Tokyo 2021 Showjumping Events

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The Jumping program of Tokyo 2020 will comprise two individual competitions and two team competitions, taking place on different days in the following order:

1. The first individual competition (qualifying competition for the individual final)

2. The individual final, with a possible jump-off in case of athletes with equality of penalties for first place (jump-off for second or third place only in case of athletes with equality of penalties and time for the respective placing);

3. The first team competition (qualifying competition for the team final);

4. The team final, with a possible jump-off in case of teams with equality of penalties for first place (jump-off for second or third place only in case of athletes with equality of penalties and time for the respective placing).


First Individual Competition (Individual Qualifier)

Athletes will be placed according to their penalties in the first individual competition, and athletes with equality of penalties are placed equal. In case of athletes tied on penalties for the last qualification place for the individual final, they will be separated by the time of their round. If, after taking into consideration each athlete’s time, there are athletes still tied on penalties and time they will be placed equal.


Individual Final

The individual final is open to the 30 best placed athletes and any athletes tied on penalties and time for 30th place. If one or more athletes qualified for the individual final is/are unable to start, they will be replaced by the next best placed athlete(s) from the first individual competition.

All athletes taking part in the individual final start with zero penalties.

There will be a jump-off against the clock in case of athletes tied on penalties for first place in the individual final. Athletes will be placed according to their penalties and time in the jump-off; athletes with equality of penalties and time in the jump-off will be placed equal. Athletes not taking part in the jump-off will be placed according to their penalties and time in the individual final; athletes with equality of penalties and time will be placed equal.


First Team Competition (Team Qualifier)

Teams receive their placing in the first team competition by adding the penalties incurred by the three (3) athletes in each team. Teams with equality of penalties for the last qualification place for the team final will be separated by the combined times of their three (3) athletes.

Athletes eliminated or who have retired in the first team competition will not have a recorded time for their round. If a team with one (1) or more eliminated or retired athlete(s) is tied on penalties with a team in which all three (3) athletes have completed the competition, the team with the eliminated or retired athlete(s) will be placed after the team with the three (3) athletes that have completed the competition without being eliminated or retiring.

If there are teams tied on penalties for the last qualification place for the team final with one (1) eliminated or retired athlete each, they will be separated by the combined times of their two (2) athletes who completed the competition; if each team has two (2) eliminated or retired athletes, they will be separated by the time of their athlete who completed the competition. If one of the teams tied for the last qualification place has one (1) eliminated or retired athlete and the other team has two (2), the team with two (2) eliminated or retired athletes will be placed after the team with one (1) eliminated or retired athlete.

If after taking into consideration the combined times of each team’s three athletes there are teams tied on penalties and time for 10th place in the first team competition, both teams will be allowed to participate in the team final.


Team Final

The team final is open only to the 10 best placed teams and any teams tied on penalties and time for 10th place in the first team competition, with three (3) athletes per team.

Teams that withdraw before the start of the team final will not be replaced. All teams taking part in the team final start with zero penalties.

Teams are placed according to the penalties incurred by the three (3) athletes in each team in the team final; in case of teams tied on penalties for first place, there will be one jump-off against the clock in which all three (3) athletes may take part. Teams in the jump-off are placed according to the penalties and time of their best athlete in the jump-off. In case of teams tied on penalties for any other placing, the teams are placed according to the combined penalties and times of their three (3) athletes in the team final.

Any athlete who has been eliminated or who has retired in the team final will not have a recorded time for their round.

If a team with one (1) or more eliminated or retired athlete(s) is tied on penalties with a team in which all three (3) athletes have completed the competition, the team with the eliminated or retired athlete(s) will be placed after the team with the three (3) athletes that have completed the competition without being eliminated or retiring.

If there are teams tied on penalties with one (1) eliminated or retired athlete each, they will be separated by the combined times of their two (2) athletes who completed the competition; if each team has two (2) eliminated or retired athletes, they will be separated by the time of their athlete who completed the competition. If one of the teams has one (1) eliminated or retired athlete and the other team has two (2), the team with two (2) eliminated or retired athletes will be placed after the team with one (1) eliminated or retired athlete.


https://inside.fei.org/system/files/Equestrian%20Sport%20Explanatory%20Guide_Olympic.pdf

QUALIFIER

All three of the Team GB riders have made it through to the individual final after all jumping clear rounds.

Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Harry Charles will all be participating in tonight's (or this morning, depending  Individual Final which begins at 10.55am GMT.


INDIVIDUAL FINAL

An exceptionally tough course saw Harry Charles retire after multiple jumps fell. 

Scott Brash rode a clear course but was out of the time requirement by just tenths of a second and also faced one time penalty.

Ben Maher and Explosion 52 ride a clear course and qualify for the jump off with a time well within the allowance.


JUMP OFF

Maher rode a clear course in just 37.85 seconds, winning Gold for the individual final.

He beat Peder Fredricson by just 17 hundredths of a second. 

After his spectacular win, Maher beamed 'He grew wings for me, he's a real athlete, not a normal horse. He is like lightning - I took a big risk across the middle section and normally we read each others mind, we're very in sync and he did question me there, I felt a slight hesitation.


"But that's what sets him apart from the other horses. A little bit of luck is always involved, but it was incredible.


"I'm getting married in a couple of weeks and that makes this all the more special - but my fiancee knows she has to share me with Explosion.


"I don't know what was more pressure - this or getting married.


"It crossed my mind that it will be a very good party if something went right this week. We can look forward to that now.


"I managed to get an hour out to go and get my suit, and did half a day with Sophie to try and be a bit involved.


"I rang home after it finished here, but there was a lot of screaming and crying. I couldn't hear them."





Your Equestrian FAQs

When are the equestrian events at the Olympics taking place?

While the official Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games begin on July 23rd, the first equestrian event will be held on July 25th, starting with the Dressage Grand Prix. They will run until August 8th 2021 with the final event being the Show Jumping Team Final.

Where will the equestrian events of the Olympics be held?

The events for each discipline will take place at JRA Equestrian Park, Tokyo. The park occupies an area of 180,000 square meters, including stables, indoor and outdoor arenas, an equestrian competition field, and office buildings. 

How do you qualify for the equestrian teams in the Olympics?

The selection process for each discipline varies slightly, but is dependant upon the rider performance in top competitions and their FEI ranking. For Team GB, the final team and reserves will be selected and observed by a coach. Horses must have at least one named owner from the country they are competing for to qualify.

Who will represent Team GB's equestrian team at the Olympics?

Each discipline (Dressage, Eventing and Show Jumping) will have three riders and three horses. Each discipline also has one travelling reserve rider and their horse.

Dressage: Charlotte Dujardin & Gio, Carl Hester & En Vogue, Charlotte Fry & Everdale. Dressage travelling reserve: Gareth Hughes & Sintano Van Hof Olympia

Eventing: Laura Collett & London 52, Tom McEwen & Toledo de Kerser, Oliver Townend & Ballaghmor Class. Eventing travelling reserve: Piggy March & Brookfield Innocent.

Show Jumping: Scott Brash & Hello Jefferson, Ben Maher & Explosion W, Holly Smith & Denver. Show Jumping travelling reserve: Harry Charles & Romeo 88

What channel can I watch equestrian events at the Olympics on?

This will vary depending upon the country you live in. BBC will offer coverage to the UK, NBC will offer coverage to the USA and Eurosport will offer coverage to Europe. Remember to take into account that the events will be held at Tokyo local time, which is Japanese Standard Time. 

What is the schedule for the equestrian events at the Olympics?

July 24th 5pm-10.15pm (JST) Dressage Grand Prix Team and Individual 

July 25th 5pm-10.15pm (JST) Dressage Grand Prix Team and Individual 

July 27th 5pm-10.40pm (JST) Dressage Team Grand Prix Special

July 28th 5.30pm-9.25pm (JST) Dressage Individual Grand Prix Freestyle

July 30th 8.30am-11am (JST) Eventing Dressage Team and Individual Session 1

July 30th 5.30pm-8.10pm (JST) Eventing Dressage Team and Individual Session 2

July 31st 8.30am-11am (JST) Eventing Dressage Team and Individual Session 3

August 1st 7.45am-11:10am (JST) Eventing Cross Country Team and Individual

August 2nd 5.00pm-10.25pm (JST) Eventing Jumping Team: Final and Individual: Qualifier and Final

August 3rd 7pm-10:45pm (JST) Show Jumping Individual Qualifier

August 4th 7pm-9.40pm (JST) Show Jumping Individual Final

August 6th 7pm-10.05pm (JST) Show Jumping Team: Qualifier

August 7th 7pm-9.30pm (JST) Show Jumping Team Final

When are the Paralympics 2020/21?

The Paralympics will run Tuesday 24th August to Sunday 5th September 2021 in Tokyo.

When are the next summer Olympics?

In 2024, hosted in Paris, France.

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