Today marks one year until the opening ceremonies of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where equestrian sport will celebrate 104 years in the Olympic movement at the first games to be held in South America.

The world’s best horses and riders will compete for medals in the Olympic disciplines of eventing, dressage, and jumping over 12 days of intense competition at the Olympic Equestrian Center at Deodoro.

The Rio 2016 Olympic equestrian action will begin the day after the opening ceremonies on Aug. 5. As always, eventing will open the Olympic equestrian events, and it is eventing that features in the Aquece Rio (“Warm Up Rio”) test event, which starts tomorrow (Aug. 6).

While this week’s test event is limited to Brazilian horses, 200 equestrian athletes are expected to join 10,300 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which will run from Aug. 5-21, 2016, with 19 days of world-class sport.

“The world’s biggest sporting event is now just a year away,” said Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Director of Eventing and Olympics Catrin Norinder. “Our venue at Deodoro is absolutely stunning and we’re all set for this week’s test event now that we’ve marked the one-year countdown to the games.

“We’re all really looking forward to seeing equestrian sport, one of the only Olympic sports in which men and women compete against each other and which involves two athletes, the horse and the rider, at Rio 2016,” she continued. “The road to Rio is now a major focus in our sport, with qualifying events ongoing