How to Watch the 2016 Olympic Equestrian Events
Full schedule, TV listings and live stream info here!
If you live under an equestrian rock and have somehow not realized that the 2016 Olympics are upon us, don’t fret — here’s your one-stop shop to see the full equestrian schedule, find out what stations are airing coverage and how you can live stream every minute of the events online.
NBC is the covering cable network, though some individual events across the Games will also be aired on affiliate networks. The Opening Ceremonies take place this Friday evening, August 5, with the Closing Ceremonies to take place on the evening of August 21. Plenty of details and behind-the-scenes stories about the Games, individual athletes and sport profiles can be found at NBC Olympics online.
The equestrian events will take place at the Olympic Equestrian Centre, known as the National Equestrian Center when the Games are not in session. The center was originally constructed for the equestrian events of the 2007 Pan Am Games.
Eventing kicks off the equestrian portion of the Games:
- Saturday, August 6: Team and individual dressage
- Sunday, August 7: Team and individual dressage
- Monday, August 8: Cross-country
- Tuesday, August 9: Team and individual show jumping; team and individual medal ceremony
Dressage takes over immediately after:
- Wednesday, August 10: Team and individual Grand Prix
- Thursday, August 11: Team and individual Grand Prix
- Friday, August 12: Team final and individual Grand Prix Special; team medal ceremony
- Monday, August 15: Individual final Grand Prix Freestyle; individual medal ceremony
Show jumping overlaps slightly with dressage but closes out the equestrian Games:
- Sunday, August 14: Individual jumping qualification
- Tuesday, August 16: First round team, second round individual jumping
- Wednesday, August 17: Team final and third round individual jumping; team medal ceremony
- Friday, August 19: Individual jumping, two rounds; individual medal ceremony
For full schedule including jog up times and anticipated start times, please view the full schedule at FEI.org.
The USEF Network published this chart with the equestrian schedule and what cable networks will be broadcasting:
All equestrian events in full can be live streamed via NBCOlympics.com. You will need an authenticated cable subscription log-in to access the live stream.
The live stream can also be accessed on mobile via the NBC Olympics app and a free channel available for Roku. Again, an authenticated cable subscription is required.
No cable? No live stream? No problem. The Nation Media family of sites will be bringing you plenty of up-to-date coverage of the Olympic games, so keep it locked on Eventing Nation, Jumper Nation and Horse Nation for live updates, in-person reporting and of course plenty of good old-fashioned equestrian fun.
If you’re posting on social media about the equestrian events at the Olympics, don’t forget to use the hashtags #TwoHearts and #JointheJourney to show your support of ALL equestrian athletes all over the world in all disciplines! The International Olympic Committee is reportedly tracking use of these hashtags to help assess how widely-supported are the equestrian sports to decide if they should remain part of future Olympic Games — your sport needs you!
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