Olympic dressage factfile

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Olympic dressage factfile
Olympic dressage factfile

23 nations

10 teams

Five countries represented by a team and one individual

13 countries represented by an individual only

50 riders in total

The Netherlands’ Anky van Grunsven will be setting a new record when becoming the first Dressage rider to compete at seven Olympic Games.

Van Grunsven already shares the record for most Olympic medals in Dressage. Along with Germany’s Isabell Werth and Reiner Klimke, she has won eight to date, so she will be out on her own if she picks up her ninth in London.

She is defending Individual champion, and the only Dressage rider ever to take three back-to-back Olympic titles – at Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and Hong Kong in 2008.

There will be three separate competitions – Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Freestyle to Music.

The Team medals will be decided after the first two competitions when the scores are combined.

The Freestyle will decide the fate of the Individual medals.

The Judges Supervisory Panel will be in operation for the first time at an Olympic Games.

The dressage event starts with the First Horse Inspection on 31 July, and brings the equestrian competitions at London 2012 to a close on 9 August.

In the history of Olympic Dressage, Germany has dominated the medal tables, taking 12 team and seven individual titles.

The last time the Olympic Games were staged in London, in 1948, Switzerland’s Hans Moser and Hummer won Individual gold in Dressage and France took the Team title.