Comeback king Skelton scoops Britain’s first Olympic individual Jumping gold

Nick Skelton made Olympic history when becoming the first ever British rider to win individual Jumping gold at Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro today. (Dirk Caremans/FEI)

Comeback king Skelton scoops Britain’s first Olympic individual Jumping gold By Louise Parkes Skelton to date; he broke his neck in a fall 16 years ago, he has a replacement hip, he’s 58 years old, competing at his seventh Olympic Games and he was riding a horse that has been struggling with injury for over two years, but Nick Skelton…

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Two show jumpers through to Individual Final for Great Britain

Ben Maher (GBR) & Tic Tac - Jumping – Team Round 2 (Team Final & Individual 3rd Qualifier) – Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Deodoro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 17 August 2016. Image credit © BEF / Jon Stroud Media

Two show jumpers through to Individual Final for Great Britain Great Britain’s Nick Skelton and Ben Maher have successfully qualified for Friday’s Individual Jumping Final after producing some skilful riding earlier today at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro, Rio. Coming forward to complete his round, seven-time Team GB Olympian Nick Skelton with Beverley Widdowson’s Big Star, produced a lovely…

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Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro Take Gold for GB

Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro secured their second successive individual Olympic Dressage title when winning the Freestyle today. (Dirk Caremans/FEI)

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro Take Gold for GB by Louise Parkes Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin (31) and the fabulous 14-year-old gelding, Valegro, were in a class of their own when posting an Olympic Dressage record score of 93.857 in the Grand Prix Freestyle to claim their second successive individual title today. The double-gold medallist at London 2012 is the first…

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Rio Dressage 2016 Olympic Games Day 3

Team Germany took its 13th Olympic Dressage team gold today at Deodoro Olympic Park. L to R - Isabell Werth, Dorothee Schneider, Sönke Rothenberger and Kristina Bröring-Sprehe. (Richard Juillart/FEI)

Rio Dressage 2016 Olympic Games Day 3 – Germany takes Olympic Dressage team gold once again By Louise Parkes Rio Dressage Day 3 – Germany clinched team Dressage gold  at the Olympic Equestrian Park in Deodoro yesterday. Germany has now won eight of the last nine Olympic team Dressage contests – with only Great Britain spoiling the party on home soil…

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Olympic Showjumping Horse Inspection welcomes jumping to Rio

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Olympic Showjumping Horse Inspection welcomes jumping to Rio Olympic Showjumping gets underway – Earlier this morning the jumping Horse Inspection took place up in the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro. The horse inspection precedes the first round of the competition, which gets underway on Sunday (14 August), with the first Individual Qualifying round. The British team of Ben Maher (Tic…

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Equestrian eventing draws to a close in Rio

All five Russian equestrian athletes cleared to compete at Rio 2016 image credit Mike Bain

Equestrian eventing draws to a close in Rio The final day of the equestrian eventing competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games got underway earlier yesterday and with it the decisive showjumping phase. After a horse inspection during the morning, forty-six horses came forward to contest the third and final phase, with twelve nations represented across the team event. With…

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Great Britain’s dressage team get their Olympic Games underway

dressage team Hartpury Festival of Dressage Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro

Great Britain’s dressage team get their Olympic Games underway After the eventing cross-country action in Deodoro, the dressage team athletes got their Rio 2016 Olympic Games underway late this afternoon when the dressage Horse Inspection took place. The British team of Fiona Bigwood (Atterupgaards Orthilia, owned by Penny Bigwood and Neils and Lis Dahl), Charlotte Dujardin (Valegro, owned by Rowena……...

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Olympic Eventing – Change at the Top

Olympic Eventing - Australia leads both the team and individual rankings after Eventing cross-country at Deodoro Olympic Park thanks to a superb clear round from Christopher Burton and Santano ll. Medals will be decided in tomorrow’s showjumping phase. (FEI/Dirk Caremans)

Olympic Eventing – Change at the Top…. By Louise Parkes Australia, Eventing team gold medallists in Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000, heads both the team and individual standings in Olympic Eventing after a day of cross-country thrills, spills and surprises at the Rio 2016 Olympic Equestrian Venue in Deodoro yesterday. Topping the teams on 150.3 and with Christopher…

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Rio 2016 equine athletes have world-class veterinary care on tap in Deodoro

Equine Athletes receive world class on tap care (right) Brazil’s Dr Thomas Wolff, President of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Veterinary Commission, leads a 130-strong world-class team of veterinary experts, including leading surgeon Carlos Eduardo Veiga (left), anaesthetists, imaging specialists and veterinary professionals from Brazil and around the world at the hi-tech veterinary clinic in the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro, home of Olympic Equestrian for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Arnd Bronkhorst/FEI).

Rio 2016 equine athletes have world-class veterinary care on tap in Deodoro The world’s best equine athletes at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro are now poised to help their human companions win medals for eventing, dressage and showjumping, and as they focus on the prize they have access to a hi-tech veterinary facility like no other. Located at the…

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William Fox-Pitt remains in the lead as Eventing dressage phase concludes in Rio

Olympic Equestrian Team

William Fox-Pitt remains in the lead as Eventing dressage phase concludes in Rio Day two of the eventing competition, the second day of dressage at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games got underway this morning and with it welcomed the second half of the British team, Pippa Funnell and Kitty King to the arena. On a day of great competition, Britain’s…

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Miracle Man William Fox-Pitt leads after day one in Olympic Eventing in Rio

Miracle man: William Fox-Pitt bounced back from a serious head injury to take the lead as Eventing got underway at Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) today. (FEI/Dirk Caremans)

Miracle Man William Fox-Pitt leads after day one in Olympic Eventing in Rio It’s not everyone’s idea of the perfect rehab for a serious head injury, but Britain’s William Fox-Pitt defied all the odds to take the early lead as Olympic Eventing got underway at the Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) today. Riding the 16-year-old stallion, Chilli…

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Rio Olympics 2016 Equestrian coverage guide

Olympic Equestrian Team

Rio Olympics 2016 Equestrian coverage guide The highly anticipated Rio 2016 Olympic games is nearly upon us, with 16 days of what promises to be a sensational showcase of sporting talent, from 205 different nations. The games will commence on Friday the 5th of August with a vibrant and electrifying opening ceremony, which will certainly exhilarate everybody’s taste buds for…

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Equestrian sport gallops into the Rio limelight

Equestrian Sport

Equestrian sport gallops into the Rio limelight By Louise Parkes Equestrian sport arrives in Rio with its head held high, the bit between its teeth and on the crest of a wave of expansion across the globe. The Rio 2016 sport entries (FEI Definite Entries) are all in, and a total of 200 athlete and horse combinations from 43 countries…

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Pippa Funnell announced as replacement to Izzy Taylor at Rio 2016

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BREAKING NEWS  *** Pippa Funnell announced as replacement to Izzy Taylor at Rio 2016 Pippa Funnell to take the reins at Rio Allercombe Ellie, owned by Susan Holroyd and Frances Carter and ridden by Izzy Taylor, has unfortunately incurred a slight injury in training that will prevent the combination from competing as part of the eventing team at the 2016…

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Paralympic Equestrian Team GB Confirmed

Paralympic Equestrian Team GB

Paralympic Equestrian Team GB Confirmed Glittering line-up of multi-medallists to represent Paralympic Equestrian Team GB  at Rio 2016 The British Paralympic Association (BPA) today confirmed the high calibre squad of five equestrian riders that will represent Paralympic Equestrian Team GB at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, each a multi-Paralympic medallist in their own right. Natasha Baker MBE, Sophie Christiansen OBE,…

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Gemma Tattersall Confirms Olympic Ride

Gemma Tattersall image credit Mike Bain

Gemma Tattersall Confirms Olympic Ride British Equestrian Team – Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Update Following the announcement of the Team GB Equestrian Eventing team on 5 July 2016, it has now been confirmed that Gemma Tattersall, age 31, based West Sussex, will partner The Pebbles Syndicate’s Quicklook V at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The announcement confirms Gemma’s ride…

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Gareth Hughes Withdraws from Rio Team Selection

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Gareth Hughes Withdraws from Rio Team Selection Gareth Hughes withdraws only horse from Rio long list team selection Dressage rider Gareth Hughes, has today announced his withdrawal from the Rio long list team selection. His horse Classic Briolinca, injured her leg during warm up for Rotterdam CHIO this week. The decision to withdraw shows Gareth’s true commitment to the welfare…

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Rio 2016 Horse and Rider Long Lists Announced

Rio Olympics

Rio 2016 Horse and Rider Long Lists Announced Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games long lists announced The FEI has today published horse and rider long lists for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The full nominated entries are available here: Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Jumping Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Dressage UPDATED Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Eventing……...

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Support Equestrian Team GBR for Rio with Toggi

Rio 2016 Support Equestrian Team GBR with Toggi

Show your support for Equestrian Team GBR in the countdown to RioThe countdown to Rio is gathering pace and our top riders and horses are in full preparation to do battle for gold medal glory with the very best riders and teams from around the world. Now is the time to show your support for Equestrian Team GBR, whether you’re…...

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