16 Eventing facts you can blurt out during awkward silences


16 Eventing facts you can blurt out during awkward silences

Life is full of awkward silences. But fear not, now you can break those uncomfortable moments by blurting out some impressive Eventing facts that are sure to get a conversation going. Did you know…

1) Eventing made its Olympic debut at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.

2) Mark Todd (NZL) is the oldest rider to win a four-star. At age 55, he was victorious at the 2011 Badminton CCI4* aboard Landvision.

3) Alex Hua Tian became China’s first Olympic equestrian when he competed as an individual in Eventing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

4) Females were not allowed to compete in Eventing at the Olympics until the 1964 Tokyo games.

5) The maximum drop height allowed on cross-country at the three and four-star level is 2.0 meters or approximately 6ft6, which is the same height as the legendary basketball player, Michael Jordan.

6) The Thoroughbred, Winning Brew holds the Guinness world record for the fastest speed for a racehorse, at 70.76 km/h (43.97 mph) over two furlongs. This pace is over two times faster than the speed required on cross-country at a CCI4*, which is only 34.2 km/h.

7) Michael Jung (GER) and Pippa Funnell (GBR) are the only two riders to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, claiming this big title in 2016 and 2003, respectively.

8) The Przewalski’s horse is the only truly wild horse species still in existence. The only wild population is in Mongolia. But there are various populations of feral horses around the world.



9) An adult horse’s brain weights 22 oz, which is roughly half of what your brain weighs.

10) Horses cannot puke – this is a blessing because obviously horse vomit would be a pain to clean up but also a curse because their digestive systems suck (one word – colic).

11) It’s been over 20 years since a Thoroughbred has earned individual Gold in the Olympics. Blyth Tait (NZL) and the Thoroughbred, Ready Teddy won 1996 Atlanta games, and no Thoroughbred has done so since.

12) The last Thoroughbred to win a four-star was TS Jamaino, who won the 2013 Adelaide CCI4* with Chris Burton (AUS).

13) No female has ever won individual Olympic gold in Eventing at the Olympics.

14) The lowest FEI Eventing dressage score in 2016 was a 24.2 which was earned by Bettina Hoy (GER) and Seigneur Medicott at the Luhmühlen CIC2*.

15) Lucinda Fredericks (AUS) is the only rider in Eventing history to win the Rolex CCI4*, Badminton CCI4* and Burghley CCI4* on the SAME horse, doing so with Headley Britania.

16) According to Wikipedia, horses are the 13th fastest mammals on the planet. Interestingly, Greyhounds are faster than horses…

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