Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - Eventing Horse Inspection


2021/7/30 16:02



TOKYO, July 29, 2021, /PRNewswire=KYODO JBN/ --


Eventing comes under the Tokyo spotlight


It's the turn of the world's best Eventing athletes to stand under the Tokyo

2020 Olympic Games spotlight over the next few days as all but one of the

horses presented at this morning's horse inspection at Baji Koen Equestrian

Park were confirmed for action by the Ground Jury.


The Polish reserve combination of Jan Kaminski and Jard have been called up

because Pawel Spisak's gelding, Banderas, did not get through. Meanwhile Castle

Larchfield Purdy, competed by Lauren Billys from Puerto Rico, was sent to the

holding box but was subsequently declared fit to compete. Canada's Jessica

Phoenix did not present her gelding Pavarotti, so the number of starters in the

opening Dressage phase has been reduced from 65 to 63.




First into the arena tomorrow morning at 08.30 local time will be Thailand's

Arinadtha Chavatanont with Boleybawn Prince. The pair were on the bronze medal

winning team at the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2018. It's a

history-making moment because both Thailand and China are fielding an Olympic

Eventing team for the very first time.


Also making his mark, and elegantly turned out this morning, is the first-ever

Eventing athlete to represent Hong Kong, Thomas Heffernan Ho who will partner

the stallion Tayberry.

There will be two sessions of Dressage tomorrow and another on Saturday morning

before the horses are transported to Sea Forest in Tokyo Bay where the

Cross-Country phase will take place early on Sunday morning. They return to

Baji Koen that afternoon and on Monday the final Jumping phase will decide the

team and individual medals.


New test


A brand new Olympic Dressage test, will be performed for the very first time,

and second to go tomorrow morning will be world number one Oliver Townend with

Ballaghmor Class. The British rider will be aiming to put as much pressure as

possible on reigning individual double-champion Michael Jung from Germany who

will be second-last to go on Saturday morning with Chipmunk. France will be

defending the team title.


There's a 40-year gap between the oldest athlete in the field, 62-year-old

Andrew Hoy from Australia, and the youngest, 22-year-old Lea Siegl from Austria.







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