Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021 – The first horse inspection for Jumping horses competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games took place at Baji Koen Equestrian Park this evening. There were two sent to the Holding Box and they will be reinspected this Sunday, being approved. They were Argentina’s Matias Albarracin (ARG) and Cannavaro 9 and China’s You Zhang (CHI) and Caesar.
The horses were beautifully turned out and so were the athletes, The Netherlands’ Willem Greve (NED), Marc Houtzager (NED), Harrie Smolders (NED) and Michael van der Vleuten (NED) really cutting a dash in suits that blended an “Our Man in Havana” look with a touch of Vaudeville.
Many of the horses were on their tippy-toes. Explosion W, the ride of Great Britain’s Ben Maher (GBR), lived up to his name when unable to contain his excitement, and two of the Swedish steeds were in high spirits too.
Peder Fredricson (SWE) looked like he was grappling with a tiger before All In settled and trotted up like the true professional he is. And team-mate Malin Baryard-Johnsson’s (SWE) mare, Indiana, was a real handful after strutting her stuff.
But they can all look forward to familiarisation and training over the next few days, taking in the sights and sounds of the fabulous Baji Koen stadium before the Jumping action gets underway next Tuesday.
Photos: © FEI / Christophe Tanière