It’s Time for Tokyo!

Baji Koen Equestrian Park.

July 23, 2021 the Games will begin. Canada is sending 371 athletes and this is the largest team since the Los Angeles games in 1984. It seems almost unbelievable that, at last, these Olympics will actually take place. For the Equestrians there has been not only the Global Pandemic but a serious outbreak in Europe of Equine Herpes virus. Horses had their own virus outbreak! Despite all that there are a record number of countries sending horse and rider combinations to these Olympics to compete in the disciplines of Dressage, Jumping and Eventing. There will be 50 nations, represented by 200 athlete and horse combinations, over the two weeks of equestrian competition

This has been achieved by reducing the number of members in a team to three. This has allowed many more countries to participate. However this increases the pressure on each team member dramatically. Here are some of the numbers courtesy of Horse Sport

At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games a total of 27 nations lined out in Jumping, with 15 of those sending teams, while this time 20 teams and individuals from a further 15 countries will take part to boost the number of National Olympic Committees (NOC) represented in Tokyo to 35. In Eventing the number of participating countries has increased from 24 to 29, with 15 teams compared to 13 in Rio, and in Dressage the numbers jump from 25 to 30 nations and from 11 teams to 15.

Horse Sport magazine

Some History of Olympic Equestrian competition

The Baji Koen Equestrian Park has seen equestrian events before as it was the venue for Dressage at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Equestrian sport first appeared in the modern Olympics in 1912.

Canada’s Equestrian, Ian Millar, has competed in TEN Olympic Games. This is the most Olympic appearances by any athlete in any sport. He first competed at the Munich Olympics in 1972 and his last Olympic appearance was at London 2012 at the age of 65. He won team silver at the Beijing Games in 2008.

Team and individual medals are awarded in three disciplines – Dressage, Eventing and Jumping.

Here are the stats for Tokyo 2020 (again courtesy of Horse Sport):

Jumping: 35 countries, 20 teams, 75 horse/athlete combinations

Eventing: 29 countries, 15 teams, 65 horse/athlete combinations

Dressage: 30 countries, 15 teams, 60 horse/athlete combinations

The Tokyo 2020 sport entries (FEI Definite Entries) also include additional reserve horses and riders.

The 50 NOCs represented in equestrian sport at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Republic of South Africa, ROC, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Taipei, Ukraine and USA.

Finally it has been announced that there will be NO Spectators at these Games due to the dangers of Covid. These Games will be unlike any before them. I know that I and many others are hoping they will go ahead without any Covid upsets. Let’s hope they will be a revelation of enduring human spirit and resilience!

I will be following the three Canadian Dressage riders: Brittany Fraser and her horse All In , Lindsay Kellock and Sebastien, and Chris von Martels with Eclips. I will post updates as soon as I have them and I am hoping that the COC media will be making photos available as well. BEST WISHES TO ALL OUR CANADIAN ATHLETES!

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Really excited for the Olympics. At the same time really concerned about the pandemic situation. It would be quite tough for the administration to prevent the virus spread as we’ve already seen positive cases.

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  2. cigarman501 says:

    Looking forward to the Olympics. Good luck to all!!!!

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  3. Michele Lee says:

    Interesting post, Anne. Best wishes to all the athletes, including the four-legged ones, of course. I look forward to your updates.

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  4. David says:

    I hope things go well for the Olympics, but there is a lot of cause for concern there. Of course, there is COVID. Tokyo to Osaka is under a state of emergency that will last deep into late August (likely into September). Curfews are in place. The other part has to do with venues.

    If you’ve seen photos of the barns at Baji Koen, talk about clean. While we maintain a clean barn at North Ranch, Baji Koen is spotless. Set me up a cot in a stall, I’ll stay there. 🙂 😉

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  5. Maria says:

    Looking forward to the excitement of the Olympics!

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  6. Looking forward for the Olympic posts. Happy to see India in there too!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Let the Games begin!

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