50+ Equestrian Athletes at the 2012 Olympics

By on August 24, 2012

The Equestrian events in the 2012 Olympics will be held between July 28 and August 9 at Greenwich Park Venue in London; the oldest Royal Park. The three different categories of Equestrian Olympic Games are Dressage, Show Jumping and Three Day Eventing. Hiroshi Hokestue, Ian Millar, and Peter Barry are just some of the notable Equestrian Athletes over the age of 50, competing in Equestrianism this summer. Each of these athletes have the possibility to break world records, and to inspire other older athletes that anything is possible at any age.

Hiroshi Hokestu

Hiroshi Hokestu by Karsten Thormaehlen

This summer, at the age of 71, Hiroshi Hokestu will be one of the oldest Olympians ever to compete at an Olympic Games. The record of the Oldest Olympian goes to Oscar Gomar Swachn, who was 72 years and 10 months when he won a silver medal in Shooting at the 1920 Olympic Games. Hokestu is the oldest Japanese Olympian ever, and he will be the oldest competitor at this Summer Olympic Games. He will be competing against world-class athletes 30 to 40 years his junior in the Equestrian Sport of Dressage. Hiroshi and his horse Whisper qualified for the Olympics this last March, when they won an international Dressage meet in France.

This summer will be Hiroshi’s third Olympic appearance. He competed in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games in Show jumping (no medals), and was the oldest competitor at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, where he finished ninth in the team, and 34th in the individual dressage events. Hideki Yamauchi, executive director of the Japan Equestrian Federation says that, “He has a strong will to improve himself and is never self-satisfied. Hiroshi has never won a medal in any Olympic Games, and he is up against tough competition this summer. The Global Dressage Analyses have predicted Britain, Germany, Holland, Denmark and USA as the top Dressage riders coming to London 2012 based on their past performances.

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50+ Equestrian Athletes at the 2012 Olympics