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Published 22/02/2011 | 05:00
Equestrian is the only Olympic sport in which men and women compete against each other on equal terms. It is also the only one in which humans and animals compete together.
- The horse made its first appearance at the ancient Olympic Games in 680BC when chariot racing was introduced.
- Equestrian has been part of the modern Olympic programme since Stockholm 1912, when 62 competitors from 10 nations with 70 horses were involved.
- At the Olympic Games, horses must be at least eight years old for dressage and eventing, and nine years old for show jumping.
- Women have been allowed to ride in equestrian events since 1952. However, it wasn't until the Tokyo Games in 1964 that a woman first competed in eventing, when Helena du Pont competed for the United States.
- A total of 200 athletes will compete for six gold medals in equestrian competitions during the 2012 Games.
- Over 240,000 people have applied to become volunteer 'Games Makers' for the duration of the Olympics. Their roles will include being athlete escorts and stewards.
- Lit in Olympia, the Olympic Flame will arrive in Britain on May 18 next year.