In the early Olympics the equestrian disciplines were only open to commissioned military officers, this would remain the case until 1952, this was the first time women were allowed to compete in dressage at the Olympic games. Lis Hartel from Denmark would be the first female rider to represent her country at the Olympics.
Polo At The Olympics - Polo was last part of the Olympic games in 1936 and the gold medal was won by defending champions Argentina, Polo was also part of the games in 1900, 1908, 1920 and 1924.
British equestrian team leave for Olympic Games at Helsinki (1952) - Below you can watch footage of the British Olympic showjumping team leaving for Helsinki, the team of Wilfred White (riding Nizefela), Douglas Stewart (riding Aherlow) and Harry Llewellyn (riding Foxhunter) would bring back a gold medal for Great Britain Dressage as a discipline has changed a great deal since the early days of the Olympics, below you can watch some vintage footage of Colonel Lesage and Taine at the 1932 Olympics, this was the first time piaffe and passage was included in the dressage test at the Olympic games.
Argentina Polo - Olympic Team 1936
Argentina polo team, gold medal winner
Mark Todd - Equestrian LegendMark Todd has represented New Zealand on 7 occasions winning individual gold twice, below you can watch Mark Todd discussing Charisma with whom he won the two Olympic gold medals with.
Michael Jung & Sam - Gold Medal Winner 2012 / 2016 - Eventing
Liselott Linsenhoff on Piaff - Gold Medal Winner 1972 - Dressage
Hans Gunter Winkler on Halla - Gold Medal Winner 1956 - Showjumping
David O`Connor on Custom Made - Gold Medal Winner 2000 - Eventing
Richard Meade on Laurieston - Gold Medal Winner 1972 - Eventing
Anky van Grunsven on Salinero - Gold Medal Winner 2004 / 2008 - Dressage
Nick Skelton on Big Star - Gold Medal Winner 2016 - Showjumping
Ivan Kizimov on Ikhor - Gold Medal Winner 1968 - Dressage
Pierre Durand Jr. on Jappeloup - Gold Medal Winner 1988 - Showjumping
Katarzyna Okrzesik-Mikołajek is an equine fine art photographer, with a passion capturing the natural beauty of the horse, with over 15 years experience Katarzyna has done extensive traveling capturing unique and heart-catching photos.…Read More