International & National

“A legend in his own lifetime, a complete horseman and a man who is deeply involved in the development of the sport.” That was the description of Olympian Ludger Beerbaum given by FEI Jumping Director, John Roche, on August 18, 2016, after the announcement of the German rider’s retirement from his national team.

The most recognizable brand of running shoes, and definitely the fastest running shoes in the Olympic movement, are not on the track and field athletes in Rio 2016. They’re the shoes on the only four-legged athletes at the Games - the horses! Whether it’s heels up in Europe to keep the good luck in, or heels down in Asia to stop the bad luck dropping in, the horseshoe is a universal sign of good luck. And the hardest working shoe fitters in Rio are the team of British and Brazilian farriers working round the clock to keep the well-heeled equine athletes well-shod at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro.

Belinda Trussell from Stouffville, ON closed out the second Olympic appearance of her career on August 12, finishing 27th individually in the dressage portion of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, BRA.

“We are very disappointed with [the August 7, 2016] IPC decision. Like our Paralympic athletes from all other countries, our three Russian athletes have trained hard to make it to the Paralympic Games and we are troubled that today’s announcement means they cannot participate in Rio.

The world’s best equine athletes at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro are now poised to help their human companions win medals for eventing, dressage and show jumping, and as they focus on the prize they have access to a hi-tech veterinary facility like no other.

With the long-awaited Rio 2016 Olympic Games already well underway, the FEI is reaching out to fans across the globe – current and new – to showcase the beauty and magic of the sport.

We are pleased to feature the following videos, in celebration of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games - Featuring Eric Lamaze, McLain Ward, Rodolpho Riskalla, William Fox Pitt, and John Whitaker.

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