Breeds by reporting--
Info on the horses--and thus breeds--that are in the top contention for medals as well as those
"making the news" is included in the TV and print media coverage.
DRESSAGE--Hanoverians dominate; see above info on Team Dressage. Four of the top 5 horses qualifying
for the Individual dressage are Hanoverians.
There were other European warmbloods--Oldenburg, Dutch Warmblood, and others.
The Spanish had the breeds generally associated with Spain competing--an Andalusian
and Lusitanian. However the only one to make the top 25 was the teams Hanoverian. One commentator noted, that
the Spanish breeds are known for their elevation, however not much on their extension.
See the "Team Dressage" link above for specific information on the horses competing.
EVENTING--"Thoroughbreds rule" should be the motto here, in the current vernacular. The
Jockey Club should be very, very pleased! If it was not Thoroughbred, it was a cross, and little else mattered!
Exception was Windfall II, the Trakehner stallion purchased this year for DC of the US team.
JUMPING--Holsteiners and Selle Francais come in first; Belgian Warmbloods follow; some Dutch
Warmbloods and Oldenburgs; one Anglo-Arabian and Thoroughbred, the Irish team had primarily Irish Sporthorses, however
the Gold Medal winner was Cian O'Conner on his Holsteiner named Waterford Crystal.
Most of the info was provided by the NBC telecast of the competitions--send any corrections
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
phelpshphoto.com is providing some free photos of the Olympics--all disciplines. Most
of the pictures of the individual horses includes breeding information--breed, sire and dam!