Comprised of three forms of competition – dressage, cross-country, jumping – eventing is considered the supreme test of total horsemanship.
Initially intended to test military officers for any challenges that could occur on or off duty, it also provided a basis by which to compare training standards between the cavalries of different countries.
The two-time defending Olympic gold medalist on uneven bars will not compete this year after having a baby in June.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - The eventing horse inspection officially kicked off equestrian competition at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday. Olympic Eventing Team of Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice, Lauren Kieffer and Veronica, Boyd Martin and Blackfoot Mystery, and Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen were deemed fit and ready to compete and will join a total of 65 combinations representing 24 countries. Then we finish strong with Lauren and Phillip on day two. Martin will ride the Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate LLC's Blackfoot Mystery, a 2004 Thoroughbred gelding.
Men and women compete side by side in the individual and team events, which are run concurrently.
The cross-country phase follows on August 8, and the competition concludes on August 9, with show jumping.Jordan Chiles was selected as the non-traveling alternate. Like her coach, Smith will try to win an all-around title at worlds. For the first time since 2012, a new gymnast will take the top all-around title.Zmeskal-Burdette won in 1991, making her the first American to claim the world title. team that won worlds gold in 2014, is a four-time medalist and two-time U. Simone Biles won three consecutive world championships before winning all-around Olympic gold in Rio, where she left with five medals.This pair has been based in England for the last three years, gaining significant competitive experience.Montgomery and 'Glen' had an impressive 2015, winning the CIC3* at the Belton International, CIC2* at Somerford Park International, and CCI3* at Blenheim Palace International, along with a sixth-place finish at Luhmühlen CCI4*.