The eventing horses have all left their comfortable Greenwich Park stables, and their stables are now being filled by the jumpers who will be presented for the first Olympic horse inspection at 5pm on Thursday local time.
Like everyone else involved in the forthcoming Olympic jumping competition, legendary US Chef d’Equipe, George Morris, is looking forward to the first day of action on Saturday.
Asked what it will take to win Olympic gold at London 2012 with such a sparkling line-up of talent, he commented, “well a lot of riders get nervous at Olympic Games and over-work their horses, so they have be careful about that.
“The winner will be a horseman. It’s not about the first day of competition, or the second day, it’s all about the last day. Riders have to keep thinking ahead all the time, and, in the end, it will all be about horsemanship.”