Olympics 2016

The equestrian event of the year is here! Keep up with the latest from the 2016 Olympics with reporting from our man in Rio, Charles Taylor, and enjoy the best moments of Olympics past and present with our photo galleries.


Breaking news: Nick Skelton and Big Star win Britain’s first-ever individual showjumping gold

An immaculate performance by Nick Skelton and Big Star saw the pair win individual showjumping gold ahead of Peder Fredricson and Eric Lamaze.

Photographie Eric KNOLL. Jeux Olympiques de Rio 2016. Olympic Games Rio 2016. Jumping Nick SKELTON (GBR). BIG STAR


Nick Skelton and Ben Maher secure a place in the individual showjumping final

Great Britain’s showjumpers could end a difficult week on a high after Nick Skelton and Ben Maher qualified for Friday’s Olympic individual final in Rio.

Nick Skelton


Britain is out of the showjumping team final in Rio

Great Britain’s Olympic showjumping team title defence ended in frustration on Tuesday, August 16, after the British quartet of John and Michael Whitaker, Ben Maher and Nick Skelton didn’t manage to qualify for the final.



John Whitaker delivers a solid start for British showjumping in Rio

John Whitaker led the way as Great Britain’s showjumpers made a solid, rather than spectacular, start to their Rio Olympics campaign.

John Whitaker takes the H&M Ivy Stakes at Olympia


The sensational showjumpers heading for Rio

These extraordinary lady riders promise to do their countries proud — and give men a run for their money.

Jessica Mendoza



Dressage is where it’s at

How amazing that Britain has a double Olympic champion — in dressage of all things! The sport has come a long way from the days when a British rider scoring 70% was considered a success, and much of this progress is thanks to Carl Hester’s tireless efforts, says Carole Mortimer.

Dujardin Charlotte, GBR, Valegro Olympic Games Rio 2016 Photo © Hippo Foto - Dirk Caremans 15/08/16


Charlotte Dujardin: an equestrian icon

There’s no stopping Charlotte Dujardin—world, European and now twice Olympic champion. Here, we look back at some of her extraordinary achievements.

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro win gold at the Rio Olympics


Cahrlotte Dujardin and Valegro take second individual Olympic title

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro delivered one of their greatest performances to be crowned Olympic individual dressage champions for the second time

Charlotte Dujardin wins individual gold medal in dressage at the Rio Olympics


Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro defend their individual dressage gold in Rio

The combination performed a brilliant test to a rousing score, achieving a superb 93.857% and beating Germany’s Isabell Werth and Kristina Bröring-Sprehe to win gold

Dujardin Charlotte, (GBR), Valegro Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final Las Vegas 2015 © Hippo Foto - Dirk Caremans 16/04/15


Britain wins dressage team silver in Rio

Great Britain won dressage team silver in Rio after Germany reasserted themselves as the sport’s dominant force, while the United States finished third.

Silver Team GB, Gold Germany, Bronze USA


Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro wow the crowd in Rio

A great performance by Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro put Britain in pole position for an Olympic team gold in dressage.

Dujardin Charlotte, GBR, Valegro Olympic Games Rio 2016 © Hippo Foto - Dirk Caremans 11/08/16


Britain lies in third place after the first day’s dressage

As Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester get ready to enter the Rio arena, Britain lies in bronze thanks to great performances by Fiona Bigwood and Spencer Wilton.

Bigwood Fiona, GBR, Orthilia Olympic Games Rio 2016 © Hippo Foto - Dirk Caremans 10/08/16


The 9 horses that made dressage great

With the Olympics fast approaching, we look back at the dressage horses that changed the history of the sport.

dujardin and valegro



Eventing emotions

See eventing’s best and worst Olympic moments with our photo gallery.

From Left to right Silver Nicolas Astier FRA, Gold Michael Jung GER and Philip Dutton USA Bronze. Pic Arnd Bronkhorst


The good, the bad and the ugly of Olympic eventing

From Team GB’s disappointing result to Michael Jung’s back-to-back win and the risk of fatal injuries, eventing expert Julie Harding looks back at Rio.

On the podium for Team Eventing at Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) today: (L to R) the silver medallists from Germany Michael Jung, Sandra Auffarth, Julia Krajewski and Ingrid Klimke; the French gold medallists Thibaut Vallette, Astier Nicolas, Karim Laghouag and Mathieu Lemoine; the bronze medallists from Australia, Christopher Burton, Shane Rose, Sam Griffiths and Stuart Tinney. (Arnd Bronkhorst/FEI)


Team GB remains upbeat despite missing out on an eventing medal in Rio

Great Britain’s eventers moved quickly to grasp the positives after their Rio adventure ended without an Olympic team medal for the first time in 20 years.
William Fox Pitt at the Olympics


Michael Jung retains individual eventing gold at the Olympics

London 2012 individual gold medallist Michael Jung successfully defended his title at the Rio Olympics aboard Sam FBW.

Michael Jung GER and Sam FBW competing in the Cross country phase at the Rio 2016 Olympic games. Pic Arnd Bronkhorst


France wins eventing team gold

In a thrilling finale that saw a complete leaderboard shakeup, France conquered their first eventing team gold since the Athens 2004 Olympics.

France wins eventing gold


Australia soars while Britain has an off day in Rio

Great Britain are facing the prospect of a first Olympics without an eventing team medal since 1996 after a miserable cross-country day in Rio.

Christopher Burton AUS and Santano II competing in the Cross country phase at the Rio 2016 Olympic games, by Arnd Bronkhorst


William Fox-Pitt remains in the lead after dressage at the Olympics

William Fox-Pitt keeps the top spot and Britain lies in fourth place after the dressage phase at the Rio Olympics but now all eyes turn to the cross-country.

William Fox-Pitt leads after the dressage at the Olympics


William Fox-Pitt leads after the first day’s dressage at the Olympics

William Fox-Pitt, who only returned to competition in April after suffering a horrific head injury last October, tops the leaderboard in Rio after the first day’s dressage.

William Fox-Pitt leads after the first day's dressage at the Olympics


All disciplines

The nine horses that shone at the Olympics

From Laurieston to Baloubet du Rouet and Valegro, we look at the nine horses that have distinguished themselves at past Olympics.

Dujardin Charlotte, (GBR), Valegro Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final Las Vegas 2015 © Hippo Foto - Dirk Caremans 16/04/15


Who will win in Rio?

Although Britain has some serious contenders, the Germans stand a good chance of making a clean sweep of the equestrian titles.

Centro de Hipismo-Cross country course Rio Pic. Renato Sette Camara / City Hall of Rio de Janeiro