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Rio 2016


Rio Paralympics 7 - 18 September 2016
The equestrian events in Rio take place at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro.  The facility is on a military base and was built orginally for the 2007 Pan Am Games but has undergone significant modernisation ahead of Rio - the entire site takes up one million square metres!

How the competition works
Britain has a squad of five riders from across the grades. Four riders make up the team and one rider competes as an individual. Each combination, including the individual, compete in three tests; the team test, an individual championship test and a freestyle to music.

The team and individual championship test scores are added together for each combination and the three best will count towards the team total to confirm the team medals. A further five medals are up for grabs from the individual championship tests and the top third of riders will then go through to the freestyle to music where a second set of individual medals will be awarded.
How to follow the action:
Channel 4 - click here to head over to Channel 4's dedicated Paralympics website, you can watch live action, catch the highlights, watch replys or just find out more about the events and athletes taking part.

From 06.00 catch Channel 4's breakfast programme - Paralympics Breakfast - which recaps on the action from the previous day and previews what sports will be taking place for the rest of the day.

  • 09.00 – 11.00: Find out what happened last night and who won what on More4
  • 13.00 – 18.00: Channel 4 shows coverage from the Games
  • 18.00 – 19.00: More4 takes over from Channel 4 with Paralympics coverage
  • 20.00 – 21.00: Tune in to Channel 4 for The Last Leg, hosted by Adam Hills, Josh Widdecombe and Alex Brooke
  • 21.00 – 01.00: Stay with Channel 4 for more coverage from Rio

International Paralympic Committee - Watch online at:

BBC Radio 5 Live - If you haven’t got time to watch all the action, then you can always listen to it as Radio 5 Live brings more of the action from Rio, for more details on their schedule visit the website.

Paralympic Dressage Equestrian Timetable

10 September – Trot-up
11 September – 10.00 Team Test Grade III
                       14.00 Team Test Grade Ib
12 September – 10.00 Team Test Grade IV
                       13.00 Team Test Grade Ia
13 September – 10.00 Team Test Grade II
                       14.00 Individual Championship Grade III
14 September – 10.00 Individual Championship Grade IV
                       14.00 Individual Championship Grade Ib
15 September – 9.00 Individual Championship Grade II
                       12.45 Individual Championship Grade Ia
16 September – 9.00 Individual Freestyle Grade III
                       10.10 Individual Freestyle Grade IV
                       13.00 Individual Freestyle Grade Ib
                       14.10 Individual Freestyle Grade Ia
                       15.30 Individual Freestyle Grade II

The British Team

Sophie Wells (26) from Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.
Riding her own Valerius (Reece)
(liver chestnut, gelding, 17.2hh, 14yrs, s. Flemmingh)
Grade IV
Team: 78.21%
Individual: 77.56%
Freestyle: 80.70%

Natasha Baker (26) from Uxbridge, Middlesex
Riding her own, Lorraine Baker and Christian Landolt's Cabral (JP)
(bay, gelding, 16.2hh, 15yrs, s. Bujak)
Grade II
Team: 78.57%
Individual: 83.33%
Freestyle: 82.80%

Anne Dunham (67) from Devizes, Wiltshire
Riding the Lady Joseph Trust's Lucas Normark (Lucas)
(appaloosa, stallion, 16.1hh, 15yrs, s. Ravaldi)
Grade Ia
Team: 85.00%
Individual: 83.50%
Freestyle: 79.25%

Sophie Christiansen (28) from Maidenhead, Berkshire
Riding Di Redfern's Athene Lindebjerg (Athene)
(black, mare, 17.0hh, 9yrs, s. Gribaldi)
Grade Ia
Team: 77.83%
Individual: 80.91%
Freestyle: 86.00%


Lee Pearson (42) from Bagnall, Staffordshire
Riding his own Zion
(dark bay, gelding, Dutch, 17.0hh, 12yrs)
Grade Ib
Team: 85.60%
Individual: 80.00%
Freestyle: 83.30%


Rio Olympics  5 - 21 August 2016 - the XXXI Olympiad

42 sports, 306 events, 37 venues, 205 countries!  Rio will be the first ever Games to be held in South America and it's certain to be a Carnival atmosphere.

The equestrian events in Rio take place at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro.  The facility is on a military base and was built orginally for the 2007 Pan Am Games but has undergone significant modernisation ahead of Rio - the entire site takes up one million square metres!

 Download the Equestrian Spectator Guide 

Equestrian Dressage timetable (all times BST)

08 August - Horse Inspection 19.45 - 20.55
10 August - Grand Prix day one 14.00 - 20.00
11 August - Grand Prix day two 14.00 - 20.00
12 August - Grand Prix Special 14.00 - 20.30 - TEAM MEDALS
15 August - Grand Prix Freestyle 14.00 - 18.00 - INDIVIDUAL MEDALS

Full equestrian timetable and results - click here


08 August - Trot up
09 August - Draw and Grand Prix times
10 August - Day one report
11 August  - Day Two report & watch Charlotte & Valegro's test on iPlayer - go to 48 minutes
12 August - Day Three report

15 August - Grand Prix Freestyle report & watch Charlotte & Valegro's gold medal performance via the BBC.

How the competition works

Teams of three or four riders - all competing as individuals along side individual riders.
All competitiors ride the Grand Prix Test over 10 - 11 August with the top six teams and top 12 individuals not part of a team qualifying for the Special on 12 August
Best three scores to count for the team
The winning team will be the one with the highest combined score from the two tests - medals presented on 12 August
The top 18 riders (a maximum of three per nation) then qualify for the Freestyle on 15 Augst to determine the Individual medals

Our friends at Horse & Hound have done a really fun video to help - click here.

The British Team

Fiona Bigwood (40) from Horsham, W Sussex
Riding Penny Bigwood and the Dahl's Atterupgaards Orthila (Tillie)
(dark bay, mare, 16.2hh, 11yrs, s. Gribaldi)
Grand Prix: 77.60%
Grand Prix Special: 79.19%
Grand Prix Freestyle: 76.50%

Charlotte Dujardin (31) from Highleadon, Glos
Riding Carl Hester, Roly Luard & Anne Barrott's Valegro (Blueberry)
(brown, gelding, 16.2hh, 14yrs, s. Negro)
Grand Prix: 87.460%
Grand Prix Special: 88.022%
Grand Prix Freestyle: 94.30%

Carl Hester (49) from Newent, Glos
Riding his own and Jane de la Mare's Nip Tuck (Barney)
(bay, gelding, 18hh, 12yrs, s. Don Ruto)
Grand Prix: 78.20%
Grand Prix Special: 77.41%
Grand Prix Freestyle: 83.75%

Spencer Wilton (43) from Brimpton, Berks
Riding Jen Goodman's Super Nova II (Neville)
(dark brown, gelding, 16.3hh, 13yrs, s. De Niro
Grand Prix: 77.50% (intenational)
Grand Prix Special: 74.23%
Grand Prix Freestyle: no scores

Travelling Reserve

Lara Griffith (27) from Ampney St Peter, Glos
Riding Dr Wilfried Bechtolsheimer's Rubin Al Asad (Rufus)
(bay, gelding, 17.1hh, 14yrs, s. Rubin Royal)
Grand Prix: 72.78%, Hagen CDI4* 2016
Grand Prix Special: 73.66%, Le Mans CDI2* 2015
Grand Prix Freestyle: 78.02%, Olympia CDI-W 2015

How to watch

All the action will be available on the BBC red button, website and Five Live.

Make sure you tune in to watch, follow online or listen to the coverage courtesy of the BBC on the red button (eight platforms) website and radio. If you can’t watch live, you can record the BBC Red Button through Sky Channel 980, Freeview 601, Freesat 981 and click here for Virgin info.

Team GB 

Keep up todate with all the Rio action accross all of Team GB via their website.  They also have a handy app you can download viat the App and Playstore.

Visit their shop for all your supporters merchandise - including your Bahia bands!

They're also runnig FanZones around the country which will be amazing spots to watch the action and learn more about the sports involved.

On August 27, the country will come together for the largest ever sports day in the form of IamTeamGB day - so get involved.  BD is supporting it by hosting info sessions alongiside shows around the country hosted by an RDO including:

- Petplan Area Festival @Field House (Lou Jones)
- Showjumping Championships of GB @ David Broome Event Centre (Vanessa Archer)
- Blair Horse Trials (Emma Stewart)
- Southern Senior Camp @Merrist Wood (Sharon Walker)
- Midway Championships @ Hartpury College (Mandy Heath)
- Area 4 Riding Club Regional Championships @ Bishop Burton (Sarah Huntridge)

Here's more about it:

Support your team!

Never has an Olympics meant so much for the world of equestrianism as it’s a time for us to showcase our sports to the world but also because we need to cement our place in the Olympic programme – and that’s why we need you. We've been a proud Olympic sport for over one hundred years!

The International Olympic Committee will be monitoring us (and other sports) for how well engaged and widespread our fans are – that’s through print, broadcast and online – to determine our appeal. So we need you to watch, post, cheer, shout, read, listen, tweet, comment, share – anything you can during the Olympic period to spread love for equestrianism.

We all know how passionate you are about your sport, so now is the time to show it! Celebrate how you’re watching, get behind the team anyway you can (and post about it) and share anything which takes your fancy.

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                  07 - 18 September 2016

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