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The Individual and Team Three Day Eventing Competition starts on day one of competition with the Dressage phase of the compeition.

The Germans and the British will be the strongest in this event, but you cant count out the Kiwis, Aussies and Americans!

For New Zealand Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson will be competing at their seventh games. Mark Todd won Gold in the individual event in 1984 and 1988. Nicholson is widely seen as our best chance of a medal this time around.

http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/olympics2012/7632/313566.html

All Olympic event horses pass first trot-up at Greenwich

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Catherine Austen, H&H's Olympic reporter

27 July, 2012

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All 74 event horses passed the first Olympic horse inspection at Greenwich, but the morning wasn’t without drama as four horses were sent to the holding box.

South Africa’s Alexander Peternell, France’s Lionel Guyon, Canada’s Peter Barry and Brazil’s Serguei Fofanoff all suffered an anxious few minutes while their horses were examined by vets, but all four passed on reinspection.

Britain’s five horses all passed with flying colours, although Zara Phillips was asked to trot High Kingdom twice — possibly, one wag suggested, for the sake of the photographers.

The trot-up was held in the huge main arena on a lane of hard surface laid specially for the inspection.

Riders were united in praising the presentation of Sue Benson’s cross-country track, which does not appear to be particularly big or complicated.

Chef d’equipe Yogi Breisner said: “It’s how we expected — not that big jumping-wise, but we don’t know what the effect of the terrain will be, and that is very much the key. It is very up and down and twisty, and it is hard to say whether the time [10min 3sec] will be gettable.”

He added: “British spectators should not be surprised if we are a little behind after the dressage, but hopefully we can claw that back in the jumping.”

William Fox-Pitt (pictured) said: “You will be doing well to be up on your minute markers on the early section of the course, which is the most hilly, but the final three minutes are fairly flat and time could definitely be made up there.”

New Zealand’s Caroline Powell said: “It’s beautifully built, but the hills will be seriously hard on the horses, and I think it will be very difficult to get the time.”

The British team running order will be announced this afternoon.

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The equestrian events start, with Day 1 of the dressage event for both individual and team competitions in eventing, on July 28.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/equestrian/schedule-and-results/day=28-july/all-day.html

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Today Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson and Caroline Powell will be in action for the kiwis. We need solid dressage scores if we want to fight it out for the medals in a couple of days.

Todd and Nicholson will be attending their seventh games. A record for New Zealand!

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Today (July 30) sees the final placings for the individual and team eventing events, before the medal round the next day. In this case, it is the cross country portion of the overall event that is taking place.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/equestrian/schedule-and-results/day=30-july/all-day.html

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Mark Todd is stilll in 3rd place after the cross country. The Kiwis are 4th in the teams event.

It was 28 years ago when Todd first won his olympic gold in the three day event. Would be massive if he can back it up. Go Kiwis.

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Well, an unfortunate injury happened to a Canadian during the cross country portion of the eventing event. A concussion and a fractured spine; could have been much worse.

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/equestrian/story/2012/07/30/hawley-bennett-awad.html

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No offense but it is so boring, everyone here says it is the most boring sport to watch and hope they don't show anymore footage of it.

Agreed.

My hopes are that eventing, r.gymnastics and synchronized swimming are dropped from the program and replaced with 12 teams in water polo, softball and squash

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Well, boring to some, but great to watch to others. Today, on July 31, the individual and team eventing events conclude, with the jumping aspect of the overall event. After that, the first Olympic medals in equestrianism are handed out.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/equestrian/schedule-and-results/day=31-july/all-day.html

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Germany wins gold in Olympic equestrian team event

Germany has won its second consecutive Olympic gold medal in equestrian team eventing, beating out hometown favorite Britain with Zara Phillips riding before her royal family.

Britain won the silver and New Zealand the bronze.

Princes William and Harry and William's wife Kate were in the stands to cheer on their cousin Phillips and the rest of the British squad. But Phillips and British teammate Nicola Wilson knocked down rails, dashing Britain's chances for gold.

AP

http://www.sfgate.co...ent-3749261.php

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New Zealand win Bronze with their first equestrian medal since 2000. Andrew Nicholson and Mark Todd win medals in their seventh olympic games. This is New Zealand's first medal at the 2012 Olympic Games!

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Germany has 2 gold now.

I love this sport the most because men and women compete together.

Congratulations to Germany for winning two gold medals. A step above really.

It was certainly tense viewing :)

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Congratulations to Germany for winning two gold medals. A step above really.

It was certainly tense viewing :)

Very tense viewing but very entertaining all round. Boo to the people that think this sport is boring. CAF certainly didn't think so when he attended yesterday for the very first time as he really enjoyed it. At least the British public like it - all the riders loved the atmosphere on the cross-country course yesterday.

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What a brilliant day for Team Germany - I feel bad at the same time for Team GB that would have deserved victory as well. That said, I found it remarkable how gracious and sportsmanlike the spectators were. They applauded heavily and even cheered when Germany won in the team event, even though it meant that their home team had lost the gold medal. So the actual Olympic Champions are the audience.

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Very tense viewing but very entertaining all round. Boo to the people that think this sport is boring. CAF certainly didn't think so when he attended yesterday for the very first time as he really enjoyed it. At least the British public like it - all the riders loved the atmosphere on the cross-country course yesterday.

:D Woah what a tense night here in NZ!!! Congrats to Germany :) Gold for CAF - Great Britain :) Silver our hosts - and of course New Zealand :P Free Beer Tab Bronze ...wow this WAS a heart stopper. Equestrian is one of the few pedegree sports that tiny NZ has managed to climb on top of...

Yes to others it may seem like a boring thing to watch...But when you have been pumped up expecting a medal of sorts in a sport where a fraction of a second means medal or oblivion, and you know you have one of the best teams in the world... -_-

:angry: I Want It In The Commonwealth Games Now! :angry:

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:D Woah what a tense night here in NZ!!! Congrats to Germany :) Gold for CAF - Great Britain :) Silver our hosts - and of course New Zealand :P Free Beer Tab Bronze ...wow this WAS a heart stopper. Equestrian is one of the few pedegree sports that tiny NZ has managed to climb on top of...

Yes to others it may seem like a boring thing to watch...But when you have been pumped up expecting a medal of sorts in a sport where a fraction of a second means medal or oblivion, and you know you have one of the best teams in the world... -_-

:angry: I Want It In The Commonwealth Games Now! :angry:

It was a really tense night. I think I stopped breathing during the last stages :) :) :)

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Final medal results for July 31.

Individual Eventing:

- GOLD: Michael Jung (on SAM) (Germany)

- SILVER: Sara Algotsson Ostholt (on WEGA) (Sweden)

- BRONZE: Sandra Auffarth (on OPGUN LOUVO) (Germany)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/equestrian/event/eventing-individual/phase=eqx003100/index.html

Team Eventing:

- GOLD: Germany

- SILVER: GREAT BRITAIN

- BRONZE: New Zealand

Link: http://www.london2012.com/equestrian/event/eventing-team/phase=eqx403100/index.html

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After a one-day break, the equestrian events continue. For August 2, it is the first day of the Grand Prix for the individual and team dressage events.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/equestrian/schedule-and-results/day=2-august/all-day.html

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