Olympic preview: Eventing

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Olympic preview: Eventing
<span style="font-size: 9px;">Olympic eventing - Credit Kit Houghton/FEI</span><br><br>

Eventing is the first equestrian discipline to take place at Greenwich for London 2012.

The first horse inspection takes place on the same day as IOC president, Jacques Rogge, greets Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, at the entrance to the Olympic Stadium at Marshgate Lane during the London 2012 Opening Ceremony on Friday 27 July.

The horse inspection follows the all-important draw, which will decide the running order for the first two phases of the competition.

Dressage takes place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July, followed by cross-country on Monday 30 July. The dressage test is OG CCI 4-Star Test B, Short Version.

After the second horse inspection on Tuesday 31 July, the team medals will be decided in the first round of jumping. The top-25 will then qualify for the individual final in the afternoon, again competing in reverse order of merit and with only three riders from each nation permitted to make the cut.

Despite their remarkable record in the sport, the British have only taken eventing team gold on three occasions - most recently at Munich in 1972 when Richard Meade also took the individual title.

With 13 teams, and riders from 22 nations taking part there is no predicting the outcome.

The cross-country course, designed by Sue Benson over the unusually hilly terrain in Greenwich Park, is bound to play its part, and there will, no doubt, be more than a few surprises over the four days of competition.