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2008 Beijing Olympic Equestrian Events

2008 Beijing Olympic Equestrian EventsEquestrian sport is an elegant, competitive sport with a long history, involving the partnership between riders and horses. It is the only Olympic sport where a human being cooperates with an animal in competition, and one of the very few where men and women compete on an equal footing.

In 1900, it officially became a competitive event in the summer Olympics. Since 1912, Olympic Equestrian sports has comprised three distinct disciplines – Jumping, Dressage and Eventing, with both individual and team categories. Paralympic Equestrian Competition consists of only one discipline – Dressage.

There are two competition venues – the core venue in Sha Tin, is for jumping and dressage;the cross country venue in Sheung Shui is for the cross country event. It was announced on July 8, 2005, that the equestrian events are to be held in Hong Kong because of "uncertainties of equine diseases and major difficulties in establishing a disease-free zone."

Equestrian competitions at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics will be held from August 9 to August 20 at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.

2008 Beijing Olympic Equestrian Events official site

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