Here are some interesting facts about equestrian events which have been part of the Olympics since 1900. So let us have a look at it.
Horses have been in the Olympics since from long before 1900, basically. Chariot racing was one of the biggest highlights of the original Olympics, in 682 BC.
Polo was once an Olympic sport, along with horse long jump and horse high jump.
The first Olympic to be televised was 1936 Berlin Olympics and in that Germany had actually won all the equestrian events of that year.
Dressage was included as an equestrian event only in 1928!
Till 1952, all athletes who were participating in the equestrian events had to be military officials.
Women used to never participate in the equestrian events till the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. This was the year when Danish horse rider Lisa Hartel won a silver medal in the dressage category. But the interesting part is that Lisa Hartel was paralyzed from the waist down and then could not even get on her horse without help!
Though the 1956 Olympics were to be held in Australia, the horse riding events had to be held in Stockholm, Sweden. This was because of the fact that Australia contained quarantine rules and regulations which were incredibly difficult to meet.
Two horses had died in 1968 in Mexico while competing. This forced the committee to strengthen its rules about the safety of the horses participating in the games. After that, not a single horse has died while competing in the games.
A lot of old people have participated in the equestrian events of the Olympics- among them, the oldest was Hiroshi Hoketsu a dressage rider from Japan who was 67 years old when he had participated in the event. Ian Miller who was a show jumper was 61 year when had won the competition.