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post #1 of 4 Old 08-05-2010, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Equestrian at the 2012 Olympics... Weird Question

Not sure where exactly this belongs so if not here sorry.

I know this will probably be a silly question but - I was looking up some stuff about Equestrian at the Summer 2012 olympics and discovered that it said horses must be the same nationality as their rider. What exactly does this mean?

For instance would someone who was an American not be allowed to ride... totally out there but.. a Lipizzaner in dressage simply because that's not an 'American' horse breed? Would they be forced to train and ride only horses that are American? Or does it just mean that the horse must be -registered- in the same country as the rider regardless of where it was actually born/where the breed is from... or still yet does it mean the horse just has to be foaled in the same country as the rider lives no matter where the breed itself is from - or am I totally missing the mark? It just seems completely off the wall so I thought I'd shoot it out there and see if anyone knows more and can sort out my confusion.

If this is truly the case and the horse actually has to be of the same nationality as the rider/born and bred in that country, has that -always- been in effect or is it a modern rule?
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-05-2010, 09:07 PM
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I'm not totally sure, but I think the horse has to be registered in the same country as the rider. So, say, a horse from Austria can't be shipped to an American Olympic rider and then be ridden by that person in the Olympics. Hope that made sense! I don't think the breed matters. Correct me if I'm wrong, but that was what I've been told before.

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I would assume that it means registered in the same country... but if it means born in the same country, that would be weird especially considering people can compete for countries in the Olympics other than the country they were born in.
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That's a very good point Carleen! Thanks to both of you for clearing that up. Thought I was losing my mind. :)
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