Equestrian has strong claims to be the most unique of all Olympic sports.
The only one to revolve around animals, it is also the only event in which men and women compete entirely on equal terms.
It is also one of the most varied and enthralling of sports – from the discipline of dressage to the danger of eventing to the drama of jumping, equestrian is an entertaining and exciting spectacle.
In London, Equestrian will be right at the heart of things with the events being held in Greenwich Park, where a cross-country course and central arena have been specially constructed.
Great Britain have a rich equestrian history yet have just won just one Olympic gold since 1972 – and even that came in controversial circumstances when Leslie Law and Shear L’Eau were promoted to the top of the podium in 2004 after the original winner was disqualified for a rules infringement.
Zara Phillips, winner of the 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award after her World and European Championship wins, will make here first appearance at an Olympic Games, 36-years after her mother Princess Anne participated in the 1976 Games in Montreal.
A total of 200 athletes will compete for six gold medals in the sport of Equestrian during the 2012 Games.
The Equestrian competition at London 2012 is made up of three disciplines: Dressage, Eventing and Jumping.
Each discipline requires different skills from the riders and horses competing.
To learn more about each of the Equestrian disciplines, visit the official London 2012 event pages:Dressage: Team, Individual Eventing: Team, Individual Jumping: Team, Individual
There will be regular coverage of the Equestrian events on BBC One and BBC Three.
Zara Phillips’ performances will shown live on BBC One during the first week of the Games.
All the action will be broadcast live in its entirety on one of the 24 dedicated BBC Olympics channels.BBC TV Commentators: Michael Tucker, Andy Austin, Judy Harvey, Ian Stark Reporter: Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes BBC Radio Commentators: John Hunt, Pippa Funnell, Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes Full list of BBC Olympics TV presenters/commentators – CLICK HERE
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