Equestrians from six nations to make Olympic debut at Rio

Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, where equestrian sport celebrates 104 years in the Olympic Movement and 20 in the Paralympic Movement.
Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, where equestrian sport celebrates 104 years in the Olympic Movement and 20 in the Paralympic Movement. © FEI

Five countries will be sending equestrian representatives to an Olympic Games for the first time at Rio in August, including Zimbabwe’s first eventers.

Chinese Taipei and Qatar are sending showjumpers, and the Dominican Republic and Palestine will have dressage riders at Rio 2016 for the first time, while Uruguay will send its first Para-Equestrian Dressage athlete to the Paralympics.

Yvonne Losos de Muñiz.
Yvonne Losos de Muñiz, the first dressage rider from the Dominican Republic to qualify for an Olympic Games. ©  yvonnedressage.com

Rio 2016 is the first Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in South America and a total of nine South American countries will compete in equestrian at Rio 2016, with Peru securing its first individual qualification in Jumping.

A total of 43 nations have earned qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games across the three disciplines of Eventing, Dressage and Jumping, with 30 countries targeting the equestrian medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where Para-Equestrian Dressage will celebrate 20 years in the Paralympic Movement.

Just eight countries will field full teams in all three Olympic disciplines: Australia, Brazil, France, Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and the United States.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming new nations to the Olympic and Paralympic equestrian family and to have 43 flags at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and 30 for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said.

“It’s a testament to the increasing global appeal and universality of our sport to see equestrianism represented at the top level in so many countries. The Olympic and Paralympic Games are the pinnacle of our sport and we are looking forward to absolutely top-class equestrian action during both Games.”

The Olympic equestrian events get under way the day after the Opening Ceremony in Rio on August 6 in Deodoro, where the world’s best athletes will compete for team and individual medals in Eventing, Dressage and Jumping.

The Rio 2016 Para-Equestrian Dressage action kicks off on 11 September for what promises to be the largest celebration yet of high-performance sport for people with an impairment, where athletes will target individual medals across grades Ia, Ib, II, III and IV, as well as team medals.

 

Jumping – maximum 75 starters

15 teams: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, Qatar, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United States.

12 nations represented by individuals only: Belgium, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Egypt, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela.

 

Dressage – maximum 60 starters

11 teams: Australia, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United States.

14 nations represented by individuals only: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Palestine, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine.

 

Eventing – maximum 65 starters

14 teams: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, United States.

10 nations represented by individuals only: Belarus, Belgium, Chile, China, Ecuador, Finland, Japan, Puerto Rico, Spain, Zimbabwe.

Total – 43 nations: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestine, Peru, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zimbabwe.

 

Para-Equestrian Dressage – maximum 78 starters

30 nations: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, USA.

14 teams: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, USA.

2 nations can field composite teams: France (4 individual slots) and Russia (3 individual slots).

15 nations represented by individuals only: Argentina, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Portugal, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay.

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