Equestrian sport has been on the Olympic programme for over 100 years with Jumping, Dressage and Eventing introduced at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. This came an impressive 2,592 years after horse sport made its début at the Ancient Olympic Games in 680 BC. The three equestrian disciplines remain on the programme to this day and are among the few Olympic sports where men and women compete as equals and the only one which involves an animal.
Equestrian sport has produced some of the most heroic and memorable Olympic moments in history including the performance by Hans Günter Winkler and Halla (read more) in 1956, the 1952 Dressage medal ceremony (read more) with Lis Hartel and the demonstration of Australian team spirit and determination at 1960 Olympic Games in Rome (read more), to name but a few.
FEI President Ingmar De Vos opened the FEI General Assembly in the Japanese capital Tokyo today, delivering the keynote address to almost 300 delegates and focusing on the unique qualities of equestrian sport. “We all agree that we have the greatest...