Next Saturday, August 6, the official Rio 2016 equestrian programme will start.
For all horse lovers, the upcoming Olympic Games are a great event, and for us at HantonCavalier is even more important as we have an Olympic athlete among our testimonials: Pierluigi Sangiorgi, who took part in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing with the Italian National Team.
In order to help you follow all Rio2016 equestrian events, we prepared a mini-guide with a detailed list of all scheduled races.
The races will take place on 6-19 August at the National Equestrian Centre in Deodoro, Rio de Janeiro.
The programme includes three disciplines: Eventing, Dressage and Show Jumping, and it will award three individual Olympic medals and three team ones.
We wish to remind you that the equestrian events are the only ones in which men and women participate together.
THE FULL CALENDAR OF RACES AT RIO2016
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
14.00 (GMT+1) - Eventing, Dressage Team and individual. race 1
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7
14.00 (GMT+1) - Eventing, Dressage Team and individual. race 2
MONDAY, AUGUST 8
14.00 (GMT+1) - Eventing, Cross-country team and individual
TUESDAY, AUGUST 9
14.00 (GMT+1) - Eventing, Show Jumping Team and individual. Grand prix finals and awarding of medals
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10
14.00 (GMT+1) - Dressage, team trials. race 1
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11
14.00 (GMT+1) - Dressage, team trials. race 2
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12
14.00 (GMT+1) - Dressage, team trials. Grand Prix final and awarding of medals.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14
14.00 (GMT+1) - Jumping, individual race. Qualifying round
MONDAY, AUGUST 15
14.00 (GMT+1) - Dressage, final individual race
TUESDAY, AUGUST 16
14.00 (GMT+1) - Jumping, team trials. Qualifying round
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17
14.00 (GMT+1) - Jumping, team trials. Final
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
14:00 (GMT+1) - Jumping, individual race. Final
THE FAVORITES TEAMS
It is never easy to predict who will win the Olympic medals as the tension and emotion can often play tricks even on the most experienced riders.
However, if we look at the teams that will take part in the Olympics, we can only consider the German team to be the favorite to win the gold medal.
In fact, it does not surprise us that Germany is the national team with the highest number of medals (46 in total: 23 gold, 11 silver and 11 bronze medals). Germany also has a good chance of reaching the podium during the individual events with its high-quality pairs.
The British team and the New Zealand one will also try to get a place on the podium, trying to undermine the German leadership. Among the outsiders, we can definitely see Australia, Sweden, the Netherlands and France.