest U.S. Olympian since John Dane III, who last competed in 2008.
Dressage 2020 Olympics Recap
The United States Equestrian Team made history in two ways this week at the Tokyo games when they took home the silver medal in team dressage. First, it was the best finish for the Americans in the event in 73 years, improving on 2016’s bronze medal finish. Second, the U.S. team was led by 56-year-old Steffen Peters, who became the oldest person to medal in an Olympic event.
A show of chemistry between horse and rider, dressage evaluates “an athletes’ ability to make their horse move quickly from side to side, transition into a gallop or rapidly change direction, using subtle commands,” according to the event’s official Olympic page.
At the 2020 Olympics, Germany took home the team dressage gold medal, while the U.S. and Great Britain followed with silver and bronze respectively. In the individual competition, Germans Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Isabell Werth earned gold and silver, while Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain won the bronze.
Olympics Eventing dressage Preview
Drawing from the other two equestrian disciplines, eventing is a three-part that requires skill at both jumping and dressage but also mastering a cross-country course that includes obstacles like fences, water, and hedges in a race against the clock.
Boasting a field of 65 horse and athlete combinations, eventing is an extremely competitive field that will result in just three winners of the individual and team events. At the 2016 Games in Rio, France took the team gold, followed by Germany and Australia. Michael Jung earned the individual top spot, with Astier Nicolas of France earning silver and Phillip Dutton finishing with bronze.
Equestrian Schedule of Olympics 2020
Equestrian Competition Schedule
|7/24||Dressage Grand Prix Team and Individual: Day 1|
|7/25||Dressage Grand Prix Team and Individual: Day 2|
|7/27||Dressage Team Grand Prix Special|
|7/28||Dressage Individual Grand Prix Freestyle|
|7/29||Eventing Dressage Day 1 – Session 1|
|7/30||Eventing Dressage Day 1 – Session 2|
|7/30||Eventing Dressage Day 2 – Session 3|
|7/31||Eventing Team and Individual Cross-Country||OLYMTV|
|8/2||Eventing Team and Individual Jumping|
|8/3||Jumping Individual Qualification|
|8/4||Jumping Individual Final|
|8/6||Jumping Team Qualification|
|8/7||Jumping Team Final|