Equestrian Olympics 2021: What to expect from the dressage event and the Yorkshire rider competing for the first time

Tomorrow (July 24) marks the first day of Equestrian Olympics 2020 in Tokyo when the schedule kicks off with a dressage competition.

Great Britain's equestrian champion Charlotte Dujardin. (Pic credit: Steve Parsons / PA)

The event will begin with the FEI Grand Prix test which will be participated by all athletes as it determines who qualifies for the team and individual competition.

The results of the three team members will decide the qualification ranking and this event will take place in the Equestrian Park, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo.

What does dressage involve?

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It is a discipline which enhances the fluid and graceful movements of the rider and their horse, helping them work together harmoniously. The word ‘dressage’ derives from the French word ‘dresseur’ which means ‘to train’. The competition is a vital component in the lead up to the eventing stage.

The athletes will compete in six groups with three groups competing each day. On July 27, the top eight teams in the FEI Grand Prix qualifier will be transferred to the FEI Grand Prix Special team competition.

When will the Equestrian dressage Olympics begin?

The competition will lead off tomorrow, Sunday, July 25 and the Grand Prix Freestyle will commence on Tuesday, July 27. All dressage events begin at 9am local time.

Who will be competing in the British Olympic dressage team?

Representing the UK equestrian dressage Olympics this year will be; double Olympic champion, Charlotte Dujardin, with her chestnut gelding horse, Gio, also known as Pumpkin.

The youngest rider on the dressage team, Charlotte Fry, who lived in Scarborough, will be making her Olympic debut with her black stallion, Everdale.

Britain’s most successful dressage rider and Olympic gold medalist, Carl Hester MBE, will also be on the team with his dark bay gelding horse, En Vogue.

Last but not least, Gareth Hughes, who is one of the UK’s top international grand prix dressage riders, will be the travelling reserve along with his bay gelding horse, Sintano Van Hof Olympia.

How can I watch it LIVE?

You can watch the competitions live on your TV either on BBC or Eurosport.