The London 2012 Olympic equestrian timetable has been announced by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG). London 2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of equestrian sport in the Olympic movement.
The Olympic Opening Ceremony on 27 July will be followed by 12 days of equestrian competition, with the world’s best athletes competing for six gold medals in the Olympic disciplines of Eventing, Dressage and Jumping. The equestrian events all take place at the stunning Greenwich Park venue. Britain’s oldest Royal Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Greenwich Park is just 12 minutes from the main stadium.
Eventing opens the Olympic equestrian events on 28 July with two days of Dressage, followed by Cross-Country on 30 July and two rounds of Jumping on 31 July to decide the Team and Individual medals.
Dressage gets underway on 2 August with two days of Grand Prix competition, which forms the first qualifier for both the Team and Individual. The top seven Teams and 11 best-placed Individuals go forward to the Grand Prix Special on 7 August, which will decide the Team medals. The Freestyle to Music to decide the Individual medals takes place on 9 August.
The first qualifier in Jumping will be on 4 August, followed by the two-round Team decider on 5 and 6 August. Team medals will be presented on 6 August. The two rounds of Jumping to decide the Individual champion will be held on 8 August.
The FEI has worked closely with the International Olympic Committee and LOCOG on the Equestrian schedule to give the Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS) and international media the opportunity to maximise coverage of the equestrian disciplines, which will benefit equestrian sport globally.
LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES EQUESTRIAN EVENTS TIMETABLE
27-Jul Opening Ceremony
28-Jul Eventing – Dressage Individual/Team
29-Jul Eventing – Dressage Individual/Team
30-Jul Eventing – Cross Country Individual/Team
31-Jul Eventing – Jumping
1st Round Individual Qualifier/ Team Final
2nd Round Individual Final
02-Aug Dressage – Grand Prix Individual/ Team 1st Qualifier
03-Aug Dressage – Grand Prix Individual/ Team 1st Qualifier
04-Aug Jumping – 1st Qualifier
05-Aug Jumping – Individual 2nd Qualifier/ Team 1st Round
06-Aug Jumping – Individual 3rd Qualifier/ 2nd Round Team Final
07-Aug Dressage – Grand Prix Special 2nd Individual Qualifier/ Team Final
08-Aug Jumping - Individual Round A
Jumping - Individual Round B/Final
09-Aug Dressage - Freestyle Individual Final
12 Aug Closing Ceremony
Eleven nations have already earned their place for the London 2012 Olympic equestrian events, having qualified at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky last year. Countries currently joining host nation Great Britain are:
Dressage - The Netherlands, Germany, USA.
Eventing - Canada, New Zealand, USA, Germany, Belgium.
Jumping - Germany, France, Belgium, Brazil, Canada and Australia
Details of other nations that qualify for London 2012 will be available following the completion of the 2011 qualifiers.
The number of athletes per discipline is as follows:
Eventing – 75 athletes (5 per NOC)
Dressage – 50 athletes (4 per NOC)
Jumping – 75 athletes (4 per NOC)