This year’s Olympics were the first ever to be held in a South American city. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was tasked with osting a games to be proud of, and it had to do so amid worries about pollution, crime and corruption. But while there were some problems throughout the 16 days, within the
competition arenas, the equestrian events were a success.
Many riders reported that Rio’s cross-country course
was among the most challenging seen at an Olympics in
recent history, and it showed. Experienced pairs racked
up penalties with uncharacteristic refusals and runouts.
Fortunately, despite the challenges, no serious horse or
rider injuries were reported on cross-country day.
The American team lost their shot at a medal after
Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen retired on course
and Lauren Kieffer and Veronica were eliminated due
to a fall on cross-country. However, Boyd Martin and
Blackfoot Mystery successfully completed their Olympic
journey, finishing 14th, while Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice managed to clinch
When Great Britain won team gold at the 2012 Olympics, not only was it the
country’s first medal in dressage, but it broke a German gold-medal streak that
started in 1984.
But Germany was back this
year with a decisive victory from
a team that appeared to have no
weaknesses. The team was led by
Isabell Werth, a legend in the sport,
who set a record at these games by
winning her ninth and tenth medals—more than any other rider in
Lead by the incomparable pair of
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, Great
Britain fought hard to hang on to team
silver. The U.S. team took home the
bronze, marking their first dressage
medal since 2004. Remarkably, of the
four team members, only Steffen Peters
had been to an Olympics before.
A look back on equestrian
BY LESLIE POTTER
competition at the 2016 Olympic
Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The reigning Olympic
Charlotte Dujardin and
Valegro of Great Britain,
did not disappoint.
The pair turned in
one phenomenal ride
after another to secure
their second individual
Olympic gold in a very