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Research shows that humans have been riding horses for more than 6,000 years, yet the sport of equestrian made its official debut in the Olympics in the 1912 Stockholm games. Far beyond horseback riding, equestrian is broken down into three disciplines: dressage, jumping, and eventing, each of which is an Olympic event.

Don’t miss all the Eventing action at this year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on your TV, laptop or mobile!


Coverage of the Games is different in many countries this year, with lots of national broadcasters showing less live action compared to recent years.


The amount of equestrian shown might depend on your nation’s likelihood of getting a medal or if it clashes with another big sport at the same time. Many national broadcasters are only making decisions on their schedules on the day, meaning it’s hard to plan your viewing ahead of time. A full list from the IOC is


In Europe, Discovery-owned Eurosport and Discovery+ subscribers get access to all sports at all times, meaning you are assured of watching any event that you favour. So to be sure of watching this week’s Eventing action in your country, tuning into Eurosport on your TV provider or laptop or downloading the Eurosport Player mobile or smart TV app might be the way to go.


This is the Eventing schedule: 

Friday, July 30:

Dressage 08:30-11:00 (01:30-04:00 CEST / 19:30-22:00 EST (Thursday))

Dressage 17:30-20:10 (10:30-13:10 CEST / 04:30-07:10 EST)


Saturday, July 31

Dressage 08:30-11:00 (01:30-04:00 CEST / 19:30-22:00 EST (Friday))


Sunday, August 1

Cross country 07:45-11:00 (00:45-04:00 CEST / 18:45-22:00 EST (Saturday))


Monday, August 2

Jumping Team 17:00-19:35 (10:00-12:35 CEST / 04:00-06:35 EST)

Jumping Individual 20:45-21:45 (13:45-14:45 CEST / 07:45 – 08:45 EST)


“For equestrian fans, every unmissable moment will be available on the streaming services Discovery+ (Denmark, Finland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom) and Eurosport Player or the Eurosport App in all other European countries. Free trials for new users are available throughout Europe,” said a spokesperson for Discovery and Eurosport.


“Discovery will be the only place in Europe to watch every unmissable moment of the action in Tokyo. Fans are able to watch upwards of 3,500 hours of live action throughout the 17 days of competition. 


“Discovery’s coverage is available on multiple platforms in 50 European territories (excluding Russia) with local production, experts and delivered in 19 languages. 


  • discovery+: the streaming home of the Olympics, with every unmissable moment. Including every event, every medal and every hero. Available in Europe where discovery+ has launched (Denmark, Finland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom). A free trial is available for new users. 
  • Eurosport Player and the Eurosport App: every unmissable moment in all other European territories. A free trial is available for new users. 
  • Eurosport 1 & Eurosport 2: comprehensive television coverage, as well as up to 7 ‘pop up’ sports channels in many European markets. 
  • Kanal 5: The biggest commercial free-to-air network in Sweden.
  • TVNorge: The biggest commercial free-to-air network in Norway.”


Each country is different, but here are a selection which we’ll keep updated:


Coverage on CBC



DR1, DR2 and Discovery are broadcasting from Tokyo



More information here



As well as Eurosport, RTE is the rights-holder. RTE are not showing the Eventing dressage but will cover the Eventing cross country and final jumping phase. They also plan to show all of the Jumping. The best link for RTE coverage online is here



A source in Norway tells us: “During the Olympics everyone can watch all sports free, also the equestrian disciplines, digitally on Discovery+. Eurosport Norge also cover parts of the equestrian disciplines.”



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As well as some free-to-air coverage on BBC, Sky Q customers can get Discovery+ for 12 months at no extra cost. Just say “get discovery+” into your voice-enabled Sky Q remote and follow the onscreen instructions