History of Equestrian Olympic Games:
As with many sports, competition wasn’t international until the invent of the Olympics in the year 1896. Equestrian events did not appear in the Olympics until 1912 in Stockholm,Sweden. It was in 1906 that Count Clarence von Rosen, who was a well traveled and adept horseman and „Master of the Horse“ in service to the King of Sweden, here he saw an Olympic equestrian competition as a well rounded way to share and promote horsemanship to a worldwide audience.
In a proper proposal sent to the International Olympic Committee or (IOC) in 1907. Rosen here explained his theories and formally requested that equestrian events be included in the Olympiads. He in fact wanted the equestrian events to begin in the next Olympics that would be taking place in London,England in the 1908 Olympics. Luckily for the sport and Rosen’s persistence, The IOC agreed these events would be very welcome indeed to the Olympics. Great news was a happening, Equestrian event were forth coming and announcements sent. To the dismay, enthusiasm was not correctly estimated from the Committees standpoint. The IOC only considered around 25 to 30 horses. The actual amount of entrants ended up being 88 horses from eight different global locations, This was a storm upon the IOC. Such an eager response was not anticipated, There was no place to stable and exercise that many horses.
Another problem would be found in the judging issues, Each nation had separate ideas on how the competition events should be judged. With to much for the IOC to handle, the committee had no choice but to cancel the equestrian competition.
Despite the fact that seemed to be useless for the horses that traveled the long trip, Count von Rosen saw his vision of spectators and competitors alike wanting these equestrian events. The Count immediately went to planning a equestrian competition to be included in the upcoming 1912 Olympics. It was in 1909 that Count von Rosen formed an International Committee to select equestrian events. Prince Carl of Sweden, an important member of the committee, also an avid horseman and host to be of the upcoming games. With Prince Carl’s help, Count von Rosen was successful with his committee and finally his equestrian events made there long awaited debut at the 1912 games in Stockholm,Sweden.
International competition in itself was still in baby stages, and the high cost of transport prohibited much of Europe from competition in the 1932 in Los Angeles. World War II again disrupted the games, For years this appeared to dismay Count von Rosen’s efforts as failing. However after WWII, Olympic games resumed with much renewed interest. Ever since the 1948 Olympic Games in London, the equestrian events have grown into today with great anticipation, participation and vigor with each Olympiad. Most entry’s in the beginning were military cavalry, of course today these have been replaced by highly talented civilian riders of all types. There was also a period of years, that only mean rode. This however changed in the 1952 Olympic games, Marjorie B. Haynes became the first female to ride and compete with the United States Equestrian Team. She represented the US at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. Today we see that men and women ride as teammates, They also compete against each other as equals.
Todays modern equestrian competition consists of three judging points:
In each of these, medals are given and awarded for both individual and team achievement. Though there have been changes in formats over the years, these are exactly the same disciplines first selected by Count von Rosen in 1912.
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