EQUESTRIAN Jumping, or show-jumping as it is more commonly known here in Britain, featured on the Olympic programme in the early 20th century and has long been dominated by Europeans.
Germany lead the way with a total of 21 gold medals, with Sweden and France not far behind.
- How it works
Riders (and horses) must successfully overcome 14 fences, ensuring a ‘clear run’.
Faults are awarded for various reasons, like not finishing in the allocated time or knocking over parts of the fence when jumping.
- Equestrian Jumping in London
As with dressage and cross country, there are team and individual events.
A total of five rounds will be contested – two will determine the team event placings, but all five determine the results in the individuals’ competition.
Look out for: some member of the crowd who tries to wind up a horse. Always one nutter.
Not to be confused with: the high jump, long jump, or any other sort of jump for that matter.
Useless but informative fact: jumping obstacles can include parallel rails, triple bars and water jumps.
Equestrian Jumping in two words: not easy!
Equestrian Jumping is held at the Greenwich Park, from Saturday 4th August to Thursday 9th August.