Great Britain’s Equestrian Olympic Medallists Oliver Townend and Tom McEwen Returns for Hartpury Horse Trials

Published 08/14/2021, 9:41 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Eventing – Team – Medal Ceremony – Equestrian Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 2, 2021. Gold medallists Oliver Townend of Britain, Laura Collett of Britain and Tom McEwen of Britain celebrate. REUTERS/Molly Darlington


The 2020 Tokyo Olympics has ended as normal service resumes. The equestrian events were one of the most-watched sport during the Olympic games. Likewise, the Hartpury horse trials start soon as two Olympic medallists are in contention to win the competition, once again. Great Britain’s Oliver Townend and Tom McEwen are competing in this year’s trials. Notably, they scored the lowest completion score in Olympic eventing history.

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Equestrian events are set to start again

Tom McEwen was important to Britain’s success in Tokyo in winning the silver medal. He will ride Braveheart B during the NAF Five Star Magic CCI4*-S. Meanwhile, Oliver will to ride Chapel House in the NAF Five Star M Power CCI2*-L, and Davinci III in the NAF Five Star Magic CCI4*-S. It looks like a formidable lineup heading to the Gloucestershire event.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Equestrian – Eventing – Jumping Individual – Final – Equestrian Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 2, 2021. Tom McEwen of Britain on his horse Toledo De Kerser competes. REUTERS/Molly Darlington

Apart from these two riders, there will be many former Olympians and five-star event winners during the competitions. William Fox-Pitt, Tina Cook, Sam Griffiths, Jeanette Brakewell, Zara Tindall, Piggy March, Gemma Tattersall, and Pippa Funnell are some riders who might shine during the event.

The design of the cross-country course is designed by Eric Winter.

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Oliver and Tom will be key for the Brits

Hartpury’s director, Phillip Cheetham, could not contain his excitement as he spoke to Horse & Hound.

“Following the disappointment of having to cancel the 2020 event due to the pandemic, we cannot wait to welcome the eventing community back to Hartpury.”

“We’re thrilled to see such a stellar line-up of horses and riders across all three classes and are honoured to be welcoming two members of our brilliant Tokyo Olympic team. The cross-country course is looking fantastic and the ground conditions are ideal.”

The line-up comprises some of the best riders in the world, but Tom McEwen is the local boy for this competition. After a successful team eventing competition in Tokyo with his horse Toledo De Kerser, he helped the Brits to win Olympic gold.

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Likewise, Oliver Townend looks to stamp his authority on the competition, yet again. The former world number once again hopes to set a higher standard in the upcoming trials.

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In conclusion, the Olympics have ended as the next set of equestrian events will begin. World-class riders would come again and show their eventing skills in this year’s Hartpury horse trials.

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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