LONDON (AP) With royalty on and off the field at Greenwich Park, Britain ruled the Olympic equestrian events at the London Games.
The British won three of the six medals, including golds in team show jumping, team dressage and individual dressage. And, of course, silver in team eventing - with Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter, Zara Phillips, competing for the host nation.
"I hope it doesn't end here. I hope it's the start of the team evolving," said Britain's Laura Bechtolsheimer, who rode Mistral Hojris for the British dressage team. "We've been watching on the telly how the crowds have been. The crowds have been carrying the athletes. We got to experience that ourselves, and it's a groundbreaking day."
A niche event that highlights the long-running relationship between horse and rider, equestrian boasts a history no less storied than its counterparts. Steeped in tradition and rooted in military training and hunting, the sport celebrates its 100th year at the Summer Games in 2012. Learn about the distinctive dress, individual competitions that make up the overall program and the evolution of a sport that has been an Olympic staple through a century of ever-changing sports at the Games.
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