Olympics 101: A look into the 2016 Olympic Equestrian competition

Posted at 9:10 AM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 17:08:47-04

As one of the longest standing Olympic events, the Equestrian competition made it's debut more than a century ago and continues to remain a highly anticipated tournament.

The Equestrian competition is the only Olympic event where men and women compete against one another and the competition encompasses three separate disciplines including, dressage, show jumping, and eventing.

Team USA qualified to compete in all three equestrian disciplines and four of the 10 athletes have earned at least a bronze medal in Rio 2016.

Historically, Germany has dominated the equestrian medal count earning 21 gold medals and 42 overall since 1900. However, team USA earned team gold medals in both eventing and dressage in the 2015 Pan American Games and look to continue their success in Rio.

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As the sport continues to grow in the U.S., five Olympians on Team USA are currently ranked among the top 10 athletes in the world in each of their respective disciplines.

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