Summer Olympic Games 1996 – 2012
The modern programme of events was first included in the Olympics at Stockholm in 1912, at the insistence of Sweden, which went on to dominate the sport – it was open only to members of the military. However, the last of its 17 gold medals came in 1956.
The leading countries vary as to their favourite equestrian discipline. All of the medals for Australia and New Zealand have been won in three day eventing, and most of those for the Netherlands in dressage. The one constant is that Germany dominates them all, although Great Britain has challenged, taking three of the six golds on offer in London.
Canada’s two recent medals are in showjumping, including an individual gold from Eric Lamaze in 2008, despite having served a drugs ban for cocaine use. He will be in Rio but, sadly, Ian Millar will not add to his record ten appearances – his daughter replaces him.
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