Tokyo calling: get ready for day one

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Fri, 23 Jul 2021 14:42

The stage is set for the Games we've been waiting for, get ready for day one of the competition.

As paper doves are released and the Olympic flame is lit in the spectacular Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Equestrian Team GB's riders begin their own campaign with safe passage through trot up and vet inspection.

Our four equestrian athletes, Gio, En Vogue, Everdale and team reserve Sintano van hof Olympia flew through the first horse inspection looking assured, relaxed and in fine form under the Japanese sun. Congratulations and thanks go to the immense effort of the support team on the ground, led by GB grooms Alan Davies, Lucy Scudamore, Steven Caley and Steph Sharples.

As combinations unite, the campaign for team glory and individual qualification begins tomorrow morning (Saturday 24 July) as the Grand Prix competition takes centre stage in the Bajikoen arena. Two British riders will compete on day one as Charlotte Fry makes her Olympic debut and Carl Hester returns for his sixth Olympic start. Double Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin takes the reins on Sunday. Here are the days, groups and start times for the British riders: 


Time Group Rider Horse
Saturday 24 July 10.03 BST   Charlotte Fry Everdale
Saturday 24 July 12.30 BST   Carl Hester En Vogue
Sunday 25 July 13.06 BST   Charlotte Dujardin Gio


We'll be bringing you the latest news, scores, photos and updates throughout the day across all three British Dressage social media channels, and on our Tokyo 2020 hub. We'll also share the most up to date information on where you can watch the action live, across TV, online streaming and radio. 


Have you seen our Supporters Kit? Download, print and show your support for our riders. There's flags, bunting, timetables, rider and horse fan cards, and much more for you to get involved with! Share your at home Olympic viewing with us on social media, we'll share our favourite photos over the course of the competition! 


We've waited five years for Tokyo 2020 but we're sure the standard, emotion and excitement we're about to witness will be more than worth the wait. Good luck to Team GB from all at British Dressage, we're with you every step of the way.