If you asked most people who they thought as the most successful country at the Equestrian programs at the Summer Olympics, they probably wouldn’t guess Germany. Germany does have a slight advantage in equestrian eventing in that for a good chunk of that time they were two countries, but even with that factored in they still have about a quarter of the population of the second most successful medal winners; the United States of America. The top five, by medal winning numbers, is rounded out by Sweden, France and then Great Britain.
Germany is world renown in the equestrian eventing world for its high standards in quality when it comes to breeding their horses. Their training and competing for ability is also considered top in the world. A German equestrian once described the success of Germany’s equines athletes and their human partners as a simple formula of the finest horses, the best trainers, years of experience and dedication. With the support of their government, they’ve had the time, knowledge, and ability to become among the best in the world.
From the Spanish’s introduction of horses to North America, people from all walks of life have fallen in love with the majesty of the equine. American ingenuity, dedication, and enthusiasm have bred many fine breeds and horses that have been partnered with fantastic riders who have led their country to medal wins in Olympic venues. The comparatively young country is well known for it’s drive to be on the top of whatever event they’re participating and equestrian eventing is no different. The American willingness to try anything and everything leads them to winning strategies and the American financial backing certainly helps!
Sweden is another country those of us outside of Europe may not think of as a leader of exceptional horses and horseflesh. Yet, the Swedish Equestrian Federation was created back in 1912, which is also the year that the equestrian sports first made their appearance in the Olympics that were held in Stockholm. Sweden doesn’t have the oldest national federation, Belgium is ahead of them, but their horsing tradition is a long and respected one. Sweden is often the only country that manages to send athletes to all equestrian events and has participated in them all since 1912. The only games they’ve missed is the Mexican games in 1968 and the Moscow games in 1980.
Equestrian sports are world loved and supported, and the Summer Olympics is a fantastic highlight of some of the finest horse and human athletes in the world.
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