Jumping (75 riders from 26 nations)
Dressage (50 riders from 18 nations)
Eventing (75 riders from 22 nations)
Course designer: Bob Ellis
Guerdat’s individual gold is the first for Switzerland in 88 years, the last claimed by Lt. Alphonse Gemeseus and Lucette at the Olympic Games in Paris (FRA) in 1924
Great Britain has won Olympic Jumping team gold on only one previous occasion, back in 1952 in Helsinki, Finland where the team consisted of Wilfred White (Nizefela), Douglas Stewart (Aherlow) and Harry Llewellyn (Foxhunter).
There were so many spectators trying to call their friends after the competition that phone communication collapsed for a short period.
At the age of 65, and still at the top of his game, Ian Millar, the man affectionately known as “Captain Canada”, competed at his 10th Games - an extraordinary achievement by any measure and a record across all Olympic sports. Talking about the atmosphere in the arena, he said: “We’ve got Olympic fever! I’ve never known a nation to be so excited or part of the Games. We have had an incredible experience, and only Sydney (2000 Olympic Games) can compare with this.”
At 18 years of age, America’s Reed Kessler is youngest-ever US Jumping team member. She only began competing at Grand Prix level earlier this year.
Great Britain won their first two Dressage medals at the Olympic Games since 1912 – and they’re both gold!
They set Olympic records at every competition, the winning partnership of Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and 10 year-old Valegro scored 13 perfect 10s during the Freestyle: 2 for trot half-pass right, 1 for trot half-pass left, three for extended trot, three for two-tempi changes, 1 for 1-tempi changes and three for musical interpretation.
The Netherlands’ Anky van Grunsven set a new record by becoming the first Dressage rider to compete at 7 Olympic Games. Team bronze takes her to nine Olympic medals – top of the Dressage medals list followed by Germany’s Isabell Werth and Reiner Klimke on 8 medals.
The oldest athlete at the Olympic Games (in all sports) was 71-year-old Hiroshi Hoketsu from Japan who competed as an individual in Dressage.
Course Designer: Sue Benson (GBR)
“This was the toughest course, terrain-wise, I have every ridden at an Olympic Games” said Andrew Hoy (AUS), and he should know, as he matches the all-time record set by the USA’s Mike Plumb for most Olympic appearances in Eventing when competing at his 7th Games in London.
Michael Jung won two gold medals on his 30th birthday and set a new record in equestrian sport by becoming the first event rider to hold Olympic, European and World titles at the same time.
Mark Todd (NZL) equalled the record set by America’s Mike Plumb when winning his sixth Olympic Eventing medal, on this occasion a team bronze.