When to Watch, How to Watch & Why: Your Rio 2016 Olympic Equestrian Sports Resource


The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games begin this week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the first horse going down centerline at Deodoro Equestrian Complex on Saturday, August 5th for the start of eventing dressage.

Three disciplines of equestrian sport—three day eventing, dressage, and show jumping—are showcased at the Summer Olympic Games. For equestrian athletes around the world, it’s the highest point to reach for, the biggest accomplishment of a life’s journey as a rider.

But it’s important to note that throughout the last two years, equestrian sports have been examined and evaluated by the International Olympic Committee for their viability and general appeal to a worldwide audience. During the Rio Olympics, from that first day of eventing dressage on August 5th to the show jumping final on August 19th, IOC assessment will continue, as print, broadcast, social media and all online mentions of equestrian sport are collected and use to assess the future of equestrianism within the Olympic Games.

Equestrianism’s place in the Olympics is at risk, and the popularity of each sport is critical as the IOC continues to assess which sports will remain as Olympic disciplines. Did you know that after the London 2012 Olympic Games, equestrian sport was downgraded from category C to category D? This was due to low broadcasting figures in relation to other sports. To learn more, go to page 78 of the Summer 2016 edition of NOELLE FLOYD Magazine and read the debate between John Madden and Rodrigo Pessoa regarding cutting Olympic teams down to three.

Most importantly, watch all three equestrian disciplines in the Olympic Games, tell your friends to watch, and post about the Olympics on social media using the hashtag #TwoHearts & #JointheJourney. Use the resources below to find out when and how you can watch, engage, and support equestrian sports during these Olympic Games.

Complete 2016 Rio Olympic Games Equestrian Timetable (local time)
Click here for an interactive equestrian timetable by time zone

Saturday, August 6th, 2016
10:00am Eventing Individual/Team Dressage Day 1

Sunday, August 7th, 2016
10:00am Eventing Individual/Team Dressage Day 2

Monday, August 8th, 2016
10:00am Eventing Individual/Team Cross Country

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
10:00am Eventing Team/Individual Jumping Final/eventing team/individual medal ceremony

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
10:00am Dressage Team Grand Prix Day 1

Thursday, August 11th, 2016
10:00am Dressage Team Grand Prix Day 2

Friday, August 12th, 2016
10:00am Dressage Team Grand Prix Special/dressage team medal ceremony

Sunday, August 14th, 2016
10:00am Jumping Individual Qualification

Monday, August 15th, 2016
10:00am Dressage Individual Grand Prix Freestyle/dressage individual medal ceremony

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
10:00am Jumping Team Qualification

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
10:00am Jumping Team Final/jumping team medal ceremony

Friday, August 18th, 2016
10:00am Jumping Individual Final Round A
Jumping Individual Final Round B/jumping individual medal ceremony

If you’re in the USA, click here for the Complete NBC Television Broadcast Schedule for Equestrian Sports.

If you’re elsewhere in the world, click here for the Complete 2016 Olympics Television Listing Guide by Country

Watch Rio Olympics 2016 Equestrian Live Stream from the USA:

Watch Rio Olympics 2016 Equestrian Live Streams Worldwide:

  • BBC.co.uk – All the UK Territories can enjoy Olympics live telecast on BBC website.
  • CBC.caCBC will telecast Equestrian live on Canada.
  • Skytv.co.nz – This channel will stream Equestrian in New Zealand.
  • ESPN & Fox sports – will broadcast Equestrian live in Brazil, Latin America and Caribbean Countries.
  • Starsports.com & Hotstar.com – These are the two sources, where you should be watching Equestrian live, if you are living in India.
  • Supersport – will be the best place to enjoy Live Equestrian Events in 40 countries of Africa.
  • NTVplus.ru – All the Olympics fans from Russia can enjoy Equestrian Events live on NTVplus without any problem.
  • Canal Plus – will broadcast live streaming and TV telecast of Rio Equestrian in France.
  • CCTV Sports – All the Fans of Equestrian can watch this Rio Olympics event live on CCTV Sports in China.
  • Seven Network :- You can watch Equestrian stream on Seven Network in Australia.
  • Sky Italia Sports – This channel will broadcast live telecast in Italy.
  • Sportfive Network – This network will broadcast Rio Olympics Equestrian in majority of European Countries.

-Source: rio2016olympicsonline.com