The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are over, medals awarded, riders and horses have returned home . . . but there are many side stories to an event of this proportion.
We have included a few highlights and facts from across the web that we thought you may find interesting.
The Swedish show jumping horses were the talk of the town, and it was not just because they won the team gold medal and jumped more clear rounds than any other nation at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, it was because two of the three Swedish equine competitors took on the Olympic show jumping course barefoot.
The Baji Koen Equestrian Park has won plaudits from the international equestrian community for the top notch facilities that have played a key role in the high quality of competition during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. But the Japan Racing Association (JRA), which owns and run the facilities, has far reaching plans to ensure barrier free access to equestrian sport.
COVER PHOTO -Andrew Hoy riding Brisquenouille (owned by John Glenn and Julia McLean, NSW)
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The Olympic Games was all about the coming together of the best of the best of the human and equine athletes. An essential part of their preparation was shoeing, and just as with human athletes, a horse can only perform at its best if the shoes fit perfectly.
The Australian Para Equestrian Team at Tokyo 2020 became the first ever Australian Team to see all four riders place in the top ten of their respective Grades in the Individual Championship competition.
Andrew Hoy has become Australia's oldest Olympic medallist at age 62 after winning a silver and bronze in the equestrian competition in his eighth Games appearance. Andrew helped his Australian teammates Kevin McNab and Shane Rose finish second to Great Britain in the team competition.
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