Do Olympic dressage riders own the horses?

Here’s how it works. Obviously, the horses have to be flown to the Tokyo Olympics to compete in equestrian, and it’s a very involved process.

Do Olympic dressage riders bring their own horse?

Sure, whatever. But what that also means is that in show jumping—unlike in the other Olympic equestrian sports—riders don’t get to bring their own horses. They are randomly assigned a horse from the horse pool.

How much does an Olympic dressage horse cost?

In total, the cost of a dressage horse at the Olympics could be anywhere from $102,000-$142,000. Many professional equestrian competitions often offer a monetary prize for winning, so part of the incentive to perform well comes from simply needing to maintain the ability to compete!

How do they bring horses to the Olympics?

The animals are loaded into stalls at ground level, then levered up into the plane. Stalls are built to accommodate three horses, but as these are Olympians, they’ll fly the equivalent of business class – just two animals per stall. At least 11 grooms and vets are on each flight. Think of them as equine cabin crew.

How do dressage riders get their horses to the Olympics?

How do horses get to the Olympics? Like their riders, the horses seen in Tokyo got there by plane having been kept in mandatory quarantine for a week before their flights. The horses, who have their own individual passports, are loaded into stalls on the ground that are then moved onto a large cargo plane.

Do Showjumpers bring their own horses to the Olympics?

Pentathletes do not bring their own horses to the jumping section but are instead randomly assigned one of 18 horses. Coyle was also left cursing the draw as the horse she was paired with, Constantin, refused at three of the fences and those refusals ultimately ended her Olympic medal dreams.

Why do pentathletes get a random horse?

They just haven’t had much time to bond with the athletes who are randomly assigned to them after they’ve finished fencing and swimming. But the disparity in allocated horses is vivid. In 2008, young American pentathlete Margaux Isaksen kissed her horse after a solid ride in Beijing.

Who provides horses for Olympic pentathlon?

Athletes compete on horses provided by the organisers, which are selected from a random draw. For warm-up and preparation purposes, athletes are allowed to ride their allocated horse for 20 minutes and to have up to 5 trial jumps in the warm-up arena provided.

How are Olympic horses transported overseas?

When it comes to international travel, today’s equine athletes routinely ship by plane, and the process is both efficient and safe. International air travel may require more paperwork and preparation, but horsemen often find it’s not as stressful on horses as shipping long distance by van.


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