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However, the 2020 Games should be very different from those of Rio 2016 and London 2012 and bring additional uncertainty. In this article, we explain the main changes and their significance for the dressage contest format. Olympic fans from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympic dressage fans can book Olympic dressage Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.
1 The biggest change is that all Olympic and Paralympic equestrian teams (dressage, jumping and Paralympic dressage) will only have three horse and rider combinations, instead of four, which means that it will not there will be no drop-off point and all three will be taken into account. The overall result of the team.
2. The other important change in dressage is that in 2020, the Grand Prix test will serve only as a qualification for the special grand prize and freestyle. The team medals will be decided solely on the special stage scores, rather than a combination of special and Grand Prix as in previous Games, or simply grand Prix as in other championships, such as the World Equestrian Games.
3. Each team will be allowed to bring a reserve horse and a rider to Tokyo. Replacements may be made up to two hours before the team final, but only for veterinary or medical reasons.
4. As in previous Games, 60 pairs of horses and riders will participate in the two-day Grand Prix – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July. These 60 combinations will be divided into six groups of 10, or heats. Each group will be chosen according to the world ranking. The best riders in the world will be included, like the ranking system in other sports.
5. The top eight teams based on the Grand Prix scores will qualify for the special Grand Prix, to be held on Tuesday, July 28th, the outcome of which will determine the team medals. The special test will be performed on music chosen by the rider, although this music has no impact on the marks.
6. The 24 special competitors will be divided into three groups, with one rider from each of the eight “finalists” teams each. Those in the first two groups will compete in the reverse order of merit based on Grand Prize results, while the starting order of the last group will be based on the team ranking after the first two groups. The team with the highest combined score among the three riders in this trial will win the gold medal.
8. These 18 combinations will be divided into three groups for freestyle, with the best results of the grand prize last. The winner will be crowned Olympic champion.